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We know that trans and gender nonconforming youth face extremely high levels of rejection, discrimination, verbal and physical harassment at schools.  This has a direct connection to their disproportionate drop-out rates, as well as the higher incidence of homelessness, unemployment, and suicide attempts among trans/gnc youth.  
 
That's why we were alarmed to learn that the Department of Education and Department of Justice  Read more...
Mazzoni Center is proud to be one of the organizations partnering with the Philadelphia Bar Association in forming Take Action Philly (TAP), a new initiative bringing together Philadelphia lawyers, government agencies, community organizations, and residents to work together to protect some of the city’s most vulnerable residents.
 
The first event for this new initiative will be a convening to discuss Immigrant and Refugee Policy, including the recent Read more...
This Tuesday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m., our “Positive Living” support group will explore the subject of HIV/AIDS and mental health with psychiatric nurse practitioner Kyle McKinley.  If you are an LGBTQ person living with HIV/AIDS, we hope you’ll join us – and share this opportunity with others who might be interested. (This is a drop-in session, so no RSVP is required).  
 
In case you hadn’t heard, our long-running HIV/AIDS support group is Read more...
Mara Keisling

On February 10, Mazzoni Center recognized and honored Mara Keisling, Founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, at our eighth annual Justice in Action luncheon for her groundbreaking work on behalf of trans and nonbinary individuals within the LGBTQ community.

Shortly before the event, we spoke with Keisling to learn more Read more...

The Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill ealier today by a vote of 32-18 that would amend Pennsylvania’s current Abortion Control Act to change the current 24-week cutoff for abortions to 20 weeks except in cases of an extreme medical emergency. The bill would also make a safe, medically accepted technique called “dilation and evacuation” illegal, and would criminalize doctors for performing it.  

Opponents of the bill, including the Pennsylvania Medical Society, say the bill simply limits legal access Read more...

Feburary 7, 2017 marks the 16th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. NBHAAD was founded in 1999 in response to the growing epidemic of HIV and AIDS in Black communities. NBHAAD is a “testing and treatment community mobilization initiative” seeking to get people educated, involved, tested, and treated.

According to the CDC, African Americans are the racial/ethnic group most affected by HIV/AIDS, representing almost half of all new diagnoses, and among those diagnosed, gay and bisexual men are at the highest risk. The numbers of new diagnoses are falling Read more...