Stonewall Philly team at a national tournament in Washington D.C.
It only takes a scroll down your Instagram feed to realize that Philly is rife with LGBT sports. Whether it be kickball, dodgeball, or flag football, leagues are abounding, but, with little support from the City, many are struggling to find reliable playing venues and resources to keep them running efficiently.
Enter the next evolution of Philly LGBT sports: William Way’s newly formed Out Philadelphia Athletic League (OPAL)
Last week board members of the William Way voted to take on OPAL, an initiative created by six local sports enthusiasts that aims to establish a 501c3-eligible umbrella organization for all Philly LGBT sports teams.
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William Way Community Center‘s IndiGoGo party was everything I hoped it would be. For the first time, the annual fundraiser brought together 11 Philly party producers who put on a hell of a shindig Saturday night at Underground Arts. The affair took up five (Six? I lost count) rooms within the Loft District venue—each featuring DJs, circus performers, go-go dancers, and there was even one where you could get spanked by porn star Colby Keller.
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We told you about it before: William Way’s Indigogo: Queer Funhouse & Dance Extravaganza is one of the biggest, fiercest, and queerest dance parties of the year. And it’s all for a good cause.
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Former G Philly editor-in-chief and burgeoning local painter Natalie Hope McDonald is in a bit of a pickle this morning. It seems one of her paintings—a 12×12 abstract piece titled We Only Had Silence—was stolen from the William Way’s Homecoming auction. She donated it to the Center’s Homecoming auction in June.
This morning she posted a message on her Facebook wall asking, “if you know someone who has it, or if you know anything about what may have happened, please let me know. And if you do have the piece, please don’t destroy it. I ask that you drop it off at the center—no questions asked.”
If you have leads, you can contact her at email@example.com.
GASP: Bev (left) flirts with a crucified Jesus.
A new show is coming to Voyeur this Saturday that’s prefaced with a bold warning: “Not for the faint at heart or easily offended!” Bev, one of Philly’s best rising drag personalities, will put on a show fittingly called “We’ll See You In Hell.” No joke is off-limits. Everything is on the table.
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If you’re looking for ways to give back to the community, you’d be hard pressed to find a more worthy recipient of your time and money than William Way. Philly’s only LGBT community center is like a big ol’ hug right in the middle of the Gayborhood. It’s been serving Philly’s queer community since 1976 with informative programs, activities, art shows, HIV testing, or just a welcoming place to stop in and rest your bum after a long day of strolling.
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William Way’s trying something a little different this holiday season with its first annual Holiday Extravaganza and Latin Carol Eve. It’s an evening of seasonal song and spoken word all in Latin. Philly comedic storyteller R. Eric Thomas will serve as host. To get in on the spirit of the occasion, he promises to perform a monologue in Latin. Translations will be available, but something tells me he’ll be hilarious even if you don’t know what he’s saying. The musical portion of the evening is a parade of yuletide favorites, like “Musicus Parvulus” (“Little Drummer Boy”), “Avia Renone Calcebatur” (“Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”) and “Silentio Noctis” (you guessed it: “Silent Night”). 6 p.m., free, William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St.
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In partnership with SMITH Magazine’s Six-Word Memoir Project, we asked you to submit your queer life stories—succinctly. Every day until we run out, we will present the most touching, poignant and hilarious entries in meme form. Today, William Way Center‘s Executive Director Chris Bartlett channels his diva godmother, who, word on the street is, he can do a mean impression of.
Join G Philly for a fun Six-Word Memoir Slam on Tue., Oct. 22, when six LGBTers will deliver his or her six words, and then spill the story behind them in six-minute monologues. Click here for more details and ticket info. And click here to see all our LGBT Six-Word Memoirs of the Day to date.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Stroud.
Your gussied-up presence is requested at the William Way Center’s annual fundraiser, Indigo Ball . The glittering event includes hors d’oeuvres delivered butler-style, an open bar, four-course dinner and a DJ for all your rug-cutting pleasures. And because no gala would be complete without honorees, there will be special-recognition awards given out to a select few who have made a special impact on the community this year. Who dat, you ask? Among the list of recipients is Philly Dyke March, which will be named as Community Partner of the Year; the Lifetime Achievement Award will go to The Church of Saint Luke and The Epiphany‘s Rev. Rodger Broadley; and Mayor Nutter will be named Humanitarian of the Year .
If you’re feeling extra saucy, stick around for the third-annual IndieGoGo Dance Extravaganza that goes until 2 a.m. Whatever the case, this is one of the hottest LGBT tickets of the year, so you better reserve your spot fast. Sat., Oct. 5, 6 p.m.-10 p.m., and 10 p.m.-2 a.m. for IndieGoGo Dance Extravaganza, $200-$2000, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 118 N. Broad St.
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Justin Bond (courtesy of Facebook)
“It’s all about role-playing, isn’t it?” says William Way spokesperson Paul Blore. At least that’s the inspiration for the one-night-only Queer Fear Cabaret (Oct. 26). And headlining the Halloween-themed event is Mx. Justin Vivian Bond, a trans-identified chanteuse and performance artist from New York City. Bond is internationally known for playing Kiki in the performance art piece Kiki and Herb. Bond was nominated for a Tony Award for Kiki and Herb Alive On Broadway in 2007, a show that had previewed at Philadelphia’s Wilma Theater just a year earlier. You may also remember Bond’s memorable turn in John Cameron Mitchell’s flick Shortbus.
Opening this very special cabaret night will be the Bearded Ladies, a Philly group that experiments with cabaret to tackle the politics of popular culture, sex, gender and art. “The Bearded Ladies play with and challenge gender roles frequently,” says Blore. “and Mx. Justin Vivian Bond does, too. We all play roles in our everyday lives.”
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