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WayGay - June 2014

WayGay - June 2014

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WayGay is the monthly newsletter of William Way LGBT Community Center, located in Philadelphia. This is the June 2014 issue. Visit us at waygay.org
WayGay is the monthly newsletter of William Way LGBT Community Center, located in Philadelphia. This is the June 2014 issue. Visit us at waygay.org

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Published by: William Way LGBT Community Center on May 19, 2014
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The staff and Board are ecstatic to announce that
the William Penn Foundation recently awarded the William Way LGBT Community Center $333,277 to secure, expand, and enhance the John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives.
 This award—the largest private grant ever received by the Center during its 38 year history—is going to ensure that what many consider the Center’s most prized treasure remains safe for many generations to come. Thanks to the project support provided by the William Penn Foundation,
by September 30, 2017, the Archives will be expertly preserved, secured, and accessible to those wishing to study the collection.
In addition, a preservation maintenance plan will be created and put in place for long-term viability of the collections. Specifically, the Center will double the physical space of the Archives, located on the 3rd floor, by expanding into what is now the senior management team’s office suite. Included in the rebuild will be
a state-of-the-art research center, which will be open more regularly for researchers, archivists, students, history aficionados, and general visitors.
 The Center will also install a dedicated HVAC system, an environmental monitoring system, new lighting, and black-out window coverings to prevent any damage to the collections. All materials will be restored in acid-free boxes and sleeves, and PastPerfect—the best collections and content management software on the market—will be purchased and used by Archivist, Bob Skiba, to catalog existing and new materials and artifacts.
The Center would like to thank the William Penn Foundation as well as the staff at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA)
, who conducted a thorough assessment of the Archives and made recommendations to ensure its viability, which in turn served to enhance our proposal for funding. We look forward to working with CCAHA to complete this exciting project.“The John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives at the William Way Community Center are a true treasure trove of LGBT history for the City of Philadelphia, the region, and the United States. The William Penn Foundation’s investment of over $333,000 in the archives will allow us to update our systems so these priceless materials will be available and useful for many generations to come,” said Chris Bartlett, Executive Director of the Center.
The William Way LGBT Community Center | 1315 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 |
 | (215) 732-2220 |
Help us go paperless! To receive our newsletter by e-mail, visit
 and click on the ‘Go Paperless’ link, or call (215) 732-2220.
Center’s John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives soon to receive major face lift.
Dear friends,On
Saturday, June 7th at 7:00 PM
 I invite you to join me and many other friends of the William Way LGBT Community Center for
, our annual celebration of William Way as the central home for everyone in our communities. We’re very happy this year to host HOMECOMING at the brand new John C. Anderson  Apartments, 249 S. 13th Street. We’ll be throwing the party in the gorgeous Anderson Courtyard—the largest enclosed courtyard and garden in Center City Philadelphia. This will be an opportunity for you to see the inside of the beautiful Anderson Apartments complex, celebrate and support William Way, and commit to the wellbeing of our LGBTQ seniors. The delicious food will be provided by
Giorgio on Pine
, and as usual there will be an open wine and beer bar for the festivities. Please mark your calendar now to join us on Saturday, June 7th for HOMECOMING 2014.  You will probably have already read the cover story with our terrific news about the three year $333, 277 grant from the
 William Penn Foundation
 that will allow us to completely renovate our
John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives
. The archives are in my mind the great treasure of the community center. They contain our history, our dreams, and so many important stories about the growth of LGBT communities in Philadelphia and nationwide. With this generous William Penn grant, we will be able to bring 21st century technology to bear on the archives to make sure that they are appropriately preserved for the use of current generations and many generations to follow. We will be expanding the archive’s space in order to create more space for visitors; we’ll update all of the HVAC systems to insure appropriate humidity control; and the collections will be carefully archived and boxed in acid-free containers so that the materials will be safe for future use. Many thanks to
Olive Moser, Fred Haas
, and our other friends at the William Penn Foundation for their support of our important archives. City Hall’s Conversation Hall never looked so beautiful as it did on Wednesday, May 7th for the Press Conference announcing William Way’s historical
OutBeat Jazz Festival
, which will take place in Philadelphia from September 18-21, 2014. In my comments, I noted that this festival is the first time ever in the United States that a jazz festival has focused on the contributions of its LGBT artists. We are truly thrilled to have world-renowned performers such as
Andy Bey, Fred Hersch
Patricia Barber
. The media coverage following the press conference was terrific—with articles in the
New York Times
 as well as the major jazz and LGBT periodicals. You may have heard me interviewed on WHYY, KYW, and WCAU. We were thrilled to get the word out so effectively, and I hope that you’ll join us in September for this truly historical event. Jazz is a universal art—but Outbeat will show the powerful impact that LGBT composers, arrangers, and performers have had on the art—and we’re thrilled to be hosting this first-of-its-kind celebration. Many thanks to two key groups in Philadelphia’s leather community—
Philadelphia Leather Pride
and the
Philadelphians MC
 for contributing over $8,000 to support the reconstruction of the marble entryway to the Center. We’re so grateful when community groups step up to support the Center—and we’re especially grateful to
Cowboy Jen Vrana
Mike & Jim Kiley-Zufelt
 for their leadership in bringing so many resources to the Center over the years. Congratulations to three prominent transgender Philadelphians,
A. Dionne Stallworth, Charlene Arcila, and Chris Paige
 for winning the Trans100 award—which celebrates major national leaders in the transgender movement. The award sponsored by GLAAD and Lambda Legal, is a great distinction, and it’s a huge honor for Philadelphia to have three winners this year. Congratulations again to Dionne, Charlene and Chris.  You can tell we’re doing so much at William Way—Homecoming, to Jazz, to rebuilding the archives, to renovating the entrance stairway. Please consider a gift this month to help us with all of this important work. We’re grateful for your support!With my great appreciation,
Chris BartlettExecutive Director
 Avis Albaladejo,
Facilities Coordinator
Chris Bartlett,
Executive Director 
Eric Bunting,
Facilities Assistant
Jim Crouch,
Maintenance Technician
Chris Hart,
Silver Foxes Coordinator 
Ed Miller,
Senior Programs Coordinator 
Ezra Nepon,
Interim Development Coordinator 
Michael Pomante,
Development Director 
Steve Serafin,
Peer Counseling Coordinator 
Freddy Shelley,
Marshall Siegel,
Front Desk Administrative  Assistant
Candice Thompson,
Director of Center Services
Jeff Sotland, Esq.,
Laurie Ward,
Steve Brando,
Kim Keegan,
Jocelyn Block  Anh DangTricia Dressel Chris Durr Rudy Flesher  Amber Hikes  Adam Hymans Mandeep JangiRobert LenahanPaul SteinkeLeona Thomas

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