Advocacy

Witnessing the ascension to power of an administration, and a group of cabinet appointees, who have explicitly and implicitly threatened civil rights, access to healthcare, public education, and social services – along with the basic human dignity of LGBTQ people – makes today a difficult day for many of us. If past public statements and voting records are any indication, we have a battle ahead. But our doors are open and we are not going anywhere. Mazzoni Center is here to protect the health and safety of LGBTQ people and people living with HIV/AIDS; to provide quality healthcare... More
Today the U.S. Senate holds confirmation hearings for Georgia Congressman Tom Price, the person President-Elect Donald Trump has nominated to serve as Secretary of Health & Human Services. We have grave concerns about the suitability of Rep. Price for this critically important role, and here’s why: Price has consistently and vehemently opposed the Affordable Care Act, and has helped draft several bills to replace it. We believe that a repeal of the ACA would be a disastrous for millions of Americans, including many of the populations that Mazzoni Center serves: LGBTQ people, women,... More
The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has issued a unanimous opinion in the case of Neyman v. Buckley , marking the first time that a Pennsylvania appellate court has recognized civil unions. The decision resolves what had been a vexing issue for many couples who had entered into civil unions before same-sex marriage was legal, and found themselves unable to legally dissolve the relationship in the event of a break-up. Mazzoni Center Legal Services, along with local firm Jerner & Palmer, L.C., worked together over many months to reach this outcome. Civil unions were created as a separate... More
Mazzoni Center is pleased to announce it has received an award of $1.5 million through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP). The funds are designated to support the purchase and renovation of a Center City building at Broad and Bainbridge Streets, where the agency will relocate and consolidate its core programs and services in summer 2017. The RACP award represents the largest one-time gift in Mazzoni Center’s history, and the largest amount... More
Mazzoni Center is pleased to announce it has received an award of $1.5 million through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP). The funds are designated to support the purchase and renovation of a Center City building at Broad and Bainbridge Streets, where the agency will relocate and consolidate its core programs and services in summer 2017. The RACP award represents the largest one-time gift in Mazzoni Center’s history, and the largest amount... More
In response to the new political climate, transgender communities are taking precautions to ensure safety in a time of uncertainty, including solidifying a legal name change and changing gender markers on identification documents. Join Mazzoni Center staff for a name and gender marker change presentation and Q&A. Workshop attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with social workers and/or legal services staff. More
There are still many unanswered questions about what the new presidential administration will mean for healthcare and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare. On the campaign trail, the President-elect insisted that he would call for a full repeal of the ACA, although in the days since the election, he has stated he may keep some elements of the law – like the ability for children to stay on their parents’ insurance up to age 26 and measures that allow for coverage despite preexisting conditions. With all of the confusion surrounding what will happen next, here... More
There is a lot of uncertainty in some areas that impact our LGBTQ community’s rights. We will need to fight to keep them, and to push forward. There have never been, and never will be, steps forward without some push back. We have a long way to go but also have come a long way. In many areas, individual LGBTQ members have the right and power to control aspects of our lives and our families. You can protect your partner, whether that’s by making them a spouse, or by ensuring that they inherit – regardless of marriage – by making out your will. You can protect your... More
With the election of Donald J. Trump, America has entered uncharted political landscape. One of his key promises has been: “On day one … we will ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare.” While we believe a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be far more difficult than we think, none the less, we are already taking the steps necessary to ensure our patients and clients that no one will be turned away for lack of insurance. This is one of our core values; it has always been our practice and will continue to be. We also want to point out... More
Transgender Awareness Week starts on Monday, November 14 and ends on Transgender Day of Remembrance, Sunday, November 20, when communities around the world gather to remember and honor those whose lives were lost to transphobic violence, bigotry and hatred. Here in Philadelphia, the William Way LGBT Community Center will host their annual community observance on Sunday, November 20 from noon to 5 p.m. -... More