Note: this post was written by Maurice McCants-Pearsall, MBA, who serves as a project coordinator for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, AIDS Activities Coordinating Office , and originally appeared in the special 2016 World AIDS Day issue of the Philadelphia Gay News.  We thought it was a terrific overview of the CLUB Read more...

Many of us are coming to grips with anxious feelings in the wake of last week's election, including LGBTQ-identified young people.  How can we help them to live and thrive in a country where our President-elect and Vice President-elect have expressed and/or endorsed strong feelings against queer folks, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, poor folks - and all of those at the intersections of these identities?
 
Here are five immediate steps advisers, educators, parents, and allies can take to support queer young people Read more...
Lead Navigation Specialist Eran Sargent, MSW
Growing up as an adolescent of color and as a member of the LGBT community, I can vividly recall the fear and angst I would experience at even the slightest mention of HIV. It was a virus that was never thoroughly explained or a topic that was never truly explored, but I was always very scared to know my own status because of the negative things I heard. This was a sentiment that was very common among my friends and peer groups.  Even now, for many reasons, such as stigma and discrimination, I believe people are still afraid to have candid conversations about HIV, sexual health, and Read more...
Philadelphia Trans Health Conference Mazzoni Center
The 15th annual Philadelphia Trans Health Conference is less than one month away!
 
Last summer we welcomed more than 4,000 attendees from all over the country and the world to the Pennsylvania Convention Center over the course of three days.
 
This year’s event takes place June 9-11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and we’ve got a diverse and dynamic lineup of approximately 230 workshops lined up for the general track of the conference - which is FREE to Read more...

40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ.

 

Since 2009 there has been a 73% increase in Read more...

Every February, the prevention team at Mazzoni Center observes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day with educational programming, outreach activities and HIV testing at events and in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. February 7 has passed but, for people living with HIV, every day brings awareness to the virus and the stigma that still exist.
 
Another day we celebrated in February is Valentine’s Day. For those who are single it can be a day to dread. This holiday can even be harder for those living with HIV, as love, romance and relationships may Read more...