Community Building

Already this year, twenty-one transgender people have been murdered in the United States. Imagine how startling this figure is to a parent whose child has expressed gender nonconformity, or someone whose partner has just come out as trans. Fortunately, there are a growing number of organizations, including Mazzoni Center and the Trans-Health Information Project at GALAEI, that offer direct services, support and resources for trans or gender nonconforming individuals in the Philadelphia area. But where can Significant Others, Families, Friends or Allies of people of trans experience - also... More
According to the Sexual Violence in the Transgender Community Survey , one in two transgender individuals are sexually abused or assaulted at some point in their lives. Some reports even estimate this number to be as high as 66%, with the most impacted communities being transgender youth, transgender people of color, individuals living with disabilities, homeless individuals, and those involved in the sex trade. In 2015 alone, at least 20 trans women in the United States have been murdered. This is a state of... More
A few months ago, a member of our #A1PHA community at Mazzoni Center came in for assistance in writing his resume. In teaching him the skills to write a great resume, we had a conversation about his past as well as his goals. He shared the story of how he left his family at a young age because they weren’t accepting of his sexual orientation. In order to support himself, he was forced to drop out of high school so that he can take on a few part time “under the table” jobs. Although he... More
In this video we hear from Blair, a client and longtime supporter of Mazzoni Center, on how the organization has impacted her life, and the lives of others in Philadelphia’s LGBTQ communities. Blair points to the significant gains in visibility and recognition made by LGBTQ communities over the years. “I’m very happy to be a witness to the progress that the community has made,” she says. “When our community - the Mazzoni community - is healthy and vibrant, that makes the Philadelphia community stronger, more healthy and vibrant,” Blair adds. She also talks... More