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
Starting in March, 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... More
The 2017 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Moonlight , has been described in a number of ways – as a queer film, a Black film, a love story, a tragic tale. And its main character, Chiron, has been typically defined as a young Black boy coming of age and to terms with his sexuality while growing up in poverty in Miami’s Liberty City projects. And while these descriptions aren’t inaccurate, they also feel somehow incomplete. For... 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
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
*Updated 10/11/16 with details about the upcoming PCHR Town Hall meeting. See below. There’s been a great deal of turmoil in Philadelphia’s LGBTQ communities in recent months - and many would rightly point out, for much longer. The issues of racism and discrimination are not new, but the conversation has intensified, and several recent incidents have brought a heightened awareness and sense of outrage. In addition to Saturday's Philly Trans* March , this weekend marks the annual Outfest event, which is meant to provide a safe... 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
This is a difficult time for our community. LGBTQ communities around the country and around the world – particularly LGBTQ communities of color – are deeply impacted by the senseless tragedy in Orlando. In solidarity with Orlando, as a community, we also experience the feelings of shock, anger, and grief. In response, Mazzoni Center’s Open Door program has made staff available to provide crisis counseling by phone or on a drop-in basis for anyone in the community who need extra support at this time. In addition, the Open Door, in collaboration with the Therapy Center of... More
All of us are reeling from the news of early Sunday morning’s mass murder at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida that has left at least 49 people dead and many more severely injured. As more details about the tragic act of violence have been confirmed, we now know that this was a deliberate attack on an LGBTQ space, and specifically a space for queer Latinx people, who made up the vast majority of those killed and wounded, to come together and find community. It is believed that at least half of those murdered were... More
Mark your calendars for the 2016 Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, which will take place June 9-11, 2016 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Last year we welcomed more than 4,000 attendees for three days of learning, networking, and community-building, focused on the holistic health and wellness needs of trans individuals, their families and communities. Registration for the Professional Track of the conference - which includes Trans Clinical Care Management (TCCM), Trans Behavioral Health Initiative (TBHI), and Continuing... More