Advocacy

Thinking about all of those whose voices were excluded for far too long, we encourage everyone who can to exercise their right today. Make sure that your voice is heard and your vote is counted! Got questions about local candidates, ballot questions, or where to vote? The news team at WHYY produced this brief, unbiased guide to help PA voters: http://bit.ly/2fcMWXb More
Each year "Justice in Action" brings together legal professionals, law students, and others to raise funds for and awareness about Mazzoni Center’s Legal Services program, which is the only program offering free legal services tailored to address the needs of low-income LGBTQ Pennsylvanians. Our program assists individuals by providing information, advice, and representation that enables them to understand their rights, use the law to protect themselves and their families, and respond to... More
This Saturday, October 8th, marks the 6th annual Philly Trans* March , which will kick off at 3:00 p.m. at Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 JFK Blvd, just across from City Hall. The sole purpose of the Philly Trans* March is to inspire all trans and gender non-conforming people to realize a world where they are safe, loved, and empowered. We strive to create a space for our diverse communities to unite and achieve the social justice and equality that each of us deserves. Philly Trans* March is not only a demonstration, but rather a... More
GALAEI 's Trans Health Information Project presents the sixth-annual Philadelphia Trans* March begins at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 8 at Thomas Paine Plaza in Center City. This year’s theme is “We Rise Up.” Trans and gender nonconforming people of all ages, along with their loved ones and allies are invited to come together as we celebrate and show support for the city's diverse trans/gnc community. RSVP for the Philly Trans... More
Mazzoni Center has joined with several other healthcare providers and LGBT organizations around the U.S. in calling on manufacturers of injectable estrogen to address the serious shortage that has been affecting trans women for the past several months. This shortage is affecting the availability of Delestrogen and its generic counterpart estradiol valerate in 40 mg/mL dosages, which is the preferred regimen for many transgender women. Spokespersons for the companies that produce these injectable forms of estrogren have said that there is a manufacturing delay for Delestrogen as well as... More
Mazzoni Center was thrilled to welcome PA Physician General Rachel Levine, MD , to our offices on Monday, August 1. Dr. Levine, accompanied by Special Assistant Sarah Newman Boateng, met with members of our management team to discuss the recent changes in policy at the state level regarding insurance coverage for gender transition related healthcare, which will now be covered by PA Medicaid and CHIP plans. Dr. Levine and Mazzoni staffers discussed practical considerations surrounding the roll-out of... More
Juan David Franco of our Prevention team was on hand to take some photos Tuesday, July 26 when a group of approximately 1,000 people turned up outside our medical practice at 809 Locust to demonstrate their love and support for the trans and gender variant communities, in the face of a scheduled protest by members of the Westboro Baptist Church. Organized by local LGBTQ community advocates Deja Lynn Alvarez, Bender David, Katey Dyck, Lee Embrey, Katelynd Knorr, Tyler Lynch, Alonda... More
*This post was authored by Mazzoni Legal Intern Barri Friedland We reported last week on a major advance for trans and gender variant Pennsylvanians who rely on state-funded health insurance. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has lifted bans on insurance coverage for... More
Study after study has documented that many LGBTQ people experience psychological distress because of minority stress – in other words, the stress of being denied equality, whether because they are actively discriminated against or simply denied equal access to protections that straight or cisgender people take for granted. A new study by UCLA’s Williams Institute adds to the evidence that when these kinds of barriers are removed, physical and mental health benefits can and do follow. In this case, the authors were specifically looking at the right to marry. Among the key findings... More
This afternoon we are expecting the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) to protest outside Mazzoni Center’s medical practice with hateful messages targeting transgender people. The WBC is notorious for their extreme, vitriolic messages and speech - their past targets have included the LGBT community, Catholics, Muslims, and Jews, as well as U.S. soldiers and their families. They have specifically chosen to protest Mazzoni Center because of the care and services we provide to the trans and gender nonconforming communities. In fact we could not be more proud of our work and its impact -- just... More