Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, April 02, 2020 at 06:00 PM

    Author Talk: Pier Groups: Art and Sex Along the New York Waterfront ----This event has been cancelled and will hopefully be rescheduled.

    This event has been cancelled and will hopefully be rescheduled.

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    The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center and the Art Department at Cedar Crest College presents a book talk with Jonathan Weinberg, author of Pier Groups: Art and Sex Along the New York Waterfront

    The New York Times says Pier Groups is “An alluring homage to a time, a community, and a landscape that have long since vanished” and The Gay and Lesbian Review wrote that Pier Groups provides "a fascinating glimpse at a place and time that may be gone but which, thanks to Weinberg, will not be forgotten." 

    In 1970s New York City, the abandoned piers of the Hudson River became a site for extraordinary works of art and a popular place for nude sunbathing and anonymous sex. Jonathan Weinberg’s provocative book—part art history, part memoir—weaves interviews, documentary photographs, literary texts, artworks, and film stills to show how avant-garde practices competed and mingled with queer identities along the Manhattan waterfront.

    Artists as varied as Vito Acconci, Alvin Baltrop, Shelley Seccombe, and David Wojnarowicz made work in and about the fire-ravaged structures that only twenty years before had been at the center of the world’s busiest shipping port. At the same time, the fight for the rights of LGBT people, spurred by the 1969 Stonewall riots, was dramatically transforming the cultural and social landscape of New York City. Gay men suddenly felt free to sunbathe on the piers naked, cruise, and have sex in public. While artists collaborated to transform the buildings of Pier 34 into makeshift art studios and exhibition spaces, gay men were converting Pier 46 into what Delmas Howe calls an “arena for sexual theater.”

    Featuring one hundred exemplary works from the era and drawing from a rich variety of source material, interviews, and Weinberg’s personal experience, Pier Groups breaks new ground to look at the relationship of avant-garde art to resistant subcultures and radical sexuality.

    Author Jonathan Weinberg is the curator of the Maurice Sendak Foundation and teaches at the Yale School of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design. He is the author of Male Desire: The Homoerotic in American Art and Ambition and Love in Modern American Art. He is the lead curator for the touring exhibition Art After Stonewall, 1969–1989, organized by the Columbus Museum of Art to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

    Books will be for available for purchase and a book signing will follow the book talk.

    Library events at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center are sober-social events. Alcohol will not be present.

     

  • Wednesday, April 08, 2020 at 06:00 PM

    Parents of Trans Kids

    This event has been cancelled for this date. We apologize for the inconvenience.

    Monthly support group for parents of transgender children of any age led by a parent of a trans child. 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month from 6-7:30PM.

    Facilitated by a fellow parent of a trans kid.

     

    This event has been cancelled for this date. We apologize for the inconvenience.

    Questions? Email Pam at coachpam@aol.com

  • Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 12:00 PM

    Closing Reception: We Can Do It

    This event has been cancelled for this date, but the exhibit is being extended till June 30th. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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    The Fine Art Galleries at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center invite the community to attend the closing reception and brunch for We Can Do It! feminist stitching by Barbara Schulman on April 11, 2020 from 12-2pm. The exhibit will be on display from February 25 through April 14, 2020 and is curated by Deborah Rabinsky.

    Barbara Schulman is a mixed-media artist and a resident artist at Bethlehem's Banana Factory. She holds an MFA in Fiberarts from Kent State University and was Professor of Art and head of the Fibers program at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania from 1992-2011. Her work is held in the collections of the Museum of Art and Design, American Express Company, Lock Haven University, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown Art Museum and she has been featured in American Craft Magazine, Fiberarts Magazine, Surface Design Journal, among many others. Her work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Philippines, Downey Museum of Art, Allentown Art Museum, and the State Museum of Pennsylvania, and in many other venues around the world. 

    We Can Do It! is an exhibition of feminist fiber arts. The exhibit includes various techniques from quilting to embroidery and beyond. In this exhibit, Schulman presents art an an expression of activism, which in our times is needed perhaps now more than ever.

    Sales from The Fine Art Galleries support the artist and arts and culture programs at The Center.

    Artist receptions at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center are sober social events. Alcohol will not be present.

     

  • Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 05:30 PM

    LGBT+ Cancer Support Group

    As the health and safety of our center's visitors are our highest priority, the LGBT+ Cancer Support Group is being held via Zoom this month. Contact Jen at jsinclair@cancersupportglv.org for more info and the link to participate.

    Welcoming all LGBT+ Cancer Survivors and Loved Ones 

    5:30 to 7PM Every Second Tuesday of the Month

    People with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities often experience a disproportionate burden from cancer. That’s why the Cancer Support Community and Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is proud to offer a free, professionally-facilitated support group for LGBT+ folks with cancer in their lives. The LGBT+ Cancer Support Group is an affirming, empowering space to connect with other patients, survivors, and loved ones who truly understand. We hope you’ll join us! Walk-ins are welcome, no RSVP or registration required.

    Questions? Email Jessie at Jessica@bradburysullivancenter.org

  • Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 06:00 PM

    Film Screening: For Love and Life (with the filmmaker!)

    This event has been cancelled for this date. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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    The Reel Queer Film Series at the center will screen JEB's film For Love and Life on April 15 at 6pm. Following the screening, filmmaker JEB (Joan E. Biren) will speak and answer questions.

    The 1988 film For Love and For Life places the 1987 March on Washington in perspective among the major political events of our times. It recounts how the events were organized, and creates all the immediacy of being there. This exciting presentation explores all six days during which 650,000 lesbians, gay men and their supporters came to Washington, DC and made history. The inaugural display of the Names Project Quilt, the largest civil disobedience ever at the Supreme Court, the first community Wedding and the Harvey Milk Memorial are just some of the events highlighted from this historic March and Rally. The energy and emotions of these events are presented through the speeches and sounds of the March, a comprehensive narration, and hundreds of dramatic images. For Love and For Life is both emotionally powerful and enormously entertaining.

    Joan E. Biren (JEB), an internationally-recognized documentary photographer and filmmaker, has been chronicling the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals for more than 30 years. A self-taught photographer and filmmaker, JEB is the author of two groundbreaking collections: Eye to Eye: Portraits of Lesbians (1979) and Making a Way: Lesbians Out Front (1987) and the filmmaker of multiple films documenting LGBT history.

     

    Reel Queer Film Series screenings at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center are sober-social events, no alcohol will be present.

     

    The Reel Queer Film Series is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

     

  • Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 06:00 PM

    Artist Reception and Talk: Joan E. Biren

    This event has been cancelled for this date. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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    "To this day I have women, even young women, tell me that my photographs make a difference, help them to see themselves, to date to come out. If silence equals death, invisibility also equals death." -JEB as quoted in the New York Times, 2019

     

    The Fine Art Galleries at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center are thrilled to host an Inspiring a Movement: Photographs by JEB (Joan E. Biren) on display from April 16-June 30th, 2020 with an artist reception and talk on April 16th from 6-8pm. In addition to the artist reception, The Reel Queer Film Series at the center will screen JEB's film For Love and Life on April 15 at 6pm. 

    Joan E. Biren (JEB), an internationally-recognized documentary photographer and filmmaker, has been chronicling the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals for more than 30 years. A self-taught photographer, JEB is the author of two groundbreaking collections: Eye to Eye: Portraits of Lesbians (1979) and Making a Way: Lesbians Out Front (1987). In 1997 George Washington University organized Queerly Visible, a retrospective exhibition of her photographs, which traveled the country. JEB's photographs are included in the collections of the Library of Congress, The George Washington University, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, Smith College, and more.

    This incredible exhibit of photographs by a legendary documentarian of the LGBT movement is curated by Margo Hobbs, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Art and Art History at Muhlenberg College.

     

    Artist receptions at Bradbury-Sullivan Center are sober-social events. No alcohol will be present.

  • Monday, April 20, 2020 at 06:00 PM

    LGBT Art History: Queer Ancient Mythology

    This event has been cancelled for this date and will be rescheduled on a date TBD. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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    Art History from a Queer Perspective Classes - Series #6 

    Class #1 Monday, April 20th, 2020
    Queer Ancient Mythology, with a presentation on Sappho by Léon Hyacinthus

    Ancient Greek and Roman Cultures were not only aware of Gay and Transgender identities, but they gave us some of the first religion based stories that described, defined, and celebrated them! Instructor Liz Bradbury, MFA will talk about some of the key Queer legends in ancient mythology, and about the art though the ages that these Gods and Demigods inspired. This class will also include a presentation on the Ancient Greek poet Sappho, by Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center Training Institute Intern Léon Hyacinthus, who is a Classical Studies major.

    And there will be great themed snacks! 

    Sit back, prepare to laugh, view slides, listen, learn about and discuss the lives and work of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer artists and other key figures in history.. Consider the LGBTQ imagery of mainstream artists in various periods of history. And after the class there is also a social opportunity, with themed snacks, to discuss interesting things with old friends, or meet new ones in this exciting free 4 session class at the LGBT Community Center.

    This is a sober social event. Alcohol will not be present.

  • Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 06:00 PM

    Queer and Trans People of Color Discussion Group (QTPOC)

    As the health & safety of our center's visitors are our highest priority, this event is meeting remotely. For info on how to participate, email Chloe at ccole-wilson@valleyyouthhouse.org

    The Queer and Trans People of Color group (QTPOC) is a community for black and brown folks in the LGBT community of the greater Lehigh Valley to come together and celebrate, commiserate, network and organize.

    Every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6PM to 7:30PM.

    Questions? Email Chloe at ccole-wilson@valleyyouthhouse.org. 

  • Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 06:30 PM

    Community Book Discussion: S/he

    As the health and safety of our center's visitors are our highest priority, this event is being held via Zoom this month. For information on how to participate please Contact Sharon at Sharon@bradburysullivancenter.org 

    s_he_cbd.pngThe Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center invites the community to attend the April community book discussion at the center on April 21, 2020 - featuring S/HE by Minnie Bruce Pratt. S/HE, issued by Firebrand Books in Spring 1995, was one of the five finalists in Non-Fiction for that year's American Library Association Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Book Award, as well as one of the three finalists for the Firecracker Award in Non-Fiction.

    In these lyrical vignettes, Pratt expands the boundaries of gender and its theory. She explores the inconsistencies, the infinities, the fluidity of sex and gender, and asks intriguing questions: How many ways are there to be girl, boy, man, woman?

    Is there a connection between feminine, masculine, lesbian, heterosexual, between desire and liberation? How many ways can the body's sex vary---by chromosomes, hormones, genitals? How many ways can our gender expressions multiply---between home and work, at the computer and when we kiss someone, in our dreams and when we walk down the street? What is our dream of who we want to be? Pratt's stories are part of new theory appearing at the intersections---of the feminism of U.S. women's liberation, the writings of women of color in the U.S. and internationally, the queer ideas of lesbian and gay liberation, and the emerging thought of transgender liberation. S/HE helps move these ideas into action by giving us theory that has flesh and breath, that exists in all of our eccentric, complicated, daily lives.

    Free copies of the book for the first ten community members to sign up!

    Community Book Discussions at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center are facilitated by Mary Foltz and are sponsored by Let's Play Books and by Lehigh University's South Side Initiative and Digital Humanities Center. 

    Library events at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center are sober social events. No alcohol will be present.

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  • Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 06:00 PM

    Parents of Trans Kids

    As the health and safety of our center's visitors are our highest priority, this group is now meeting remotely. For more information, please contact Pam at Coachpam@aol.com

    Monthly support group for parents of transgender children of any age led by a parent of a trans child. 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month from 6-7:30PM.

    Facilitated by a fellow parent of a trans kid.

     

    Questions? Email Pam at coachpam@aol.com