The founder of POZ magazine shares “a captivating…eyewitness account from inside the AIDS epidemic” (Next) and “a moving, multi-decade memoir of one gay man’s life” (San Francisco Chronicle).
As a politics-obsessed Georgetown freshman, Sean Strub arrived in Washington, DC, from Iowa in 1976, with a plum part-time job running a Senate elevator in the US Capitol. He also harbored a terrifying secret: his attraction to men. As Strub explored the capital’s political and social circles, he discovered a parallel world where powerful men lived double lives shrouded in shame.
When the AIDS epidemic hit in the early 1980s, Strub was living in New York and soon found himself attending “more funerals than birthday parties.” Scared and angry, he turned to radical activism to combat discrimination and demand research. Strub takes you through his own diagnosis and inside ACT UP, the organization that transformed a stigmatized cause into one of the defining political movements of our time.
From the New York of Studio 54 and Andy Warhol’s Factory to the intersection of politics and burgeoning LGBT and AIDS movements, Strub’s story crackles with history. He recounts his role in shocking AIDS demonstrations at St. Patrick’s Cathedral as well as at the home of US Senator Jesse Helms. With an astonishing cast of characters, including Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Keith Haring, Bill Clinton, and Yoko Ono, is a vivid portrait of a tumultuous era: “A page-turner…[with] the suspense and horror of Paul Monette’s memoir Borrowed Time and the drama of Larry Kramer’s play The Normal Heart….What a lot of action—and life—there is in this gripping book” (The Washington Post).This event is supported in part by Allentown City Council.
Dessert reception sponsored by Back Door Bakeshop to follow.This event is a sober social event at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. No alcohol will be served.
The Fine Art Galleries at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center has curated a group exhibit, Queer Art of Resistance, that will be displayed from April 10-May 15 with an artist reception on April 20th.
The exhibit is a response to public displays of bigotry that paralleled the election of Donald Trump, White House policy proposals that feed on racism and xenophobia, and appointments of presidential personnel with long-held anti-LGBT views. This exhibit especially features activist, grassroots, and intersectional art mostly by LGBT-identified artists. The exhibit is curated by Deborah Rabinsky and is supported in part with a grant from Puffin Foundation West.
Liz Bradbury, MFA
Ken Jones Jr.
Ann Elizabeth Schlegel
Art purchases support local & regional LGBT artists AND arts & culture programs at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.
This is a social sober event. 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. Attorneys Jason Schiffer and Megan Michael will be available to answer questions about:
- School Bullying
- Wills and other legal Documents
- Employment/Housing Discrimination
The Legal Clinic is funded in part by The Harry C. Trexler Trust
The 4th Tuesday of every month from 6pm to 7pm
Casual, drop-in discussion group for transguys and transmasculine non-binary people.
Did you know that LGBT people are at increased risk for diabetes? One of the ways to prevent diabetes is to increase vegetable intake. As part of The Center's diabetes prevention program, we are partnering with Crooked Row Farm to be a drop off location for the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) this farm season. Join us for a special event with Farmer, Liz Wagner of Crooked Row Farm who will talk about Community Supported Agriculture and the benefits of eating fresh and local!
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 Ariel@bradburysullivancenter.org
Join our Peer Support Group for Spouses and Families of Transgender People. The group helps to connect people with families similar to their own.
This peer support group is offered in partnership with Lehigh Valley Renaissance.
Come join a community book discussion of Exile and Pride, a memoir by Eli Clare on April 27th.
First published in 1999, the groundbreaking Exile and Pride is essential to the history and future of disability politics. Eli Clare's revelatory writing about his experiences as a white disabled genderqueer activist/writer established him as one of the leading writers on the intersections of queerness and disability and permanently changed the landscape of disability politics and queer liberation. With a poet's devotion to truth and an activist's demand for justice, Clare deftly unspools the multiple histories from which our ever-evolving sense of self unfolds. His essays weave together memoir, history, and political thinking to explore meanings and experiences of home: home as place, community, bodies, identity, and activism. Here readers will find an intersectional framework for understanding how we actually live with the daily hydraulics of oppression, power, and resistance. At the root of Clare's exploration of environmental destruction and capitalism, sexuality and institutional violence, gender and the body politic, is a call for social justice movements that are truly accessible to everyone. With heart and hammer, Exile and Pride pries open a window onto a world where our whole selves, in all their complexity, can be realized, loved, and embraced.
Coffee will be provided by Coffee House Without Limits, where there will be an after-party to continue the discussion.
The first 20 people to sign up for each book talk get a free copy of the book! Contact Ariel@bradburysullivancenter.org to sign up and reserve your copy!
Sponsored by: Lehigh University Pride Center, The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at Lehigh University, The Mellon Digital Humanities Initiative at Lehigh University, & Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.
Friday May 5th, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center will host a hilarious comedy show by award winning journalist and Letters From Camp Rehoboth humor columnist Fay Jacobs. Fay’s show, Aging Gracelessly: 50 Shades of Fay has been making people laugh all over the Country from NYC to New Orleans to the West Coast. She was featured on an Olivia Caribbean Cruise and played to a sold out crowd hosted by Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, last year. Don’t miss this fabulous comedy event — these days, we all need a laugh!
Tickets to Fay’s Show are $20, after you purchase them online, your tickets will be held for you at the door the night of the event. Hurry! Seating is limited, we sold out last year in a much larger venue!For more information contact event organizer Liz Bradbury
PostNet Bethlehem PA
This event will have a sign language interpreter
This is a social sober event at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. No alcohol will be served.