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Roy at the checkout counter at work
Claire Goforth

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.

Debate Rages On Florida School Vouchers And LGBT Exclusion

Feb 3, 2020
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WJCT News

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said Monday a decision by Wells Fargo and Fifth Third Bank to pull contributions to a Florida school-voucher program is a “publicity stunt aimed at earning wokeness points with the radical left.”

Picture of van that dragged man.
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating a gruesome crime that happened early Friday morning on Jacksonville’s Northwest side.

Samuel Bogle / WJCT News

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams on Thursday announced a team of officers have volunteered as LGBT liaisons with the goal of helping police better communicate with the LGBTQ community.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

After months of protests and vigils for a string of transgender women killed in Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is holding a community forum Thursday about LGBT safety concerns.

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Following the shootings of four transgender women in Jacksonville this year, LGBT advocates have criticized the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office for identifying the victims as men and using their given names instead of chosen names. Three of the victims died.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

A group of advocates upset with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office’s handling of transgender shootings spoke out at the City Council meeting Tuesday evening.

Mark Wray / WJCT News

The Coming Out Monologues (COM) incorporates monologues created by First Coast community members telling their ‘coming out’ stories. It also has helped raise money for two local nonprofits.

New Pediatric Initiative In Jacksonville Geared Toward LGBT Community

Jun 13, 2018
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A new collaboration between pediatricians in Jacksonville is geared toward providing medical and mental health services to youth in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community as well as their families.

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The Clowder Group via YouTube

As with any other older adults, LGBT seniors face the typical challenges of aging, but because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, they are at a higher risk for abuse, isolation, discrimination and exploitation.

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Some LGBTQ advocates are looking for a stronger relationship with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, after they said police misidentified a transgender shooting victim as a man in February.  

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

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LGBT advocates are upset with the way the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is identifying a deceased shooting victim who they say was a transgender woman. Police haven’t announced any arrests in the murder.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

A year after a gunman opened fire at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub, killing 49, young LGBT students at the University of North Florida joined school staff and counselors to reflect upon the tragedy.


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.


Jacksonville LGBT advocates are concerned about a bill making its way through the Florida House.

Florida House Bill 17, sponsored by Palm Bay Republican Randy Fine, would repeal local business regulations not specifically authorized by state law.


Bonnie Zerr / WJCT

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.


Jacksonville Passes LGBT-Inclusive HRO, 12-6

Feb 13, 2017
Lindsay Kilbride / WJCT News

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. 

Richard Datchler / Flickr

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.


LGBT Acceptance Survey

A new survey from the national LGBT rights advocacy group GLAAD finds growing acceptance for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community across the country, even in the traditionally more conservative southern states.

However, other indicators in the "Accelerating Acceptance" survey show that complacency may be setting in for some LGBT allies.

We discuss the survey, media representation of LGBT citizens, and local efforts for LGBT rights with Dan Merkan, chair of the Jacksonville Coalition for Equality, and Ross Murray, director of U.S. south and global programs for GLAAD.

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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.

Gun Control

Monday night, the U.S. Senate rejected four measures to enact tighter control on firearms in the United States.

The amendments were proposed following the mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando last week.

Senators from both the Republican and Democratic parties introduced measures they said would have strengthened background checks and prevented suspected terrorists from obtaining weapons.

We discuss last night's vote with Josh Gellers, assistant professor of political science at the University of North Florida.

Kelsey Oates

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.

LGBT Latino Community

More than 90 percent of the victims of the mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando were Latino.

Florida has the third-largest Hispanic population in the country, so the attack has sent ripples throughout Latino communities all around the state.

According to a 2013 report by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, an estimated 1.4 million Latinos in the United States identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Many of those residents face those challenges up in a culture rooted in machismo, religion and rigid gender norms. As adults, LGBT Latinos can sometimes feel isolated from their families, and from the larger LGBT community as well.

We examine the impact the tragedy is having on the LGBT Latino community with Cindy Watson, executive director of JASMYN, Manny Andrade, Latino outreach coordinator with the Northeast Florida AIDS Network, and Mario DeCuto, who serves on the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission.

Tommy Hazouri

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.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

More than 30 people, many of them high schoolers, took two hours to address the Duval County School Board Monday night about the district’s policies toward transgender students.

The board heard opposing views on how it deals with accommodations like restrooms, with the majority of speakers in favor of the district’s current policy.

Orlando Shooting

Investigators continue their efforts to piece together what led to a shooting rampage Sunday at an Orlando gay nightclub.

The mass shooting is the worst in modern American history, with at least 50 people killed and at least 53 injured.

Twenty-nine-year-old Omar Mateen was killed by police at the Pulse nightclub early Sunday morning after opening fire on clubgoers inside

WMFE reporter Brendan Byrne joins us with the latest from Orlando.

We then hear local reaction from Jimmy Midyette, attorney and member of the Jacksonville Coalition for Equality, Dr. Parvez Ahmed, UNF professor and member of the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission, and Eric Friday, attorney and 2nd Amendment advocate.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

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.


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Updated 11:53 a.m.

The Duval County Public School Board will meet privately to discuss a lawsuit against its policy of allowing transgender students to use restrooms matching their identified gender.

Private “shade” meetings are allowed under Sunshine Law when the body is discussing litigation.

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Ted Eytan / Flickr

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Department of Children and Families is under fire for backing off of part a proposal that would protect LGBT kids who live in group homes from discrimination — including so-called "conversion therapy" aimed at changing their sexual orientation.

Watson in JASMYN offices
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

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.


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