Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, February 28, 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. 

    Sponsored by:

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  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 04:00 PM

    Legal Clinic

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    The Legal Clinic at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center connects people with pro bono attorneys who are specialists in the LGBT legal needs. Attorneys Mark Stanziola and Justin Robinette will be available to answer questions about:

    • Family Law
    • Wills and other legal Documents
    • Estates
    • Name & Gender Changes
    • School Bullying
    • Neighborhood Harassment
    • Employment Descrimination
    • Housing Discrimination

    The Legal Clinic is funded in part by The Harry C. Trexler Trust

     

    Sponsored by:

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  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 06:00 PM

    Book Talk: Fat Gay Men

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    The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents a book talk with Jason Whitesel, author of Fat Gay Men: Girth, Mirth, and the Politics of Stigma (NYU Press). A book signing will follow the talk. Books will be for sale at the event through Moravian Bookshop.

    To be fat in a thin-obsessed gay culture can be difficult. Despite affectionate in-group monikers for big gay men – chubs, bears, cubs – the anti-fat stigma that persists in American culture at large still haunts these individuals who often exist at the margins of gay communities. Fat Gay Men delves into the world of Girth & Mirth, a nationally known social club dedicated to big gay men, illuminating the ways in which these men form identities and community in the face of adversity. In existence for over forty years, the club has long been a refuge and ‘safe space’ for such men. Both a partial insider as a gay man and an outsider to Girth & Mirth, the book offers an insider’s critique of the gay movement, questioning whether the social consequences of the failure to be height-weight proportionate should be so extreme in the gay community.

    This book documents performances at club events and examines how participants use allusion and campy-queer behavior to reconfigure and reclaim their sullied body images, focusing on the numerous tensions of marginalization and dignity that big gay men experience and how they negotiate these tensions via their membership in a size-positive group. Based on ethnographic interviews and in-depth field notes from more than 100 events at bar nights, café klatches, restaurants, potlucks, holiday bashes, pool parties, movie nights, and weekend retreats, the book explores the woundedness that comes from being relegated to an inferior position in gay hierarchies, and yet celebrates how some gay men can reposition the shame of fat stigma through carnival, camp, and play. A compelling and rich narrative, Fat Gay Men provides a rare glimpse into an unexplored dimension of weight and body image in American culture.

    The author, Jason Whitesel, (Ph.D., Ohio State University) is a Women's & Gender Studies faculty member at Pace University. His research focuses on gay men's rigid body image ideal and the resulting intragroup strife among them. His recent book, Fat Gay Men: Girth, Mirth, and the Politics of Stigma, describes events at Girth & Mirth club gatherings and examines how big gay men use campy-queer behavior to reconfigure and reclaim their sullied images and identities.

    Reviews of Fat Gay Men

    "Even though gay men have bear culture, Whitesel argues that fat men still exist at the margins of gay culture. . . . Whitesel uses his own insider/outsider status as a gay man to critique the gay rights movement, looking at the ways in which gay fat men are battling stigma, and questioning  why the social consequences of being fat and gay are so extreme." Advocate.com

    “Whitesel is refreshingly self-reflexive about his role as a researcher, his ‘thin privilege’ and the methodological techniques he employs. A particular strength of the text lies in its ability to capture the highly personal experiences and narratives of participants with sensitivity and insight; this is a testament to Whitesel’s strengths as an ethnographer and his ability to access insider knowledge.” European Association of Social Anthropologists

    "In his lively (and fabulously titled) Fat Gay Men, Jason Whitesel, a gender studies professor at Pace University, attempts to rescue these guys from the bottom of the homosexual heap." Slate

    This is a sober social event. No alcohol will be served.

    Sponsored by:

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  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 04:00 PM

    ​​HIV & STI Testing

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    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.

    Sponsored by:Grindr

  • Wednesday, March 14, 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

  • Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 07:30 PM

    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.

  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 06:30 PM

    Community Book Discussion: Bettyville

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    The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center invites the community to participate in the March 2018 Community Book Discussion featuring Bettyville by George Hodgman. The Community Book Discussion is an intergenerational discussion facilitated by Mary Foltz, Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD

     
    When George Hodgman leaves Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri, he finds himself—an unlikely caretaker and near-lethal cook—in a head-on collision with his aging mother, Betty, a woman of wit and will. Will George lure her into assisted living? When hell freezes over. He can’t bring himself to force her from the home both treasure—the place where his father’s voice lingers, the scene of shared jokes, skirmishes, and, behind the dusty antiques, a rarely acknowledged conflict: Betty, who speaks her mind but cannot quite reveal her heart, has never really accepted the fact that her son is gay.
     
    As these two unforgettable characters try to bring their different worlds together, Hodgman reveals the challenges of Betty’s life and his own struggle for self-respect, moving readers from their small town—crumbling but still colorful—to the star-studded corridors of Vanity Fair. Evocative of The End of Your Life Book Club and The Tender Bar, Hodgman’s New York Times bestselling debut is both an indelible portrait of a family and an exquisitely told tale of a prodigal son’s return

    Reviews of Bettyville:

    “A remarkable, laugh-out-loud book . . . Rarely has the subject of elder care produced such droll human comedy, or a heroine quite on the mettlesome order of Betty Baker Hodgman. For as much as the book works on several levels (as a meditation on belonging, as a story of growing up gay and the psychic cost of silence, as metaphor for recovery), it is the strong-willed Betty who shines through.” The New York Times

    “The idea of a cultured gay man leaving New York City to care for his aging mother in Paris, Missouri, is already funny, and George Hodgman reaps that humor with great charm. But then he plunges deep, examining the warm yet fraught relationship between mother and son with profound insight and understanding. This book looks outside, too, offering a moving lament for small-town America. Hodgman tenderly evokes the time before family farms and small businesses were replaced by meth labs and Walmarts. Yet he’s not sentimental about that lost world—he knew its cruelties firsthand. As George and his mother come to terms with one another at the end of her days, the book begins to shimmer with something much more rare than love: a boundless, transcendent, and simple kindness. Bettyville is a beautiful book about the strange plenitude that comes from finally letting go of everything.” —Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home

    “The book is instantly engaging, as Hodgman has a wry sense of humor, one he uses to keep others at a distance. Yet the book is also devastatingly touching. Betty is one tough cookie, and she is crumbling. Hodgman as a young man came out around the same time AIDS did, complicating his already complicated feelings immeasurably. There’s a lot for Hodgman to handle, yet he does, despite the urge to give in to his own sadness and his own former drug addiction. A tender, resolute look at a place, literal and figurative, baby boomers might find themselves.” —Booklist

    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 ariel@bradburysullivancenter.org to receive a free copy of the book

  • Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 07:00 PM

    Reel Queer Film Series: Kumu Hina

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    The Reel Queer Film Series at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents a free screening of Kumu Hina on March 22 at 7pm. 

    KUMU HINA is a powerful film about the struggle to maintain Pacific Islander culture and values within the Westernized society of modern day Hawaiʻi. It is told through the lens of an extraordinary Native Hawaiian who is both a proud and confident māhū, or transgender woman, and an honored and respected kumu, or teacher, cultural practitioner, and community leader.

    A talkback will follow the film screening.

    This is a sober social event. No alcohol will be served.

    The Reel Queer Film Series is supported with a grant from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

  • Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 04:00 PM

    Legal Clinic

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    The Legal Clinic at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center connects people with pro bono attorneys who are specialists in the LGBT legal needs. Attorneys Josh Shulman and Robin J. Gray will be available to answer questions about:

    • Family Law
    • Wills and other legal Documents
    • Estates
    • Name & Gender Changes

    The Legal Clinic is funded in part by The Harry C. Trexler Trust

     

    Sponsored by:

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  • Tuesday, March 27, 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.