Advocacy

Mazzoni Center Legal Services, in collaboration with our friends at the ACLU of Pennsylvania , have put together a two-sided flyer, explaining the legal rights of anyone involved in a protest. Side one of this flyer was prepared by the ACLU of PA, and outlines some basic do’s and don’ts to stay safe in an encounter with law enforcement officials. Side two provides additional considerations for trans and gender variant protesters, prepared by our team at Mazzoni Legal Services. This includes an outline of... More
Last month Dane Menkin, CRNP and Elaine Dutton, LCSW of Mazzoni Center’s Trans Clinical Care team co-facilitated a Trans Health Task Force as part of the annual Philadelphia Trans Health Conference. This was the second year Mazzoni has convened a task force for the purpose of reviewing and discussing best practices, standards of care, and shortcomings in the current systems that medical, behavioral and legal service providers... More
The Supreme Court of the United States has issued its most significant ruling on abortion in nearly 25 years. By a vote of 5 to 3 the justices declared that a 2013 Texas law requiring abortion providers to meet a numbers of strict standards created an undue burden for women seeking to terminate their pregnancies and was therefore unconstitutional. Mazzoni Center CEO Nurit Shein said: “We are pleased that the court has reviewed this law and recognized that its true aim was restricting access to care, rather than protecting women.” “We believe that everyone should have access... More
The Philadelphia Dyke March has organized a vigil for members of the LGBTQ community and allies in Philadelphia to join together in an outpouring of grief, love, and solidarity for the victims of this weekend's tragic act of violence at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. People will be meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the northeast corner of City Hall. If you would like, please bring a candle. Please see the official Facebook event page for... More
It is now clear that the attack that happened at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub was motivated by hatred of LGBTQ people. This attack was perpetrated against a largely Latinx crowd on a night designed to bring people together, to celebrate community in what should have been a safe space. While messages of support and solidarity have been expressed throughout the country, we have so much more work to do as a community, as a nation, and as a society for all LGBTQ people to feel safe, healthy, accepted, and equal. Today we ask everyone to keep these victims and their loved ones in your thoughts... More
*Note: Mazzoni Center’s Mazzoni’s Pediatric & Adolescent Comprehensive Transgender Services program, also known as PACTS , draws on the input and expertise of multiple departments within Mazzoni Center, including medical providers, social workers, therapists, and legal staff. This post was co-authored by Mazzoni Supervising Attorney Barrett Marshall, Nurse Practitioner Dane Menkin, and Trans Services Manager L. Elaine Dutton of the PACTS team, and examines the potential impact of the recent DOJ guidance not just on a young person’s... More
Mazzoni Center is proud to announce the schedule and highlights of the 2016 Philadelphia Trans Health Conference , which will take place from June 9-11, 2016 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City Philadelphia. Each year the conference offers three full days of programming focused on the health and well-being of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, as well as their families, friends, allies and providers. More than 4,000 people are expected to attend and experience the 230 workshops that are scheduled in the general... More
The 15th annual Philadelphia Trans Health Conference is less than one month away! Last summer we welcomed more than 4,000 attendees from all over the country and the world to the Pennsylvania Convention Center over the course of three days. This year’s event takes place June 9-11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and we’ve got a diverse and dynamic lineup of approximately 230 workshops lined up for the general track of the conference - which is FREE to attend. ( Click... More
(*Note: this list of ordinances has been updated as of May 2016) Abington Township, (Code of the Township of Abington, Ordinance No. 2029) (2012) Allegheny County (Allegheny County Code of Ordinances, Ordinance No. 26-09-OR) (2009); Allentown City (Codified Ordinances of the City of Allentown § 181) (2002); Ambler Borough (awaiting citation) (enacted May 17, 2016, effective August 15, 2016); Bethlehem City (Codified Ordinances of the City of Bethlehem No. 2011-13, Article 145) (2011) Bristol City (Codified Ordinances of the City of Bristol Code §§ 1-421.1; 1-421.2; 1-423.C) (... More
Jason Cohen, Vice President of Mazzoni’s Board of Directors, is throwing a fun, but informal rooftop shindig to promote and raise some funds for the life-changing work that Mazzoni Center’s Legal Services team provides to low-income individuals, couples, and families. As a member of Mazzoni’s Legal Advisory Board and a Rutgers Law professor partnering with Mazzoni to bring LGBTQ legal work to students, this cause is near and dear to Jason's heart. We are celebrating an amazing 20 years of successful and public interest–driven legal services provided to our LGBTQ... More