Mazzoni Center, Philadelphia's only health care provider specifically targeting LGBTQ populations, announced on Monday that David M. Rosenblum, Esq. had been appointed as their new Legal Services Director.
Founded in 1979, the center is the fourth oldest AIDS service organization in the nation and has been a long time innovator in trans-health issues, most notably organizing the annual Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, which attracted over 1,500 participants this past year.
Increasingly, the organization has been committed to offering legal services to all LGBTQ individuals. As the center said in a press release, they are interested in the "unmet legal needs of low-income LGBT Pennsylvanians through direct legal assistance, as well as taking on cases that further advance the rights and protections of these communities."
Rosenblum's appointment, then, makes sense, given his background and experience as a champion for legal rights in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Rosenblum has been particularly active in advocating for employment non-discrimination legislation, serving as co-founder and co-chair of Proud2WorkNJ, the State of New Jersey's first employee resource group. He was also a founding board member of the organization formerly known as the Center for Lesbian and Gay Law and Public Policy, which has become Equality Pennsylvania. This organization has won numerous local-level campaigns to strengthen employment non-discrimination ordinances.
He is taking over from acting Legal Services Director Amara Chaudry, who described Rosenblum by saying, "I am confident that I am leaving the legal services department in very capable hands."
Given that the Mazzoni Center now averages 50-100 legal cases at any given time, Rosenblum's appointment is vital to the continued success of legal advocacy for LGBTQ individuals not only in Philadelphia but in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and other nearby states.
For more information on the appointment, and for the various services that Mazzoni Center offers, please visit their website.