October 23, 2020

Mark Segal zapping a Republican fund raising dinner at the Civic Center on November 1, 1972.
Photo courtesy of the John J. Wilcox Jr. LGBT Archives

That same year, Segal and his Gay Raiders also zapped Action 6 News and chained themselves to Nixon headquarters on Chestnut St.

In an LGBTQ History Month note - 

Philadelphia's own Mark Segal, played by Cole Doman, is featured among a legendary group of LGBT visionaries and activists on the HBO Max series "Equal."

Information on viewing this four part chronicle of the LGBTQ civil rights movement is available here:
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.  
Voice of Change Podcast: Preserving LGBTQIA+ History

Archives director John Anderies and former Archives intern Ainsley Eakins participated in the Rosenbach's Voices of Change podcast series as part of the virtual exhibition, “I Am an American!”: The Authorship and Activism of Alice Dunbar-Nelson. In episode 4 of the series, Anderies and Eakins talk with Rosenbach Collections Engagement Manager Alex Ames about the work of the John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives, the processing of the personal and literary papers of Black lesbian feminist Anita Cornwell, and archives as activism. We invite you to have a listen to all of the podcasts in the series—they're terrific!
Annual Meeting of the PA LGBT History Network
Monday, November 9, 2020 - 12:00 PM


The annual meeting of the Pennsylvania LGBT History Network will take place virtually on Zoom this year. The agenda will include reports on the past year's projects, discussion about potential new projects, and sharing of news from Network participants. The mission of the Network is to engage people in discovering Pennsylvania’s LGBTQ+ history, historic sites, history projects, artifacts and archival collections, and to facilitate collaboration between the organizations, institutions and individuals that provide stewardship of this heritage.

Anyone involved in this work or with an interest in the state's LGBTQ history is invited to attend.

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

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 6 pm to 9 pm. 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: 





Do you have something to say? Do you want to workshop your writing with others in community? Our monthly writing workshops and discussions are designed to help develop queer voices via the written word.

Virtual Meetings on Zoom:
October 24, 2020 - 2:15-5:00 pm
November 21, 2020, - 2:15-5:00 pm
December 19, 2020 - 2:15-5:00 pm

Zoom link:

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!

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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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