Reverend Gene Youngblood gives Lenny Curry advice on HRO community conversations
The sign outside of Reverend Youngblood's church before the 2015 election his son lost. Now the Reverend is giving Lenny Curry political advice on the HRO.

Youngblood sign

In a letter dated November 6, Reverend Gene Youngblood, best known for scuttling his son’s City Council campaign with a sign that read “homosexuals must repent or go to hell” outside his church, expressed some concerns about the “community conversations” scheduled to start next week on the subject of the Human Rights Ordinance expansion to LGBT people.

Youngblood assured Curry that “in the Christian community we continue to pray for you and your administration as you lead our great city in a direction that honors the Lord,” while contending that “those who are part of the movement to adopt an HRO… have their OWN agenda and plan for the direction of Jacksonville.”

Youngblood then offers objections to the locations of the community conversations as “FAR from conducive for all of our citizens to get to and from… completely dark… in some of the highest crime areas.”

To that end, Youngblood proposes open forums in each City Council district, such as in the Salem Center… where the Duval Republican Party holds its meetings.”

Youngblood graciously “believe[s Curry] to be a Christian based on campaign communications… therefore I know that you do realize the far-reaching impact for the future of our great city” if Jacksonville passes an HRO expansion, “as was the case in Houston Texas.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


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