VIDEO: Jim Kenney Uses Papal Visit To Support Margie Winters and LGBT Catholics

At this afternoon’s LGBT Family Picnic at the John C. Anderson Apartments, mayoral candidate Jim Kenney made impassioned remarks about Margie Winters, the fired gay teacher from Waldron Mercy Academy, while also lending support to the Pope during his Philadelphia visit.

A portion of Kenney’s remarks were captured by a video shot by Philadelphia’s Director of LGBT Affairs, Nellie Fitzpatrick:

Kenney went on to say, “When it comes time to stand up for people rights… it’s pretty easy and it’s the right thing to do… I’ve taken these positions because they weren’t always politically beneficial but they were always right. We are all world citizens. We are all members of the human family and the human race. And we all have to take care of each other. We all have to stand up for each other because none of us can do this alone.”

Andrea Vettori, Nellie Fitzpatrick, and Margie Winters

Andrea Vettori, Nellie Fitzpatrick, and Margie Winters

Ms. Winters was also on hand at the festivities, and asked that “Pope Francis and the church hierarchy to listen and to hear about how much pain these situations [the firing of LGBT Catholic workers] have caused… The decision to exclude members of the [LGBT] community from ministry in the church impacts the integrity of the church as a whole. The LGBT community stands on the margins of the church yearning for and calling for wholeness, inclusion and justice.”

Also in attendance at the gathering, which served as an alternative to the World Meeting of Families and the Papal festivities, were representatives from Call to Action, Dignity Philadelphia, Believe Out Loud, Fortunate Families, OwningOurFaith, Mark Segal from the Philadelphia Gay News, and Sister Jeannie Gramick from New Ways Ministry.

Mural Arts Teams Up With LGBTQ Organizations to Present “Showing Face”

Images from the "Showing Face" project.

Images from the “Showing Face” project.

Next Wednesday, June 24th, Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program will dedicate a project a year in the making called Showing Face at the John C. Anderson Apartments. However, this isn’t just another art show: It’s a collaboration between youth from The Attic Youth Center and seniors from the Anderson Apartments, along with participants from William Way Community Center, that tries to bridge the cross-generational gap in the LGBTQ community. Read more »

PHOTOS: William Way Community Center’s Homecoming 2015

William Way’s Homecoming is one of those events smack in the middle of Philadelphia Pride that you simply cannot miss. It is extremely inclusive and feels like a cozy, catered neighborhood gathering. On Saturday evening, June 13th, guests were welcomed to the John C. Anderson Apartments for a night of entertainment (provided by the fantastic jazz musician Dena Underwood), delicious food by Giorgio on Pine, and an open bar. The apartment courtyard, which was adorned with pictures, candles, and flowers, served as the centerpiece of the event. We were there to capture the heartfelt festivities, which were also part of the William Way Center’s 40th Anniversary celebration.

John C. Anderson Apartments Wins National Architecture Award

John C. Anderson Apartments during its grand-opening celebration last winter. | Photo by HughE Dillon

John C. Anderson Apartments during its grand-opening celebration last winter. | Photo by HughE Dillon

Philadelphia’s only senior LGBT housing center, the John C. Anderson Apartments, was just named one of 10 winners of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2015 Housing Awards. The awards recognize the best in housing design across the nation. More on the awards and their criteria from a release I received this afternoon:

Now in its 15th year, the Housing Awards program promotes the importance of good housing as a necessity of life. The winning projects are located across the country—from New England to the West Coast. The jury recognized projects in four award categories: One/Two Family Custom Housing, One/Two Family Production Housing (none selected this year), Multifamily Housing and Special Housing. Importantly, several of this year’s honorees are affordable housing developments, like the John C. Anderson Apartments.

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Square One Coffee Opens in the Gayborhood

Local bean roasters Square One Coffee finally opened in the Gayborhood’s John C. Anderson Apartments building this weekend. Some other G Philly cohorts and I popped in on Saturday morning to caffeinate for the day and to check out the new digs. The place is gorgeous — with a white subway tile bar, a gorgeous, yellow La Marzocco espresso machine, and sitting space for days.

On the menu you’ve got a nice variety of standard coffee drinks — all made with Square One coffee beans. They do espressos, drip, and slow pour. (One of the drinks we tried, an English Breakfast Latte, was outstanding.) They’ve also got a nice variety of pastries, including cupcakes from Philly Cupcake, and an apple fritter that is particularly delicious.

Check out some photos of  your favorite new Gayborhood coffee shop below:

Philly’s LGBT Senior Housing Center, the John C. Anderson Apartments, Gets Opening Ceremony Treatment

Photo by HughE Dillon.

Photo by HughE Dillon.

Tenants began moving into the John C. Anderson Apartments in mid-January, but Philly’s only housing center for LGBT seniors got official opening-ceremony treatment this morning. Local paparazzo HughE Dillon pointed out that it was one of the most power-filled events he’d been to in a while, and he was right. All kinds of Pennsylvania dignitaries showed up to be part of the festivities — from Governor Ed Rendell and Mayor Michael Nutter to Representative Bob Brady and State Treasurer — and gubernatorial candidate — Rob McCord.

More photos after the jump