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The Coming Out Monologues (COM) incorporates monologues created by First Coast community members telling their ‘coming out’ stories. It also has helped raise money for two local nonprofits.

New Pediatric Initiative In Jacksonville Geared Toward LGBT Community

Jun 13, 2018
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A new collaboration between pediatricians in Jacksonville is geared toward providing medical and mental health services to youth in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community as well as their families.

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As with any other older adults, LGBT seniors face the typical challenges of aging, but because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, they are at a higher risk for abuse, isolation, discrimination and exploitation.

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Some LGBTQ advocates are looking for a stronger relationship with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, after they said police misidentified a transgender shooting victim as a man in February.  

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updated at 2/26 at 11:30 a.m. 

LGBT advocates are upset with the way the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is identifying a deceased shooting victim who they say was a transgender woman. Police haven’t announced any arrests in the murder.

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A year after a gunman opened fire at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub, killing 49, young LGBT students at the University of North Florida joined school staff and counselors to reflect upon the tragedy.


A legal group that has fought against same-sex marriage helped a Jacksonville man file a lawsuit Monday to invalidate the recently passed Human Rights Ordinance laws, prohibiting discrimination against the LBGT community.

Roger Gannam, a Liberty Counsel lawyer, said the Jacksonville HRO was written too vaguely under Florida law and the authors of the HRO removed language required for the bill without outlining the changes it would make.


Jacksonville LGBT advocates are concerned about a bill making its way through the Florida House.

Florida House Bill 17, sponsored by Palm Bay Republican Randy Fine, would repeal local business regulations not specifically authorized by state law.


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On this episode of Redux, we look at law enforcement in the River City.

A recent poll shows mixed reviews for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, but overwhelming support for the use of police body cameras as citizens increase pressure on police to document its interactions on the street.

We talk to folks from the sheriff’s office, as well as the police union to find out: What’s the holdup?

Then, research shows bees are responsible for pollinating nearly a quarter of the food eaten by humans. We bring to you what’s being done here in Florida to help bees avoid extinction.


Jacksonville Passes LGBT-Inclusive HRO, 12-6

Feb 13, 2017
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The Jacksonville City Council  approved updating the city's human rights ordinances to include LGBT protections.

The bill passed by a 12-6 vote.  Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry took no action, resulting in the bill becoming law. 

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After more than seven hours of public comment over two days, a public hearing for a city council bill that would add LGBT protections to the city’s human rights ordinance concluded Wednesday afternoon.


LGBT Acceptance Survey

A new survey from the national LGBT rights advocacy group GLAAD finds growing acceptance for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community across the country, even in the traditionally more conservative southern states.

However, other indicators in the "Accelerating Acceptance" survey show that complacency may be setting in for some LGBT allies.

We discuss the survey, media representation of LGBT citizens, and local efforts for LGBT rights with Dan Merkan, chair of the Jacksonville Coalition for Equality, and Ross Murray, director of U.S. south and global programs for GLAAD.

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The Buckman Bridge Unitarian Universalist Church and its Welcoming Congregation Ministry are celebrating Marriage Equality Day on Saturday by performing mini weddings in the sanctuary from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Gun Control

Monday night, the U.S. Senate rejected four measures to enact tighter control on firearms in the United States.

The amendments were proposed following the mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando last week.

Senators from both the Republican and Democratic parties introduced measures they said would have strengthened background checks and prevented suspected terrorists from obtaining weapons.

We discuss last night's vote with Josh Gellers, assistant professor of political science at the University of North Florida.

Kelsey Oates

Manny Andrade, Cindy Watson and Mario DeCuto appeared on Thursday’s First Coast Connect to talk about the challenges facing Jacksonville's LGBT community, especially those in the Latino and Hispanic communities.

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