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 »

PHOTOS: Original Gay Pioneers Tour “Speaking Out for Equality”

This morning, the National Constitution Center, William Way Community Center, and the DMH Fund hosted a very touching private tour of their exhibit “Speaking Out for Equality” for several of the original “gay pioneers,” John James, Paul Kuntzler, Randy Wicker, and Ada Bello. William Way’s Executive Director Chris Bartlett provided a curated walk through of the moving collection at the Constitution Center, while James, Kuntzler, and Wicker gave insightful comments about the exhibit. We were there to capture some of the really wonderful moments of the event.

PHOTOS: Our Night Out at the National Constitution Center

The rain came down in sheets yesterday starting around 5 pm, but, as if Glinda the Good Witch was overlooking the National Constitution Center, the storm ceased at the start of last evening’s Our Night Out and held off until, ironically, the end of the event. The break in the weather certainly helped produce a robust crowd to support the William Way Community Center and Delaware Valley Legacy Fund. Guests were treated to lots of tasty nibbles, plus free admission to Speaking Out for Equality. We were on hand to capture some of the evening’s festivities.

First-Ever Philly Youth Pride Coming in July

Via Shutterstock

Via Shutterstock

Philly Pride isn’t quite over yet: A brand new celebration, Philly Youth Pride, will be rolling into town on July 5th, and it’s a whole different type of party aimed towards LGBTQ young people age 24 and below.

The Mazzoni Center is sponsoring the day-long event that is being built by, and for, youth, and is planned in connection with the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration that takes place throughout Philly from July 2nd through the 5th. The idea came to the organization after Mazzoni’s Student Leadership Board attended the National GSA Conference a year ago, and learned about a similar event in Washington, D.C. Mazzoni Education Manager Louie Ortiz couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity. Read more »

PHOTOS: Philadelphia Alternative Prom 2015

This past Friday, GALAEI held it’s 20th annual Alternative Prom, which they claim is the longest consecutive running event of its kind in the country. LGBTQ and allied youth from across the region danced the night away at the William Way Community Center in a safe, inclusive environment. Freedom G Photography (a team of Shanel Sherese and myself) was on hand to capture some of the great moments.

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.

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