When I came on board at Mazzoni earlier this year I had no idea that I would be given the opportunity to enhance the way that youth in schools all over Philadelphia learn about healthy sexuality. Our educational workshop series, “How to Love,” is inspired by the reality that students don’t have a standard setting to receive accurate and applicable information regarding Healthy Relationships, Reproduction and Birth Control, Gender and Sexual Identity, among many other topics.  Providing young people with a safe space to discuss these topics with their peers is both Read more...

UPDATE (May 13, 2016):  On the heels of the powerful speech by Attorney General Loretta Lynch last week, the U.S. Department of Education is issuing guidance to school districts telling them to allow students access to restrooms based on their gender identity. While the letter does not have the force of law, it contains an implicit threat of possible lawsuits or a loss of federal aid. Mazzoni Legal and Public Policy Director Thomas Ude, Jr. Read more...

Shawnese Givens Mazzoni Center LGBT Behavioral Health Counseling Philadelphia

Already this year, twenty-one transgender people have been murdered in the United States. Imagine how startling this figure is to a parent whose child has expressed gender nonconformity, or someone whose partner has just come out as trans. Fortunately, there are a growing number of organizations, including Mazzoni Center and the Trans-Health Information Project at GALAEI, that offer direct services, support and resources for trans or gender nonconforming individuals in the Philadelphia area. But where can Significant Others, Families, Friends or Allies of people of trans experience - also Read more...

#A1PHA program Mazzoni Center HIV/AIDS

    A few months ago, a member of our #A1PHA community at Mazzoni Center came in for assistance in writing his resume. In teaching him the skills to write a great resume, we had a conversation about his past as well as his goals. He shared the story of how he left his family at a young age because they weren’t accepting of his sexual orientation. In order to support himself, he was forced to drop out of high school so that he can take on a few part time “under the table Read more...