September 25th, 2018 marks National Voter Registration Day and Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is offering the opportunity to register to vote here in downtown Allentown. Stop by the Center anytime between 10:00am and 8:00pm to make sure you're registered, and make your voice count in upcoming elections.
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center does not take part in any partisan efforts. This is a nonpartisan event.
The Legal Clinic at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center connects people with pro bono attorneys who are specialists in LGBT legal needs. Attorneys Jess Moyer and Jonathan Huerta will be available to answer questions about:
- Family Law
- Employment/Housing Discrimination
- Wills & Estates
- School Bullying
The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center host An Evening of Banned Books on Tuesday, September 25th from 6-8pm. The evening will feature staged readings of 11 books throughout recent history which have been banned, challenged, censored, or whose authors of publishers have been prosecuted, because the content of the books was deemed to be "obscene".
The dictionary defines censorship as the official prohibition of the publication or performance of books or plays that might be offensive to the government or subversive of good morals. For decades the courts, schools, and churches have attempted to ban or challenge LGBT positive literature for being dangerous and corrupt. From the poetry of Walt Whitman to a children's book about gay penguins we will be looking at some of this so-called "obscene" literature, which will be read out loud as a staged reading by teachers, judges, lawyers, ministers, and by some Queer folk ourselves!
Join us for an evening of readings from writings that upset the status quo!
The 4th Tuesday of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.
Casual, drop-in discussion group for transguys and transmasculine non-binary people over the age of 18.
Free HIV & STI Testing on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month - Testing offered in partnership with AIDS Activities Office at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Allentown Health Bureau
No insurance or residency requirements.
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center hosts a monthly LGBT Bereavement Support Group. The group is for LGBT people who have experienced loss. The group meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 5:30PM.
To help control the size of the group, please register with firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents of Trans Kids is a support group for parents of children of any age who identify as transgender, gender creative, non-binary, and other non-conforming gender identities.
If you have a child ages 14-21, they can attend Project SILK on the first floor of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center for the duration of the Parents of Trans Kids meeting. Project SILK is a brave space for LGBT youth and their social networks to be themselves.
A Space for Aces meets every 4th Wednesday from 7 to 8:15PM at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.
A casual, drop-in community discussion group for asexual, graysexual, demisexual, and aromantic folks, as well as anyone who finds themselves under the umbrella of asexuality.
Questions? Email group facilitator Scott at email@example.com
The Reel Queer Film Series at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents a free community screening of The Year We Thought About Love, a documentary about a daring LGBTQ youth theatre troupe. The screening will be followed by a talk back facilitated by Kim Ketterer, Youth Programs Manager at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.
“The Year We Thought About Love” goes behind the scenes of one of the oldest queer youth theaters in America, with our camera crew slipping into classrooms, kitchens, subways, and rehearsal rooms with this fearless and endearing troupe. Boston-based True Colors: OUT Youth Theater transforms daily struggles into performance for social change. With wit, candor, and attitude, our cast of characters captivates audiences surprised to hear such stories in school settings. Our film introduces a transgender teenager kicked out of her house, a devout Christian challenging his church’s homophobia, and a girl who prefers to wear boys’ clothing even as she models dresses on the runway. When bombs explode outside their building, the troupe becomes even more determined to share their stories of love to help heal their city.
Awards and Reviews:
Best Documentary, Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
"Laughter—that’s the constant power that drives "The Year We Thought About Love," a film about an LGBTQ youth troupe out of Boston." After Ellen
"Alive, bold, and beautiful...The Year We Thought About Love is a vital story for every youth educator and theatre practitioner to see. The strength of this film is its complexity: featuring stories of many LGBTQ youth from the vantage points of school, home, community, and peer relationships—and providing illustrations of young people’s strength, beauty, and love—all in the process of making a play." Youth Theatre Journal
In April of 2016, Pennsylvania legalized medical marijuana for Pennsylvania residents affected by 17 serious medical conditions. Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, in partnership with Lehigh Valley Norml, is offering medical marijuana enrollment assistance on the 2nd Tuesdays of the month from 4-6pm to help eligible Pennsylvania residents apply for the state Medical Marijuana ID card. Computers are available for the application process.
The medical marijuana enrollment events are only to help people with the application for the state Medical Marijuana ID card. To be eligible, you must be a Pennsylvania resident and be diagnosed with a serious medical condition. In order to enroll on the state's website, attendees must bring their driver's license or state-issued ID, must be 18 or older, and are required to have an active phone number and email address.
Pennsylvania law defines "serious medical conditions" as any one of the following:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Crohn’s Disease
- Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
- HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) / AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)
- Huntington’s Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Intractable Seizures
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
- Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or ineffective
- Sickle Cell Anemia
Some of these serious medical conditions are experienced at higher rates in the LGBT community.
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