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Controversial legislation; Holocaust Remembrance Day; National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month; What's good Wednesday

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
Gov. Ron DeSantis Transition Team
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

A bill is moving in the Florida Legislature to ban discussions of sexuality and gender identity in school classrooms. LGBTQ+ advocates say the measure will effectively “erase” LGBTQ+ history, culture and students.

The Parental Rights in Education bill, also known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, passed in the House Education and Employment Committee mainly along party lines.

At the same time, another bill focused on education is also causing controversy. It would prohibit public schools and private businesses from making people feel “discomfort” or “guilt” based on their race, sex or national origin.

Guests:

Holocaust Remembrance Day

In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, local nonprofit Jewish Family & Community Services hosts two virtual events this week, providing the public with a dynamic early preview of a new art exhibit. “Art in the Holocaust” is coming to the organization’s Frisch Family Holocaust Memorial Gallery this spring.

Guest: Hilary Bettman, Jewish Services director.

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. To help raise awareness, Jacksonville-based nonprofit ReThreaded is hosting a Human Trafficking Awareness Panel this week.

Guests:

  • Kristin Keen, founder and CEO of ReThreaded.
  • Stephanie Patton, ReThreaded’s assistant manager of business development, a graduate of ReThreaded’s survivor development program.

What’s Good Wednesday

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Florida Roundup Associate Producer Katherine Hobbs can be reached at khobbs@wjct.org or on Twitter at @KatherineGHobbs.