Mazzoni Center Announces Weeklong Celebration Recognizing Transgender Day of Visibility

For Immediate Release:
Philadelphia, PA  3/14/2018
Contact
Larry Benjamin
Director of Communications
215-563-0652 x 703
 

Mazzoni Center Announces Weeklong Celebration Recognizing Transgender Day of Visibility

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. 
 
“There is a need to show that transgender people are thriving and making change throughout the city of Philadelphia. The purpose of Trans Week of Visibility is to send a message of affirmation and support to our transgender patients and clients, as well as the community at large,” said Riley Marcano, event co-chair.
 
“We are honored to host this event which will showcase the talent and life experiences of our Trans and non-binary staff and community leaders,” added Stephen A. Glassman, interim CEO.  
 
“TransWeek of Visibility is for trans and non-binary folks, by trans and non-binary folks. It’s a time when we can celebrate being ourselves and recognize those within our community who have created social change, and made an impact on the world whether in the past, present or future. This is our time for some self-care for ourselves and our community. We are parents, siblings, and children. We are here, and we are visible, and we’re not going anywhere,” said Joniece Greer, event co-chair.
 
Mazzoni Center’s Trans Week of Visibility will kick off Monday March 26 with a Chosen Family Dinner at Mazzoni Center’s facility at 1348 Bainbridge Street in Center City Philadelphia and will conclude with a Dance Party on Saturday, March 31. A full schedule of events is included below.
 

Description of Event

Monday, March 26
Chosen Family Dinner: An opportunity for Philadelphia’s Trans community to come together and celebrate leaders within the community and the beauty of our chosen families. 6 pm-8:30 pm
 
 
Tuesday, March 27 
Trans Birthday Party: Celebrating Milestones: A celebration to rejoice in the beauty of each step in the diverse journeys taken by members of the Trans community. 6 pm-9 pm
 
Wednesday, March 28
Trans Leadership Panel: These leaders within Philadelphia’s Trans community will discuss some of the many possibilities of creating change and living authentically.  6 pm-8:30 pm
 
Thursday, March 29
Trans Flag Raising: Guests will march from Mazzoni Center to City Hall to join in the city’s flag raising ceremony. 1 pm-2 pm
 
Love Yo Self: A variety of workshops focusing on different forms of self-care, such as performance, yoga, and art. 6 pm-8:30 pm
 
Friday, March 30
Student Leadership Board Workshop: An interactive workshop discussing the intersectionality of gender identity and sexual orientation and the importance of being a trans ally. 4 pm-7 pm
 
Sisterly Love Workshop: A professional development workshop focusing on college admissions and employment preparedness for trans women of color. 7 pm-8:30 pm
 
Saturday, March 31
 
Ice Cream Social: For trans youth and their families. Note: This event is limited to PACTS families and trans youth. 
 
Trans and Non-Binary Dance Party 8 pm-11 pm
 
Visit mazzonicenter.org/transvisibility for more information.
 
About Mazzoni Center
Mazzoni Center is Philadelphia’s leading health center focused on the needs of the region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community. Mazzoni Center’s mission is to provide quality comprehensive health and wellness services in an LGBTQ-focused environment, while preserving the dignity and improving the quality of life of the individuals it serves. Currently Mazzoni Center provides care and services to more than 35,000 patients and clients annually.