LGBTQ Legal Issues

If you are LGBTQ+ identified and between 18-24 years old you can get *FREE* legal information and advice at our weekly youth drop-in clinic, every Wednesday evening in the month of July between 5:00-7:00 p.m. No appointment or insurance required. Stop in and talk with someone from Mazzoni Center Legal Services about obtaining a legal name change, or any other legal issues you have questions about. (And as always on Wednesday nights, you can also see a medical provider and meet with one of our medical case managers). Mazzoni Center Family &... More
If you are between 18-24 years old you can get *FREE* legal support on Wednesday, June 22 from 5:00-7:00PM during our youth drop-in clinic at Mazzoni Center Family & Community Medicine, 809 Locust Street. No appointment required. Stop in and learn more! More
*Note: Mazzoni Center’s Mazzoni’s Pediatric & Adolescent Comprehensive Transgender Services program, also known as PACTS , draws on the input and expertise of multiple departments within Mazzoni Center, including medical providers, social workers, therapists, and legal staff. This post was co-authored by Mazzoni Supervising Attorney Barrett Marshall, Nurse Practitioner Dane Menkin, and Trans Services Manager L. Elaine Dutton of the PACTS team, and examines the potential impact of the recent DOJ guidance not just on a young person’s... More
The 15th annual Philadelphia Trans Health Conference is less than one month away! Last summer we welcomed more than 4,000 attendees from all over the country and the world to the Pennsylvania Convention Center over the course of three days. This year’s event takes place June 9-11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and we’ve got a diverse and dynamic lineup of approximately 230 workshops lined up for the general track of the conference - which is FREE to attend. ( Click... More
(*Note: this list of ordinances has been updated as of May 2016) Abington Township, (Code of the Township of Abington, Ordinance No. 2029) (2012) Allegheny County (Allegheny County Code of Ordinances, Ordinance No. 26-09-OR) (2009); Allentown City (Codified Ordinances of the City of Allentown § 181) (2002); Ambler Borough (awaiting citation) (enacted May 17, 2016, effective August 15, 2016); Bethlehem City (Codified Ordinances of the City of Bethlehem No. 2011-13, Article 145) (2011) Bristol City (Codified Ordinances of the City of Bristol Code §§ 1-421.1; 1-421.2; 1-423.C) (... More
Jason Cohen, Vice President of Mazzoni’s Board of Directors, is throwing a fun, but informal rooftop shindig to promote and raise some funds for the life-changing work that Mazzoni Center’s Legal Services team provides to low-income individuals, couples, and families. As a member of Mazzoni’s Legal Advisory Board and a Rutgers Law professor partnering with Mazzoni to bring LGBTQ legal work to students, this cause is near and dear to Jason's heart. We are celebrating an amazing 20 years of successful and public interest–driven legal services provided to our LGBTQ... More
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued its long-awaited final rule to address discrimination in health care, advance health equity, and reduce health care disparities. Under the rule, which implements the anti-discrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act, individuals are protected against discrimination in health care and health insurance on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex. The new rules make it clear that sex discrimination includes discrimination based on pregnancy, gender identity and sex stereotyping. There are many parts... More
UPDATE (May 13, 2016): On the heels of the powerful speech by Attorney General Loretta Lynch last week, the U.S. Department of Education is issuing guidance to school districts telling them to allow students access to restrooms based on their gender identity. While the letter does not have the force of law, it contains an implicit threat of possible lawsuits or a loss of federal aid. Mazzoni Legal and Public Policy Director Thomas Ude, Jr. said: “All students, including trans students, need access to restrooms that are safe, and need schools that respect who they are so that they can... More
First Time Court Will Address Legal Status of Civil Unions in Pennsylvania For the first time, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania has been asked to address the legal recognition of civil unions in Pennsylvania. An appeal filed in the Superior Court by Freyda Neyman of Philadelphia and her attorneys, Tiffany L. Palmer of Jerner & Palmer, P.C. and Thomas W. Ude, Jr. of Mazzoni Center Legal Services urges the Court to find that the Court of Common Pleas Family Division has jurisdiction to hear a civil union dissolution case and permit it... 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