06/16/16: LGBT Latino Community; Meredith O'Malley Johnson; 'Harlem Of The South'; Kerry Speckman

Jun 16, 2016

LGBT Latino Community

More than 90 percent of the victims of the mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando were Latino.

Florida has the third-largest Hispanic population in the country, so the attack has sent ripples throughout Latino communities all around the state.

According to a 2013 report by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, an estimated 1.4 million Latinos in the United States identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Many of those residents face those challenges up in a culture rooted in machismo, religion and rigid gender norms. As adults, LGBT Latinos can sometimes feel isolated from their families, and from the larger LGBT community as well.

We examine the impact the tragedy is having on the LGBT Latino community with Cindy Watson, executive director of JASMYN, Manny Andrade, Latino outreach coordinator with the Northeast Florida AIDS Network, and Mario DeCuto, who serves on the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission.

Meredith O'Malley Johnson

Meredith O'Malley Johnson, host of TVJax's Political Mojo, joins us with a look at the new show.

From how government and voting works to analysis of candidates and issues on the ballot, Political MOJO's aim is to help viewers make smart decisions on who or what to vote for.

Watch this segment, courtesy of our partner TVJax.com.

'Harlem of the South'

It’s a song and dance musical extravaganza reflecting the vibrant 1920s and 30s of Jacksonville’s LaVilla district.

Stage Aurora's "Harlem of the South: Duke, Ella and Cab!" debuts this weekend.

We preview the production with Darryl Reuben Hall, executive director of Stage Aurora, and cast member Kenyada Williams.

Kerry Speckman

TheSpecktator.com blogger Kerry Speckman stops by with a rundown of this weekend's events around town.