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The Jacksonville City Council has passed a law requiring more demographic reporting from city agencies.

It also recommends funding the position of equal opportunity manager to ensure city entities are doing everything they can to broaden their workforces.

Councilman Garrett Dennis, the bill’s sponsor, told his colleagues the law affirms Jacksonville’s commitment to diversity.

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The Jacksonville City Council is set to decide Tuesday whether to bolster the city’s program for ensuring workforce diversity at public agencies.

The proposed update to the “Equal Opportunity” program won the approval of two city council committees last week. But that doesn't mean it has a good chance at final passage.


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For the second day in a row, a Jacksonville city council committee Wednesday approved proposed workforce-diversity ordinance.

Despite some misgivings, the bill has cleared its last hurdle before going up for a full Council vote.


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A proposed Jacksonville ordinance aimed at diversifying the city’s workforce Tuesday unanimously passed through its first committee, but not without significant skepticism from some Council members.

Councilman Garrett Dennis filed the bill in response to a continuing federal investigation into alleged workplace discrimination at public utility JEA.


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Openly-gay Houston, Texas Mayor Annise Parker shared advice about equal rights at a Democratic gala in Jacksonville Monday night.

Houston made headlines last month when city residents voted down an equal rights ordinance already passed by the Houston City Council. It banned discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, among a list of other areas.


Straight Allies Advocate For LGBT Equality In Jax

Nov 21, 2013

A local ad campaign is encouraging the expansion of Jacksonville's Human Rights Ordinance and is getting support from local, regional and national groups.

JASMYN

The Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network, or JASMYN, is a non-profit youth services organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth ages 13-23.

Their mission is to provide support for youth who are often bullied or even disowned by family members for their sexual orientation.

JASMYN also supports parents, guardians, youth workers, and teachers by serving as a resource around issues affecting gay and transgender youth.