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As the U.S. Supreme Court this week affirms landmark legal protections for LGBTQ Americans, Florida employers will have to adjust to the new ban on discrimination.

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Jacksonville’s refined Human Rights Ordinance made it through two more City Council committees Tuesday, meaning it will be voted on by the full council in a week.

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The refined Jacksonville Human Rights Ordinance that prohibits discrimination against people based on gender identity and sexual orientation made it through it’s first City Council committee Monday afternoon. 

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Today, Synthia Roy works at a tattoo parlor in Jacksonville’s Edgewood area, she does set design and makeup for horror films and recently produced her second movie. 

But seven years ago, in her mid-30s, her life was a blur. In college, she’d turned to alcohol and drugs, finding they helped her express herself. Roy was a closeted transgender woman living a life that felt like a lie. Over time, the coping mechanism became a crutch.

Jacksonville Anti-Discrimination Gay-Rights Ordinance Struck Down On Appeal

May 1, 2020
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Lower courts had dismissed lawsuits arguing Jacksonville’s most recent human rights ordinance change was unconstitutional, but a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeals noted that the way the ordinance was passed violated state and city laws.

Jacksonville Human Rights Ordinance Faces Renewed Court Challenge

Aug 6, 2018

More than a year after it became law, Jacksonville’s Human Rights Ordinance is being challenged in the 1st District Court of Appeals, which is being asked to reverse the dismissal of a similar action filed in the 4th Judicial Circuit shortly after the ordinance was enacted.

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Some advocates are monitoring efforts before the Florida Legislature and in Jacksonville that could chip away at LGBT protections the city enacted last year.


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A group of business owners and a Jacksonville resident had their lawsuit against the City of Jacksonville dismissed Wednesday. The suit had argued the city’s updating of its human rights ordinances should be invalidated.

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Jacksonville’s Human Rights Commission Executive Director Charlene Taylor Hill said since city ordinances were updated in February to protect the LGBT community, two complaints of housing discrimination based on sexual orientation have been filed.

A legal group that has fought against same-sex marriage helped a Jacksonville man file a lawsuit Monday to invalidate the recently passed Human Rights Ordinance laws, prohibiting discrimination against the LBGT community.

Roger Gannam, a Liberty Counsel lawyer, said the Jacksonville HRO was written too vaguely under Florida law and the authors of the HRO removed language required for the bill without outlining the changes it would make.


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Around 100 demonstrators rallied outside Jacksonville City Hall Wednesday to urge Mayor Lenny Curry to veto a recent ordinance extending legal protections to LGBT people.


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On this episode of Redux, we look at law enforcement in the River City.

A recent poll shows mixed reviews for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, but overwhelming support for the use of police body cameras as citizens increase pressure on police to document its interactions on the street.

We talk to folks from the sheriff’s office, as well as the police union to find out: What’s the holdup?

Then, research shows bees are responsible for pollinating nearly a quarter of the food eaten by humans. We bring to you what’s being done here in Florida to help bees avoid extinction.


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“We have rights, let’s party” was shouted over an intercom in Hemming Park Tuesday evening right outside Jacksonville’s city hall.

The City Council had just amended the city’s human rights ordinances to protect gay and transgender people from discrimination.


Jacksonville Passes LGBT-Inclusive HRO, 12-6

Feb 13, 2017
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The Jacksonville City Council  approved updating the city's human rights ordinances to include LGBT protections.

The bill passed by a 12-6 vote.  Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry took no action, resulting in the bill becoming law. 

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On this episode of Redux, Jacksonvillians weigh in on the contentious debate over expanding the city’s human rights ordinance to include protecting the rights of LGBT folks. 

Then, little more than a year ago, Hurricane Joaquin slammed into the SS El Faro, sinking the cargo ship and killing all 33 people aboard.

While 28 families have since settled, we have an update on the five remaining families and their attempt to bring a civil lawsuit against the ship’s owner.

We also bring you the latest on a workforce diversity bill, which was prompted by a WJCT investigation, and the IceMen cometh to Jacksonville.


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Updated 2:45 p.m.

The last of three city council committees voted in favor of passing an LGBT-inclusive human rights ordinance bill, which will be voted on next week by the full council.

The finance committee voted 4-3 on Wednesday to recommend the council add sexual orientation and gender identity to a list of protected characteristics like race and religion. The final vote will be held by the City Council on Tuesday.

HRO Passes Second Jacksonville Council Committee

Feb 7, 2017
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A second Jacksonville City Council committee Tuesday approved an LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination bill.

Council members for and against the bill argued the protections will affect businesses.

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Updated 8:45 p.m. with additional information. 

A Jacksonville City Council committee voted Monday morning to recommend the full City Council vote yes on expanding the city’s human rights ordinances to protect LGBT people.

However, the Neighborhoods, Community Investments and Services Committee vote comes with a big change to the human rights bill 2017-15, regarding business exemptions.

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Jacksonville City Councilman Bill Gulliford said he’s planning to introduce an option for the public to vote on whether the city's’ human rights ordinances should protect LGBT people.

 

Gulliford announced his plans at a special City Hall meeting Thursday, where he invited speakers to discuss issues with a human-rights bill already moving through the council.

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A coalition of Jacksonville business owners gathered Tuesday outside of City Hall to express opposition to the proposed LGBT-inclusive Human Right Ordinance.

Small business owner and former Jacksonville City Council President Ginger Soud held a press conference announcing the formation of the small business coalition opposing the HRO and expressed her disapproval for the HRO.

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After more than seven hours of public comment over two days, a public hearing for a city council bill that would add LGBT protections to the city’s human rights ordinance concluded Wednesday afternoon.


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The Jacksonville City Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday on a bill that would expand protections for LGBT people.


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It’s not every day a multi-Emmy award winner hangs out in your workplace.

But it happened. And we’ll bring you hip hop violinist Damien Escobar on this episode of Redux.

We also give you the lowdown on the years-old saga involving the development of Metropolitan Park, and we’ll give an update about neonatal care in Orange Park.

But first, two stories that have gripped Jacksonville in recent years: expansion of the Human Rights Ordinance and pensions.

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Supporters are hoping the third time will be the charm in passing a bill to expand Jacksonville’s Human Rights Ordinance to cover the LGBT community.

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A bipartisan trio of Jacksonville City Council Members introduced a bill Wednesday that would expand the city’s human-rights ordinance to protect LGBT people.

Jacksonville’s existing human rights ordinance protects people from discrimination based on factors including race and age in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations. The bill would update the law to include sexual orientation and gender identity.


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Updated 4:49 p.m.

Controversial conservative Pastor Ken Adkins was arrested and charged with child molestation relating to an incident in 2010, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations announced Friday.


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Jacksonville City Councilman Tommy Hazouri says he will introduce new legislation to update the city's human rights ordinance to provide legal protection for LGBT residents.

Hazouri withdrew a similar bill earlier this year because there were not enough votes on the Council to pass the measure.

Now though, as the world mourns the victims of the mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Hazouri says the HRO has fresh urgency in Jacksonville.

Tommy Hazouri joins us to discuss the issue.

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Hundreds of Jacksonville residents gathered in Riverside’s Memorial Park Sunday evening to honor and mourn the victims of a mass shooting early Sunday morning at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando.


UNF Poll on Pension, HRO

A new poll shows Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has some work to do to build support for the pension tax referendum Duval County voters will decide this summer.

The new poll from UNF's Public Opinion Research Laboratory says 36 percent of local residents support the idea, with 24 percent opposed. Forty percent of respondents said they have no opinion on the matter.

Bill Gulliford is one of two city councilmen who sponsored -- and then recently withdrew -- bills related to expanding anti-discrimination protections to LGBT residents.

Gulliford’s bill would have put the question on a local ballot: Should people be allowed to turn someone down for a job, housing, or service in places like restaurants because they’re gay or transgender?

We speak with Jacksonville City Council Bill Gulliford about the issue.


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