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On June 14th, Pennsylvania painter Tony Lasalle will lead a tour through Center City to various locations where

his works are displayed. See inside for more details.

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NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION U.S. POSTAGE PAID PHILADELPHIA, PA PERMIT NO. 5411
P.2 Greetings from the Executive Director TAB Commit to the Cornerstone Challenge P.3 June Calendar P.4 June at a Glance P.6 Around the Center This Month in LGBT History P.7 The Community Gives Back to the Center

2012 HOMECOMING EXTRAVAGANZA


On Saturday, June 9the night before Pridethe William Way LGBT Community Center welcomes you home to celebrate the Center and the rich and diverse community it serves. The evening will begin at 6pm with a Mediterranean dinner buffet in the Philadelphia Room, a rum bar sponsored by El Dorado Rum, a gin and tonic bar sponsored by Tub Gin, and a avored vodka station. The lobby will feature an upscale silent auction with items ranging from the Philadelphia Theater Package, including dozens of tickets to various shows around the city; the all-inclusive Work Out Package, including an annual gym membership, personal training sessions, and tness equipment; as well as a slew of weekend getaway packages, a Philadelphia brunch basket, and behind-thescenes tours of your favorite Philly arts and culture institutions. After dinner, drinks, and lots of bidding on auction items, guests will focus their attention toward the grand staircase, where Executive Director, Chris Bartlett, will honor Avi Eden for his generous contribution of the original 247 sign, the Philadelphians M.C. for providing the funds to remodel the 2nd oor bathroom, and the Weigh it Forward group for their commitment to dropping pounds and giving back to the community. For those of you who made it to the 1st Annual Homecoming Celebration last year, you know this is a not-to-miss event. Join us again this year, and buy your tickets early to this sell-out celebration. Guests will then ascend the grand staircase to the Mark Segal Ballroom, where they will be met by

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the Notorious OMGrecently voted Best Nightlife Personality in Philadelphia by fans of PhillyDragopolis. comwho will serve as the evenings emcee. OMGs two hour variety show will feature performances by your favorite Dollhouse Review ladies, the queens of Sinful Sundays, burlesque by Liberty City Kings, comedy acts, and a fabulous vogue-inspired routine by the IdiosynCrazy dance troupe. Were keeping a few special guests as surprises until the event gets closer, so follow the William Way LGBT Community Center on Facebook and keep your eyes peeled for e-blasts announcing the nights headliner and other guest stars. Tickets to this spectacular 5 hour event are only $50 or $45 for William Way members. A discounted $35 ticket is available for students, seniors, sober friends, and starving artists. Visit www.waygay.org and click on Homecoming 2012 to reserve your tickets now! Please also consider being a host of this years Homecoming celebration. Host levels start at $750 for individuals and $1,500 for couples and small businesses. Hosts make it possible for the Center to keep ticket prices low so that everyone in the community can afford to join the celebration. All hosts will receive complimentary tickets to Homecoming and recognition on signage at the event. Sign up to be a host online or contact Michael Pomante at (215) 732-2220 for more information. See you on June 9 for a night of food, fun, and friends!

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COMMIT TO THE CORNERSTONE CHALLENGE


All of us at William Way are delighted and proud to report that on April 30, 2012, we recruited our 100th Cornerstone member! For those of you who dont know, a Cornerstone member is someone who pledges $1,000 or more a year in support of the Center. This generous cadre of funders believe strongly in the good work that we do and are committed to making our vital services and programs available to those who need them most. Our Cornerstone members ensure that our doors stay open 365 days a year and that the Center always has the resources it needs to effectively serve the community. We are indebted to our now 102 Cornerstones whoas the name implies serve as the foundation on which the Center stands. Some of you reading this might say, Thats great, but $1,000 a year is out of my budget. This may be true, but did you know that more than 25% of our Cornerstones fulll on their pledge by way of an $84 per month recurring donation? Thats $19.25 a weekless than some of us pay a day for parking in the city. Or, perhaps think about it as $2.74 a day, less than what youd spend on a coffee and bagel to kickstart your morning. Not all of our Cornerstone members are lawyers, doctors, and heads of companies. In fact very few are. Many of them are budding philanthropists who want to have a signicant impact on the Center, but can only do so in modest increments over time. Consider digging into your pockets just a little deeper and accept our invitation to commit to the Cornerstone Challenge! Perks include 2 free tickets to Indigo Ball and other events throughout the year. Contact Michael Pomante at (215) 732-2220 to start a recurring donation.

GREETINGS FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


Our communities: making a difference for decades: I recently made one of my occasional visits to see Gay Pioneer Kay Lahusen at her home in Kennett Square. I was joined by veteran activists John Cunningham, Ada Bello, and Richard Smith. Ada and John told me a powerful story about the 1980 Mariel Boatlift, when thousands of Cubans (including many LGBT refugees) ed Cuba for the United States. Ada and John related to me one of the rst cases of national LGBT organizing. In June, 1980, the LGBTled MCC Church organized Spanish-speaking LGBT people to go to Fort Indiantown Gap, PA (east of Harrisburg) to assist LGBT Mariel Boatlift refugees in nding friendly host families throughout the United States. Ada and John interviewed many of these men and women, and found them homes in cities and towns large and small throughout the nation. I was moved that LGBT Philadelphians would care enough about LGBT people from another country who were in trouble and needed assistanceand would care enough to take the time to assist. This national organizing came in very handy a year later, when the AIDS epidemic came into public awareness (June, 1981) and these very same community members (with many others) mobilized to create the institutions that to this day empower people with AIDS and also help to prevent new infections. The point of this story? Part of the role of an LGBT community center is to continue to build the powerful leadership of community members like Ada and John who can continue to address the (as yet) unidentied challenges that we as a community will no doubt face in the future. By providing a space for the community to meet, think, celebrate, and claim our place at the table in this great city, the William Way LGBT Community Center plays a key role in insuring that in the present and the future, well have a corps of LGBT citizens who continue to strengthen our community and our City. Please come down to the Center to see how you can be part of this vision. Popping Up! The opening night of the Pop Up Museum of Queer History at the Center was truly an exhilarating experience. Hundreds of community members wandered our halls looking at the eye-popping exhibits, which included a documentary of Philadelphia polymath and activist Kiyoshi Kuromiya, photos and yers from the 1979 March on Washington, the writing desk of local author Joe Beam, photographs from the Black LGBT Archivists Society of Philadelphia, and a fun exhibit on the tradition of crossdressing in the Mummers Parade (by our own archivist, Bob Skiba ). One thing struck me about the opening night: an intergenerational group of youth, adults and elders from the full diversity of our community showed up that nightand the halls and exhibit rooms were packed as people jostled to view our history. This opening came closest to my vision for a Centerwhich includes the possibility of all of us coming together across our differences and through our similarities to celebrate the great accomplishments of LBGT community and culture. Thanks to the Pop Up Museum for helping to make this happen! Thank you Id like to thank all of you who gave generously for our Spring Appeal. Our scal year starts in October, so we are about half way through our fundraising year, and we are eager to nish out the year powerfully with the support of all of our community. If you considered giving and havent yet, I ask you to consider that every gift helps us to keep our doors open 365 days a year, so that our community members can enjoy our arts and culture, history, library, and access much needed servicesfrom senior programs, to peer counseling, to twelve step meetings. Please consider a gift todayeither a one-time gift, or a monthly sustaining contribution. However much you are able to give, know that it will make a huge difference for the life of our communities. You can make a contribution online at http:// tinyurl.com/WilliamWay, or call our Development Director Michael Pomante at 215-7322220. Wishing you a wonderful Spring! Sincerely,

THE COMMUNITY GIVES BACK TO THE CENTER


The William Way is truly blessed to receive so much support from the community it serves, from volunteers, donors, local businesses, and many more, each making an impact in their own way. From time to time, there are those who go out of their way to, in their own way, spread the word about our work and encourage others to make an impact as well. The Philadelphians MC, this citys longest running gay mens leather club, has always had a soft spot for a good cause. In its thirty-eight years, it has raised over $55,000 for local and national charities, and earlier this year, the Philadelphians set their sights on the William Way. More specically, they honed in on the unisex restroom that is located on the 2nd Floor landing of the East Stairwell with a campaign to fund a complete renovation.

ROCK THE RUN WITH WILLIAM WAY


The William Way LGBT Community Center is proud to announce that, for the rst time ever, it will be an Ofcial Charity of the Rock n Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon. The Rock n Roll Marathon takes place in dozens of cities across the United States each year, with tens of thousands of participants running right here in Philadelphia. This fall, runners will set off from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, beginning at 8am on Sunday, September 16th. The course leads runners east through parts of Center City, up Kelly Drive towards Fairmount Park, across the Schuylkill, and down West River Drive back to the Art Museum. The Center is recruiting individuals who are ready, willing and able to show their support for the William Way by becoming a part of our inaugural team, and in turn garner the support of friends, family and colleagues to pledge to donate for every kilometer. If you are interested in participating, please contact executive assistant Paul Blore at pblore@waygay.org. Limited spaces available.

Michael Flynn gets ready to start the party at Lassos and Lariats.

The Philadelphians originally declared the campaign would last through the spring and summer of 2012. However, they met and even exceeded their goal of $2,500 within a much shorter span, from the proceeds of events taking place between February and April. As WWCC Director, Chris Bartlett, noted before the project even began, the leather community has always been one of the most generous and supportive group of fundraisers in the LGBT community. With the proceeds reaped from the Philadelphians efforts, the Centers Facilities Coordinator Avis Albaladejo and Maintenance Technician Jim Crouch set about transforming the restroom. The Philadelphians MC Restroom will be unveiled for the rst time at Homecoming, Saturday, June 9th. Learn more about the Philadelphians MC at www.philadelphiansmc.org. In mid-April, Lassos & Lariats kicked up some dust in the Gayborhood, with a weekend of country music, dancing, and entertainment. Over 200 people came out over the weekend and helped raise $2,000, which will benet both the Attic Youth Center and the William Way LGBT Community Center. Throughout the weekend, participants were treated to country dancing lessons from the Lassos and Lariats team, including founder Michael Flynn, who can be found leading country dance nights at iCandy every Saturday at 7pm and who instructs two of our Way Gay U courses this Spring: Country Line Dancing and American Sign Language. Crowds also enjoyed the comedy stylings of Steve Miller-Miller at iCandy on Saturday the 14th and a performance on Sunday the 15th by the Manhattan Prairie Dogs, an international award-winning group who made a special trip down from NYC for the benet. Later on Sunday, a host of bachelors and bachelorettes braved the auction block always a nerve-wracking experience and were met with a rousing round of bids being volleyed back and forth. We are so grateful to these thirteen men and women for their courage! We want to thank everyone who came out for any part of the weekend many of whom discovered a newfound love for country dance (including some WWCC staff). And of course, we want to thank the rest of the Lassos and Lariats Team, who made that fun possible: Christopher Dickerson, Diane Forsyth, Bill Thron, Aaron Velezquez, and Sean Donlon, who told us, I always believe ingiving backto the community, but this was certainly the most fun thing that Ive done to that end. Yeehaw! The Weigh It Forward campaign that began earlier this year charges on, with four individuals shedding pounds to raise funds. Starting with a weigh-in on January 10, the participants were given exactly ve months to work with a sponsoring gym or tness center in an effort to lose weight; on June 10th, they will each take the stage at Philly Pride for their nal weigh-in. William Way hosted a Meet & Greet with participants Dan Calhoun, Micah Mahjoubian, Franny Price, and Debbie Spadefora on April 16th. While they have each have been working hard in the gym, theyve also been working to garner support for three organizations Philly Pride Presents, The Attic Youth Center and the William Way with individuals pledging to donate for every pound lost. We cant thank them enough, as well as their hosts: 12th Street Gym, Fusion Cross-Training, Move Forward Fitness and Optimal Sports Health Clubs. At the Meet & Greet, each commented on their experiences thus far transformative, to say the leastand with just a few weeks left to go, we cant wait to hear what they have to say of their accomplishments at Pride, and when we tip our hat to them the night before, at our own June 9th Homecoming.

Chris Bartlett Executive Director

THIS MONTH IN LGBT HISTORY


FORTY YEARS OF PRIDE AND PROGRESS
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Philadelphias rst Gay Pride Parade, which took place on June 11, 1972. The demonstration began with a rally in Rittenhouse Square, marched down Chestnut Street (see photo) and ended at Independence Mall, which in the 70s was still a widely used focal point for Philadelphia political demonstrations. The tradition for annual organized demonstrations was born here in Philadelphia, with the annual Reminder Day Demonstrations held at Independence Hall every 4th of July from 1965 to 1969. These were organized by the Eastern Regional Conference of Homophile Organizations, (ERCHO), which included groups from New York, D.C. and Philadelphia. After the Stonewall Riots in June of 1969 radically changed the face of gay political activism, it was decided to move the demonstrations to New York the next year, and Christopher Street Liberation Day, the rst gay pride parade, was born in 1970. The organizers encouraged simultaneous demonstrations in other cities to show nationwide support, and similar parades sprung up all over the country, including Philadelphias in 1972. Today, Pride Parades across America continue the tradition of mixing political activism with festivities and inclusion, celebrating LGBTQ diversity while addressing issues like anti-LGBT violence, bullying, AIDS and marriage equality. To learn more about Pride Parades and LGBTQ political activism, visit the John J Wilcox Jr. Archives here at the William Way Center. William Way LGBT Community Center would like to congratulate Bob Skiba, the volunteer archivist who provides the content of this column each month, on receiving the Founder Award from the Men of All Colors Together during their 31st anniversary weekend in early May. Kudos!

JUNE CALENDAR

AROUND THE CENTER

From Clockwise: William Way and Philly Dyke March shared a table at SundayOUT! at the Piazza on a beautiful sunny day, May 6. Exhibitors prepare to transform much of the Centers rst oor for the Pop Up Museum of Queer History.

Volunteer Orientation Wednesday, June 6, 7:30 pm Volunteer Orientation is a monthly information session for new volunteers to learn about the Center and the various ways to get involved. Call (215) 7322220 to register. Volunteer Velada & Dinner Tuesday, June 19, 7 pm (Every 3rd Tues of the month) Help us fold and assemble our monthly mailing. Its a big job and we need your help! Silver Foxes Sunday, June 24, 3-5 pm (Every 4th Sun of the month) For LGBT 50+ folks. A monthly social and discussion group at the Center. Light refreshments will be served and feel welcome to bring other food.

Professor Whitney Strub of Rutgers University leads Obscene Resistance, presented in partnership with the Pop Up Museum of Queer History, May 9th. (Credit: Adrianna Carbonaro)

Messapotamia Lefae and Mark Zelesky perform to a packed room at the Opening Night of Pop Up Philly, April 21st.

JUNE AT A GLANCE
Art Gallery: The 7th Annual Juried Art Show May 18 June 30, 2012 With over 20 participating artists, the Juried Art Competition hosts a wide array of artistic expressions and perspectives. Visit the Centers art gallery anytime during our normal operating hours to enjoy these works by local and emerging LGBTQ artists. Art: Walking Tour with painter Tony Lasalle Thursday, June 14, 6pm, $20 Beginning at DiBruno Brothers, 1730 Chestnut Street Pennsylvania-born and currently basedin Lambertville, NJ, Tony Lasalle creates beautiful paintings including brilliant landscapes, colorful orals, and stylized portraits. His work hangs inprivate homes, galleries, restaurants, and universities all along the East Coast, as well asSan Francisco, Paris, Tokyo, Taipei and Lebanon. Allow Tony to guide you to view several of his works at various locations in Center City, beginning with a catered reception in DiBruno Brothers upstairs cafe, where several of his pieces are displayed. LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE. Purchase at waygay.org or by calling 215-732-2220 during regular business hours. BiUnity Friday, July 13, 7 pm (Second Fridays of every other month) Philadelphias only social and support network for bisexual people, their families, and friends. Free. Book Club: The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You by S. Bear Bergman Wednesday, June 27, 7-8 pm Alternately unsettling and afrming, devastating and delicious,The Nearest Exit May Be Behind Youis a collection of essays on gender and identity by S. Bear Bergman that is irrevocably honest and endlessly illuminating. With humor and grace, these essays deal with issues from womens spaces to the old boys network, from gay male bathhouses to lesbian potlucks, from being a child to preparing to have one. Throughout, S. Bear Bergman shows us there are things you learn when youre visibly different from those around you whether its being transgressively gendered or readably queer. LGBT Cancer Support Group Monday, June 4, RSVP for time This group is in partnership with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and will provide LGBT cancer patients, families and friends in the Greater Philadelphia region with opportunities to share experiences, exchange information, gain support, information, education and networking at the Center. The group is facilitated by Kelly Harris, MSS, LCSW. For more information and to register, please contact Ilana Benyosef, LSW 610-238-0360 ext. 232 or ilana.benyosef@lls.org Family Play Day at the William Way Saturday, June 16, 10 am - 1 pm LGBTQ parents can connect and network with each other while their children have lots of fun with others their age! A baby space is provided for those under 3-years old; and we provide age-appropriate organized play activities for older kids; nally, theres a chat room for parents! For more information, contact Candice at cthompson@ waygay.org. Get In, Get Tested Wednesday, June 13, 8-10 pm Walk-in condential HIV testing using the OraQuick Advance oral swab test (no blood draw). Testing process takes 20- 30 minutes. Results provided during the appointment. A joint initiative through ActionAIDS, GALAEI, and the William Way Community Center. Guys Night Out: Phila Film Societys Artist as a Filmmaker Series Wednesday, June 20, 7:15pm, $5 Meet at the Center no later than 7:15pm and then well walk over to the Gershman Y for a screening (in glorious 35mm!) and discussion of MATINEE by director, Joe Dante. Best known for his stylized scare lms, most famously GREMLINS, Dante started his career as a photographer,graduating from UArts in 68 with a BFA in Photography. MATINEE is an ode to farcical, B-grade movies starring John Goodman (Roseanne), in what many argue to be the role of his career,as a lm director bent on using all kinds of creative devices to lure audiences in to see his movies, andgay icon Cathy Moriarty (Soapdish) as his lusty leading lady. Some have said MATINEE is the most under-rated, under-valued, and criminally underseen lm of all time. MATINEE is funny, touching, nostalgic, and a wonderful tribute to the very joy of lm itself! Followed by a unique discussion led by award-winning lmmaker and Drexel professor Lise Raven. RSVP to pblore@ waygay.org or 215-732-2220. This diverse group of GBT men meets monthly for social and cultural opportunities of interest. Homecoming 2012 Saturday, June 9, 6-10:30 pm William Way welcomes you home to celebrate our rich and diverse community. The evening includes a Mediterranean dinner buffet, summer-inspired beverage stations, and an upscale silent auction. Join us as we honor Avi Eden, Philadelphians M.C., the Weigh it Forward Fab Four, and this years Homecoming Court. The show, hosted by the Notorious OMG, will begin at 8:00, with performances by the Dollhouse Revue vixens, the queens of Sinful Sundays, LiCK, and the IdiosynCrazy dance troupe. Tickets are $50 or $45 for members. $35 tickets are available for students, seniors, sober friends, and starving artists. Visit www.waygay.org and click on Homecoming 2012 to reserve your tickets now! Out and Faithful: Love Free or Die Free Community Screening Monday, June 4 and Tuesday, June 5, 7pm Christ Church Neighborhood House (20 North American Street, Phila. Pa) In partnership with Christ Church Philadelphia and several other organizations, the William Way LGBT Community Center invites you to this free community screening. The media too often represents the Church and queer communities at odds with one another, ignoring the witness of those like Bishop Robinson who are able to create lives that are true to their identity and their religious commitments. Working with the Groundswell of Courage campaign (www. groundswell-movement.org), we hope to inspire the faithful of every tradition to stand with Robinson for the full inclusion of dignity of LGBT people in our religious communities. There will be an opportunity after the lm for viewers to share reactions and ideas in a forum moderated by one of Groundswells producers. Will you join us and add your voice to the conversation? RSVP requested to cthompson@waygay. org or 215-732-2220, and please indicate your name as well as which night you will attend. A Penny for Your Thoughts Saturday, June 16, 4-7 pm This guided discussion on all issues which impact lesbian, bisexual and questioning women will provide an opportunity to address a variety of topics including but not limited to sexuality, role playing, politics, relationships, etc No subject is off limits! Each question will be written on a 3 by 5 index card and folded in half and cards will be picked randomly by the co-facilitators, Trina Dorman and Yvette Lassiter, MSW, and read to the group at large. FREE. RSVP is required to info@waygay.org or 215-732-2220 as space is limited. PhilaVentures: Cobbs Creek Bike Ride Sunday, June 17, 10 am Get back in shape with this easy bike ride through a largely underused bike trail in historic Cobbs Creek. Join us for a leisurely bike ride through the Western most boundary of West Philadelphia along the Cobbs Creek Recreation Path. We will meet at the Laura Sims Skate House at 63rd and Walnut Street and discover one of the best kept secrets in town. For more details, please contact Candice at 215732-2220 or cthompson@waygay. org. RSVP requested. Pride Parade and Festival! Sunday, June 10, 11 am Dont miss out on this opportunity to march with the Community Center at the Annual Pride Parade and Festival! Show the crowds how much fun it is to be out and proud. The march will begin at noon and our group will meet at the Center at 11:00am for light snacks and to load up on water. This slow paced march takes about an hour and a half, so wear comfortable but fabulous marching shoes! We begin in the Gayborhood and wind our way down to Penns Landing. The rst 50 people to RSVP to the Center will receive a free wristband ($10 value) for admission to the festival at Penns Landing. Please RSVP with your full name and telephone number to achilds@ waygay.org or 215-732-2220. Queer Writers Collective Saturday, June 23, 46 pm (Every 4th Saturday of the month) Join this free group for monthly workshops and discussions to develop your unique queer voice via the written word at the Center. Contact Candice for information at (215) 732-2220 or info@waygay. org. Free. SAGEWorks Introduction Tuesday, June 12, 6 pm & Thursday, June 28, 12 pm (separate individual sessions) SAGEWorks is an employment assistance program for LGBT adults (40+) that provides access to online work-search sites, job coaching, resume building, career workshops and free computer trainer courses. This introduction will provide you with information about the program and how you can become involved. Registration required. For more information or to RSVP please contact Ed Miller, 215-732-2220 or emiller@waygay. org WeXist Sundays, June 10 & 24, 2-4 pm (Every 2nd & 4th Sun of the month) Support group for transmen, those born female with gender identity questions, and female-to-male (FTM) transsexuals. Free. Womens Wednesdays: Wednesday, June 20, 5:30 pm The women of Womens Wednesdays will join DVLFs Wonder Women Committee to mix and mingle with other LGBTI women and their allies and to meet the Wonder Women DVLF honored throughout Womens History Month. This event will celebrate LGBTI women in our community, and give us the opportunity to learn more about the Wonder Women Committee. Light fare and refreshments. $10 - $20 Suggested Donation to DVLF. Womens Wednesdays is a social and educational gathering for LBT women 50 +. Light refreshments are served.

PV: Valley Forge Fitness Walk Wednesdays, 5:45 pm Recharge mid-week with a fast paced walk at the Valley Forge National Park along the Joseph Plumb Martin Trail. In order to accommodate the parks vacancy by sunset, the group meets at 5:30pm for a 5:45pm sharp departure form the lower parking lot near the restrooms at the main visitors center for the park (entrance at Rt. 23 and N. Outerline Rd.). A brisk pace is maintained to cover 5.5 miles of light to moderate terrain in 1.5 hours. The walk passes 3 restrooms with water fountains and its recommended that you wear comfortable shoes. Leashed dogs allowed, but note that the trail is shared with cyclists. Heavy rain cancels. For info call Karl at vfwalks@gmail. com or 484-947-4446. Peer Counseling Monday - Friday, 6:00-9:00 pm One-to-one condential counseling. We help with issues such as coming out, sexual identity and expression, relationships, family issues, isolation, substance abuse, HIV/ AIDS, legal issues, health and safety concerns. This is a free and condential service. 215732-TALK (8255). PhilaVentures Wissahickon Hike Last Sun of Each Month, 2pm An opportunity for walking at a moderate pace with a talkative group of LGBT people who like fresh air and exercise. Some ups/downs and uneven paths. Meet at former Borders Books in Chestnut Hill. TransWay (Free) Thursdays, 7-9pm A weekly social group for the transgender and genderqueer community. Rainbow Buddhist Meditation (Free) Sundays, 5pm For Buddhists and those interested in Buddhism. Meditation and discussion. Rapid HIV Testing (Free) Mondays, 4-7pm Walk-in condential HIV testing using the OraQuick Advance oral swab test (no blood draw). Testing process takes 30- 45 minutes. Results provided during the appointment.

Recurring Programs
Bridge Club (Free) Mondays, 2-5pm Party Bridge for the experienced player. Reservations required. Call (215) 732-2220 to RSVP. Chess Club (Free) Sundays, 4-6pm This is a new inclusive group seeking players of all skill levels interested in socializing and working on their game. LGBT Age 50+ Rap Session Thursdays, 1-2pm This is a unique forum where people can discuss their feelings and experiences related to being LGBT and age 50 + in a casual, open and non-judgmental environment. This new outlet has been created by and for older adults. Stop in to share whats on your mind and to just listen to what others have to say. Library See Calendar on pg 3 for hours Over 10,000 LGBT themed books and DVDs available for check out. (Free) Mornings OUT Senior Social (Free) Tuesdays, 10:30am-12:30pm A social/educational group for older men with occasional outings, speakers and events. Light refreshments served. Mah-jongg (Free) Thursdays, 12pm & 7:30pm For experienced and new players. Mah-jongg is a game of skill, strategy, calculation, and luck for four players. Reservations required call (215) 732-2220.