Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center provides arts & culture and health promotion programs and supportive services to strengthen and support the LGBT community across the Greater Lehigh Valley. Our community center is located at 522 West Maple Street, in the heart of downtown Allentown. We are conveniently located adjacent to the Community Parking Garage at 6th and Walnut, where there is also free bicycle parking, and we are located close to the Allentown Transportation Center for LANta.
We opened our doors in April 2016 following a two-year process to open a physical space. In June 2014, we announced our vision for an LGBT community center to serve the vibrant, and growing, LGBT community in the Lehigh Valley. With tremendous community support we were able to grow our organization, purchase a building and make it our own.
Our organization was created in 2014 out of a restructuring of Pennsylvania Diversity Network, which was formed in 2004 by Allentown residents and LGBT community leaders, Liz Bradbury and Patricia Sullivan. Liz and Trish's dedication and leadership over many years made Allentown, and the Lehigh Valley, a place where the LGBT community had a strong voice. They co-founded the PA Gay and Lesbian Alliance for Political Action, which for 10 years was Pennsylvania's pre-eminent LGBT political organization. They led the effort to pass the expansion of Allentown's non-discrimination law to include the LGBT community (and then led the fight to prevent its repeal), and subsequently helped pass similar laws in Easton, Reading and Bethlehem. When selecting a name for our new center, our Board of Directors decided to honor Liz & Trish and their decades of leadership by naming the Center "Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center."