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July 20th, 2019

Coming Out Day Breakfast

The 13th Annual Coming Out Day Breakfast is just around the corner. Due to the extraordinary support of our community, the Breakfast is SOLD OUT!

Thank you to all of our sponsors for this support of our young people!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

7:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
225 E Coastline Dr
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Event parking available in the Hyatt garage on Newnan Street.

General Information

The Coming Out Day Breakfast brings together people from small business, corporate, nonprofit, educational and professional communities that are active in supporting LGBT equality.

Thank you to our 25th Anniversary Sterling Sponsors

  • Hugh & Susan Greene
  • David & Monique Miller
  • The Chartrand Family
  • Florida Blue
  • The Jaguars Foundation
  • The Delores Barr Weaver Fund

To their support we add our Coming Out Day Breakfast Visionary Sponsors

  • VyStar Credit Union
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Macquarie Group
  • FIS
  • Preston Haskell

Our Champions for Change Sponsor

  • Citi

Our Top Leaders in Diversity

  • Baptist Health
  • Brightway Insurance
  • Wells Fargo
  • Barbara Drake

…and our Presenting Sponsor

June 24th, 2019

WayOUT Chooses JASMYN for 2019!

We are beyond thrilled to announce that JASMYN has been selected by WayOut as one of three organizations they’ll be supporting in 2019! WayOUT works to empower LGBTQ+ youth to feel safe being who they really are. We are proud to join OUTMemphis and Zebra Coalition as new members of the WayOUT family. Stay tuned!

June 17th, 2019

Coming Out Monologues This Weekend!

June 21 & 22, 2019

We are excited to promote the 8th Annual Coming Out Monologues, an annual production and fundraiser for JASMYN and PFLAG of Jacksonville! There are three show times to choose from:

Friday, June 21: 7 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, June 22: 1 – 3 p.m.
Saturday, June 22: 7 – 9 p.m.

Visit the COM Facebook page for a link to tickets. See you there!

February 25th, 2019

Ready to Stride for Pride?

The 8th Annual Strides for Pride 5K will be held on Saturday April 27, 2019.

Online registration closes at 12 noon on Friday, 4/26. The Registration Tent in Riverside Park opens at 7 AM on race day.

Strides for Pride brings the LGBTQ and Ally community together to support Jacksonville’s youth. This is a fun and exciting race for all skill levels. Be a part of it, and bring your family and friends to cheer participants along!

Registration for Runners and Running Team Captains is now open for the 5K and 1 Mile Fun Walk.

  • $25 early bird pricing through Saturday, March 23
  • $35.00 through Thursday, April 18
  • $40.00 through race day

New! – Here’s the Strides 2019 411 – info and course map: Strides for Pride 2019 Race 4-1-1

Looking for a way to engage the more than 1,000 runners and hundreds more supporters for your business, club, or restaurant? Sponsorship opportunities are available for a limited time! Sign up to be a sponsor by March 29 to be included on the race t-shirt. For more information contact Director of Development Loretta Prescott at

Want to volunteer? Email Liz Nolan ( to let her know!

Visit the event page on Facebook and let folks know you’re Striding for Pride! And don’t forget the Costume Contest! Post your pix on Facebook. We’ll identify three finalists and the crowd will choose the winner at Strides!

Virtual Fundraising – no sweaty brow required – is in full swing! You’ll be able to check out the fundraising captains competing for the top spot or you can create your own Virtual Running Team. Do you remember seeing those cool rainbow capes at Strides 2018? When you raise $250 or more in celebration of JASMYN’s 25th Anniversary, you’ll be named a “Sterling Strider” and get a rainbow cape for the run/walk! Let the games begin!

November 7th, 2018

Thanks to Everyone Who Gave on Giving Tuesday!

There’s Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and then #Giving Tuesday! We’re 94.5% of the way to our $1,000,000 #AIDSFreeJAX campaign goal and need your help to raise our final $27,000 by December 1, 2018 – World AIDS Day. Your #GivingTuesday donation gives JASMYN the ability to provide services aimed at reducing new HIV infections among young people throughout the North Florida community. We also help young people already living with HIV to connect with and remain in care that will improve their quality of life. Our goal is to make sure our LGBTQ young people become the first #AIDSFree generation!

Every dollar will be generously matched by the Delores Barr Weaver Fund. You can join us on #Giving Tuesday or make your gift now to be a partner in this amazing initiative. The 3-year #AIDSFreeJAX campaign ends on December 1. Give now to double your gift! Thank you for your help in stopping the HIV epidemic in its tracks!

To learn more about #AIDSFreeJAX, visit

August 7th, 2018

Thanks for being part of a great day!

12th Annual Coming Out Day Breakfast

Friday, October 19th, 2018
7:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
225 E Coastline Dr
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Event parking available in the Hyatt garage on Newnan Street

General Information:

The Coming Out Day Breakfast and Awards brings together people from small business, corporate, nonprofit, educational and professional communities that are active in supporting LGBT equality.

Keynote Speaker:

Darnell L. Moore

We are proud to announce that writer/advocate Darnell L. Moore will be our keynote speaker. With a theme of “Partnering to Empower Youth,” his personal experience and body of work will resonate with our young people as well as our audience. Mr. Moore’s advocacy centers on marginal identity, youth development and other social justice issues in the U.S. and abroad. He is a Senior Editor at MicNews, Co-managing Editor/Partner at The Feminist Wire and the author of “No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America,” a book he believes can help other young people in the same situation to save themselves from the suffering and trauma that he experienced as a child. Don’t miss Darnell Moore’s presentation! Please join us on October 19th!

Individual Ticket Information:

Individual tickets are $50 and we only have a limited number available.  Purchase your tickets now before they sell out!  If you need a vegetarian or kosher meal, please put that in the comments. Purchase Individual Tickets

Sponsorship Opportunities:

This year’s breakfast will be our largest yet!  Download information on becoming a sponsor by clicking here: 2018 Coming Out Day Breakfast Opportunities.

June 13th, 2018

New Prism Board Elected

Thank you to the new leaders of the JASMYN Prism Network. They will head up service, networking and fundraising projects for a full year with alumni and young professionals. After providing a meal at Drop-In in the Youth Center, the growing membership met at Crispy’s Springfield to approve the slate and begin organizing for 2018/2019.

Pictured below with outgoing inaugural chair Amy Glassman are:

  • Kyle Enriquez, Chair
  • Kaci Krstich, Chair-Elect
  • Jordan Bailey, Membership & Outreach Chair
  • Alesia Washington, Social Media & Communications Chair

To learn more about the JASMYN Prism Network, visit

December 28th, 2017

You Can Open Doors in the New Year

With partner agencies across the region, we are hoping to end LGBTQ+ youth homeless by 2020. It’s a tall order, but working together, each agency will bring their expertise to the table. JASMYN’s unique specialty is meeting every young person right where they are. We apply solutions as unique as each youth to build resilience, no matter what barriers they face.

JASMYN’s new Safety Net Resource Center will open even more doors for each young person who finds their way to JASMYN with no other place to go. With your help, campus renovations will add a laundry room and private showers, a kitchen for hot meals, mailboxes for each young person receiving housing support, and counseling rooms.

Give securely online today, or check out others ways to support JASMYN young people on our website. No matter how you give, we are grateful to be working with you to open doors for young people experiencing homelessness.

November 21st, 2017

#Grateful – Largest Breakfast to Date

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 11th Annual Coming Out Day Breakfast our best yet!

Just over a month ago, Nearly 600 folks joined us to honor the companies and organizations that are making Jacksonville a safer and more inclusive place for LGBTQ+ young people. Take a look at some of the folks who helped make it special in our photo album – tag yourself, your company, and your friends!

During the program, we also heard from young people experiencing homelessness and from experts working to solve it. In reviews of the day, the video was judged the most memorable part of the program. It is now uploaded for viewing online, and we are excited to share the link below. Click on the image below to open the video on our YouTube channel:

October 17th, 2017

SOLD OUT! 11th Annual Coming Out Day Breakfast

Coming Together…Opening Doors

Friday, October 20th, 2017
7:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront

Special Entry Instructions: While the Hyatt continues to recover from Hurricane Irma, the special event / ballroom level is open! Please enter from the 2nd floor of the Newnan garage. No entrance through the main level lobby is available at this time.

Should you or your guest with mobility challenges need access to the event floor via elevator, look for the Hyatt staff / security on the ground floor, who will assist you in accessing the building.

General Information:

The Coming Out Day Breakfast and Awards brings together people from small business, corporate, nonprofit, educational and professional communities that are active in supporting LGBT equality in 2017. All proceeds benefit JASMYN’s work with youth experiencing homelessness, surviving family rejection, living with HIV/AIDS, or working to become a leader of their generation.

Special thanks to the Host Committee, chaired by Hugh Greene of Baptist Health, for their dedication to supporting this event and the young people we serve.


Keynote Speaker –  Dr. Jama Shelton

Dr. Shelton is an Assistant Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in New York. Previously, Dr. Shelton served as the Deputy Executive Director of the True Colors Fund. In this role, Dr. Shelton was engaged in systemic change efforts directly informed by years of direct practice experience. Having worked in the areas of clinical practice with LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness, as well as program development, evaluation, research, technical assistance and training, Dr. Shelton brings a comprehensive understanding of the issues facing both LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness and also the service providers with whom they work.  Most recently, Dr. Shelton co-edited the peer-reviewed text Where Am I Going to Go? Intersectional Approaches to Ending LGBTQ2S Youth Homelessness in Canada and the US, published by the Canadian Homelessness Research Network Press.