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Anti-LGBTQ laws; cold case playing cards; Americans and the Holocaust; JME’s 904 Soul Showcase

Advocacy groups are challenging several laws they deem as anti-LGBTQ.
Advocacy groups are challenging several laws they deem as anti-LGBTQ.

The Florida Legislature passed several laws in May that many have criticized for being anti-LGBTQ. The education and health care sectors also have been significantly affected by these new laws, and advocacy groups are challenging their legality by filing lawsuits.

Jodi Siegel, executive director of Southern Legal Counsel, and Simone Chriss, director of the Transgender Rights Initiative at Southern Legal Counsel, discuss the issue.

Project: Cold Case playing cards

Jacksonville-based nonprofit Project: Cold Case just released a second edition of playing cards. Each card features a homicide victim whose case remains unsolved here in Florida.

Ryan Backmann, founder and executive director of Project: Cold Case, tells us more.

Americans and the Holocaust

The United States Holocaust Museum and the American Library Association teamed up to create the recently developed Americans and the Holocaust exhibition.

Tammy Kiter, special collections librarian at the Jacksonville Public Library, has details.

The 904 Soul Showcase

The Sing Out Loud festival is this weekend in St. Augustine. The Jacksonville Music Experience is getting in on the action with the 904 Soul Showcase, featuring local soul and R&B artists. Mr. Al Pete curated the event and joins us for a closer look.

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Stacey Bennett is the producer of "First Coast Connect" and "What's Health Got to Do With It?" She is a Jacksonville-based singer-songwriter who performs under the nom de plume Folk is People. Stacey holds bachelor's degrees in both political science and psychology from the University of North Florida and a master's in business administration from Saint Leo University.