On 1315 Spruce St. in Philadelphia is the William Way GLBT Community Center. The center is open to all people and supports gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the Philadelphia Area.
Two major parts of the center’s mission are to encourage, support and advocate the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. They also provide education within these communities about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender culture, history and contributions to society. They also encourage education outside of the GLBT communities.
They carry out their cultural and educational services in several ways. At the center, they have the largest collection in Philadelphia of rare books, periodicals, video, audiotapes and other documents that show the history of the GLBT community. They also have regular art galleries showing the art works of the local artists.
Social and recreational programs are also offered at the center. They work with PhilaVentures to go out on different excursions in the Philadelphia area. The center also offers their own yoga, dance and other classes that stimulate the mind and body.
On the educational front, they have a speaker’s bureau that has people come out and talk about different GLBT topics. They go to different groups and classrooms to educate people about their community.
Tonight the center has a debate scheduled at 7 p.m. titled “GLBT and Religion.”
They promote their community through hosting different events and by helping promote other events going on throughout the community.
To find out about more about the William Way GLBT Community Center, go to www.waygay.org.
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