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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

05/20/16: Media Roundtable Week In Review; LGBTQ Workshop; Springfield Historic Home Tour


Media Roundtable

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Paula Horvath, Florida Times-Union reporter; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; Claire Goforth, Folio Weekly editor; and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk.

Topics include lawsuits against the Duval County and Clay County school districts over transgender students and bathrooms, the latest in the El Faro investigation, and more.

LGBTQ Workshop

The rights of transgender Americans have been the subject of much debate and discussion in recent weeks.

A free workshop on the UNF campus next week will explore the breadth of identities associated with trans and gender nonconforming communities, including the intersecting experiences of race, ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic circumstances, and disability.

The event, titled "Providing Equal Access for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Populations," will also look legal and policy issues, health care access, and more when it comes to this population.

Willy Wilkinson, nationally recognized LGBTQ policy expert and advocate, and Deanna Iovino, clinical counselor, will lead the workshop. They join us with a preview.

Springfield Historic Home Tour

The Springfield Preservation and Revitalization (SPAR) Council's annual Historic Springfield Tour of Homes is set this weekend.

The tour features seven unique houses open for guests, showcasing the classic architecture and character of Jacksonville's historic Springfield district.

We learn more about the tour from Christina Parrish, executive director of the SPAR Council.