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Mazzoni Center, LGBTQ Legal Services

1348 Bainbridge Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
215-563-0657 (phone)
215-563-0664 (fax)
  • 866-LGBT-LAW (toll free) or (215) 563-0657
  • Mazzoni Center provides direct legal services as part of its mission 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 we serve.
  • On behalf of LGBTQ individuals and families, in the areas of practice identified below, and a limited number of matters seeking to advance LGBTQ rights.
  • On issues that impact the LGBTQ community, including access to nondiscriminatory health care and insurance coverage.
  • Mazzoni Center’s Legal Services program provides direct legal services to low- and lower-income lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals and families on matters related to their sexual orientation and gender identity, and also provides advice and representation on discrimination claims and other matters that may impact the rights of LGBTQ people Pennsylvania.
    If we are unable to provide representation in a matter, we have a network of attorneys who have advised that they offer LGBTQ-sensitive counsel to individuals in many practice areas.
    We also provide self-help materials and counsel to assist individuals in advocating for themselves without formal legal representation.
  • By telephone or email to our Legal Services helpline, staffed by law student interns and other volunteer legal advocates.
    Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Drop-in visits are discouraged.
    Referrals from other agencies are always welcome.
  • Discrimination or harassment in employment, health care, education, or public accommodations;
    Health insurance coverage;
    Family law and parenting;
    Relationship recognition and dissolution, including civil unions;
    Name changes and other corrections to identity documents for people who are transgender or gender non-conforming;
    Wills, powers of attorney, and other advance planning documents;
    Legal issues specific to particular age groups, such as youth or older adults.
  • Mazzoni Center provides direct legal services and referrals for pro bono legal assistance to low- and lower-income persons experiencing legal problems relating to their LGBTQ identity in the areas of practice identified above.
  • Thomas W. Ude, Jr., Esq.