Events at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

  • Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 04:00 PM
    Virtual

    Free LGBT Legal Clinic

    Image description: A person in a button up shirt and tie writes in a book. A rainbow banner surrounds the text, “Free LGBT Legal Clinic”. Accompanied by text: “Need to speak with a lawyer about LGBT-specific legal issues? We are here to help. Attorneys are available for various areas of law including: Name change, gender marker change, employment or housing discrimination, adoption, custody, divorce, wills & estates, and more!” The Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center logo is in the bottom left.

     

    One attorney will run the 06/28/2022 clinic.

    Joseph Kemmerling (Crosson Richetti & Daigle Lehigh Valley Family Lawyers)

    Practice Areas: Practice Areas: Family Law (adoption, fostering, marriage, divorce, etc.), Name/Gender marker changes

     

    If you are interested in scheduling a free consultation, click here to reserve your spot and view the practice areas of the attorneys for the upcoming clinics. Walk-ins are also accepted, if available. For more timely referrals to for-pay LGBT-welcoming lawyers, you may call the Infoline number at (610) 347-9988 x103. 

    Free half-hour consultations with attorneys about a variety of LGBT legal needs, including employment and housing discrimination, family law questions (marriage, divorce, custody, adoption, and fostering), and wills and estates. All volunteer attorneys are equipped to assist anyone seeking help in completing name and gender marker changes. For more information, contact [email protected]. 

    If you can no longer attend your scheduled appointment, please email [email protected] as soon as possible. Cancellations made within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment may result in the inability to schedule future appointments.

    Live closed captioning is available upon request.

     

    Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center offers a FREE NOTARY SERVICE as an extension of our Legal Clinic service to LGBT+ individuals who have consulted with our attorneys and may require official document notarization.

     


    FAQs: 

    Q: How do I get a legal name change in PA? And how do I change the name and/or gender marker on my license or state-issued ID? 

    A: Scroll down to see a full explanation of the legal name change process and how to change your name and/or gender marker on your license or state-issued ID.

     

    Q: How long is the consultation?

    A: Each session is approximately 30 minutes.

     

    Q: How do I know what attorney will be working the clinic?

    A: The SignUp Genius reservation system will what the attorney’s practice areas are for each session. Please note that all attorneys are capable of assisting with name change and gender markers. 

     

    Q: How secure is my session?

    A: Very! We are taking several precautions to ensure your security and confidentiality in various steps of the process. Firstly, the SignUp Genius is a locked form, and only the Supportive Services Coordinator (Reilly) can view the responses. Other individuals will only see that time slots are reserved, but will not see any of your information. Secondly, the zoom utilized for the sessions is accessed via a unique one-time link, shared only in private communications with individuals who have already RSVP’d via the SignUp Genius reservation system. Lastly, the zoom session itself has various security features in place to ensure that the only people present in the zoom during your session are you and the attorney.


    Overview of the Legal Name Change Process

    To legally change your name in Pennsylvania, you must receive a court order which grants you the ability to change your legal name. This overview will highlight the major steps of this process. We urge you to attend our free legal clinic which can provide more detailed information and guidance! 

    The steps to receive a court order are as follows:

    1. Obtain the correct name change forms form your local Court of Common Pleas. Go HERE and locate your county. Once redirected to the county website you should be able to find the correct Name Change Petition to fill out. You will also need to fill out a Cover Sheet and print a blank Order for Publication sheet.
    2. Get fingerprinted for a criminal background check. This is to make sure you are not changing your name to escape punishment from crimes committed. To get a fingerprint card in Lehigh County, call (610) 782-3014 and request that a fingerprint card be mailed to you. Take the card to the State Police Station or Municipal Police Department for fingerprinting. Then submit the card to the Clerk of Judicial Records.
    3. File an action. For Lehigh County, you can do so electronically HERE. Once filed, you will be given more instructions on where to send in physical copies of your forms. A hearing will be set. 
    4. Write a notice of publication to be published at least thirty (30) days before your scheduled hearing date. You can publish the notice in both the local law journal and newspaper. 
    5. Attend your hearing and receive your court order. Make sure to arrive early. 

    More information for name changes in Lehigh County can be found HERE

     

    License or Identification Card Name Change Process

    To change your name on a Driver’s license or State Issued Identification (Photo ID) card you must first go through the process of legally changing your name (see above for details). You will need to present your name change court order or a raised seal certified copy of your name change court order to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

    With the court order OR a certified copy of the court order for your name change, you must then complete the appropriate DMV form depending on what type of ID you are updating. For example, if you are interested in changing your name on a non-commercial driver’s license, you will fill out Form DL-80.

    Complete the correct DMV form and bring it and your name change court order document or certified copy of the name change court order to a PennDOT Driver License Center. 

    Please Note: A name change for a driver's license or photo ID must be completed in person at a Driver License Center. Additionally, name changes cannot be made for Non-U.S. Citizens unless the primary source ID document most recently issued by the Department of Homeland Security reflects that name.

    More Information about name changes on your license can be found HERE

     

    License or Identification Card Gender Marker Change Process

    The Pennsylvania DMV offers three options for gender markers on Pennsylvania Licenses/Identification (ID) cards. These gender markers are as follows: 

    1. Female (F)
    2. Male (M)
    3. Non-binary/Other (X)

    To change your gender marker on a Pennsylvania Non-Commercial Driver’s License, you must fill out Form DL-32. Once the form is completed, the form must be brought to any PennDOT Driver License Center to complete the process in-person. Form DL-32 does not require the signoff of a medical or social service provider.  

    Please Note: The same form is needed to change your gender marker for those who hold a REAL ID. Additionally, fees may apply depending on the type of identification and material changes need to make a duplicate ID.  

    More information about gender markers can be found HERE


    Update since COVID-19:

    The powerpoint slides to our webinar, LGBTQ Employment Discrimination and Tenant Rights During COVID-19 on April 14th, 2020 can be found here.

    The recording for the LGBT Legal Webinar Living Wills and Estate Planning for the LGBT community during COVID-19 on April 28, 2020 is now available by emailing Reilly at [email protected]. Supplemental resources from the PA Bar Association can be found on wills and living wills.  


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  • Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 05:00 PM
    Virtual

    Bereavement Group

    Image description: A set of hands gently holds a rainbow flower. Accompanying text reads "Bereavement Group, Facilitated by Rev. Anne Huey. A professionally-led monthly support group for LGBT people who have experienced loss. Join us. Every fourth Tuesday of the month from 5  to 6:30 PM” Eastern Time. The Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center logo is in the bottom right.

    This group gives folks the option of joining virtually or in person. We'll have technology that combines both options and offers closed captioning to all. For Zoom access, email [email protected]
    Professionally led by Rev. Anne Huey, this is a monthly support group for LGBT people who have experienced loss. The group is held on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 5:00 to 6:30PM EST.

    Live closed captioning is available at this virtual event.

     

    As the health and safety of our center's visitors are our highest priority, this group is now held remotely. To read more about the LGBT community and COVID-19, click here. To learn more about our supportive services, contact [email protected]llivanCenter.org.


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  • Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 07:00 PM
    Hybrid

    Lehigh Valley Lesbians

     

    [Image description: The words “Lehigh Valley Lesbians” project from the screen in the colors of the lesbian pride flag, surrounded by white curved diamond-shaped stars of various sizes. Text reads “Join us! Every 4th Tuesday of the month from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Eastern." The Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center logo is in the upper left corner, and the address "522 West Maple Street at Bayard Rustin Way, Allentown, PA 18101" is in the upper right corner.]

    This group gives folks the option of joining virtually or in person. We'll have technology that combines both options and offers closed captioning to all. For Zoom access, email [email protected]

    A casual, drop-in community discussion group for anyone who identifies as lesbian or a bisexual woman in the Greater Lehigh Valley. Starting in the month of May 2022, the group will be held on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Eastern instead of its previous meeting time on the 1st Wednesdays of the month.

    Live closed captioning is available both in-person and virtually.


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  • Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 12:00 PM
    Instagram Live

    Visions: Building Queer Families Instagram Live Series - Advocacy


    [Image Description: The graphic shows a group of different queer families of different ages and genders gathering and smiling. There are Black, brown, and white people and one person is a wheelchair user. They are pictured in front of a background with hearts. The text reads "Visions: Instagram Live, Building Queer Families. 12:00pm EST Every Wednesday in June." The Bradbury-Sullivan logo and Diakon Apotion & Foster Care logo. Bradbury-Sullivan Center's Instagram handle is listed as well @BSCLehighValleu.]

    Celebrate Pride Month at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center with “Visions: Building Queer Families,” a new Instagram Live series in June.

    This week's speaker is Kayden X. Coleman (he/him) an Advocate and Educator on the topic of Advocacy. 

    There isn’t just one way to cultivate families as queer people, but often, we don’t know where to start – and we don’t see our families reflected in much of mainstream media. “Visions” reflects the idea of being able to envision our beautiful, vibrant families and futures.

    The series, presented by Diakon Adoption & Foster Care, will feature speakers from local organizations in an effort to help community members connect to family planning and building resources, as well as explore our own ideas of what “family” can mean.

    Join series host Cultural and Community-Building Programs Manager Robin Gow (they/he/ze) on our Instagram page at @BSCLehighValley at the following dates and times:

    • Wednesday, June 1 (12:00-12:30 p.m. Eastern)
      “Family Planning”
      Amber Brown (she/they), Director of Training, Community Outreach, and Education, Planned Parenthood Keystone

    • Wednesday, June 8 (12:00-12:30 p.m. Eastern)
      "Queer Families and COVID-19"
      Peter Flood (he/him), Community Health Worker at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

    • Wednesday, June 15 (12:00-12:30 p.m. Eastern)
      “Resources for LGBTQ+ Families”
      Brian Rosenberg (he/him), Founder, Gays with Kids

    • Wednesday, June 22 (12:00-12:30 p.m. Eastern)
      “Adoption”
      Casandra Dry (she/her), Manager of Recruitment, Diakon Adoption & Foster Care

    • Wednesday, June 29 (12:00-12:30 p.m. Eastern)
      “Advocacy”
      Kayden X. Coleman (he/him), Advocate and Educator

  • Thursday, June 30, 2022 at 06:00 PM
    Bradbury-Sullivan Center LGBT Community Center

    Refractions: Queer Survivors* Zine Workshop

    [Image description: Graphic shows craft materials like marker, glue stick, pen, pencil, paper clips, and rainbow-colored scissors. Two speech bubbles show a broken heart and then a mended broken heart. The title reads "Refractions" and then the below text reads "A Queer Survivors Zine Workshop. June 30, 6-8pm. 522 West Maple Street at Bayard Rustin Way. Allentown, PA, 18101." In the lower right corner are the logos for Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, Turning Point of Lehigh Valley, and Crime Victims Council."]

    Refractions is the first event of an on-going workshop series. Often times as LGBTQ+ survivors, it’s hard to find space to explore our experiences with intimate partner violence, sexual assault and violence. This trauma informed workshop will be a space for us to explore our stories through poetry and visual art zines. Additionally at this workshop we’ll learn more about domestic and intimate partner violence and sexual assault in the queer community. Representatives from Turning Point of Lehigh Valley and Crime Victims Council Lehigh Valley will there as well. 

    Zine materials will be provided. You will not be required to share during the workshop if you don't feel comfortable but there will be time where you are welcome to talk about your experience and/or share the pieces you're working on.

    Zine = The word "zine" has come to represent a range of small-batch, DIY, “magazine-like” publications in terms of form and content. 

    We define the term "survivor" broadly as someone who has experienced domestic violence, dating abuse, sexual assault, other forms of abuse, and violence. We will not ask people to go into details about why someone identifies with the term. Also, if you have experienced these kinds of traumas but don't like to use the term "survivor" for yourself, you're also more than welcome. We just chose the term as a way to connect individuals with shared experiences. 

     

  • Tuesday, July 05, 2022 at 04:00 PM

    COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Clinic

    [Image description: A horizontal image with a purple background. At the top of the image inside a purple text box reads, “ COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Clinic''. To the right of that initial text box, there is a graphic of two bandaids in the shape of a heart with a rainbow coloring. In the middle of the image there is a purple text box that reads: “ Tuesday July 5th  4:00-6:00pm and under the text there is “Free! No proof of insurance or residency required.” To the right of that there is a rainbow graphic of a map pin with the address “522 W. Maple Street Bayard Rustin Way Allentown PA 18101, Located outside the building.” At the far left corner in a purple textbox is the weblink: BradburySullivanCenter.org/coronavirus. On the bottom right corner is the Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Community Center logo and the Highmark Wholecare logo.]

    Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is partnering with Highmark Wholecare and Weis Pharmacy to offer free COVID-19 vaccine and booster clinics at our center every 1st Tuesday through November from 4 to 6 p.m. This clinic will be held on Tuesday, July 5.

    Community members will receive the Pfizer vaccine for first, second, and booster doses from LGBTQ-affirming healthcare professionals. The clinic will be located outside our building at 522 W. Maple Street, Allentown, PA 18101. No appointment, insurance, or residency needed. If you are getting a second dose or booster, please bring your vaccine card.

    More information:

    • LGBTQ-affirming healthcare professionals administering the vaccines
    • The vaccine that will be provided is Pfizer for first, second and booster doses
    • Vaccines are available for individuals 12 years of age and older

    Clinics will continue to be on the first Tuesday of each month from 4:00-6:00pm (except August).

    If you have any questions or concerns please contact [email protected] 

    To learn more, visit BradburySullivanCenter.org/coronavirus.

  • Wednesday, July 06, 2022 at 05:00 PM
    Blended By Bru Daddy's in Allentown, PA

    Werk It Wednesday: IndepenDANCE Day

    [Image description: A rectangular image with a light blue background and stars. Atop are logos for The Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, City Center Allentown and Tito’s Vodka. The tagline “IndepenDance Day!” Beneath that is bold text that says Werk it Wednesday will be held July 6th, 5-7pm. Below that are images of performers Majestee and Hexxa with text in between stating ”Wednesdays don’t have to be a drag! Featuring music by DJ Brad Scott and drag performances by Majestee and Hexxa at Blended by Bru Daddy’s 27 North 7th street, Allentown PA, 18101. Limited reservations available. Walk-ins acceptable.” Between that lay logos for Brad Scott and Blended Bru Daddy’s.]

     

    Join us on Wednesday, July 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Blended by Bru Daddy's for our next Werk It Wednesday! This month's theme is "IndepenDANCE Day," featuring drag performances by MAJESTEE and HEXXA, as well as music by DJ Brad Scott!

    Limited reservations are available through OpenTable. Walk-ins accepted.

  • Wednesday, July 06, 2022 at 06:30 PM
    Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

    Transmasculine Group

    Image description: a silhouette of an individual with short hair and glasses looks towards text that says “Transmasculine Group. Join Us! Every first Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8 PM” Eastern Time. The Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center logo is in the bottom right.

     

    This meeting is held in-person at the center. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

    Monthly peer-led casual, drop-in discussion group for people who were assigned anything other than male at birth but now reside somewhere on the masculine spectrume.g. transguys and transmasculine non-binary people. The group is held on the 1st Wednesday of every month from 6:30 to 8PM ET.

    To learn more about our Community Building Programs, contact [email protected].


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  • Wednesday, July 06, 2022 at 07:00 PM
    Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

    Bisexual, Pansexual, Queer Community Group

    Image description: Hands are making the peace-sign, a heart symbol, and one hand is holding up the bisexual and pansexual flags. The hands have different skin tones and are wearing trans-pride-colored bracelets and rainbow bracelets. The background is yellow with green plants. Accompanying text reads: Bisexual, Pansexual, Queer Community Group. Every first Wednesday of the month. 7:00pm-8:00pm. Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. 522 West Maple Street at Bayard Rustin Way. Allentown PA 18101.

     

    This group meets in person at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. Email [email protected] for more information.

    As of February 1st, 2022, everyone entering the center will need to wear a mask and provide proof of vaccination.

    A casual, drop-in community discussion group for anyone who identifies as bisexual, pansexual, queer, or any other non-monosexualities in the Greater Lehigh Valley. The group is held on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

    This first meeting will be a social gathering with snacks and games. 

    Live closed captioning is available in-person as well.



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  • Thursday, July 07, 2022 at 06:00 PM

    Artist Reception: Grayson Colbert

    [Image description: A rectangular graphic with colorful banners at the top and bottom. The upper banner has white text with a black background that reads "Fine Art Galleries" with the Fine Art Galleries at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center logo in white. Under this reads, ”Translations" in black text. Black text below reads “Artwork by Grayson Colbert (they/them)” . Black text underneath has the dates the exhibit is open. The venue name and address are in the lower left corner. To the right is the logo for PA Humanities. The right side of the graphic has an image of a trans body with kink-wear referenced in this art exhibit.] 

    We are so excited to present our latest exhibition "Translations" by Grayson Colbert (they/them). The exhibit will be in both of our Fine Art Galleries at the center from June 27th through August 26th. Mark your calendars for July 7th from 6-8pm to meet the artist personally and celebrate Pride! There will be food, music, and wonderful conversation. Read more about this exhibit below. For any questions about this exhibit, please reach out to [email protected]

    Artist Bio:

    Grayson Izekiel Colbert is a young Black, trans & nonbinary queer artist and tattoo artist, born and raised near Chicago in Evanston, IL , and currently lives and works in NYC. They are in their final year studying Fine Art and Printmaking at Parsons School of Design in Manhattan. Their work focuses on identity, advocacy, and representation. Their artistic practice has an emphasis on community-building and mutual aid, especially for Black trans folks. Their work is cross-disciplinary, and ranges from colorful digital art, to textile work to tattoos.

    Artist Statement:

    Translations is a culmination of Grayson Izekiel Colbert’s  works created in the past five years.

    The complex intersections of marginalized identity heavily inspire Grayson Izekiel Colbert’s art-making process. Their work functions in the same way that the melting pot of the communities that they place themself within do, separate entities living in unity. Most of their work deals with transness, the body, community, and relationships. Colbert’s multimedia works employ a variety of materials and ways of working that come together into a cohesive whole for a shared common interest: forming their personal experiences, thoughts, joys, and struggles as a Black, trans, queer person into something very public. 

    Some of the mediums they use include drawing, painting, sculpture, and textile work. Their textile pieces incorporate drawing, text, hand-sewing, personal objects, and printmaking such as cyanotype and linocut. These pieces harp on the relationship of fabric and textile to the body through their shared vulnerability and ability to be cut and stitched, transformed, and molded into something new, much like the ways that they have changed throughout their physical transition. These same sentiments are brought up again in the literal permanent body alterations that Colbert performs on members of their community as an act of love and connection. Their 2D drawings and paintings exist in a world full of color, from rainbows to the trans pride flag colors. This world of color celebrates transness and queerness, embraces what makes us different, and places marginalized bodies and experiences in a space that not only normalizes, but also uplifts. Just as it is difficult for them to place themself within a box of specific identity labels, they choose not to confine themself to specific materials and processes, as they are constantly exploring new ways of working and making.

    As a person on the margins, creating raw, honest, and open art is important for the sake of both Colbert themself as an individual, as well as their communities. With these works they aim to create a visual representation of singular moments and lapses of time within their body and lived experience. Although this work tends to be extremely personal, it is also in a way universal. Imagine showing the whole world your personal diary. Through text, imagery, and self-portraits, this is what Colbert’s work is. Documenting and sharing these intimate parts of themself connects them to many other people with similar lived experiences, and allows these people to see a true representation of a reflection of themselves, which is something that holds great value in a world that is built against us.