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About Jacksonville Coalition for Equality

The Jacksonville Coalition for Equality is a group of concerned citizens committed to securing passage of an updated Human Rights Ordinance in Jacksonville. The updated ordinance needs to include protections for sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in employment, housing and public accommodations. We operate with transparency, mutual respect and hard work.


JCE includes a diverse range of people, including many straight allies, who share a common passion: to make Jacksonville a fully inclusive and welcoming community – in law and in practice. Participants include leaders, activists and interested citizens from local business, civic and religious organizations. See yourself in the picture? We welcome new members enthusiastically.

Steering Team

A steering team coordinates and directs JCE activities. Steering team members are Dan Merkan (Chair), Bobbie O’Connor, Sandy Bond, Karl Bach, Jimmy Midyette, David Johnson, Natishia June, Joey McKinnon, Cam W., Chevara Orrin, Tricia Russell, Dwan Love, Mary Hirsch, Meredith O’Malley Johnson, Mone Holder, Nancy Broner, Wells Todd, James Eddy, and Evin Willman.

Operating Committees

All JCE members are strongly encouraged to participate on at least one committee. The committees are: Legislative, Faith, Small Business, Communications/Education, Program, Straight Allies, Field, and Gender Identity/Expression Education.Meetings

The Steering Team and full coalition meets every month. Committees meet monthly or as needed. Minutes of meetings of the Steering Team and full coalition are distributed to members.

Partner Organizations

Fairness and opportunity are good for everyone. So it’s no surprise that JCE has a wide range of partners in the business, faith-based and civic communities. We’re proud to list some of them here: