About Us

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center creates a vibrant LGBTQ+ community in the Lehigh Valley through arts, health, youth, training, and Pride programs.

Location: 522 W. Maple Street at Bayard Rustin Way, Allentown, PA 18101

Our community center is located in the heart of downtown Allentown, just behind Hamilton Street and within walking distance to numerous cultural sites, restaurants, and hotels.

We are conveniently located adjacent to the Community Parking Deck at the corner of 6th and Walnut streets, where there is also a City bike share station and free bicycle parking. Metered street parking is also available on Hamilton, 5th, and Walnut streets. More questions about parking? See our map.

We are located just two blocks from the Allentown Transportation Center. Look here for real-time information on bus schedules and routes to the center.

Land Acknowledgement: Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is located on Walking Treaty lands, the original and unceded lands of the Lenape people. We acknowledge the harms of the past and are committed to moving forward in solidarity with Indigenous communities.

Opening Hours:

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Masks are required for all visitors, and are available at no cost for anyone who needs one. 

Project Silk Lehigh Valley is offering in-person programming at the center, Tuesdays through Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. To participate, youth ages 14 to 21 can DM @ProjectSilkPride on Instagram or email [email protected].

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is closed on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve.

Accessibility:

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is committed to cross-movement solidarity and believes in access and inclusion for people with disabilities. Some of our accessibility efforts include:

  • live closed captioning in all virtual arts, support, and community groups
  • image descriptions are included alongside all images and videos in social media posts
  • accessible parking is available in the Community Parking Deck for the parking spaces closest to the elevator on each floor. The deck is directly adjacent to our community center. 
  • Lehigh Valley Pride includes live ASL interpretation of both stages, reserved seating at both stages for older adults and people with disabilities, accessible parking, accessible outdoor restrooms, and large-print programs.
  • Unfortunately, the front entrance to our building is not wheelchair accessible, however our side entrance (Bayard Rustin Way) is.

To request additional accessibility accommodations at public events, please contact [email protected] at least one-full business day in advance. 

Intersectionality:

At Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, we strive to strengthen and celebrate the Lehigh Valley’s LGBTQ+ communities, which means embracing all identities and intersections. People of all races, cultures, religions, abilities, sizes, and socioeconomic backgrounds are members of our LGBTQ+ community, and we seek to create spaces that both acknowledge the multiple marginalization, increased discrimination, and oppression individuals might experience while recognizing the importance and beauty of community members’ unique perspectives. An intersectional approach to LGBTQ+ programs, services, and advocacy can help us map and uncover the layers and complexities of our identities as LGBTQ+ people to better support all our community members and support our collective liberation.

Non-Discrimination:

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, HIV status, genetic information, marital status, ancestry, familial status, use of guide or support animals and/or mechanical aids, or status as a veteran.

For job applicants, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is a ban-the-box organization.

Green Energy & Environmental Sustainability:

As an environmentally-conscious organization, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center takes steps to reduce our environmental footprint. We separate waste from recycling, replace old lightbulbs with LED bulbs, and aim to purchase products made through recycled materials when possible. Our building is powered by 100% renewable energy sources on two of its three floors. Electricity on these floors is generated through solar, wind, hydro, biomass, landfill gas, and other renewable sources and its energy supplier is periodically audited to ensure compliance with renewable energy standards.

Substance-Free Space:

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is a tobacco-free space in order to reduce involuntary exposure to secondhand smoke, raise awareness about tobacco disparities in the LGBTQ+ community, and ensure that Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is a cleaner, safer, and healthier environment for employees, volunteers, and visitors. The use of all tobacco products (including, but not limited to cigarettes, e-cigarettes, hookahs, vapes and all smokeless products such as chew or dip) is prohibited on all Center-owned property.

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is committed to ensuring a sober-social space for people living in recovery from alcohol and other drugs. All free community programs at the center that are open to the public are alcohol-free. At Lehigh Valley Pride, we incorporate a sober-social space at one of our stages to provide a safe Pride environment for people living in recovery.

Award-Winning Organization:

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is proud to be recognized with numerous awards, including:

  • 2022 Air Products Leonard Pool Impact Award (United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley)
  • 2020 Coolest Space in the Lehigh Valley (Lehigh Valley Business)
  • 2020 Voices of Smokefree Air Award (American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation)
  • 2019 Breast Cancer Community Partner Award (Pennsylvania Commission on Women)
  • 2019 Bridgebuilder Award (Lehigh University Community Service Office)
  • 2018 Allentown Arts Ovation Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literary Arts (Allentown Arts Commission)
  • 2017 Rural Health Program of the Year Award (Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health)
  • 2016 Excellence in Business Award (Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce).

In addition, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center has earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from Guidestar and is a Top-Rated Non-Profit from GreatNonprofits. 

Leadership in the Community:

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center's staff volunteer to serve as board leaders for numerous non-profit and governmental agencies. Currently, employees serve on the boards of:

  • American Public Health Association newspaper The Nation's Health (Advisory Board)
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals Eastern PA Chapter
  • Lehigh County Ad-Hoc Health Bureau Advisory Committee
  • Lehigh Valley Community Foundation (Board of Associates)
  • LGBTQ Business Council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce (Scholarship Committee)
  • Muhlenberg College (Board of Associates)
  • Network of the National Library of Medicine (Region 1 Communities of Interest Council)
  • Northampton County Suicide Prevention Task Force
  • Pennsylvania Department of Aging's Alzheimer's State Plan Task Force
  • Pennsylvania Department of Health's Office of Health Equity (Advisory Board)
  • Pennsylvania Department of Health's State Health Improvement Plan Steering Committee
  • Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission
  • United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley (Marketing and Communications Committee)