A message from the Executive Director for Give OUT Day:
William Way Center is open 365 days a year and every day opens its doors for visitors and friends to forge alliances, share confidences, engage in new activities, and learn something new about our proud culture and history. The amenities of the Center include a 14,000-volume lending library, a world-class LGBT history archives, a public art and exhibition space, a brand-new cyber center and multiple community meeting spaces.
These community spaces are a defining feature of our center. Hosting a broad range of events and gatherings, and hundreds of guests, our chairs support people celebrating, discussing, educating, and learning on a daily basis at William way, and they all need a break.
Just this month, these chairs have held Mornings Out, our weekly meetup for men 60+, as they watched Intersexion and learned about stories of our intersex community. They’ve sustained guests mourning the loss and celebrating the lives of fallen community members with COLOURS, supported our seniors in their speed friending quest organized by Widener University, and witnessed Public History Community Forum (PubCom) "Racism & Resistance" – a dialogue-based forum devoted to the issues of inclusion and accessibility impacting our work. In the coming weeks, they will encounter guests of a bridal shower, Trans Work Job Fair, Gift of Life Organ Donor event, and Philly Black Pride Ball, to name a few.
Since 1974, William Way has been a resource and hub for the LGBT+ community and we’re proud to have served and continue in that role. We believe our community deserves nice things and we want to give them new chairs. Currently, we are forced to discard about two chairs per week and we urgently need to rebuild our inventory. For $26 you can help us provide a sturdy, steel, vinyl-padded folding chair to outfit our space and support your community-- literally!
Thank you in advance for considering a Give OUT Day contribution to support the William Way Center: the “living room” of the Philadelphia LGBT community. We hope to welcome you here soon!