Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 06:30 PM
    virtual event

    Queer Poetry Reading Group: When I Grow Up I Want to be a List of Further Possibilities

    The LGBT Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents the April discussion of the Queer Poetry Reading Group, featuring When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen, longlisted for the National Book Award and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in gay poetry. In this ferocious and tender debut Chen Chen investigates inherited forms of love and family—the strained relationship between a mother and son, the cost of necessary goodbyes—all from Asian American, immigrant, and queer perspectives. Holding all accountable, this collection fully embraces the loss, grief, and abundant joy that come with charting one’s own path in identity, life, and love. NPR Books calls it "a deeply serious and moving book about Chinese-American experience, young love, poetry, family, and the family one makes amongst friends."

    To be a cyclone
    of laughter when my parents say

    their new coworker is like that, they can tell
    because he wears pink socks, see, you don’t, so you can’t,

    can’t be one of them. To be the one
    my parents raised me to be

    This is a virtual event over zoomAdvance RSVP to [email protected] is required to receive the zoom link. Limited free copies of the book are available -- request a copy with your RSVP. If you do not need a free copy, books can be purchased at this link, with 10% of your purchase supporting programs at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. The book is available in print, audiobook, or ebook formats.

    This virtual event will include live closed-captioning.

    The discussion is facilitated by Jimmy Hamill and is supported in part by the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium, with generous support provided by a grant to Lafayette College from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

  • Monday, April 19, 2021 at 06:30 PM

    Pride in Print

    **To RSVP, email [email protected]**

    The next exhibit from the Lehigh Valley LGBT Community Archive takes a closer look at two regional LGBTQ publications, Above Ground and Gaydar Magazine, and showcases their value for reflecting the history of our community at the turn of the century.

    Please join us on Monday, April 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for a special virtual discussion about "Pride in Print: Moving Above Ground and Embracing Our Gaydar," as organizers share the history of these publications and discuss major topics covered by reporters, including hate crimes legislation, AIDS activism, and the Lehigh Valley social scene.

    The Lehigh Valley LGBT Community Archive is a program of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center offered to the community in partnership with Trexler Library at Muhlenberg College.

    [Image description: The top of the graphic has a black background, and the bottom is in white. Large text at the top reads "Pride in Print." The text "Pride in" has various colors, and the word "Print" is filled with visuals from magazines. Below the large text is smaller white text that reads "Moving above ground and embracing our gaydar." To the right of the text are five images of magazine covers, black-and-white art, and photos. Below the black background is large black text that reads "April 19, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m." In smaller black text below reads "Join us for a discussion of a digital exhibit about two Lehigh Valley LGBT publications." The logos for Lehigh University South Side Initiative, Lehigh University Pride Center, Lehigh University's Office of Creative Inquiry, and Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center are featured underneath in the center.]

  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 06:00 PM
    Zoom

    Shadez Collective: A BIPOC Queer Community Group

    [Image description: A graphic with a background of varying blotted shades of blue. Large gray underlined text reads "Shadez Collective." The "O" in "Collective" features a circular version of the POC/Pride and Transgender Pride flags. Underneath the underline is white text that reads "A BIPOC queer community group." Below that is  smaller white text that reads "Join us every 3rd Tuesday from 6:00 to 7:30 PM ET." The logo for Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is in the lower right corner in white.]

     

    The Shadez Collective is a Community Group for BIPOC & Queer folks of the greater Lehigh Valley. This is a space for community members to come together and celebrate, commiserate, network and organize. This group is held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7:30PM ET.

    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].


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  • Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 12:00 PM
    Zoom

    Rainbow Ribbons: LGBTQ Cancer Support

    [IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A multicolored, rainbow cancer awareness ribbon forms a circle around the text, “Rainbow Ribbons: LGBTQ Cancer Support”. Accompanied by text reading, “So that no one faces cancer alone” and the group description.]

     

    Welcoming all LGBT+ Cancer Survivors and Loved Ones to this meeting to discuss holistic approaches that can aid in symptom relief to achieve a sense of balance.


    Facilitated by the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley and Keystone Canna Remedies.

    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 LGBTQ folks with cancer in their lives. Rainbow Ribbons: LGBTQ Cancer Support is an affirming, empowering space to connect with other patients, survivors, and loved ones who truly understand. We hope you’ll join us! Meets four times a year with additional dates to be announced on our events page.


    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 Reilly at [email protected] or Jen at [email protected] for more info and the link to participate.

  • Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 06:30 PM
    virtual event

    Queer Memoir Reading Group: Funeral Diva

    The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center invites the community to participate in the April discussion of the center's Queer Memoir Reading Group, featuring Funeral Diva by Pamela Sneed, a poetic memoir about coming-of-age in the AIDS era, and its effects on life and art. Offering critical focus on matters from police brutality to LGBTQ+ rights, Funeral Diva confronts today's most pressing issues with acerbic wit and audacity. The collection closes with Sneed's reflections on the two pandemics of her time, AIDS and COVID-19, and the disproportionate impact of each on African American communities. The New York Times Book Reviews says that this book's "strength is in its abundance, its desire for language to stir body as well as mind."

    This is a virtual event over zoomAdvance RSVP to [email protected] is required to receive the zoom link. Limited free copies of the book are available -- request a copy with your RSVP. If you do not need a free copy, books can be purchased at this link, with 10% of your purchase supporting free arts programs at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. The book is available in print or ebook formats.

    The discussion is facilitated by Mary Foltz and is sponsored by Lehigh University's Southside Initiative and Humanities Center. This program is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. 

    Live closed captioning is available at this virtual event.

  • Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 04:00 PM

    Free LGBT Legal Clinic

    [IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A graphic for the Free LGBT Legal Clinic asks "Need to speak with a lawyer about LGBT-specific legal issues? We are here to help. Attorneys are available for various areas of law"]


    Dorota Gasienica-Kozak (King Spry Herman Freund & Faul) will run the clinic on 4/27/2021. Dorota'practice areas are:
    Family Law (Adoption, fostering, marriage, divorce, custody)
    Wills & Estates

    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. 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, April 27, 2021 at 05:00 PM
    Zoom

    Bereavement Group

    [IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A set of hands gently holding a rainbow flower. Accompanying text says that the bereavement group is a professionally-led, monthly support group for LGBT people who have experienced loss.]
    In order to participate virtually, please 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].


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  • Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 06:30 PM
    Zoom

    Transmasculine Group

    [IMAGE DESCRIPTION: a silhouette of an individual with short hair looks towards text that says the Transmasculine Group meets the fourth Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8pm (Eastern Time).]

    In order to participate virtually, 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 spectrum—e.g. transguys and transmasculine non-binary people. The group is held on the 4th Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 8PM 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].


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  • Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 06:00 PM
    Zoom

    Parents of Trans Kids

    [IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Four children and two adults stand in front of a sunset on a field. Text reads "Join Us! Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 6-7:30pm ET.]

     

    In order to participate virtually, please email [email protected]

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


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  • Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 06:30 PM
    Zoom

    Transfeminine Group

    [IMAGE DESCRIPTION: the silhouettes of three individuals with long hair waiving their hands in the air. The sky is purple, pink, white, and blue. Text reads "Join Us! Every 4th Wednesday of the month from 6:30-8pm ET".]

    In order to participate virtually, please email [email protected]

    Monthly peer-led casual drop-in discussion group for individuals who identify somewhere on the feminine spectrum but were not assigned female at birth—such as trans women, transfeminine or nonbinary folks. The group is held on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 6:30-8PM 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].


    Sponsored By: 

    Your use of information contained on this and all other pages of this website is subject to the terms and conditions more fully set forth in our Disclaimer.