Advocacy

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 amongst the African-American... More
Mazzoni Center celebrates the work of Greg Nevins of Lambda Legal and the many others who have worked for years to bring about Tuesday's historic result at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals . This decision states clearly that discrimination based on sexual orientation is sex discrimination. That means that lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer – and straight –... 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 for us to recognize our especially vibrant and... More
Today, Mazzoni Center announced their “ Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality ” designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization. The designation was reported in the 10th edition of the... More
Today, Mazzoni Center announced their “ Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality ” designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization. The designation was reported in the 10th edition of the... More
Mazzoni's 2017 LEAD event will take place Thursday, May 4 from 8:15AM to 3:00PM at the offices of the School District of Philadelphia, 440 N. Broad Street. Last year's LEAD conferenc drew more than 200 youth, teachers and other school staff for a full day of education and conversation aimed at building safer spaces and affirming school environments for young people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. (You can read more about last year's LEAD event on our blog... More
Every first Friday of the month from 9:00 p.m. to midnight, Mazzoni Center’s The Real Impact Project (aka TRIP) will host "TRIP Nights" at the Washington West Project (1201 Locust Street). TRIP Nights offers a safe space for gay/bisexual men of color to come and express themselves in a freeing environment with peers along with providing testing for attendees. TRIP Nights offer free food, Septa tokens, raffles and prizes as well. No appointment is needed, and when you come to... More
More than 160 people attended this year’s Justice in Action luncheon on Friday, February 10 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, which raised a record-breaking $62,000 in support of Mazzoni Center Legal Services. Event co-chairs Michael D. Soileau and Jessica Meller, Esq., expressed their gratitude to guests and sponsors for their generous support. “We’re very fortunate to have a community of legal professionals and so many others in Philadelphia who recognize and support the critical work this program does,... More
We know that trans and gender nonconforming youth face extremely high levels of rejection, discrimination, verbal and physical harassment at schools . This has a direct connection to their disproportionate drop-out rates, as well as the higher incidence of homelessness, unemployment, and suicide attempts among trans/gnc youth. That's why we were alarmed to learn that the Department of Education and Department of Justice... More