Hyatt Riverfront (Jacksonville, FL) – In celebration of October being Pride Month, on October 18th, JASMYN hosted its annual breakfast to draw attention to Coming Out Day. Coming Out Day is an annual recognition and celebration of all of those that have come out as LGBTQIA+, or to encourage others who may be struggling to do the same.
The day provided two keynote speakers, Jacksonville native Javontae Williams, a nurse and nationally recognized public health advocate, currently serving as the HIV Prevention Program Manager at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, and Sam Ames (they/he), who is the Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs at The Trevor Project.
We at HOPE would like to congratulate VyStar Credit Union CEO Brian Wolfburg who was awarded this year’s Diamond award. JASMYN’s Diamond Award is their highest honor for persons who have significantly contributed to the safety, health and well-being of LGBTQ young people in Jacksonville. This year’s JASMYN Emerald Award was presented to Dr. Raoul Sanchez of the Carithers Pediatric Group. Sr. Sanchez was recognized as an outstanding individual volunteer working with JASMYN for the well-being of LGBTQIA+ young people in Northeast Florida.
HOPE has been working as a community partner with JASMYN for the past 3 years supporting their organizations mission, and their signature “Strides for Pride” event for two consecutive years in a row. HOPE is proud to be working with such a wonderful organization!
JASMYN supports the empowerment of LGBTQIA+ young people through leadership, advocacy, resources, and a safe and affirming community. JASMYN chose the national day of observation, Coming Out Day, to celebrate diversity in our Northeast Florida workforce. Our breakfast honors the work of individual leaders, employee resource groups, corporations and non-profit partners while focusing support for our LGBTQ young people. JASMYN is located at 929 Peninsular Pl, Jacksonville, FL 32204 and can also be contacted at 904-389-3857.
About HOPE Across the Globe
HOPE Across the Globe, Inc. is a local medical 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization providing treatment and patient care, prevention, testing, and education for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, sexually transmitted infections (STI) and PrEP on a daily basis. The group has provided an Awareness Campaign in the local Jacksonville area with free HIV testing, funding for testing of local high-risk populations as well as provided medications, supplies and educational materials to a rural hospital and HIV clinics in western Panama and Lima, Peru.