Forget Patti Pies: William Way Center Hosting Gay Thanksgiving Weekend

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From Patti LaBelle’s Cooking Channel show.

If you’ve been stalking Walmart shelves waiting for a shipment of Patti LaBelle’s sweet potato pie, I have a better suggestion: Head on over to the William Way LGBT Community Center this weekend for gatherings that are surely better than trampling over people to get a big screen television set at Best Buy. Read more »

PHOTOS: Exciting Announcements Made at Last Night’s IBA and OPAL Mixer

Last evening, members of the greater Philadelphia LGBT chamber of commerce, the Independence Business Alliance (IBA), teamed up with the Out Philadelphia Athletic League (OPAL) to host their monthly mixer at Field House. Along with valuable networking opportunities for LGBT professionals and their allies, the night also brought several big announcements.

Jeff Sotland, who serves as board chair at the William Way Center, told the crowd that Braeden Lange, the young Pennsylvania lacrosse player who was recently featured on ESPN, and his parents will receive a special award at the upcoming William Way Indigo Ball on October 10. The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund’s Executive Director Samantha Giusti shared that her organization is offering the IBA a scholarship for a LGBT student who is studying business and will match funds up to $15,000. OPAL also announced that they will be teaming up with the You Can Play Project to provide grassroots support for LGBT athletes in the Philadelphia area.

We were on hand to capture the guests at the event, and stay tuned for information about other future IBA mixers on G Philly.

Defiant Archives Exhibit on Trans Histories Transferring to City Hall

From the "Defiant Archives" opening at the William Way Community Center.

From the “Defiant Archives” opening at the William Way Community Center.

The William Way Center‘s Defiant Archives exhibit, which highlighted trans Philadelphia history and activism, is living on. The collection of materials, artwork, documents, and video will be transferring to a huge, new prominent venue: outside the mayor’s office at Philadelphia City Hall. Read more »

25 Gay Things to Do in Philly This September

Madonna is headed to the City of Brotherly Love this month. Photo via Shutterstock.

Madonna is headed to the City of Brotherly Love this month. Photo via Shutterstock.

The Pope who? There’s a lot more going on in Philadelphia this September besides a visit from the Vatican. We rounded up 25 LGBT events, shows, and minglers that will keep you busy during back to school season.

Faced with Discrimination Photobooth: Equality Pennsylvania is teaming up with the William Way Community Center for this free event where guests can take a picture and describe why discrimination is a problem that isn’t just theoretical. Thursday, September 3rd, 11 am, free, William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street

Sharon Needles: The RuPaul icon “with the look of a cover model and the soul of a shoe” will be at Kung Fu Necktie for a one-nigh only show, featuring the Haus of Ham and The Homophones. Thursday, September 3rd, 7 pm, $20-50, Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 North Front Street

FringeArts Festival 2015: There’s so many queer performances at this year’s FringeArts Fest that we’d be here all day if we listed all of them: everything from You Are the Hero to Not For Profit to Growing Into My Beard. In short, there’s something for everyone. Opens Thursday, September 3rd, various times, prices, and locations
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William Way Community Center Offering LGBT Alternative to Papal Visit

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The William Way LGBT Community Center is offering a series of alternative programming during the upcoming World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit in hopes to appeal to those in the LGBTQ community that may feel alienated or unwelcome during the plethora of Catholic activities that are taking place in Philadelphia.

The “Celebration of Inclusive Family” will take place September 25 through the 26 and will feature performances, art exhibits, and services available to anyone who wishes to take part in them. Read more »

PHOTOS: Opening Night of “Defiant Archives” at William Way Center

Friday evening marked the opening of a one-of-a-kind exhibit at the William Way LGBT Community Center: “Defiant Archives” features a curated collection of hundreds of trans-related memorabilia, including artwork, letters, newspaper clippings, and a giant Spiral Q puppet head. Guests to the exhibit also have the opportunity to watch movie clips from the Trans Oral History Project, as well as video from the documentary Transpass. We were on hand to capture some of the unique collection and the visitors who took in the exhibit. You can visit “Defiant Archives” through September 20 during normal center hours. For more information, click here.

AIDS Law Project Throwing Hot Rods to Hell Benefit

A scene from "Hot Rods to Hell."

A scene from “Hot Rods to Hell.”

“These kids have no place to go and they want to get there at 150 miles an hour!”

Surely, that’s not what people will be saying on Friday, July 31st as supporters of the AIDS Law Project flock to the William Way Community Center for their summer movie party. The 6 pm benefit will present a screening of the campy 1967 film Hot Rods to Hell, along with a pre-party, food and drink, plus a talk-back session after the movie featuring local cinema experts Irv Slifkin and Richard Barrios. Read more »

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