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Recent News


Mazzoni Center is proud to announce the schedule and keynote speakers for the 2015 Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, which will take place from June 4-6, 2015 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City Philadelphia.  Each year the conference offers three full days of programming focused on the health and well-being of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, as well as their families, friends, allies and providers. 


On Monday, March 23, members of Mazzoni Center’s TRIP program (The Real Impact Project) had the chance to hear real-life anecdotes and life lessons from Tony Award-winning performer Billy Porter, who appeared in a live "master session" at the Philadelphia Theater Company. 


Mazzoni Center is proud to report that Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference Coordinator Samantha Jo Dato was named to the annual Trans 100 list, which celebrates excellence within the trans community.  Dato was among the honorees whose names were announced at a ceremony in Chicago on Sunday, March 29.  


Mazzoni Center is proud to announce that its annual celebration and fundraiser, Elixir: the Cure for the Common Gala, will take place on Friday, May 15, on the Mill House Deck at Philadelphia’s historic Water Works from 6:00-11:00 P.M., with a special VIP reception from 6:00-7:30 P.M.  This year’s event marks the 35th anniversary of the nonprofit health care and social service provider, whose mission is to provide quality comprehensive health and wellness services in an LGBT-focused environment, while preserving the dignity and improving the quality of life of the individuals they serve.


March 23-27th marks the 13th Annual LGBT Health Awareness Week, which this year is focused on the theme of "Time to Come Together: Trust, Transparency, Truth."  Mazzoni Center CEO Nurit Shein, a founding member of the National Coalition for LGBT Health, will be among the featured speakers in a March 25 webinar aimed at educating medical providers and health centers about best practices in working with LGBT individuals.


Mazzoni Center is excited to announce we were recently awarded a $10,000 dollar grant from our friends at Philly AIDS Thrift (PAT) to support the expansion of rapid HIV testing and STI screening at the Washington West Project our walk-in testing site at 1201 Locust Street.


This local, family-run custom leather business has raised more than $1,500 to support Mazzoni's health and wellness services to the LGBT community via their "pop-up" events.  In addition, they invite members of our outreach staff to join them at Tabu and the Bike Stop each month, to reinforce the relationship and to help our staff get the word out about the importance of safer sex and LGBT health generally. 


A few months ago, a member of our #A1PHA community at Mazzoni Center came in for assistance in writing his résumé. In teaching him the skills to write a great résumé, we had a conversation about his past, as well as his goals.


This week Mazzoni Center’s Real Impact Project held a special event at Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar in conjunction with National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.  The "Red Matters" event was aimed at raising awareness about HIV and building community among men of color who are gay, bisexual, trans or gender nonconforming.  As part of this special evening, the TRIP team unveiled a new video, produced in collaboration with Kemar Jewel and Marcus Neal Gordon.  


We are excited to announce that, effective February 8, Mazzoni Center’s Washington West Project will be open for HIV testing from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last client will be seen at 6:30 Sundays).  Director of Prevention Services Eric Paulukonis said, “This is a move we’ve been anticipating for several months, and we are thrilled to be able to make it a reality. We are always looking for ways to expand access to testing and provide more ways for people to know their HIV status.”