February 21, 2020
Pic of the week: Next week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. LGBTQ+ people face unique challenges that may put them at greater risk of developing an eating disorder. Research shows that, as early as 12, gay, lesbian, and bisexual teens may be at higher risk than heterosexual peers. Check out this interview with trans man Luke Knudsen on his ED recovery
What's ahead:
Speaking Out for Equality is an online exhibit produced by the John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives that tells the courageous story of LGBT civil rights in the courts and in the streets.


Seeking Exhibition Materials on Tobacco & LGBTQ Communities

The Archives, in partnership with Get Healthy Philly, is developing our summer exhibit which will center on the targeting of the LGBTQ community by the tobacco industry and our community's efforts to encourage tobacco cessation. Currently we're looking for documents, advertisements, ephemera, and objects that speak to these topics. Some examples:
  • Original copies of ads by the tobacco industry that target the LGBTQ community
  • Tobacco industry giveaways that are LGBTQ-focused (rainbow or Pride-themed packs of cigarettes, for instance)
  • Counter-marketing materials promoting tobacco-free LGBTQ living (bus shelter ads, protest signs, fun giveaways)
  • LGBTQ cessation program materials
  • Working cigarette vending machine
  • Personal anecdotes

If you have anything like this or have suggestions for where we should look, please let us know by contacting

Queer Writers Collective

Saturday, 2/22, 2:30-5pm
William Way

Join this free group for monthly workshops and discussions to develop your unique queer voice via the written word.

LGBTQ Foster Parent Recruitment Event

Thurs. 2/27, 6-8pm
William Way

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LGBTQ+ youth in Philadelphia are in need of LGBTQ+ and other affirming foster parents… that could be you! If you want to find out more, please come and get your questions answered and hear from DHS staff, foster parents and youth.

This is an information session only and doesn’t commit you to anything other than finding out more!

This event is co-sponsored with Philadelphia DHS and the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs. 

2nd Annual Chili Cookoff

Sunday, 3/1, 1-4pm
William Way

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Do you have an awesome chili recipe or do you enjoy eating chili?
If you answer YES to either question, join us for our Coia/Gildea "house party" to benefit the William Way LGBT Community Center.

CONTESTANTS - Twenty chili recipes will be accepted for entry into the contest. Traditional chili and meatless chili are the categories.
Sign up ASAP to be entered. Email Allison at for details.

In the Art Gallery

Second Nature, Brianna Shewan


As her first solo exhibition, Brianna  will present a body of new photographic collages. Her deeply methodical process of deconstruction & reconstruction actualizes into transformed color field abstractions. Composed of “scales” made from strips of her own film photography, each piece is an amalgamation of  her reality. Whether  flower petals or shells, water, sky, or the more unapparent clippings, each collage at once collects & combines the artist’s experience while forming a concise and complex landscape of its own.

In the Archives Gallery

Welcome to the Ironside Playhouse: Photos, Film, and Ephemera from the Jack Van Alstyne Collection


For over three decades Jack Van Alstyne—known to many as "Cheezits"—captured in print and on film intimate depictions of his friends and acquaintances in the Philadelphia area. This included the many parties he hosted in his Camden, New Jersey home, affectionately known as the "Ironside Playhouse," where absolutely anyone was welcome and accepted.

Our galleries are available in the lobby whenever the center is open.
Come visit!
From art exhibitions to knitting to meetings to concerts, there's always something happening at the Center.

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