Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 06:00 PM

    Community Book Event: Boy Erased

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    "The power of Conley’s story resides not only in the vividly depicted grotesqueries of the therapy system, but in his lyrical writing about sexuality and love.” Los Angeles Times

    The LGBT Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, in partnership with Lehigh University's Digital Humanities Program, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, and The Pride Center, presents a community book discussion on Garrard Conley's memoir, Boy Erased. 

    Join on August 24th at 6pm for a facilitated discussion with Mary Foltz, Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University, about the book. Thanks to generous support from Lehigh University's Digital Humanities Program, there are 20 free copies of Mock's book available to the community for people who sign up early. Email ariel@bradburysullivancenter.org to sign up. 

    The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality.
     
    When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to “cure” him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. Through an institutionalized Twelve-Step Program heavy on Bible study, he was supposed to emerge heterosexual, ex-gay, cleansed of impure urges and stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sin. Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness. 
     
    By confronting his buried past and the burden of a life lived in shadow, Garrard traces the complex relationships among family, faith, and community. At times heart-breaking, at times triumphant, this memoir is a testament to love that survives despite all odds.

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

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  • Wednesday, September 06, 2017 at 07:00 PM

    The Reel Queer Film Series presents: The Girl King

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    The Reel Queer Film Series at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents a free screening of The Girl King on September 6, 2017 at 7pm. The screening is followed by a talkback with Beth Corzo-Duchardt, Visiting Assistant Professor of Media & Communications at Muhlenberg College. 

    This lush English-language period drama recounts the life of Sweden’s Queen Kristina, an enigmatic, flamboyant, and unpredictable woman centuries ahead of her time who ascended the throne at age six, was raised as a prince, and strived to bring peace and education to her country—while pursuing an illicit romance with her female royal attendant.

    Growing up as a tomboy with a strong intellectual appetite, young Kristina finds herself thrown into a political frenzy as a teenager. Saddled with the Thirty Years War between Protestants and Catholics, Kristina steers her country away from the conservatives while privately grappling with her own sexual awakening, in the form of Countess Ebba Sparre, her lovely lady-in-waiting. Her quest to understand love runs parallel with her quest to understand humanity and the violent and restrictive forces conspiring against her. Torn between the conflict of political and personal aspirations, Kristina chooses to make one of the most controversial decisions in history.

    The 2015 film’s epic screenplay by Michel Marc Bouchard is brought to the screen by esteemed director Mika Kaurismaki. The Girl King stars Malin Buska in the title role as well as Sarah Gadon, Michael Nyqvist, Lucas Bryant, Laura Birn, Hippolyte Giradot, and more.

    Watch the trailer:

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    Awards & Accolades for The Girl King

    Winner, Best Actress: Malin Buska, Montreal World Film Festival

    Winner, Audience Award, Best Film, Montreal World Film Festival

    The Girl King is beautiful… the chemistry between the two women is spot on.” — AfterEllen.com

    “A steamy and sumptuous period piece… this romantic re-imagining doesn’t flinch as the queer queen invites her beautiful handmaiden to be her “bed-warmer” and refuses to don dresses or marry.” — OutMagazine.com

    “There’s more than enough drama, complexity and speculative intrigue in the single decade of Christina’s adult reign to sustain an epic miniseries…The primary focus here is on the monarch’s passionate devotion to lady-in-waiting Countess Ebba Sparre (a wide-eyed Sarah Gadon), whose status becomes a matter of bawdy public rumor even before Christina appoints her official ‘bedfellow.’” — Variety

    “Very fun.” — Autostraddle.com

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  • Saturday, September 09, 2017 at 07:30 PM

    Transgender Support Group and Social Gathering

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    Do You Have a Friend or Family Member Who Is Transgender, a Crossdresser or Questioning Their Gender Orientation? Our Monthly Gatherings Provide a Safe and Nurturing Place for Members and Guests to Meet, Understand, Accept and Take Pride in Their Transgender Lives. Meetings are Held on the 2nd Saturday of Each Month at the Metropolitan Community Church of the Lehigh Valley (in the Church of the Manger Building) Located at 1401 Greenview Drive, Bethlehem, Pa.  18018. Doors Open At Approximately 7:00 PM With Socializing and Light Snacks. The Meeting Starts At 7:30pm With Quick Announcements From Our Leaders. Afterward, We Often Have A Presentation Or Group Discussion Of A Relevant Topic Followed By Time For Open Discussion Where Attendees Can Share Accomplishments Or Challenges With The Group.  That Is Usually Followed By More Social Time. Meetings Typically End At About 10:00 To 10:30 Pm.

    You May Dress In Any Way In Which You Are Comfortable. There Are 2 Changing Rooms Available If You Would Like To Change After You Arrive.

    Make Friendships That Will Last A Lifetime! 

  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017 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, September 13, 2017 at 05:00 PM

    LGBT Alcohol & Other Drug Addiction Recovery Group

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    LGBT Alcohol & Other Drug Addiction Recovery Group - professionally facilitated by Anita Kelly

    Professionally led monthly support group for LGBT people living in recovery from alcohol and other drugs. 2nd Wednesday of each month from 5-6pm 

  • Wednesday, September 27, 2017 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, September 27, 2017 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

  • Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 06:00 PM

    Peer Support Group for Spouses and Families of Transgender People

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    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.

  • Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 07:00 PM

    Outside the Wildtype and Other Stories From a Genderqueer Scientist

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    Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents Outside the Wildtype and Other Stories From a Genderqueer Scientist, an evening of performance art, gender-bending and storytelling with Christopher Alvaro. The event is free to attend.

    Christopher Alvaro is a neuroscientist, writer, solo performer and drag artist. Christopher received their Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from University of California – Berkeley and now is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California – San Francisco studying the molecular mechanism underlying pain and itch transmission. Christopher has written and created three solo shows as a part of Solo Performance Workshop in San Francisco, including their show, Outside the Wildtype, which explores the difficulties of gender expression within and beyond academiaChristopher also performs drag regularly in Oakland, CA under the alias of Aequorea Victoria. Through drag they are interested in blurring the lines between character and self, vulnerability and strength, and the real and surreal. 

    This event is a sober social event at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. No alcohol will be served.

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  • Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 05:00 PM

    LGBT Alcohol & Other Drug Addiction Recovery Group

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    LGBT Alcohol & Other Drug Addiction Recovery Group - professionally facilitated by Anita Kelly

    Professionally led monthly support group for LGBT people living in recovery from alcohol and other drugs. 2nd Wednesday of each month from 5-6pm