The City of Philadelphia has now moved into an initial green phase of activities on July 3. This included:

  • Residential swimming pools and private swim clubs
  • Zoos (outside only)
  • Personal services such as salons, barbers, and spas
  • Small indoor social and religious gatherings (up to 25 people)
  • Casinos
  • Indoor shopping malls
  • Museums and libraries
  • Outdoor group recreational and sports activities for youth and adults
  • Outdoor performances and small outdoor events (up to 50 people)
  • Schools and
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My name is Aleks. I’m a soon to be 24 year old male to female transgender girl. I’ve battled gender dysphoria most of my life & I’m now two years into my gender transition both medically, legally & socially. As they say a picture is worth a thousand words. But both pictures above represent a very unique & rare story. The one is of a very confused & depressed “little boy” & the other is of a girl who always lived hidden inside.

But what most people couldn’t begin to fathom was just what it took to bring me into the world. After Read more...

I remember the moment when I knew deep inside that I was a girl. I was three years old and was watching "The Little Mermaid" and I just swore up and down that I would be Ariel when I grew up. I innocently told my father that I wanted to be Ariel and was going to marry Prince Eric when I grew up, and that didn't really go over too well. Unfortunately, I was told that I was a boy and I needed to act like it and that anything else was wrong and completely unacceptable. This would trigger the fear and shame that I would carry with me as I made desperate attempts to hide who I was Read more...

You are not in this alone; we are all in this together. For the past several weeks Mazzoni Center has been saying this as we cope with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nothing demonstrates how together we gone through this together better than the Evolutions support group.   Just like most of our groups, Evolutions had to suspend in-person meetings in late March due to the stay-at-home order in Pennsylvania. These new barriers didn’t deter group members who immediately started to plan on how to stand together, while staying apart.  

They started meeting

Today Celena Morrison, Executive Director at the Office of LGBT Affairs, City of Philadelphia shares her coming out story:

I was 12 years old when I came out to my Mother. I had what I believed was, a really serious crush on this boy in class and I decided that I was going to tell my mother so she wouldn't be shocked when Arthur became my boyfriend. I showed signs of determination, early.

So early one afternoon I called my mother into my bedroom and asked her to sit down. I said to her "I know that I am a girl" she then hugged me and said "Don