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.


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.

In LGBT communities, one in every three people (34 percent) does not have health insurance — that’s more than twice the national average! Oct.

Although America’s cultural, social and political climate is becoming increasingly accepting of LGBTs, many people still face discrimination, stigma and violence.

As LGBT Pride Month draws to a close, I wanted to reflect on some of the people who have inspired me through the years, and consider what makes us “proud” as individuals and a community.

Last weekend, Mazzoni Center marked our third annual Elixir celebration and fundraiser — an opportunity to join with friends of the organization to mark our accomplishments and raise money for the goals we have set for ourselves in the coming year.

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