Trans Discussion with Atticus Ranck and Sebastian Pelaez-Ranck
November 16th 5:30pm
Atticus Ranck, M.A. Health Programs & Supportive Services for Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center and his wife Sebastian Pelaez-Ranck will facilitate a discussion on Trans History, resources they found helpful in their transition, navigating healthy relationships, and the importance of Trans Day of Remembrance.
Atticus has been an advocate for the LGBT community for eight years. He most recently worked as Director of Transgender Services at SunServe, an LGBT mental health agency in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, where he started as an intern working on name and gender marker changes for low income transgender people. He earned his M.A. in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Florida Atlantic University where he also served as president of the Feminist Graduate Student Association. He earned his B.A. in Creative Writing at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, where he was a student activist for LGBT causes on campus. While working as Director of Transgender Services at SunServe, the agency was recognized as a 'Best Places for Trans Folks' by South Florida Gay News.
Sebastian Pelaez-Ranck has worked in the medical field since 2013 performing everything from billing and coding to patient care. As a trans person of color, she is acutely aware of the issues trans people face in the medical community. As such, she has educated medical students and professionals on LGBTQ cultural competency with a specific emphasis on transgender patient care. Currently Sebastian is serving as a Commissioner for the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is a day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia and to draw attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.
Please join us for a non-denominational gathering to honor those lost in 2018.
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
Lehigh Valley Transgender Renaissance
The Metropolitan Community Church of the Lehigh Valley
Queer People of Color peer discussion group
The Queer People of Color group (QPOC) is a community for black and brown folks in the LGBT community of the greater Lehigh Valley to come together and celebrate, commiserate, network and organize. Join us every 3rd Tuesday from 6PM to 8PM for our monthly discussion group, and be on the look out for other events!
Questions? Email Dominique Carter at email@example.com.
The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center welcome the community to the November Community Book Discussion featuring The Prince of Los Cocuyos by Richard Blanco.
Community Book Discussions at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center are engaging, participatory community events. A limited number of free copies of the book is available in advance at the center (contact Kathleen at Kathleen@bradburysullivancenter.org).
Discussion is facilitated by Mary Foltz, Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University.
Sponsored by Lehigh University's Humanities Center, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, Pride Center, and Digital Humanities Initiative.
Reviews of The Prince of Los Cocuyos by Richard Blanco.
“In this vibrant memoir, Obama-inaugural poet Richard Blanco tenderly, exhilaratingly chronicles his Miami childhood amid a colorful, if suffocating, family of Cuban exiles, as well as his quest to find his artistic voice and the courage to accept himself as a gay man.” (O, The Oprah Magazine)
“Richard Blanco takes us on a thought-provoking, often hilarious ride in ... his coming-of-age memoir. The Cuban and Spanish intellectual, who was the first Latino, openly gay man and immigrant to be commissioned a presidential inaugural poet, illustrates the story of his childhood in the 1970s.” (Latina Magazine)
“The Prince of Los Cocuyos had me laughing time and again with its warm, sweetly self-deprecating portrait of an immigrant family attempting to straddle Cuban traditions and American trends.” (Andrew Solomon, author of Far From the Tree)
“Thank you, Richard, for this. The Prince of los Cocuyos is revelation and homecoming.” (Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street)
“I adored every minute spent with young ‘Riqui’ and his endearing extended family. And at the end-an ending so beautiful and throat-catching-I felt wonderfully drenched in love.” (Monica Wood, author of When We Were the Kennedys)
“[The Prince of los Cocuyos] includes portraits and scenes, intimately and lovingly rendered… Having honored our nation as a whole in verse, he honors it again, but this time as witness to the life and fortune of one exceptionally American family.” (Los Angeles Review of Books)
“... the anecdotes Blanco shares – such as trying to convince his grandmother to go shopping at the Winn-Dixie supermarket she so feared – are muy cubano and will give readers a sense of Cuban family spirit.: (TheGuardian.com)
“In Richard Blanco’s Miami, memories linger outside coffee windows and in Cuban grocery store aisles… In a series of loosely intertwined stories, Blanco describes a childhood marked by loss, humor and hints of an exotic land called America.” (Associated Press)
“A warm, emotionally intimate memoir.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Blanco has a natural, unforced style that allows his characters’ vibrancy and humor to shine through.” (Publishers Weekly (Starred Review))
About the Author
An accomplished author, engineer, and educator, Richard blanco has published several volumes of acclaimed poetry. He is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, a recipient of several honorary doctorates, and a dynamic speaker supporting diversity, marriage equality, immigration, poetry in education, cultural exchange, and other important issues of our day. Currently, he shares his time between Boston and Bethel, Maine.
This is a sober social event at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. No alcohol will be served.
The Legal Clinic at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center connects people with pro bono attorneys who are specialists in the LGBT legal needs. Attorney Dorota Gasienica-Kozak will be available to answer questions about:
- Wills and estates
- Adoption, fostering, marriage and divorce, assisted reproductive technology
- Name & Gender Changes
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.
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center invites you to stop by for free walk-in resume advice and career consultation with a Licensed Career Counselor! Participants are free to bring whatever they have at their stage in the job preparation process--whether you just want to touch up a polished resume or you are just starting out a job search. Services are LGBT-inclusive and open to all. Participants receive a free USB drive to help aid their resume development process. The clinic operates every 4th Wednesday from 4-6PM.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Facilitated by Rev. Anne Huey
Professionally led monthly support group for LGBT people who have experienced loss.
4th Wednesday of each month from 5:30pm-7pm.
To RSVP, please email email@example.com
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.Questions? Email Isaiah at firstname.lastname@example.org