October 16, 2020

Penguin Place, 201 S Camac St.
Photo courtesy of the John J. Wilcox Jr. LGBT Archives
Happy LGBTQ History Month!

Do you remember going through these doors?

This 5,000 sq foot space at 201 Camac Street served as home to the Gay Community Center, then called "Penguin Place," from 1990-1996. In 1996, the organization began the move into new, much larger quarters in the present location, the William Way Community Center at 1315 Spruce St.
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.



We've paused Queering the Quarantine and all new public programming initiatives until we have hired a new Director of Empowerment Programs, which will increase staff capacity for the necessary oversight and support.  

The volunteers of Peer Counseling have re-imagined our program.

We have spent hundreds of hours designing new processes, updating our resources, and running simulations. Utilizing videoconferencing, advanced voice services and numerous online tools, we can now provide much needed support to our community while keeping everyone safe.

We are so excited that Peer Counseling is operating again, and we hope you can help spread the word. Peer Counseling is available Monday-Friday, from 6pm to 9pm. We offer confidential one-on-one counseling over the phone, referrals to resources, and information on a variety of issues including organizations, support groups, therapists and more. 

Peer Counseling is completely free with no appointment required. Simply call during our operating hours and say your first name or “Peer Counseling” at the prompt.

During the pandemic, we can be reached at our temporary number: 267-416-0451

Please follow us on social media and share us with your friends! 



Pride At The Polls
Saturday, Oct.17, 1:00 pm

We know you have a lot of a pent-up Pride, well here's your chance to let it all out! We want every LGBTQ+ person and ally in Philly to turn out and vote like your rights, future, dignity, and life depend on it--because they do! Grab your Pride/Outfest outfit, some friends, some flags, and get your civic booty to the polls!

Featuring VinChelle and Iris Spectre as your emcees!

This is YOUR day to vote. This day is inclusive and welcoming of ALL people.

The intention of Pride at the Polls is to increase voter turnout among the LGBTQ+ community and particularly younger people. If you are a first-time voter, know that you will be amongst your peers in line. Feel free to ask questions! Voting can seem daunting sometimes, especially if it's your first time, but you belong at the polls.

Wear your loudest and proudest Pride/Outfest outfits! We want to be seen!!!

We are still in the middle of a pandemic: Wear a mask, practice social distancing, and stay home if you’re experiencing symptoms!

Absolutely no electioneering (clothes or signs indicating support for a particular candidate or political party) is allowed inside of the election office.

Keep Gloria on 12th!

Monday, Oct 19, 5:00 pm

The Gloria Casarez mural on 12th Street is scheduled to be demolished by New York City developers Midwood Properties next month. Please join the fight to save the mural!! #keepgloriaon12thstreet

For information on the vigil at the mural on Monday, October 19 at 5 pm and the Town Hall afterwards from 7-8:30 pm:


We know many in our LGBTQ+ communities have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and the staff at the William Way LGBT Community Center are here to serve you.

We are continuing to provide social groups, educational programming, counseling and support services, art exhibits, and cultural experiences—all virtually.

We are following the lead of the local libraries and schools to ensure the safety of both staff and guests by providing robust virtual services and other services by appointment.

Here's what's going on at the Center now:…/…/yes-we-are-open-for-you-virtually

Call For Submissions
The 15th Annual Juried Art Exhibition (Online)
Opening January 20, 2021 

Deadline for submissions:
Midnight, Friday, November 6, 2020

Open call for LGBTQIA+ artists 18 years or older in the greater Philadelphia region to submit artworks for consideration. Artists of all levels are encouraged to participate. No fee for submission.

Three selected recipients will each be awarded a $300 Juror Award and a spot in a three-person group exhibition at the William Way LGBT Community Center in 2021 (possibly online).

Three selected recipients will each be awarded a $100 Arts Committee Award.

For more info and to submit artwork, please visit the following web address:

TransWay Online

TransWay is a diverse weekly social group for the transgender and gender nonconforming community, providing a space where what is often a disenfranchised and marginalized segment of the community can find commonality and support. Transway meets via Zoom every Thursday from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.
Everyone is welcome!

For access to the weekly Zoom events, join the TransWay Facebook group. 

MorningsOut is a social and educational discussion group for GBT men over 50. It's one of the oldest and most successful programs of the William Way Center. MorningsOut began 15 years ago with about two dozen members and now boasts an active email list of over 400.

MorningsOut meets every Tuesday morning at 10:30 am – currently, via Zoom – and features guest speakers and lively discussions.

For more information and to join the MorningsOut email list and the Zoom meetings, send an email to:
From art exhibitions, to knitting, to meetings, to concerts, there's always something happening at the Center!

Copyright © 2020, the William Way LGBT Community Center. All rights reserved.
We send out updates to keep members, supporters, and friends up to date on Center activities.

Our mailing address is:
William Way LGBT Center
1315 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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