Advocacy

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued its long-awaited final rule to address discrimination in health care, advance health equity, and reduce health care disparities. Under the rule, which implements the anti-discrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act, individuals are protected against discrimination in health care and health insurance on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex. The new rules make it clear that sex discrimination includes discrimination based on pregnancy, gender identity and sex stereotyping. There are many parts... More
40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. Since 2009 there has been a 73% increase in the number of Philadelphia public school students who have experienced homelessness. There are a total of 70 emergency shelter beds for youth in Philadelphia. These are just a few of the sobering statistics that underscore the crisis of youth homelessness in Philadelphia, and across the U.S. Mazzoni Case Management Supervisor Kate Gormley will join representatives from several other youth serving agencies -- including... More
Join us for our monthly Citywide GSA event! This month we're looking at the issue of LGBTQ youth homelessness, with the goal of going from #40toNone. It's a chance to network with other students from around Philly and join in on the conversation on topics from creating a GSA (Gay/Straight Alliance), creating a safer space at school, and much more. Hear from students and learn about what is going on with your peers in and out of school. FREE PIZZA and TOKENS for all youth that attend... More
The Tennessee state legislature recently passed a bill that would allow professional counselors and therapists to violate their professional code of ethics and turn away LGBTQ clients, based on “sincerely held principles.” Proponents of the legislation cite first amendment rights, specifically religious freedom. However, constitutional rights are different from ethical codes. As a therapist, I don’t believe that counselors who refuse treatment to clients based on sexual orientation and gender identity should be arrested... More
Marilyn talks with the crew of the CDC's Act Against AIDS campaign about why she’s #DoingIt, and the importance of HIV testing in the transgender community. We're sharing this video to help promote the first-ever National Transgender HIV Testing Day - which is Monday, April 18, 2016. If you're in Philadelphia, stop by our Washington West Project... More
An exciting and innovative collaboration between Mazzoni Center and Project HOME recently marked a major milestone. After over a year of mentoring, skills development, coordinating housing applications and much more, this joint program successfully placed three formerly homeless LGBTQ youth into permanent housing in Center City. I had the opportunity to coordinate the program from the Mazzoni side of things, and I can say that last month’s lease signing marked the culmination of a tremendous amount of work and joint effort on the... More
First Time Court Will Address Legal Status of Civil Unions in Pennsylvania For the first time, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania has been asked to address the legal recognition of civil unions in Pennsylvania. An appeal filed in the Superior Court by Freyda Neyman of Philadelphia and her attorneys, Tiffany L. Palmer of Jerner & Palmer, P.C. and Thomas W. Ude, Jr. of Mazzoni Center Legal Services urges the Court to find that the Court of Common Pleas Family Division has jurisdiction to hear a civil union dissolution case and permit it... More
March 31 marks Trans Day of Visibility. A day to celebrate the existence of trans and gender nonconforming people everywhere - and to recognize our especially vibrant and extremely diverse trans community here in Philadelphia. This day is an important counterpoint to the annual Trans Day of Remembrance, and 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... More
Mazzoni Center, Philadelphia’s nonprofit home for LGBT health and well-being, has been recognized as a "Leader in Healthcare Equality" by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization. The findings were part of HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index 2016 , a unique annual survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans by evaluating inclusive policies and practices related to LGBT patients, visitors and employees. Mazzoni Center earned top... More
Mazzoni Center is proud to announce that we have been recognized as a "Leader in Healthcare Equality" by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization. The findings were part of HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index 2016 , a unique annual survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans by evaluating inclusive policies and practices related to LGBT patients,... More