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.
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1 Archives Receives
Support from the William
Penn Foundation
2 Greetings from the
Executive Director
3 June Calendar
4 June At A Glance
6 This Month in
LGBT History
6 Around The Center
7 Center Announces
September 2014 Dates
for OutBeat: America’s
First Queer Jazz Festival
7 Homecoming at
Our 2nd Home
Center’s John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives soon to
receive major face lift.
Photo credit: Scott Drake
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 HOMECOMING, 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
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
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 and
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
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
Many thanks to two key groups
in Philadelphia’s leather
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 and 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 Bartlett
Executive 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
Michael Pomante,
Development Director
Steve Serafin,
Peer Counseling Coordinator
Freddy Shelley,
Marshall Siegel,
Front Desk Administrative
Candice Thompson,
Director of Center Services
Jeff Sotland, Esq.,
Laurie Ward,
Steve Brando,
Kim Keegan,
Jocelyn Block
Anh Dang
Tricia Dressel
Chris Durr
Rudy Flesher
Amber Hikes
Adam Hymans
Mandeep Jangi
Robert Lenahan
Paul Steinke
Leona Thomas
Out and Faithful Presents Congregation
Crawl: On hiatus for the summer!
But don’t worry, our popular “church
shopping” event will return in the Fall
with a robust selection of welcoming
congregations to choose from. Whether
you are looking for a spiritual home or are
interested in experiencing spiritual traditions
and rituals other than your own, this is a
great way to tap into the local LGBTQ OUT
and faithful community!

Art Gallery: 9th Annual Juried Art
On view in the gallery: May 9 – June 27
Opening Reception: Friday, May 9, 6-8
The juried art competition brings together
LGBTQ artists to exhibit works in the
William Way Art Gallery. Out of dozens of
submissions, the show was narrowed down
to works that will be exhibited in a show
celebrating the creative vision and passions
of the LGBTQ community. Please join us
for the opening reception with the artists.
John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives: 15th
Anniversary of Philly Dyke March
On view: May 8 – August 29, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 8,
Rich in history throughout the country but
especially in Philadelphia, dyke marches
are our protest in response to the corporate,
traditionally male-dominated Pride events.
Year after year, the Philadelphia dyke
march (PDM) brings together hundreds of
self-identified dykes and allies, nurturing a
beautifully diverse, empowering, and dyke-
positive space. As we celebrate our 15th
anniversary, we cannot help but reflect with
deepest gratitude to our community, respect
for those who organized and marched
before us, and pride for how far we’ve come.
Our radical, grassroots history on display
this summer will include photographs from
past marches, newspaper articles, video
footage, signs, banners, memorabilia, and
more. Check out our history, and then join
us as we take to the streets on June 7, 2014.
HIV and Hepatitis C Testing (free and
Monday, June 2, 16, 3-6 pm
The William Way Community Center is
partnering with BEBASHI, which was
founded in 1985 in response to the
increasing incidence of HIV/AIDS in the
African American in Philadelphia, to provide
free and confidential rapid HIV testing and
Hepatitis C testing. Trained counselors will
be on-site to provide testing and education.
Drop-ins only.
Volunteer Orientation
Wednesday, June 4, 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) 732-2220 to
Loft 23 presents The Exchange Loft
Friday, June 6, 20, 6-8 pm
(1st and 3rd Fridays)
This month, join us for casual conversation
and mingling at the Center. Loft23 is an
inclusive social/support group where LGBTQ
individuals between the ages of 21 and
29 can have engaging and constructive
experiences that lead to self-improvement
and the development of positive
connections within the community. FREE.
Saturday, June 7, 7 – 10 pm
@The Courtyard of the John C.
Anderson Residences (249 South 13th
Join us at the beautiful Courtyard of the
John C. Anderson Residences for an
enchanted garden party to support your
community center and our new senior
neighbors around the corner.
Enjoy a delicious Italian dinner catered by
Giorgio on Pine, open wine and beer bar,
specialty cocktails, live entertainment,
Philly’s favorite silent auction, and the
crowning of the 2014 Homecoming Court.
$50 General Admission, $35 Student,
Senior, or Sober, $500 Homecoming
Host. Visit
wwcchomecoming2014 or contact Michael
at 215-732-2220 to purchase tickets or
become a host.
SAGEWorks Introduction
Tuesday, June 10, 6:30 pm
SageWorks is an employment assistance
program for LGBT adults (40+) that
provides access to online worksearch 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
Bridge Club
Mondays, 2 pm
“Party” bridge for the experienced player.
Reservations required. Please call the Center
at 215-732-2220.
Mornings OUT Senior Social (Free)
Tuesdays, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
A social/educational group for older men with
occasional outings, speakers and events.
Light refreshments served.
Chess Club (Free)
Sundays, 2 - 4 pm
This is an inclusive group seeking players
of all skill levels interested in socializing and
working on their game. Absolutely free, and
you’re guaranteed to hone up on those skills
you haven’t used in awhile or to learn new
David Bohnett Cyber Center
Free WiFi in our lobby!
$1 per 15 minutes for WWCC computer use. LGBT Age 50+ Rap Session
Thursdays, 1 - 2 pm
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 what’s on your mind
and to just listen to what others have to say.
Library (Free)
Mon - Fri 12 - 9 pm
Sat 3 - 5 pm,
Sun 12 - 5 pm.
Thursdays, 12 pm & 7:30 pm
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.
required. For more information or to RSVP
please contact Ed Miller at 215-732-2220 or
Loft23 presents The Game Loft
Friday, June 13, 27, 6-8 pm
(2nd and 4th Fridays)
The game loft is a space geared towards
gamers (21-29 years old) within the
community and is an opportunity to meet
new people, play games, and socialize
outside of the bar/club scene. There will
be board games, a Wii console and PS3
provided within the group space. So come
out, join the group and have fun!!!!!! FREE.
Volunteer Velada & Dinner
Tuesday, June 17, 7 pm
(Every 3rd Tuesday of the month)
Help us fold and assemble our monthly
mailing. It’s a big job and we need your help!
Book Club: “The Talented Mr. Ripley” by
Patricia Highsmith
Wednesday, June 18, 7-8 pm
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia
Highsmith. In the first novel in the Ripley
series, we get to know the charming Mr.
Ripley, a sociopath that will seduce readers
into empathizing with him. In the following,
stimulating discussion, we’ll explore the
character’s sexuality as well as bisexual
stereotypes and tropes in fiction. Join us
on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at
7pm for a discussion on a variety of diverse,
LGBTQIA topics. For more information,
contact 215-732-2220.
Women’s Wednesdays: Movie Night!
American Hustle
Wednesday, June 18, 5:30 pm
2013 Academy Award Best Picture Starring
Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley
Cooper and Christian Bale. A fictional
film set in the alluring world of one of the
most stunning scandals to rock our nation,
American Hustle tells the story of brilliant
con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale),
who along with his equally cunning and
seductive British partner Sydney Prosser
(Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild
FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper).
Women’s Wednesdays is a social and
cultural program for women 50 and over.
A Penny for Your Thoughts
Saturday, June 21, 2-5 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 or 215-732-
2220 as space is limited.
Silver Foxes
Sunday, June 22, 2-4 pm
(Every 4th Sunday 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.
SAGEWorks Introduction
Thursday, June 26, 12 pm
SageWorks is an employment assistance
program for LGBT adults (40+) that
provides access to online worksearch 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 at 215-732-2220 or
Queer Writer’s Collective
Saturday, June 28, 3-5 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 Free.
Peer Counseling
Mon - Fri, 6 pm - 9 pm
One-to-one confidential 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 confidential service. 215-732-
TALK (8255).
PhilaVentures: Wissahickon Hike
Last Sun of the Month, 2 pm
An opportunity for walking at a moderate pace
with a talkative group of LGBT folks who like
fresh air and exercise! Some ups and downs
and uneven paths are found along the way, so
wear proper footwear and be ready to hike!
This groups meets at 2:00 PM at Cosimo’s
Pizza, 8624 Germantown Ave. at Bethlehem
Rainbow Buddhist Meditation
Sundays, 3-4:30 pm
This free group is for both practicing
Buddhists and those interested in Buddhism
and includes both a discussion and
Tai Chi Classes (Free)
Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm
Tai Chi Chuan is an ancient Chinese system of
mind-body-spirit health, based on the wisdom
of the Tao and the I Ching. You will learn the
gentle movements and deep breathing of the
Yang Style 37 Postures Form. Tai Chi can
have many health benefits including: lowering
blood pressure; reducing leg, neck and back
pain, etc. All ages and all fitness levels are
TransWay (Free)
Thursdays, 7-9 pm
A weekly social group for the transgender and
gender nonconforming community.
“Philadelphia. The City of Brotherly Love. Sunday, June 11th. The blue sky
flecked by only a few small clouds. A perfect day for an outdoor celebration
- for a parade - for dancing, singing and laughing in the streets. A gay day
- Lige Clark and Jack Nichols in their New York based newspaper, “Gay,”
July, 1972
In 1972, two years after Philadelphians had participated in the first Christopher
Street Liberation Day Parade in New York, local political groups, including the
Gay Activists Alliance, Radica lesbians and the Homophile Action League,
formed the city’s first Gay Pride Committee. About noon, on June 11th,
several thousand people assembled around a large stage that had been
erected in Rittenhouse Square. They cheered as Barbara Gittings, in her
graceful, articulate voice, spoke about bar raids, psychiatric mumbo-jumbo
and society’s injustices against gays. Barbara’s partner, Kay Tobin Lahusin,
stood nearby on the stage, snapping pictures to record the event. As Barbara
finished, Jerry Curtis strode onto the stage, approached the mic and declared
the day to be “Philadelphia’s Coming Out Party, where everybody was
welcome.” More cheers. A few more inspirational speakers and songs, then the parade began - Philadelphia’s first Gay Pride parade. The
crowd headed north one block, then turned right onto Chestnut Street, their numbers stretching over several blocks as they then marched
past the crowded sidewalks east toward Independence Hall.
As the parade crossed Sixth Street, they poured onto the same spot in front of Independence Hall where only seven years before, gay men in
suits and lesbians in skirts had first picketed courageously for “equal treatment for homosexual Americans.” Now young people wearing tank
tops, jeans, long hair and beards carried signs that read “Gay Power” and “Freedom for Faggots.” A rock band played and men danced with
men and women danced with women. The clothes and the attitude had changed dramatically since 1965, but the message was the same:
gay Philadelphians were demanding equality.
Dyke March 15th Anniversary exhibit, opening night May 8th
Center volunteer Sharron Cooks gives OutBeat a thumbs up! The Center’s LGBT library is looking good! Photo credit: Logan Longfeather
The William Way LGBT Community Center, with generous support from The Pew Center for
Arts & Heritage, is proud to announce OutBeat: America’s First Queer Jazz Festival,
set to take place on the final days of summer – Thursday, September 18 to Sunday,
September 21. Sure to be a groundbreaking event in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly
Affection, Philadelphia will play host to a number of critically acclaimed jazz artists across a
broad musical spectrum including: Andy Bey, Grammy Award-winning pianist Fred Hersch,
Patricia Barber Quartet and drummer Bill Stewart. Additional headliners and further details will
be announced throughout the spring.
More at:
Twitter: #OutBeat

OutBeat, the first LGBT jazz festival ever produced
in the United States, will include events ranging
from public discussions hosted by JazzTimes to
intimate performances, to special receptions with
the artists, and historic concerts in a variety of
spaces. Festival sites will include the William Way
LGBT Community Center, The Painted Bride Art
Center, and Chris’ Jazz Café as well as participation in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s
popular “Art After 5” series.

Additionally, Union Transfer – which Rolling Stone cited as one of the “Top 20 Venues in
America” – will be the culminating site for the celebratory daylong closing event featuring
numerous headliners. The popular Northern Liberties venue will be transformed into a festival
setting with Spring Garden Street blocked off to host Philly’s finest food carts, crafters,
local musicians, and other merchants. Vendors, surprises and special guests performing in
multiple spaces will make this closing day especially memorable.

The festival will serve as the finale for the William Way LGBT Community Center’s annual
music series and highlight the intersection between sexual orientation and gender identity
within the jazz community. OutBeat will feature a vibrant and eclectic mix of world-renowned
jazz musicians brought together for a series of once-in-a-lifetime performances and panel
For the past three years,
Homecoming—William Way’s
summer celebration and variety
show—has taken place at the
Center. We’re changing it up this
year and taking Homecoming
on the road…well, just down
the block. To celebrate our
partnership with the John C.
Anderson (JCA) Residences—
the region’s first LGBT-friendly
senior living facility—the Center
will be hosting Homecoming
in JCA’s beautiful, blooming
private courtyard (249 S. 13th
Street). The event will take place
Saturday, June 7, the evening
before Philly Pride, and will run
from 7:00 – 10:00 P.M.
Please join us for an enchanted
garden party, with all proceeds
benefiting the William Way
LGBT Community Center
and programs that serve JCA
residents. Enjoy a delicious
Italian dinner catered by Giorgio
on Pine, open wine and beer
bar, specialty cocktails, live
entertainment, Philly’s favorite
silent auction, and the crowning
of the 2014 Homecoming Court,
comprised of some of Philly’s
finest activists, entertainers, and
business leaders: Jasper Liem,
Elizabeth Coffey Williams, Jeff
Shablin, Lascivious Jane AKA
Heather Coutts, Meg Rider, and
Eric Ashton.
Space is limited, so
please buy your tickets
today at
wwcchomecoming2014. $50
general admission tickets
and $35 for students and
seniors. For $500, you can be
a member of the Homecoming
Host Committee, a cadre of
generous individuals that offset
the costs associated with the
event so that everyone from
our community can participate.
Hosts receive two tickets
to the event and preceding
VIP reception, gift bags, and
recognition from the stage and
on all promotional materials.
Contact Michael at 215-732-
2220 or mpomante@waygay.
org for more information.
See you on June 7th at our
home away from home.
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