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'There is never a time that there's not a void for the family member who isn't here:' Orange Park woman wants permission to see her brother in prison

ORANGE PARK, Fla. — Florida has the third-largest prison system in the nation with roughly 80,000 inmates across more than 50 prisons. Not all the inmates have family members who visit faithfully, but when one Orange Park grandmother was no longer allowed to visit her brother, she reached out to First Coast News for help.
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Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' law fuels anti-LGBTQ hate online

- Research that analyzed social media posts finds that hateful references to gays, lesbians, and other LGBTQ people surged online after Florida passed a law that bars instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade. References to pedophiles and " grooming " rose by more than...
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This Old Florida Shrine Celebrates the Mother of the Virgin Mary

LightningLoader, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Common. When you think of old shrines made with stone and tile, you likely conjure images of shrines in Europe, Jerusalem, or Thailand. But, you might be surprised to know that Florida has a religious shrine, and it was dedicated to the mother of the Virgin Mary, St. Anne. Of the shrine, the Lakeland Ledger has written:

‘Groomer’ smears exploded on social media after Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, report finds

Hateful references to LGBT+ people and their allies exploded on social media platforms following Florida’s passage of what opponents have called the “Don’t Say Gay” law, while online networks have failed to combat surging homophobic and transphobic attacks, according to a report.Research from the Human Rights Campaign and the Center for Countering Digital Hate found that the use of slurs like “groomer” and “pedophile” surged by more than 400 per cent within the month after the bill was signed into law, which broadly prohibits classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity and could open schools to lawsuits aimed...

Nessel joins coalition challenging Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' law

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined 15 other attorneys general in opposition to Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act, otherwise known as the “Don’t Say Gay” law. The law bans discussions of gender identity and sexual orientation in Florida classrooms through...

'Women Against Matt Gaetz' group gains traction in Florida's First Congressional District

NICEVILLE — A group calling itself "Women Against Matt Gaetz," formed less than two weeks ago, has already organized a successful protest and accumulated 5,800 Facebook followers.  Samantha Herring, Walton County's elected Democratic State Committeewoman, started the group and established the site after Gaetz made national news by branding female abortion rights protesters as "just...

Charlie Crist blames Ron DeSantis for Panhandle school Black hero controversy

‘This is the sad reality of Ron DeSantis’ Florida.’. U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist is blaming Gov. Ron DeSantis for the treatment of a Pensacola-area teacher who walked out after a district employee removed pictures of historic Black “heroes” from his classroom walls. The Pensacola News Journal on...

ACLU of Florida Condemns the Discriminatory and Political Decision of the Florida Board of Medicine to Initiate Rulemaking To Ban Life-Saving Medical Care for Transgender Youth in Florida

The Board of Medicine voted to accept a petition from the Florida Department of Health to create new rules changing the standard of care for gender dysphoria with the goal of banning any gender-affirming care for Floridians under the age of 18. MIAMI, Fla., - Today, the Florida Board of...

AIA Florida Northwest’s PensaCan 2022 Now Accepting Build Team Registrations

The annual event benefits the hungry served by Manna Food Bank. Build team registrations are being accepted now for PensaCan 2022 – an event led by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Florida Northwest to fight hunger in our community. This year PensaCan will take place September 29 through October 7. Teams are strongly encouraged to register in August, though teams will be accepted through September 9.