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Recent News


The holidays can often be a stressful time for LGBTQ people or their families, but there are several strategies that you can use to help reduce stress and enjoy a happy holiday this year.  Each year the staff of our Open Door Counseling program compiles a Holiday Survival Guide, filled with advice and suggestions for managing holiday stress, coping with loneliness, or finding new activities to make the season both meaningful and memorable.


On Monday, October 20, the Susan G. Komen Foundation hosted an event for the Sisterly L.O.V.E. program at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse in Center City Philadelphia. The topic of discussion was breast health awareness for transgender women, which aligns perfectly with Sisterly L.O.V.E.’s mission to support and educate fellow sisters on issues that affect our community. Forty members of Sisterly L.O.V.E. were joined by representatives of other area community groups, such as Resources for Human Development, Morris Home, the Trans Information Project, and The Philadelphia AIDS Consortium.


Mazzoni Center is delighted to announce a recent $10,000 contribution from AT&T to support our Ally Safe Schools Program that helps create safer, more welcoming environments for all students in Philadelphia schools.


All of us at Mazzoni Center are deeply saddened at the loss of Gloria Casarez, Director of LGBT Affairs for the City of Philadelphia since 2008, who passed away on Sunday, October 19 at the age of 42 after a long battle with cancer.  Mazzoni CEO Nurit Shein said: “Gloria was not only a dynamic and much-admired leader who helped to achieve remarkable advances for Philadelphia’s LGBT communities, she was a tireless advocate for equality and social justice on many fronts. She was also a close friend to many of us.”


Mazzoni Center is proud to announce that it has been recognized again this year as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization.  


Mazzoni Center’s Ally Safe Schools program is proud to announce the publication of How to Build a FIERCE GSA, a handbook aimed at students, teachers, and others who work with or advocate for young people, and are interested in forming or strengthening a Gay/Queer-Straight Alliance (GSA/QSA) at their school.


T.R.I.P. is a program and a social movement designed to raise awareness about sexual health and HIV testing among the black gay men and trans-identified people of color.


Mazzoni client James Breinig talks about why he's excited to participate in this year's AIDS Walk-Run Philly event on Sunday, October 19. “My story is just like a lot of folks; I am living with HIV and not letting it run my life. I do my part to help spread awareness and lend support where I can,” he says. 


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.