You are not in this alone; we are all in this together. For the past several weeks Mazzoni Center has been saying this as we cope with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nothing demonstrates how together we gone through this together better than the Evolutions support group. Just like most of our groups, Evolutions had to suspend in-person meetings in late March due to the stay-at-home order in Pennsylvania. These new barriers didn’t deter group members who immediately started to plan on how to stand together, while staying apart. They started meeting as a group again using the... More
Today Celena Morrison, Executive Director at the Office of LGBT Affairs, City of Philadelphia shares her coming out story: I was 12 years old when I came out to my Mother. I had what I believed was, a really serious crush on this boy in class and I decided that I was going to tell my mother so she wouldn't be shocked when Arthur became my boyfriend. I showed signs of determination, early. So early one afternoon I called my mother into my bedroom and asked her to sit down. I said to her "I know that I am a girl" she then hugged me and said "Don't you ever take any s***... More
The first in our Pride Stories, Larry Benjamin tell us when he first knew when he was gay. You can read his full story on his blog right here: Larry's Story More
Full COVID-19 Mazzoni Center Information Unlike some other healthcare facilities, Mazzoni Center’s staff, patients and clients live in a shared community. This is a source of our strength. So, during this COVID-19 pandemic, taking care of our clients/patients also means we are taking care of our staff and each other. Our commitment to the health and safety of staff and volunteers and patients and clients is our highest priority. Mazzoni Center found its strength to lead during the HIV epidemic in the... More
NOTE: Please fill out ALL registration information or your submission will not be accepted. Thank You. Please Join us in celebrating National Recovery Month with a free presentation at Mazzoni Center exploring recovery through an LGBTQ lens. Presentation Topics: LGBTQ Identity Development and Substance Abuse This training will provide an overview of LGBTQ identity development and the ways in which development can be interrupted by substance abuse. Treatment options for this community will also be explored. App Use: a Conversation A close up look at app use (Grindr, Scruff, etc) and the... More
Back by popular demand, it’s our 2017 Holiday Survival Guide! Despite the joyful reputation – and no matter your age or station in life – we all know that the holiday season can be an anxious time. Every year the team at Mazzoni Center’s Behavior Health program puts together a thoughtful and comprehensive booklet we call uour “Holiday Survival Guide,” filled with tips and advice on navigating a season that can often bring challenges. From navigating stressful conversations and strained relations with family of origin, to coping with break-ups or loss,... More
Students and schools are invited to attend the GSA Fair where they can relax, connect to resources, generate ideas for GSAs, or share stories with their peers. In order to support GSA programming, community LGBTQ organizations from all over the city will come out to offer their programming and services to students. Activities, games, crafts, and food will be provided. Click Here to Register Your Students for the Fair Contact about attending or presenting at the GSA Fair: ... More
Join the Office of LGBT Affairs and Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs for our second Community Conversation at Broad Street Ministry on August 10 from 6 - 9 p.m. Community Conversations are an initiative pioneered by the Office of LGBT Affairs and Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs to cultivate an interactive forum to share ideas and concerns pertaining to the Philadelphia LGBTQIA community. The Community Conversation format encourages a proactive and engaging approach to addressing pertinent issues in our community and working collaboratively to identify solutions. This month... More
Stepping Out! will be on hiatus till May 2018 Tuesday nights, LGBTQ persons in recovery will come together in a safe and welcoming LGBTQ space that will provide a fun opportunity to have a regularly scheduled evening activity where they can meet up with other recovery folk, practice social skills, build self-esteem and leave the difficult world outside. Each month will feature board games, a movie, interactive social activities and more. Light snacks will be provided (chips/popcorn). Participants are asked to bring their own beverages and/or water bottles. Far too often, people in the early... More
Mazzoni Center’s Board of Directors announced today a transition plan for interim and permanent leadership for the organization. The plan focuses on ensuring continued fiscal and operational stability in the near term, while also laying the groundwork for future leadership that is dynamic, innovative and accountable to the needs and priorities of the diverse communities the nonprofit healthcare and wellness organization is committed to serving. Stephen Glassman, former executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut and former chairperson of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission,... More