Community Thread

Community Thread: LGBT Rights On The First Coast 

Our communities are divided over rights for gay and transgender residents. 

On Feb. 14, the full Jacksonville City Council is expected to take up a controversial bill that would ban discrimination based on sexual preference and gender identity. That means no one could deny someone a job or a home or public service based solely on the fact they're gay or transgender, with the exception of religious institutions and very small businesses.

This is the third time the question has been brought before the Council, and every time, supporters and opponents have raised their voices loudly.

Join us for a live, interactive, televised discussion on Feb. 8. If you can't attend, send your questions and comments about expanding Jacksonville's human rights ordinance to February 8 at 8pm on WJCT-TV and 89.9 WJCT-FM.


  • Father Tim Cusick, Diocese of St. Augustine, Catholic Church of North Florida
  • Hugh Greene, CEO Baptist Health
  • Pastor R.L. Gundy, Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church
  • Harry Lewis, Jr., COO, H.R. Lewis Petroleum Company
  • Dan Merkan, Jacksonville Coalition for Equality
  • Joey Vaughn, Jacksonville Attorney
  • Live airing: Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. on WJCT TV & 89.9 WJCT FM 

What are your thoughts or questions about LGBT rights on the First Coast? Be part of our LIVE studio audience and share your voice.

  • All guests must arrive at 7:30 p.m. and must be seated by 7:45 p.m. or they will not be allowed into the studio.
  • Tickets are free, but space is limited. RSVP today.

WJCT’s “Community Thread” invites the community to join in one big conversation about the topics affecting us most. “Community Thread” is a TV show and radio stories that respond directly to audience-submitted questions. Each quarter, the public is invited to submit questions on a new topic by email to or on Twitter using the hashtag #WJCTThread. Members of the public are also invited to attend the “Community Thread” TV show taping and ask questions directly to a panel of experts. Our news team will also sift through the questions and provide answers to many of them in radio stories, to keep the conversation going. 

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Last month, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new implant to treat opioid addiction.

The medication blocks brain receptors that drive powerful addiction to pain pills.

But not everyone in Jacksonville is praising the decision. Some in law enforcement and healthcare see medication-assisted treatment as just substituting one addiction for another.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

WJCT’s Community Thread project invites listeners to submit questions about topics that affect all of us. It started with a TV show on public schools in November. Now, our WJCT News reporters are working to answer questions that didn’t make it on the show.

This one comes from Vickie Robinson. She wants to know: How successful is Duval County’s pilot program for single-gender learning at Butler Middle School? And does the district plan to expand single-gender learning to high schools?

Community Thread


WJCT’s "Community Thread" invites listeners to submit questions on topics that affects all of us. The project started with a TV show on public schools last month. Now, our WJCT News reporters are working to answer questions that didn’t make it on the show.



For this episode of Community Thread, we are joined by Nikolai Vitti, Duval Schools Superintendent; Terrie Brady, Duval Teachers United President; Tim Sloan, a parent who has a daughter in sixth grade at Landon Middle and a son in second grade at Thomas Jefferson Elementary; and Cheryl Grymes, the Duval School Board Chair.