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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, March 1, 2022

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First hour: Why are so many people turning away from religion?

Second hour: Discussing Florida's "Don't Say Gay" bill

Why are so many people turning away from religion? In a new study, Pew Research reports the highest number ever recorded of Americans who report no religious affiliation: 29 percent, nearly double from 2007. One of the main drivers is the perception of political and social stances taken by American churches. But there are plenty of churches with different approaches to politics and social matters, so why are so many people turning away from religion entirely? Our guests explain:

  • Quinn Avery, local health coordinator
  • Brian Gravelle, local activist
  • Millie Sefranek, Henrietta resident and former Evangelical

Then in our second hour, the state of Florida is debating a piece of legislation that has come to be known as the "Don't Say Gay" bill. It would limit what could be taught or discussed in classrooms about LGBTQ identity and health. In Texas, Republican leadership has issued orders that compare gender-affirming surgery to child abuse. Years after the Supreme Court's recognition of equal marriage, the LGBTQ community says that progress continues to be unsteady and threatened. Our guests discuss it:

  • Kelly Clark, Ed.D., independent trainer and consultant
  • Scott Fearing, organization development specialist in the HR Office of Learning and Organizational Development at the University of Rochester
  • Katherine Greenberg, M.D., associate dean for equity and inclusion, vice chair of diversity and culture development in the Department of Pediatrics, and director of gender health services in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Sarah Mueller, freelance reporter for WFSU Public Media
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Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
Emmarae Stein is the production assistant for "Connections with Evan Dawson."