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...

The Board of Mazzoni Center joins with our staff in a shared commitment to address the issues of racism, bias, and discrimination within our LGBTQ communities. As a health and wellness organization serving this community, combating discrimination and recognizing and responding to its very real harm is central to Mazzoni’s mission. 

Board and staff are pro-actively taking steps to examine all internal processes to assure transparency and equity.

Creating Read more...

This is a difficult morning for many of us.  We are shaken, saddened, and scared as we witness the deep division of our nation.

For many of us, the results of yesterday’s election appear to endorse, reward, or at the very least forgive expressions of racism, misogyny, homophobia and transphobia, xenophobia, bullying, inciting violence and more.

So now, more than ever, we have to stand up for each other.  We have to be there for each other as colleagues and friends, as individuals and as communities.  We have to continue and deepen the work of healing Read more...