Thursday, August 26, 2021

August 26, 2021
PICTURE OF THE WEEK
 
Happy faces at Citizens Bank Park for Pride Night, August 25th, 2021. From left to right, Allison Coia, Sue Gildea and Chris Bartlett.
 
Go, Phillies!
What's ahead:
 
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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.



 

Mask Up!

Please remember that masks are required at the William Way LGBT Community Center. #MaskUpPHL

You can find our latest Covid policies here.

We also encourage all those eligible to get a vaccine if you haven't yet. Find a city-run or partner vaccine clinic here.

Together, we can keep ourselves and our communities safe! 

Building Hours
 
Here are the Center's current hours for programs, group meetings, space rentals, info and referrals, and appointments! 
 
  • Mondays 11 am - 10 pm
  • Tuesdays 11 am - 10 pm
  • Wednesdays 11 am - 5 pm
  • Thursdays 11 am - 5 pm


Looking for more info? Check out our Calendar and our Programs and Services pages. Still have questions? Call us at 215-732-2220 or email info@waygay.org 

Are you a program facilitator and interested in returning to in-person meetings at the Center? Reach out to us to get started.

Space rentals are also available outside of the above hours, pending staff availability. Please contact Facilities Director, Avis Albaladejo, at avis@waygay.org for more info.

 

We can't wait to see you! Get in the Way!

Staff Position Opening

General Maintenance Technician
 
The General Maintenance Technician is a part-time position responsible for regular building maintenance and repairs, and occasional small renovation projects. They will work independently from a list of priority projects with an estimated time required for each task and are responsible for their timely completion.

More info here.
Thrivers: Intro to Mindfulness
Saturday, August 28th
12:00 - 1:30pm

More info and registration here.
 
THRIVERS is a monthly discussion group for people impacted by HIV that relies on the personal expertise within our communities to help one another get the most out of life and to take advantage of the opportunities before us.

This month, we’ll be learning about mindfulness and the ways that it can help us become more tuned in to our thoughts, feelings, sensations, and experiences. We’ll discuss the ways that becoming more mindful can help us to deal with daily stressors, including those that have come up during the pandemic. We’ll also learn some techniques and strategies to incorporate mindfulness into our lives and daily routines.

Rainbow Reading Book Club


September 22, 6:00 pm: Crossing: A Novel by Pajtim Statovci 

 
Steeped in a rich heritage of bewitching Albanian myth and legend, Crossing is a deeply timely and deeply necessary novel about war, exile, and identity in all its complex permutations.
 

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.

 

Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room (345 S. 12th St.) offers book club members a 10% discount on each month’s selected book. The club usually meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. unless there are scheduling conflicts.


Rainbow Reading is currently meeting via Zoom.

For more information, contact info@waygay.org.

Arcila -Adams Trans Resource Center

OUR VOICES
Cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, accounting for 480,000 premature deaths per year. The tobacco industry has a long history of targeting Black and LGBTQ+ communities with advertising initiatives like Project SCUM, specifically promoting menthol cigarettes within these communities, giving financial contributions to Black groups and political leaders, and sponsoring LGBTQ+ events like Pride celebrations throughout the country. 

The Arcila-Adams Trans Resource Center sat down with three current smokers of Black LGBTQ+ experience to learn about their history with cigarette use and their perspectives on the current culture around quitting.

There's a video excerpt from the discussion here.

The Center will host a virtual screening of the entire discussion on September 30th, more details coming soon. 

If you or anyone you know would like resources to help stop smoking or vaping, please call 1-800-QUIT-NOW, Pennsylvania’s free tobacco quitline. 
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LIFE…ACCORDING TO Z
Check out a new book following the life of a young, Black transgender boy:
 
https://mothasistah.com/shop/ols/products/lifeaccording-to-z
 
What happens when your daughter introduces herself to you as your SON?  And he's only 7 years old? You scream. You cry. You blame. You wonder why.  And then you realize - it ain't about you.

Life...According to Z is a biographical book series that chronicles the life encounters of a young, black, transgender boy who tries his best to make sense of a society that rejects him - and how he fights to live his truth and be accepted.

The 16TH Annual Juried Art Exhibition

Call for submissions

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.

For more info and to submit art work, click here.

The National LGBTQ+ Women*s Community Survey
 
It's finally time to tell our stories—the National LGBTQ+ Women*s Community Survey launched on Tuesday, June 29 in both English and Spanish!

Find more info and take the survey here.
Office Space Available

The WWCC currently has two office spaces for rent. For information, contact Avis Albaladejo at avis@waygay.org
Way Home

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.

To see if you are eligible for assistance, answer a few quick questions online:

BIT.LY/WAYHOMEAPPLY (English)
BIT.LY/CAMINOALHOGAR (EspaƱol)

For more information about applying or partnering, contact us at
WayHome@selfincorp.org or call 215-852-0874.
 
Show your support for the William Way Center by shopping at the online Pride Shop at the William Way Center.

There are official face masks, hoodies, t-shirts and pronoun mugs, so there's a perfect gift for all your loved ones...and yourself.

It's way cool and WAY GAY approved!

Visit the Pride Shop today, here.
Peer Counseling
Monday-Friday, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
 
Peer Counseling is a free service. We offer confidential one-on-one counseling by phone, referrals to resources, and information on a variety of issues including organizations, support groups, therapists and more. 

There's 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: 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/wwpcphiladelphia 
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/wwpcphilly/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/wwpcphilly
 

Are you interested in becoming a Peer Counselor? 
 
Peer Counseling is looking for compassionate folks interested in helping others in the LGBTQ+ community. No counseling experience required! We will be holding our annual New Peer Counselor training this fall.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteering for the Peer Counseling program, we would love to hear from you.

Please sign up for more information at https://forms.gle/RA4LMiiSPiDqxaqJ6

TransWay Online

Thursdays, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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 7:30pm to 9:30pm.
 
Everyone is welcome!

For access to the weekly Zoom events, join the TransWay Facebook group. 
Tuesday mornings at 10:30 am
 
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
These are difficult times.

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

Peer Counseling
267-416-0451
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