Banning gender-affirming care; catching up with Ulysses Owens Jr.; Generation W; Seeding Jacksonville; What’s Good Wednesday
A series of proposals are moving in the Florida Senate targeting transgender people. If passed, they would essentially ban what’s known as “gender-affirming care” for minors in Florida.
Among other things, a bill that passed its first committee this week would make it a felony for health care professionals to order puberty blockers, hormone treatment or surgery for minors.
- Daylina Miller, multimedia journalist for WUSF Public Media.
- Dr. Raoul Sanchez, pediatrician in Jacksonville.
Catching up with Ulysses Owens Jr.
Renowned Jacksonville jazz artist Ulysses Owens Jr. recently took home his third Grammy Award. Owens played on the 2022 release "Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra," which won for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.
He spoke to us about his musical journey and how he brings arts and music education to local students.
Guest: Ulysses Owens Jr., Grammy-winning drummer and also a producer, composer, educator and entrepreneur.
Generation W, the acclaimed conference promoting women’s leadership, is set for March 24 at the University of North Florida. This year’s theme is the positive and the possible.
Guest: Donna Orender, founder of Generation W and CEO of Orender Unlimited.
Seeding Jacksonville is coming up March 23 at WJCT Studios. Learn about the health and future of the Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. The evening will feature guest speaker Mary Pat Matheson from the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Guest: Dana Doody, executive director of the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens.
What’s Good Wednesday
- The North Florida Trailblazers are hosting their annual IDIDAHIKE event this Saturday in White Springs. It's a great day to hike the Florida Trail. You can hike almost 12 miles, but if you only want to hike a shorter distance, they will come and pick you up. Hiking with a Valet Service! Check it out at floridatrail.org/ididahike/.
- American Legion Post 129’s third-annual Challenge 22 Walk takes place on March 25th — with net proceeds used to fund veteran suicide prevention programs and services in the beaches communities. On-site registration starts at 9 a.m. at the Jacksonville Beach Seawalk Pavilion.
- The MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation will host its Merrill Lynch Hope Springs Eternal Gala on March 23 to raise the funds to support programs. The funds will be used to empower youth to take control of their stories and be the author of their own lives. Tickets and info at malwashington.com.