Community Building

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
Feburary 7, 2017 marks the 16 th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. NBHAAD was founded in 1999 in response to the growing epidemic of HIV and AIDS in Black communities. NBHAAD is a “testing and treatment community mobilization initiative” seeking to get people educated, involved, tested, and treated. According to the CDC, African Americans are the racial/ethnic group most affected by HIV/AIDS, representing almost half of all new diagnoses, and among those diagnosed, gay and bisexual men are at the highest risk. The numbers of new diagnoses are falling, but a significant... More
Earlier today the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations held a press conference to announce the release of their report on racism and discrimination in Philadelphia’s LGBTQ community. We would like to thank the members of the PCHR for all of their work in putting this report together. We also thank the many individuals who came forward to share their stories and experiences, which was surely not an easy thing to do. This report came in the... More
The Board of Mazzoni Center joins with our staff in a shared commitment to address the issues of racism, bias, and discrimination within our LGBTQ communities. As a health and wellness organization serving this community, combating discrimination and recognizing and responding to its very real harm is central to Mazzoni’s mission. Board and staff are pro-actively taking steps to examine all internal processes to assure transparency and equity. Creating spaces that are safe... More
Recent events on our national political landscape, along with incidents of harassment here in the city, have left many in the LGBTQ individuals, people of color, immigrants, and others from marginalized communities feeling uncertain and vulnerable. Mazzoni Center is offering a support group for LGBTQ community members to come together in a safe place to share, discuss and get support. The group will meet on the following Mondays: November 21 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. December 9 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. January 9 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. This is a free, drop-in group, with no registration required. Please... More
Recent events on our national political landscape, along with incidents of harassment here in the city, have left many in the LGBTQ individuals, people of color, immigrants, and others from marginalized communities feeling uncertain and vulnerable. Mazzoni Center is offering a support group for LGBTQ community members to come together in a safe place to share, discuss and get support. The group will meet on the following Mondays: November 21 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. December 12 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. January 9 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. This is a free, drop-in group, with no registration required. (Folks... More
Recent events on our national political landscape, along with incidents of harassment here in the city, have left many in the LGBTQ individuals, people of color, immigrants, and others from marginalized communities feeling uncertain and vulnerable. Mazzoni Center is offering a support group for LGBTQ community members to come together in a safe place to share, discuss and get support. The group will meet on the following Mondays: November 21 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. December 9 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. January 9 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. This is a free, drop-in group, with no registration required. (Folks are... More
This is a difficult morning for many of us. We are shaken, saddened, and scared as we witness the deep division of our nation. For many of us, the results of yesterday’s election appear to endorse, reward, or at the very least forgive expressions of racism, misogyny, homophobia and transphobia, xenophobia, bullying, inciting violence and more. So now, more than ever, we have to stand up for each other. We have to be there for each other as colleagues and friends, as individuals and as communities. We have to continue and deepen the work of healing individuals, healing communities,... More
I attended the hearing last night organized by the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR). I am grateful to all who testified and am humbled at the courage they displayed. I also heard loud and clear the call to stop looking to people of color to be the only ones pointing out, explaining, and coming up with solutions to racism and discrimination. As a community member and one... More