In light of the recent news surrounding being assaulted and the LGBTQ communities, it’s essential for advocates and allies to rally together to remind victims and survivors of sexual and physical assault that they are believed, are heard, and will be supported. Here are some tips from lotus. facilitators Radha Prabakaran and Quinn Pellerito about why it is important to believe and support survivors.

Victims and survivors of crimes like hate crimes, sexual violence, interpersonal violence, and stalking often are met with disbelief. This is unfortunate Read more...
We are excited to announce the newly-formed Interdisciplinary Review Committee (IRC) for the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference. The IRC was created in response to community feedback, in an effort to continue to both center and expand diverse trans leadership in program selection for PTWC 2019. The IRC, which is comprised of transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) and non-binary community members as well as TGNC and non-binary Mazzoni Center staff, is tasked with reviewing proposals and selecting workshops for the conference, as well as providing input on other programmatic Read more...

On Sunday, The New York Times reported on a memo drafted by the Trump Administration that could lead to regulatory attempts to define gender as “as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with.”

The Times outlined that the memo, drafted by the Department of Health & Human Services, threatens to dramatically roll-back protections for transgender and gender nonconforming communities and narrow the Read more...

Sometimes justice is swift. In a rare move, a unanimous panel of the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued its ruling an hour after today’s oral argument, ruling in favor of the Boyertown, Pennsylvania Area School District and the District’s policy that respects and affirms trans students by allowing students to use locker rooms and restrooms that correspond to their gender identity.

This ruling is a victory for students in Boyertown, and for students in school districts throughout Pennsylvania. Now, the many other school districts who support trans students with Read more...

Mazzoni Center joins 418 healthcare providers nationwide who earned the “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader” designation for 2018.
 
“With some of our biggest battles still ahead of us, it is crucial that institutions continue to demonstrate that the march toward full equality is not slowing down,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The 626 participants in this year’s HEI continue this march in partnership with the LGBTQ community and we commend them for their leadership. For over a decade, the HEI has been the roadmap to closing Read more...

Mazzoni Center is pleased to announce a week of special events celebrating the trans community leading up to International Transgender Day of Visibility on Saturday, March 31. The series of events is being planned and hosted by trans and non-binary Mazzoni Center staff and their allies, with executive support.