Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, May 08, 2018 at 06:00 PM

    Book Talk: Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers

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    The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center proudly welcomes Anne Balay, author of Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers for a book talk on May 8 at 6pm. 

    Even as substantial legal and social victories are being celebrated within the gay rights movement, much of working-class America still exists outside the current narratives of gay liberation. In Steel Closets, Anne Balay draws on oral history interviews with forty gay, lesbian, and transgender steelworkers, mostly living in northwestern Indiana, to give voice to this previously silent and invisible population. She presents powerful stories of the intersections of work, class, gender, and sexual identity in the dangerous industrial setting of the steel mill. The voices and stories captured by Balay--by turns alarming, heroic, funny, and devastating--challenge contemporary understandings of what it means to be queer and shed light on the incredible homophobia and violence faced by many: nearly all of Balay's narrators remain closeted at work, and many have experienced harassment, violence, or rape.

    Through the powerful voices of queer steelworkers themselves, Steel Closets provides rich insight into an understudied part of the LGBT population, contributing to a growing body of scholarship that aims to reveal and analyze a broader range of gay life in America. Women's Review of Books wrote "Anne Balay has produced an astonishing work of ethnography. As a testament to the sheer magnitude of suffering, resourcefulness, and perseverance of our queer sisters and brothers in steel, she has written a labor of love."

    A book signing will follow the talk. 

    This is a sober social event, no alcohol will be served.

    Sponsored by:

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  • Wednesday, May 09, 2018 at 05:30 PM

    LGBT Survivors of Sexual Assault

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    Open support group for any LGBTQ+ person who has survived sexual assault. Before visiting for the first time please contact Rebecca Glassman at (610) 4376610 ext. 321

  • Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 06:00 PM

    Art History from a Queer Perspective: Part 1: Lesbian Blues Singers and the Harlem Renaissance / Part 2: Frida Kahlo and Her Circle

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    Art History from a Queer Perspective Classes - Series #2  -
    4 Free Classes at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
    First 4 Thursdays - May 3, 2018 - May 24, 2018
    6pm to 8pm — 90 minute class and then a 1/2 hour for social and informal discussion time

    Instructor Liz Bradbury, MFA

    Funny, informative, colorful, and interesting - the last set of classes was very popular. About 30 people attended each class and looked forward to the next. Open to EVERYONE, no cost, no registration - just walk in, no prior knowledge of Art History necessary, each class is stand alone - no need to attend every class if your schedule does not permit. Sit back, learn new things, enjoy free coffee, tea, and cookies. Attend with old friends, or on your own, and maybe make some new friend in the class!

    Class Number #2 In This Series
    Thursday May 10, 2018 — Part 1: Lesbian Blues Singers and the Harlem Renaissance / Part 2: Frida Kahlo and Her Circle

    Part 1: The flourishing of the Harlem Renaissance from about 1918 to the mid 1930s saw the rise of Black writers, artists, and entertainers that included a number of women-loving-women gender bending, and non-binary jazz singers. Learn about the lives and wonderful blues music of Gladys Bentley, Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, Ma Rainey, and others, in this music focused half of this evening’s class. The Center’s college intern Dominique Carter from East Stroudsburg University will be leading this part of the class.

    Part 2 of this class features Frida Kahlo and Her Circle. Kahlo’s outspoken bisexuality and shameless non-binary identification empowers nearly every painting she produced. Her extraordinarily moving and evocative work combines her Mexican heritage, Socialist ideology, her feminism, and her forthright identification as a person with disabilities, arguably making Kahlo the most significant artist regarding intersectional sensibility of the 20th Century.

  • Transgender Support Group and Social Gathering

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    Monthly peer-led trans meetup on the second Saturday of each month in Bethlehem. These monthly gatherings provide a safe space for members and guests to meet. Doors open at 7pm and the meeting starts at 7:30pm. Attendees can dress in any way they are comfortable. There are changing rooms available if you’d like to change after you arrive.

    Lehigh Valley Renaissance is a program of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.

    Sponsored by:

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  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 06:30 PM
    The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

    Community Book Discussion: Born on the Edge of Race & Gender

    CBD_Wilkinson.pngThe Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center invites the community to participate in the May 2018 Community Book Discussion featuring Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency by Willy Wilkinson. The Community Book Discussion is an intergenerational discussion facilitated by Mary Foltz, Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University

    In this historic moment of transgender visibility in the U.S., writer, activist, and public health consultant Willy Wilkinson's Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency uses the power of storytelling to contextualize one of the most misunderstood social issues of our time. This poetic, journalistic memoir shines an intersectional beacon on the ambiguity and complexity of mixed heritage, transgender, and disability experience, and offers an intimate window into how current legislative and policy battles impact the lives of transgender people. Whether navigating the men's locker room like a "stealth trans Houdini," accessing lifesaving health care, or appreciating his son's recognition of him as a "transformer," Wilkinson compellingly illustrates the unique, difficult, and sometimes comical experiences of transgender life.

    Reviews of Born on the Edge of Race and Gender:

    "Born on the Edge of Race and Gender is an extraordinary work by one of the most fearless and dynamic voices of our time-a multilayered masterpiece that may well be the most accessible, lively, and honest account yet of life as a transgender man . . . Prepare to be dazzled, shaken, and amazed . . . Far more than just a memoir, this book is also a treasure trove of intersectional research, wisdom, and practical knowledge, distilled by one of the nation's foremost experts on public health and other issues affecting transgender people, and one of the most experienced, hands-on, cultural competency trainers in our movement." -SHANNON PRICE MINTER, ESQ., Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights

    "Willy Wilkinson's� Born on the Edge of Race and Gender offers �practical, deeply �insightful, and powerfully moving personal�perspectives on diversity and �cultural competency, drawn� from his own �life experiences �as an Asian American trans man with decades of experience as an activist, consultant, and� policy advocate working on HIV/AIDS, disability, and LGBT issues. This is a highly readable, �teachable, and informative text that should appeal to queer and Asian�communities, and to educators, �policy makers, social workers, health care providers, and social justice activists who work with those�communities." -SUSAN STRYKER, PhD, author of Transgender History, Director, Institute for LGBT Studies, University of Arizona

    "Awe-inspiring, daring, personable! Wilkinson brings every part of himself openly and freely to us in �Born on the Edge of Race and Gender, a timely, essential read for anyone doing cultural competency work. A first-of-its-kind in many ways, this intersectional book shows how gender and race issues interplay and highlights the issues of trans men of color, for whom the dialogue has been virtually silent." -KYLAR W. BROADUS, ESQ., Cofounder and Executive Director, Trans People of Color Coalition

    Community Book Discussions at The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center are made possible thanks to sponsorship from Lehigh University's Humanities Center, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, Pride Center, and Mellon Digital Humanities Initiative

    The first ten people to sign up can email Kathleen@bradburysullivancenter.org to receive a free copy of the book

  • Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 06:00 PM

    Art History from a Queer Perspective: Queer Images and Queer Illustrators: Maxfield Parish, Ethel Mars, Maude Hunt Squire, Edward Gorey

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    Art History from a Queer Perspective Classes - Series #2  -
    4 Free Classes at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
    First 4 Thursdays - May 3, 2018 - May 24, 2018
    6pm to 8pm — 90 minute class and then a 1/2 hour for social and informal discussion time

    Instructor Liz Bradbury, MFA

    Funny, informative, colorful, and interesting - the last set of classes was very popular. About 30 people attended each class and looked forward to the next. Open to EVERYONE, no cost, no registration - just walk in, no prior knowledge of Art History necessary, each class is stand alone - no need to attend every class if your schedule does not permit. Sit back, learn new things, enjoy free coffee, tea, and cookies. Attend with old friends, or on your own, and maybe make some new friend in the class!

    Class Number #3 In This Series
    Thursday May 17, 2018 — Queer Images and Queer Illustrators: Maxfield Parish, Ethel Mars, Maude Hunt Squire, Edward Gorey
    Producing vastly different, yet extremely popular images; Maxfield Parish, Ethel Mars, Maude Hunt Squire, and Edward Gorey will be the focus of this class. Though Mayfield Parrish may not have identified as LGBTQ, his very popular work was impressively non-binary and genderqueer. We’ll be exploring many of his images in this class. The book illustrations, paintings and prints of Lesbian artists and life partners Maude Hunt Squire and Ethel Mars (whom we heard about very briefly in the last class series, because they were part of Gertrude Stein’s circle) will also be a focus. Squire and Mars worked together as a team on individual works. The eerie, gothic, dark humor illustrations of Edward Gorey, who self-identified as Asexual, has a style so recognizable that you can tell it’s his from a single lettered word, will also be covered. Gorey produced over 100 books of his work, created award winning Broadway set designs, and did the animation introduction of PBS’s MYSTERY! Don’t miss the beautiful and entertaining images that will be shown in this class!

  • Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 05:30 PM

    LGBT 12 Step Group

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    An open support group for anyone who identifies as LGBTQ+ and struggles with alcohol and/or addiction. The drug of choice does not matter. The only requirement is a desire to stop using.

  • Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 06:30 PM

    Transmasculine Group

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    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.

     Sponsored by:

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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 05:30 PM

    Bereavement Support Group

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    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 Ariel@bradburysullivancenter.org

    Sponsored by:

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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 06:00 PM

    Parents of Trans Kids

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    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.