Mazzoni Center: Court Ruling on SEPTA Doesn’t Add Up

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We’ve been carefully following Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court’s decision late last Friday that claimed that SEPTA did not have to follow Philadelphia city ordinances which prohibit discrimination against sexual orientation and gender identity. Yesterday afternoon, SEPTA issued their official statement on the matter, which claimed that:

“The case concerned one governmental entity’s authority over another based upon the statutory scheme overlaying both of those governmental entities. The central question of the case was whether that statutory scheme authorized the City to apply the FPO to SEPTA. SEPTA’s motion had nothing to do with protections afforded or not to the LGBTQ community.”

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43% of Philly’s Homeless Youth Identify as LGBTQ

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It’s a staggering statistic that can’t be ignored: A January 2015 survey conducted by Valley Youth House, Covenant House, Project HOME, the Attic Youth Center, the Mazzoni Center, and more, found that 43% of homeless youth in Philadelphia identify as LGBTQ. The data has become a call to action, so to speak, for many youth service organizations in the region. Read more »

First-Ever Philly Youth Pride Coming in July

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Philly Pride isn’t quite over yet: A brand new celebration, Philly Youth Pride, will be rolling into town on July 5th, and it’s a whole different type of party aimed towards LGBTQ young people age 24 and below.

The Mazzoni Center is sponsoring the day-long event that is being built by, and for, youth, and is planned in connection with the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration that takes place throughout Philly from July 2nd through the 5th. The idea came to the organization after Mazzoni’s Student Leadership Board attended the National GSA Conference a year ago, and learned about a similar event in Washington, D.C. Mazzoni Education Manager Louie Ortiz couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity. Read more »

West Philly Trans Femme Conference Attempts to Serve Marginalized Community

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“The Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference (PTHC) was founded by trans women who had no forum for their voices to be heard,” says April Anderson. “But every year, we’ve seen the amount of programming devoted to [the trans woman’s] needs shrink to the point that we’ve been crowded out of a desperately necessary space.”

Anderson, along with other local trans women, are trying to address this issue by establishing the first West Philadelphia Trans Femme Conference, which is being held this year on June 5th and 6th at A-Space on Baltimore Avenue. Two of these dates overlap with the Mazzoni Center‘s three-day PTHC. Of course, this has caused some intrigue and serious questions—particularly, why the need for the divide? Read more »

PHOTOS: Mazzoni’s 2015 Elixr Gala at Water Works

It was a gorgeous night to celebrate Mazzoni Center‘s 5th annual Elixir: Cure for the Common Gala, which took place at the Mill House Deck of the Fairmount Water Works Restaurant. The event featured live dance music by EBE, food and dessert, an open bar, a silent auction and special live performances by Rainere Martin as Donna Summer and Philadelphia Voices of Pride.

CBS3’s Jim Donovan was master of ceremonies, announcing this year’s honorees: Franny Price, executive director of Philly Pride Presents and longtime community activist and advocate, who was honored with the Gloria Casarez Activist Award; and Michael Tambón, aka drag queen “Cherry Pop,” was honored for his advocacy work for people living with HIV. Check out photos of the evening below:



Top Resources for Transgender People in Philadelphia

Attic Youth Center

255 South 16th Street
215-545-4331, atticyouthcenter.org
The Attic creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society. It provides myriad creative outlets for local youth, such as poetry, print screening, drag, art and more.

GALAEI

1207 Chestnut Street
215-851-1822, galaei.org
GALAEI (Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative) is unwavering in its commitment to promote queer Latin@ social justice in the Philadelphia area. It’s outreach projects include everything from promoting sexual health in the Philadelphia Latin@ community to stumping for equal rights. It also fosters a program for trans folks in Philadelphia called the Trans-Health Information Project (TIP).

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Top LGBT Health and Wellness Resources in Philadelphia

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Group from AccessMatters.

AccessMatters

1700 Market Street, 18th Floor
215-985-2600, accessmatters.org
AccessMatters, which works to promote sexual health resources in Philadelphia’s underserved communities, maintains an LGBT health resource center called SafeGuards.

The Attic Youth Center

255 South 16th Street
215-545-4331, atticyouthcenter.org
The Attic creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults. The Attic offers myriad wellness benefits—from meditation classes and safe-sex workshops to being a resource for finding out about other LGBT-specific health and wellness organizations in Philadelphia.

Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative (GALAEI)

1207 Chestnut Street
215-851-1822, galaei.org
GALAEI is unwavering in its commitment to promote queer Latin@ social justice in the Philadelphia area. It’s outreach projects include everything from promoting sexual health in the Philadelphia Latin@ community to stumping for equal rights.

Linda Creed: Rainbow Circle

P.O. Box 40607
215-564-3700, lindacreed.org/rainbow_circle.php
Linda Creed’s Rainbow Circle provides breast health information for lesbians, bisexual women, and transgender persons.

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Cherry Pop and Franny Price to Be Honored at Mazzoni’s 2015 Elixir Gala

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Drag diva Cherry Pop (aka Michael Tambón) to be honored at 2015 Elixr Gala.

There are so many big gay birthdays this year: As you’ve probably heard, the first LGBT protest, which took place right here in Philadelphia, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this summer, the William Way Community Center is turning 40, and the Mazzoni Center, Philly’s only health and wellness center dedicated solely to the LGBT community, will be celebrating the big 3-5 at its annual Elixir gala in May.

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