I'm Kenney Mencher. I'm an artist who left a tenured professorship in 2016 to pursue making art full time. This blog is about art, art history, with a emphasis on human rights. I make homoerotic art featuring bears, otters & other gay wildlife.
There's help there when you need it. Here are some useful resources:
Philadelphia Suicide and Crisis Intervention Hotline (215)-686-4420
LGBTQ National Hotline (888)-843-4564
Philadelphia Hate Crimes Hotline (215)-686-8931
Trans Lifeline (877)-565-8860
Saturday, February 13, 6:00pm - 9:00pm Sunday, February 14 11:00am - 2:00pm
The event you’ve all been anticipating in support of the William Way Community Center!
Love+Solidarity: An on-line festival celebrating all of us, by all of us.
As Philadelphia’s LGBTQ community center, it is part of our mission to provide space that is home for our expansive community. This year has been like no other in the history of the Center. Love+Solidarity 2021, was born out of the community's’ desire to celebrate ourselves, all the types of love that nourish us and the way we, as queer communities, thrive from this collective care.
Love is bigger than romance. It’s love for self and love for community; what better way to celebrate that than a multifaceted digital festival!
This two day event will have a melting pot of amazing segments including a panel of community organizers, awards, cooking demos, music to dance to in-between, and some amazing drag entertainment to enjoy while you are at home having your cocktails!
Many thanks to our supporters: IBEW at the Sponsor level; PECO, The Philly Foundation, Trinity Mid-Atlantic, The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging and Moore Brothers Wine Co. at the Event Partner level; Republic Bank, Prelude Solutions, Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni's Room, Windows Management Experts and ChatterBlast at the Event Supporter level.
Join us in recognizing Black History Month with a midday screening of Lincoln Mondy's short film "Black Lives/Black Lungs".
Following the screening will be a conversation on health justice in Black communities facilitated by the Office of LGBT Affairs Executive Director Celena Morrison and Tobacco Treatment and Wellness Coordinator Jarma Frisby.
This event is presented in partnership between the Office of LGBT Affairs, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, the William Way LGBT Community Center, and Health Promotion Council.
Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to live, especially during a pandemic.
By helping to house participants in the Way Home program, you are playing an integral role not only in helping individuals take charge of their lives, but also in making your community a better place to live.
Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton
Sponsored by the Arcila Adams Trans Resource Center and the John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives and Library
In Black on Both Sides, C. Riley Snorton identifies multiple intersections between blackness and transness from the mid-nineteenth century to present-day anti-black and anti-trans legislation and violence. Drawing on a deep and varied archive of materials, Snorton attends to how slavery and the production of racialized gender provided the foundations for an understanding of gender as mutable.
This Black History Month, Philly Trans March will host the 5th Annual "Philly Black Trans History: A Multigenerational Panel Discussion" featuring some of the city's most influential Black Trans pioneers of ALL ages.
This event is a celebration of Black Trans Resilience and is an opportunity for local community members, LGBTQIA2S+ individuals, allies and accomplices to learn about Philadelphia's Black Trans History, Past and Present, as well as our hopes and dreams for the future. The event will allow community members to connect with local leaders within local Trans communities, to better understand the life experiences of Black Trans individuals in our city and to challenge assumptions, misconceptions, prejudices and stereotypes.
2020 has been fraught with incredible challenges and loss. While this is something unique for many, the Queer community has been through moments like this before, so we are uniquely equipped to address this moment.
We have always redefined parameters of time and space. Our embrace of failure, resilience and resistance is our strength, creating possibilities for a new world of liberation and love.
This multigenerational show explores themes ranging from identity politics, to mental health issues, desire and history. The overarching result is a fleshy delivery of Queer manifestation.
Prices for works that are available for sale are listed within the captions for each artwork. 65% of each sale will go to the artist and 35% will go to the Community Center to support our arts & culture programs. If you would like to make a purchase please email John Anderies (firstname.lastname@example.org), who will make arrangements to take your credit card information over the phone and make artwork delivery arrangements.
February 17, 6:00 pm: "Sugar Run" by Mesha Maren March 17, 6:00 pm: "A Boy's Own Story" by Edmund White April 21, 6:00 pm: "Bastard Out of Carolina" by Dorothy Allison May 19. 6:00 pm: "Real Life" by Brandon Taylor
(345 S. 12th St.) offers book club members a 10% discount on each month’s selected book. The club meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. though scheduling conflicts sometimes move the meeting to a different Wednesday of the month.Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room
Rainbow Reading is our book club devoted to the queer literary experience. A new book is selected each month and represent a diverse range of themes, genres, and authors reflective of the LGBTQ+ experience.
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.
The next Zoom meeting: February 27, 2021 - 2:30-5:00 pm
Upcoming meetings, the 4th Saturday of every month: March 27, 2021 - 2:30-5:00 pm April 24, 2021 - 2:30-5:00 pm May 22, 2021 - 2:30-5:00 pm June 26, 2021 - 2:30-5:00 pm
To receive the Zoom meeting link and join the Queer Writers Collective mailing list, email email@example.com
Peer Counseling is available Monday-Friday, from 6 pm to 9 pm. We offer confidential one-on-one counseling over the phone or via videoconferencing, 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
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.
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 via Zoom every Tuesday morning at 10:30 am 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: MorningsOutWWCC@gmail.com