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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a free copy of the book