We are pleased to announce the Mazzoni’s Sisterly L.O.V.E. program has been awarded $6,000 from the Bread & Roses Community Fund ’s Future Fund. The award was part of Bread & Roses’ Spring 2017 Giving Project, which distributed a total of $266,000 in grants to local movements and groups “fighting for real change.” Developed for transgender women by transgender women, Sisterly L.O.V.E. seeks to provide its members with leadership development and skill-building training, with the goal of increasing... More
Mazzoni's 2017 LEAD event will take place Thursday, May 4 from 8:15AM to 3:00PM at the offices of the School District of Philadelphia, 440 N. Broad Street. Last year's LEAD conferenc drew more than 200 youth, teachers and other school staff for a full day of education and conversation aimed at building safer spaces and affirming school environments for young people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. (You can read more about last year's LEAD event on our blog... More
Yesterday the Trump administration made it official: it is backing away from protecting the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming youth to fair treatment in America’s schools. Officials from the Department of Justice and the Department of Education, under the new leadership of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, issued a joint letter that reverses legal guidance by the Obama administration last May, which, among other points, explained that a school engages in discrimination when denying transgender students access to school facilities,... More
Many of us are coming to grips with anxious feelings in the wake of last week's election, including LGBTQ-identified young people. How can we help them to live and thrive in a country where our President-elect and Vice President-elect have expressed and/or endorsed strong feelings against queer folks, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, poor folks - and all of those at the intersections of these identities? Here are five immediate steps advisers, educators, parents, and allies can take to support queer young people in their lives. Keep a list of suicide prevention... More
Did you know…? 49% of LGBTQ students report being cyber bullied 55.5% of students feel unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation 38.7% because of their gender expression Across the globe, millions of people go purple on Spirit Day , observed on the third Thursday of October, to stand against bullying and support LGBTQ youth. Purple signifies “spirit” on the gay pride flag. According to GLAAD ’s website, folks “will celebrate Spirit... More
We are pleased to share the official dates of next year’s Philadelphia Trans Health Conference , which will take place Thursday, September 7 through Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. We give a great deal of thought to the timing and planning of the conference each year – and sometimes our plans are impacted by logistics outside our control, such as the availability of the Pennsylvania Convention Center and of sufficient hotel rooms in the area to accommodate our out-of-town attendees. In this case it... More
This fall we're excited to introduce a series of video "mission moments," in which staffers from across the agency share some of the experiences that remind us why our work is meaningful. In this video, Mazzoni Education Specialist Dennis Caulk talks about a mission moment he had while working with youth in our #A1PHA Project , which aims to build leadership skills and health awareness in young men of color and trans-identified women who have sex with men. More information about Mazzoni's #A1PHA project, and other programs for LGBTQ... More
The National LGBTQ Task Force presents this daylong education, advocacy and skill building event on Saturday, September 10 at the African American Museum in Philadelphia . If you feel passionate about ending racial injustice, please join us for a day of learning, storytelling and skill building for queer and ally people of color and white folks who want to build their anti-racist skills and explore applying these in the LGBTQ movement and beyond. Deepen you... More
When I came on board at Mazzoni earlier this year I had no idea that I would be given the opportunity to enhance the way that youth in schools all over Philadelphia learn about healthy sexuality. Our educational workshop series, “How to Love,” is inspired by the reality that students don’t have a standard setting to receive accurate and applicable information regarding Healthy Relationships, Reproduction and Birth Control, Gender and Sexual Identity, among many other topics. Providing young people with a safe space to discuss these topics with their peers is both exciting... 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