If you’ve walked pretty much anywhere in Center City recently, you’ve probably seen people openly unconscious in the middle of a sidewalk, staggering through the streets or passed out in green spaces.

Covering Mazzoni is a prime example of the challenges of journalism. When there are many people, each with so much conviction, they often refuse to communicate fully, or choose selectively with whom to communicate. It makes it difficult for a journalist to give a full picture. We’ve attempted to give all sides of this story and, from what we can see, there are four: The management, the disgruntled employees, the employees who are tired of the drama and tactics used by the disgruntled employees, and the most important side: the patients. The patients are what Mazzoni is all about. It’s about serving the community and its clients who rely on those services.

Whether you like it or not, Mazzoni Center is the Philadelphia area’s largest LGBTQ healthcare provider, with a staff of 165 serving more than 35,000 patients annually. In a city with some of the area’s largest hospitals, that’s saying something.

This week, the report from the grand jury tasked with investigating allegations of sexual abuse at six Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses was released, detailing the wreckage wrought by more than 300 predators over a period of decades.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order Monday establishing the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, comprised of 40 unpaid leaders and allies from around the state who have an interest in the community’s advancement.

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