Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020 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."]

     

    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.

    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 Reilly at reilly@bradburysullivancenter.org. For more timely support, you may call the Infoline number at (610) 347-9988 x103

     


    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 reilly@bradburysullivancenter.org. Supplemental resources from the PA Bar Association can be found on wills and living wills.  


    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.

  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 05:00 PM
    Zoom

    Bereavement Group

    [IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A very large tree with deep roots is in the background. Accompanying text says that the bereavement group at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 5-6:30pm (Eastern Time) and is led by Rev. Anne Huey.]
    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 5:00pm-6:30pm EDT.

    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 reilly@bradburysullivancenter.org
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 06:30 PM
    Zoom

    Transmasculine Group

    [IMAGE DESCRIPTION: a silhouette of an individual with short hair atop a grey background. Text reads that the transmasculine group at Bradbury-Sullivan Center meets the fourth Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8pm (Eastern Time).]

     

    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 spectrumi.e. transguys and transmasculine non-binary people. The group is held on the 4th Tuesday of every month from 6:30-8PM EDT.


    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 reilly@bradburysullivancenter.org

    Sponsored by:

  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    Facebook Live and YouTube Live

    LGBT History Month: Gay With Fay

    Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center invites our community to join in celebrating LGBT History Month by tuning in for a virtual event with Fay Jacobs, nationally known award-winning Lesbian author and humorist. Fay presents Gay With Fay: Gay History They Never Taught You in School on October 27 at 7pm on Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center's Facebook Live and YouTube Live!

    Fay, a native New Yorker, has had a 35-year career in journalism, public relations & theater. As an author, Fay has five published books of humorous and activist essays. 

    Funding has been provided by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. This program is also supported with a grant from Air Products.

  • Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 06:00 PM
    Zoom

    Parents of Trans Kids

    [IMAGE DESCRIPTION: an image of an adult holding hands with a child on a sidewalk, bordered by font. Parents of trans kids is a peer discussion group that meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 6pm Eastern Time. Bradbury-Sullivan Center's logo is in the bottom right.]

     

    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 EDT.


    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 reilly@bradburysullivancenter.org

    Sponsored by:

  • Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 06:30 PM
    Zoom

    Transfeminine Group

    [IMAGE DESCRIPTION: a graphic of the transgender flag (blue, pink, and white stripes) announcing the transfeminine group, which meets every 4th Wednesday of the month from 6:30-8pm (Eastern Time). Bradbury-Sullivan Center's logo is on the bottom.]

     

    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 EDT. 


    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 reilly@bradburysullivancenter.org

    Sponsored by:

  • Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 08:00 PM
    Zoom

    A Space for Aces

    [IMAGE DESCRIPTION: An image in black, grey, purple, and white (the colors of the asexual pride flag) with Ace playing cards at the top. This “community group for asexual and aromantic people" meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month.]

     

    A casual, drop-in community discussion group for asexual, graysexual, demisexual, and aromantic folks, as well as anyone who finds themselves under the umbrella of asexuality. The group is held on the 4th Wednesday from 8 to 9:15PM EDT.


    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 reilly@bradburysullivancenter.org

  • Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    Facebook and YouTube Live

    LGBT History Month Book Talk: Out in Central Pennsylvania

    Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center invites our community to join in celebrating LGBT History Month by tuning in for a virtual book talk with Barry Loveland and Bill Burton, author of the new book Out in Central Pennsylvania: The History of an LGBTQ Community. The event will premier October 29 at 7pm on Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center's Facebook Live and YouTube Live!

    Drawing from oral histories and the archives of the LGBT Center of Central PA History Project, this book recounts the innovative ways that LGBTQ central Pennsylvanians organized to demand civil rights and to improve their quality of life in a region that often rejected them.

    Purchase a copy of the book, with a percentage donated back to Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center: https://bookshop.org/a/6527/9780271084794

    Funding has been provided by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. This program is also supported with a grant from Air Products.

  • Tuesday, November 03, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    Virtual Zoom

    Breathe

    [IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A rainbow colored tree with visible roots and many leaves is inside of the sun. Accompanying text reads: “Breathe, a queer spirituality support group”, “anyone is welcome! meets the 1st Tuesday of every month 7-8:30pm” Eastern Time. The logo of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is in the bottom right corner.]

     

    “Our spirit is what animates or quickens us. It is what makes us alive. Spirituality is the practice of staying consciously connected with what makes us alive.” Mona West*

    Welcome to Breathe, an affirming space based on a shared thirst for community and connection, located at the intersection of queerness and spirituality. Yes, bring your past (tradition or no tradition), your practices (smells, bells, spells), your truth (as you name it or choose not to name it), and your questions. Let’s build a community centered on exploring fulfilling ways to empower each other’s inner strength and peace. The group is held every 1st Tuesday of the month from 7 to 8:30PM ET.

     

    Facilitated by Mel Kitchen, Coordinator Lehigh University Pride Center for Sexual Orientation & Gender Diversity,

    Mark Wonsidler, Curator of Exhibitions & Collections, Lehigh University Art Galleries,

    Jimmy Hamill, Ph.D candidate at Lehigh University, and

    Rabbi Steve Nathan, Director of Jewish Student Life, Lehigh University

     

    *Feminist theologian and pastor


    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 reilly@bradburysullivancenter.org 

  • Wednesday, November 04, 2020 at 06:00 PM
    Zoom

    Lehigh Valley Lesbians

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    A casual, drop-in community discussion group for anyone who identifies as lesbian or a bisexual woman in the Greater Lehigh Valley. The group is held on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 6 to 7:30PM EST.


    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 reilly@bradburysullivancenter.org