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Mazzoni Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Thomas Ude, Jr. as the agency’s new Legal and Public Policy Director, effective September 30.  Ude brings with him more than two decades of experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors, including seven years as Senior Staff Attorney and then Counsel with Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people living with HIV.  Ude coordinated Lambda Legal’s work to address government misconduct and support for discrimination, and also focused on employment discrimination, recognition of same-sex relationships and parent-child relationships, transgender rights and the rights of people living with HIV.


Rutgers Law-Camden will celebrate the life and career of former Mazzoni Center Legal Director David M. Rosenblum, Esq. (1966-2014) at the 29th annual Mary Philbrook Awards Celebration on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  The law school also announced that it will present the Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award to 1998 Rutgers Law-Camden alumna Tiffany Palmer, who is co-founder and shareholder at Jerner & Palmer, PC, where she specializes in LGBT family law, and who has been a member of Mazzoni’s Legal Advisory Board since its inception in 2009.


The National Association of GSA Networks hosted its 9th annual national gathering from July 31- August 3rd in Minneapolis, bringing together youth and adult ally GSA leaders from across the country for four days of workshops, trainings, and plenaries focused on strengthening the national GSA movement. There are 37 states represented in the national network, and this year 100 people from 25 states attended.


Mazzoni Center is delighted to announce a recent grant from the Subaru Foundation of America supporting our Ally Safe Schools Program, which helps Philadelphia Schools become safer and more welcoming for all students. This investment grant of $5,000 represents a new partnership between Mazzoni and Subaru, and will help create leadership opportunities and support services for at-risk youth in the Greater Philadelphia area.


“I was really excited to bring together my interest in working with homeless LGBT youth through the drop-in, and ensuring that people, especially LGBT youth, are getting the health care that they need,” Bevin says. 


This summer marked the 13th year of the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, which took place June 12-14 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and drew more than 3,500 people from across the country and around the world to talk about healthcare and wellness for trans-identified individuals.


This month Mazzoni introduces a new weekly support and resource sharing group for the transmasculine community.  It's called New Bois Club, and it's aimed at providing a safe and supportive environment for FTMs, Trans* men and bois, and individuals assigned female at birth who are exploring masculinity to talk about coming into masculine identities, navigating within communities, sexuality, dating, coming out, medical transition, legal transition, aging, and more.


Celebrating the 26th anniversary of their Liberty Belle Classic LGBT bowling tournament, organizers brought in over 400 bowlers from all over the country to celebrate three days of competition and community over the July 4th weekend.


Friday, June 27 is National HIV Testing Day.  According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 20% of people in the United States who are HIV positive are unaware of their infection. For those between the ages of 13 and 24, that number jumps up to about 50%. Most new HIV infections come from people unaware of their positive status.  Most people don't believe they are at risk of contracting HIV -- let alone that they might already be infected.


In the wake of a historic judicial ruling making Pennsylvania the 19th state to legalize same-sex marriage, Mazzoni Center is proud to release ‘How Marriage Counts: 572 Ways Marriage Counts in Pennsylvania.’ This report summarizes the legal benefits and obligations conveyed by state recognized marriage, identifying 572 individual statutory provisions that afford rights or create obligations based on marital status or otherwise pertain to an individual’s marital status.