The galleries at the William Way Community Center celebrate queer love, commitment, and families with two notable exhibitions in January and February, in time for National Freedom to Marry Day. B. Proud’s beautiful black and white photographic series, First Comes Love, documents LGBTQ couples in long-term committed relationships. The series was created in response to the Proposition 8 decision in California which nullified thousands of gay and lesbian marriages in 2008. Proud’s work highlights many local Philadelphia couples and includes over 70 families and continues to grow. The opening night reception for the exhibition on Friday, January 10 from 6-8PM will also include a screening of a clip from Proud’s video documentary of the project along with the premiere of a musical piece inspired by the project.
Tony Osso, recently named one of Out Magazine's OUT 100, will make his William Way Center debut in the Wilcox Gallery. Osso is the filmmaker and visionary behind The Devotion Project, a six-part series of short documentary portraits featuring LGBTQ couples and families, celebrating their commitment and love. The exhibition will highlight and loop several clips from each of the project's segments exploring how various couples define and navigate their families. In addition to this ongoing exhibition, the Center will host a special screening of the project on Saturday, February 15 at 3PM featuring a talk-back with the film maker and some of the featured participants from the project.