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We are pleased to announce the Mazzoni’s Sisterly L.O.V.E. program has been awarded $6,000 from the Bread & Roses Community Fund’s Future Fund.  The award was part of Bread & Roses’ Spring 2017 Giving Project, which distributed a total of $266,000 in grants to local movements and groups “fighting for real change.”

Developed for transgender women by transgender women,  Sisterly L.O.V.E. seeks to provide its members with leadership development and skill-building training, with the Read more...

Did you know…?
49% of LGBTQ students report being cyber bullied 
55.5% of students feel unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation
38.7% because of their gender expression
 
Across the globe, millions of people go purple on Spirit Day, observed on the third Thursday of October, to stand against bullying and support LGBTQ youth. Purple signifies “spirit” on the gay pride flag
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Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America in the 2016 NYC Pride Parade
Mazzoni Center is proud to join with more than 50 organizations dedicated to LGBTQ equality and/or gun violence protections from around the U.S. in taking a stand against gun violence.
 
In an open letter posted by the Arcus Foundation, and circulated on a number of websites, this coalition of agencies points out that the June 12 massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, which took the lives of 49 people, Read more...
“Safe space” is a phrase that comes up frequently in our work — so frequently, in fact, that I had not stopped to fully and truly consider its meaning for a long time. Until last week.
 
In the LGBTQ community, we think of safe spaces as places like bars, clubs and community centers, where people gather to be themselves, to express themselves, to be affectionate with one another, to seek friendship, support and love. The idea is that a safe space allows you to do any or all these things fearlessly and without judgment.
All of us are reeling from the news of early Sunday morning’s mass murder at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida that has left at least 49 people dead and many more severely injured.  
 
As more details about the tragic act of violence have been confirmed, we now know that this was a deliberate attack on an LGBTQ space, and specifically a space for queer Latinx people, who made up the vast majority of those killed and wounded, to come together and find community.  It is believed that at least half of those murdered were Read more...
March to End Rape Culture

According to the Sexual Violence in the Transgender Community Survey, one in two transgender individuals are sexually abused or assaulted at some point in their lives. Some reports even estimate this number to be as high as 66%, with the most impacted communities being transgender youth, transgender people of color, individuals living with disabilities, homeless individuals, and those involved in the sex trade.

In 2015 alone, at least 20 trans women in the United States have been murdered. This is a state Read more...