Mazzoni Center’s ground-breaking initiatives and innovative programs often land us in print and on the airwaves.  Additionally, our experience and expertise in thee areas of HIV/AIDS and LGBT health and well being often positions the agency as the authority for news media on various health issues.  Read on for the latest on what's happening at Mazzoni Center, updates on our innovative programs and activities, and more!


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Recent News


Last month our friends at LGBT HealthLink joined with Missouri's PROMO and lawyer Corey Prachniak in releasing the first-ever LGBT Healthcare Bill of Rights (HBOR). The bill, in both long form and wallet sized versions, outlines the protections and rights LGBT people have in healthcare today.


AIDS Walk Philly gives us an opportunity to meet face to face with many of the people who are impacted by our work.  It's always inspiring to hear people’s stories, and learn more about their reasons for doing the walk - and this year’s event provided us with an especially poignant “mission moment.”


The Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, a program of Mazzoni Center, is seeking workshop and presentation proposals for our 14th annual general conference, which will be held June 4-6, 2015. The Conference is seeking culturally sensitive workshop proposals that will educate and empower trans* individuals on issues of health and well-being; educate and inform allies and health service providers; and facilitate networking, community-building, and systemic change. 


Mazzoni Center is pleased to announce it recently received $5,000 from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation supporting our emergency food bank services for individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS. 


December 1 is the official commemoration of World AIDS Day. Each year this day provides an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.


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.