LGBTQ

Weighing privacy issues, a federal appeals court has sided with a transgender student who argued his constitutional rights were violated when the St. Johns County school district prevented him from using boys’ restrooms at his high school.

hand grabbing an lgbtq+ flag, there are others in the background doing the same.
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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 Jacksonville nonprofit JASMYN is adding a new safety-net resource center to support homeless young people at its Riverside campus.

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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.

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The largest survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex adults ever conducted in Northeast Florida finds 74.5 percent of LGBTI respondents have experienced “everyday discrimination,” such as being disrespected, threatened or harassed.

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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.

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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.  

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we discussed recent national and local news involving transgender people with Director of the University of North Florida LGBT Resource Center Kaitlin Legg (01:18).    

Our Book Club blogger feature this month was Snow by legendary Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk (23:12).

Kedgar Volta and Joash Brunet, the creators of Brighter 2Gether, gave us a preview of the amazing display they are bringing to Five Points this weekend (46:00).  


Media Roundtable

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Paula Horvath, Florida Times-Union reporter; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; Claire Goforth, Folio Weekly editor; and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk.

Topics include lawsuits against the Duval County and Clay County school districts over transgender students and bathrooms, the latest in the El Faro investigation, and more.

LGBTQ Workshop

City of Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach City Commissioner Maria Mark is running for re-election this month after occupying the position for the past four years.

Mark is best known for leading the effort to pass the first and only inclusive human rights ordinance or HRO in Northeast Florida. The ordinance bans acts of discrimination against LGBT residents and visitors in Atlantic Beach.

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Transgender advocates in Jacksonville are discussing how Caitlyn Jenner’s national coverage has sparked conversation and promote awareness concerning transgender issues at the local level.

Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, posed for the cover of Vanity Fair this month. The cover photo went viral when it was released and was shared all over social media.

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Today in downtown Jacksonville from 4 to 6 a group of transgender activists is demonstrating against a proposed Florida law. Two House committees have passed the measure preventing people from entering bathrooms unless their gender at birth matches the gender on the door. The legislation now sits in a committee chaired by Jacksonville Republican Charles McBurney. The activists are using tonight’s Art Walk to demonstrate outside McBurney’s Laura Street office.

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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Hundreds of same-sex couples married across Florida today, the first day their unions are recognized in the state. WJCT was at the Duval County Courthouse to report on the historic day.

Timm Purcell and Garlyn Purcell became the first same-sex couple to get married in Duval County in front of the courthouse.

Florida’s statewide ban on gay marriage ended just after midnight, and same-sex couples lined up to apply for marriage licenses before seven in the morning.

Same-Sex Marriages Start In Miami-Dade

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  With same-sex marriages ready to start Tuesday across the state, a circuit judge allowed gay couples to go ahead and begin getting married Monday in Miami-Dade County.

Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel lifted a stay of an earlier ruling that found the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Zabel made the move as court clerks throughout Florida prepare to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples Tuesday because of a separate ruling by a federal judge.

Same-sex marriage in the state of Florida is still illegal, but city commissioners in Fort Lauderdale have signed a resolution in support of it.

While the resolution will not legalize same-sex marriage, proponents say it's important that Fort Lauderdale make its stance opposing the statewide ban known, the Sun Sentinel reports.

Coming Out Monologues Jacksonville / Facebook

They’re stories of discovering, falling into, falling out of, learning from, and growing from love.

MBA Orlando, Central Florida's LGBT Chamber of Commerce, is starting a campaign to bring same sex newlyweds to the state. Activists say Central Florida alone will lose $154 million in potential revenue over the next three years if the state does not pass a marriage equality measure.

Openly gay U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and New Jersey waitress Dayna Morales will donate some of the tips she has been receiving from across the country to the Jacksonville-based Wounded Warriors Project. A photo of a nearly $100 check with an anti-gay message left in place of a tip she received went viral online last week.

Equality Florida

Hours after the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) cleared a crucial vote in the U.S. Senate, state lawmakers called for passage of a bill with similar protections for Florida's LGBT community.

Florida State Representatives Joe Saunders (D-Orlando) and Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo) were among the lawmakers who rallied at the Florida State Capitol on Tuesday afternoon for passage of the Florida Competitive Workforce Act, or FCWA.

London, Forrest High School, and the Florida National Guard are in the headlines today.

Update at 6:47 p.m. Senate Passes Bill:

With a vote of 61-30, the Senate voted to move forward on legislation that would prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The vote Monday opens the floor to debate on the bill and the Senate is expected to schedule a full vote by week's end.

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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. 

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The new documentary film Six Words will tell the story of inclusion - or lack of inclusion - of the LGBTQ community in the City of Jacksonville’s Human Rights Ordinance.

"It's an issue with political, economic and social ramifications extending far beyond our city’s borders," says Emmy- and Edward R. Murrow-award winning producer Bill Retherford.