We were honored to join with GALAEI, Philly's Queer [email protected] Social Justice organization, on Monday, June 12 for their community BBQ in memory and recognition of the 49 lives taken at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida last year. 

It was an opportunity to gather in love and community with fellow service providers, friends and community members, to affirm the importance of safe spaces and of supporting vulnerable members of our communities, particularly LGBTQ people of color.

Guests at the event enjoyed food, Read more...

Pulse nightclub Orlando

On June 12, 2016, Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida was hosting their weekly "Latin Night."  The venue was packed with patrons – gay and straight, young and older – from the U.S., Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and elsewhere.  About 320 people were inside the club when at 2:02 a.m. a shooter entered the building and opened fire.  The ordeal went on for three hours before the gunman was brought down by police.

49 people were lost and 68 were injured others in the deadliest incident of violence against LGBTQ Read more...

On Saturday, June 3, Mazzoni Center’s The Real Impact Project (aka TRIP) is thrilled to welcome Big Freedia, aka the Queen of Bounce, for a night of music, dancing and community building at the University of the Arts in Center City Philadelphia.  TRIP is a social initiative designed to raise awareness regarding sexual health Read more...

March 31 marks the annual Trans Day of Visibility, created to celebrate the existence of trans and gender nonconforming people everywhere.  An important counterpoint to the annual Trans Day of Remembrance, TDOV is a reminder of the very real courage and resiliency trans people demonstrate every day, whether through public activism or simply through living as their authentic selves in a world where discrimination, harassment, and sometimes brutal violence is directed at them for no other reason than who they are.  It's also a great opportunity 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...

Earlier today the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations held a press conference to announce the release of their report on racism and discrimination in Philadelphia’s LGBTQ community. 
 
We would like to thank the members of the PCHR for all of their work in putting this report together.  We also thank the many individuals who came forward to share their stories and experiences, which was surely not an easy Read more...