William Way LGBT Community Center

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William Way
LGBT Community Center
TypeLGBT Community Center
Area served
Delaware Valley
Key people
Board Co-Chairs, Sue Gildea & Paul Steinke
Executive Director Chris Bartlett

The William Way LGBT Community Center is a nonprofit organization serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and nearby communities, located at 1315 Spruce Street in Philadelphia.

The community center was founded in 1975 as the Gay Community Center of Philadelphia. It purchased its current building at 1315 Spruce Street in 1997, and has owned it since local businessman Mel Heifetz paid off the center's mortgage in 2005.[1]

The center's programs include a large archives of local and regional LGBT documents and artifacts, an extensive library, and programs in peer counseling, senior services, education, and arts and culture.[2] The center also offers numerous 12-step meetings throughout the day and night.[3]

The western wall of the community center features Ann Northrup's block-long mural, "Pride & Progress", featuring images of Philadelphia's LGBT citizens over decades.[4]

Since 2010, the center's Executive Director is Chris Bartlett.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Gay Way", Philadelphia City Paper, 12 June 2007, retrieved 25 August 2010
  2. ^ "William Way LGBT Community Center", William Way Community Center Website, retrieved 25 August 2010
  3. ^ "Southeastern Pennsylvania Intergroup Association Meetings", Southeastern Pennsylvania Intergroup Association, retrieved 25 August 2010
  4. ^ "Pride & Progress", Mural Arts Program, retrieved 25 August 2010
  5. ^ "Chris Bartlett Selected as William Way Executive Director", Philadelphia Gay News, 3 June 2010, retrieved 3 June 2010

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Coordinates: 39°56′51″N 75°09′48″W / 39.94737°N 75.16334°W / 39.94737; -75.16334