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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.

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  The Jacksonville nonprofit JASMYN is adding a new safety-net resource center to support homeless young people at its Riverside campus.

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we learned about a new survey of Northeast Florida’s LBGT residents that shows many are still experiencing discrimination in the workplace and the community at large. President of the LGBT Community Fund for Northeast Florida Michael Meyers and Cindy Watson, director of JASMYN, joined the show (01:15).      

Monday on First Coast Connect, in the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order to end subsidies for health insurance companies we spoke with Florida Blue and GuideWell CEO Pat Geraghty (01:06).

We heard about  a survey by the LGBT Community Fund for Northeast Florida of the LGBT community and the upcoming sold-out Coming Out Day Breakfast at the Downtown Hyatt. We were joined by LGBT

Community Fund President Michael Meyers and Executive Director of JASMYN, the Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network, Cindy Watson (26:03).   

First Coast YMCA director of corporate and community engagement Dana Troeger told us about this weekend’s Fitness Fusion at Daily’s Place Flex Field (38:23).

Cole Pepper talked about the Jaguars loss to the Los Angeles Rams, this past weekend’s college games and the first game of the Jacksonville Icemen (44:00). 


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The rate of syphilis infection has risen 130 percent in Duval County over the past three years to the highest infection rate the county has seen in two decades. Rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea are also on the rise.

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Local organizations are joining forces to help the youngest and most vulnerable homeless people of the First Coast.

Monday on “First Coast Connect” we discussed the problem of homelessness among youths in the LBGTQ community with Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network executive director Cindy Watson; Dawn Gilman, chief executive officer of Changing Homelessness Inc.; and Kim Sirdevan, president and chief executive officer of the Youth Crisis Center. Flamingo Magazine publisher Jamie Rich told us what we’ll find in the spring edition of the publication and JTC Running president Larry Roberts gave us a preview of Saturday’s 40th edition of the Gate River Run.  


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The Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network has raised $700,000 toward eliminating HIV and AIDS in Jacksonville with a campaign called  #AIDSFreeJax.

The LGBT nonprofit announced its progress Thursday, in observance of World AIDS Day, and at a time when Jacksonville ranks third in the state for new cases of HIV.Florida ranks second in the country.

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More than 6,000 Jacksonville residents are living with HIV or AIDS in Jacksonville and new diagnoses are happening in people at younger and younger ages.

This week, organizations like the Northeast Florida Aids Network set up events to spread awareness — and protection.


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The Buckman Bridge Unitarian Universalist Church and its Welcoming Congregation Ministry are celebrating Marriage Equality Day on Saturday by performing mini weddings in the sanctuary from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Manny Andrade, Cindy Watson and Mario DeCuto appeared on Thursday’s First Coast Connect to talk about the challenges facing Jacksonville's LGBT community, especially those in the Latino and Hispanic communities.

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A Jacksonville organization for young LGBT people is hoping a new grant will help prevent the spread of HIV among the city’s most susceptible residents.  

The Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation are giving more than $50,000 dollars toward its fight.


Over the past 15 years, the global response to HIV/AIDS has vastly slowed the spread of the disease, averting more than 30 million new HIV infections and nearly eight million deaths since 2000.

New HIV infections are down 35 percent in the past 15 years, and AIDS-related deaths have fallen by more than 40 percent in about the same period. The discovery of antiretroviral treatments in the 1990s turned an HIV diagnosis from a death sentence into a chronic illness. But even though new HIV drugs can save lives, and halt the transmission of the virus, there remain big gaps in access to treatment.

Here in town, the local LGBT group JASMYN this week announced the new three-year AIDSFreeJax Campaign to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, primarily among Northeast Florida youth who are at particular risk.

We speak with Cindy Watson, executive director of JASMYN, and First Coast physician Dr. Dori Russ.


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LGBT youth advocacy group JASMYN is announcing a $500,000 gift from the Dolores Barr Weaver Fund.

The gift is a matching fund meant to help the group meet its goal of eliminating youth HIV/AIDS in Jacksonville.


Legislation is moving ahead in Tallahassee that would allow concealed firearms on the state’s college campuses. This as a new poll finds the majority of Floridians oppose allowing students to carry weapons on campus. Supporters of the bill argue it would make colleges safer, while opponents question the need to allow weapons in the already stress-filled college environment.

UNF's OneJax Institute will examine gun control and gun rights issues this week in the latest edition of their Civil Discourse series of panel discussions. We preview that forum with UNF President John Delaney and Cord Byrd, local attorney and NRA representative.


Marc Caputo, Florida reporter for POLITICO, joins us to discuss the current special session to redraw the state's Congressional district map after a Florida Supreme Court ruling found they violated anti-gerrymandering amendments. We also discuss potential challengers to Rep. Corrine Brown's seat now that her district will likely be changed.

 


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We speak with Downtown Investment Authority CEO Aundra Wallace and governing board chairman Oliver Barakat about the group's plans for redeveloping Jacksonville's urban core. The DIA has ambitious plans for both the North and South banks of the St. Johns River, and long term goals that include developing vacant tracts of city-owned land and bringing 10,000 new residents to downtown.

In WJCT’s StoryCorps OutLoud series, we’re hearing from Jacksonville residents who are part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Each week, WJCT’s Lindsey Kilbride shares a conversation recorded by the StoryCorps oral history project. All the participants are linked by the local LGBTQ youth support group, JASMYN. 

In WJCT’s StoryCorps OutLoud series, we’re hearing from Jacksonville residents who are part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Each week, WJCT’s Lindsey Kilbride shares a conversation recorded by the StoryCorps oral history project. All the participants are linked by the local LGBTQ youth support group, JASMYN.

Bruce Musser and Tina Wirth are friends. Both are gay, in their 40s and serve as board members for JASMYN. But the similarities end with how they came to terms with their sexuality.

In WJCT’s StoryCorps OutLoud series, we’re hearing from Jacksonville residents who are part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Each week, WJCT’s Lindsey Kilbride shares a conversation recorded by the StoryCorps oral history project. All the participants are linked by the local LGBT youth support group, JASMYN.

In WJCT’s StoryCorps OutLoud series, we’re hearing from Jacksonville residents who are part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Each week, WJCT’s Lindsey Kilbride shares a conversation recorded by the StoryCorps oral history project. All the participants are linked by the local LGBT youth support group, JASMYN.

In WJCT’s StoryCorps OutLoud series, we’re hearing from Jacksonville residents who are part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Each week, WJCT’s Lindsey Kilbride shares a conversation recorded by the StoryCorps oral history project. All the participants are linked by the local LGBT youth support group, JASMYN.

Cindy Watson is the Executive Director of JASMYN and she's been there from the beginning, that's 20 years.

Watson and her wife Garnett Harrison remember the early days of JASMYN, when the community was far less accepting.

In WJCT’s StoryCorps OutLoud series, we’ll hear from Jacksonville residents who are part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Each week, WJCT’s Lindsey Kilbride will share a conversation recorded by the StoryCorps oral history project. All the participants are linked by the local LGBTQ youth support group, JASMYN. The organization recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.

Ernie Selorio Jr. was a gay teenager in the early 90s.  It was then that he and his family moved from Washington DC to Jacksonville.

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Local LGBT advocates are calling a new federal policy position on the rights of same-sex couples "historic."

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The forecast calls for rain this weekend, but that doesn't mean there aren't a host of options for getting out of the house and out of the rain.

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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.