On Being Well

Once a month, Mazzoni Center brings you “On Being Well,” a column that aims to address a broad range of health and wellness issues that impact LGBT communities. Mazzoni Center recognizes that wellness means more than just an annual visit to the doctor: It’s about having access to health insurance,and a culturally competent provider who understands your unique health concerns, as well as counseling/mental health and recovery support. It’s about making smart, informed decisions about your body. And it’s also about your social environment, and feeling safe, confident and empowered in your identity and within your community. For more about Mazzoni Center, Philadelphia’s home for LGBT health and well-being, visit www.mazzonicenter.org.


I’ve been involved in Philly’s queer and trans* communities for a long time, and over the years I have noticed there are particular needs that are very specific to people who were born female and later came into their masculinity.

“Recovery: a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life and strive to reach their full potential.

The holiday season can be anxiety-producing for all kinds of reasons, and for LGBTQ folks there are some particular issues that can lead to added stress or complications — from family conflict to religious traditions, feelings of estrangement or rejection, and so on.

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