Events at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

  • Wednesday, October 05, 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.

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  • Wednesday, October 05, 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, October 06, 2022 at 06:00 PM

    Author Talk & Book Signing w/ Rachel Krantz

    This event is virtual-only. Please email [email protected] to get the Zoom link.

    The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents an author talk with Rachel Krantz, author of open: an uncensored memoir of love, liberation, and non-monogamy.

    An unprecedented exploration of polyamory and gaslighting, from an award-winning journalist chronicling her first open relationship with unflinching candor as she explores this fast-growing movement.

    Can we have both freedom and love? Comfort and lust? Is a relationship ever equal? And is the pleasure worth the pain?
     
    When Rachel Krantz met and fell for Adam, he told her that he was looking for a committed partnership—just one that did not include exclusivity. Intrigued and more than a little nervous, Rachel decided to see whether their love could be open and coexist with the freedom to date other people. Could they strike an exquisite balance between intimacy and independence, and find a way to feel passion for one another once the honeymoon phase ended?
     
    For Open, her extraordinary debut memoir, Rachel interviewed scientists, psychologists, and people living and loving outside the mainstream as she searched to understand what non-monogamy would do to her heart, her mind, and her life. From exploring Brooklyn sex parties to the wider swinger and polyamory communities, Rachel and Adam attempt to write a new plot for their love story. But as the miscommunications and power imbalances mount, Rachel finds herself anxious, emotionally isolated, and seeking solid ground in a relationship where the rules seem to be ever-shifting. In Open, Rachel casts new light on the unique ways coercion and gaslighting manifest in open relationships, and finds herself wondering what liberation really looks like.
     
    With an unflinching eye and page-turning storytelling, Open is groundbreaking in both its documentarian approach to polyamory and its explicit subject matter. From debilitating anxiety spirals to heart-opening connections with the men and women she dates, Rachel puts her whole self on the line as she attempts to redefine what a relationship is—or could be.

    If you have any questions, please reach out to [email protected]. We are so excited to see you there!

     

     

  • Thursday, October 06, 2022 at 07:00 PM
    Virtual

    Breathe: A Queer Spirituality Support Group - VIRTUAL ONLY THIS MONTH

    Image description: Leaves and a decorative swirl rise from a set of hands with palms up.Text on the rainbow background reads: “Breathe, a queer spirituality support group. Anyone is welcome! Every first Tuesday of the month 7 to 8:30 PM” Eastern Time. The Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center logo is in the upper left corner. The address is listed in the bottom right corner as, "522 West Maple Street at Bayard Rustin Way Allentown, PA 18101.

    DATE CHANGE FOR OCTOBER ONLY - Meeting will be VIRTUALY ONLY Thursday 10/6 from 7 to 8:30PM ET

    This group is meeting in a hybrid format, meaning you can join via Zoom or in-person. We'll have technology that allows for people online and in-person to interact easily. For Zoom access, please email [email protected] Live closed captioning is provided.

    “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, Feminist theologian and pastor.

    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,
    Christopher Bogden, interfaith clergy, and
    Rabbi Steve Nathan, Director of Jewish Student Life, Lehigh University


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  • Saturday, October 08, 2022 at 11:00 AM

    Queer Zine Fest

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    In honor of all things spooky and autumnal, the center is so excited to present our very first Queer Zine Fest! If you loved our zine workshops, then you are going to have a blast at this event happening on Saturday, October 8th from 11am until 3p.m at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, 522 West Maple Street at Bayard Rustin Way, Allentown, PA 18101. 

    This event will feature vendors from our community, tables to create your own zine, and many opportunities to swap with others! The spirit of this event is to share our art and support our very own queer creators.

    Want To Become A Vendor?

    If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please fill out this application linked here. We are accepting applications on a first come first serve basis until Friday, September 30th, so make sure to submit your application today!

    If you have any questions about this event, do not hesitate to reach out to [email protected]. We're looking forward to seeing you there! 

     

  • Monday, October 10, 2022 at 10:00 AM
    Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

    National Coming Out Day 2022

    [Image description: A rectangular graphic with a black background. Across the top it says "October 10 - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Crafts & Community". Below that text "National Coming Out Day". In the center is a graphic of different people in a rainbow of colors. The Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center logo is to the left of the graphic and the Center address, 522 West Maple Street at Bayard Rustin Way Allentown, Pa 18101, is to the right]

    National Coming Out Day 2022
    is October 11!

    We're getting the celebration started a day early with open community hours on Monday, October 10 from 10 a.m. to 6p.m. Stop by our Center to share community, provide support, and create crafts! We'll be making flags, buttons, and keychains. We'll even have free swag from previous Lehigh Valley Pride festivals! Celebrate with us, and learn more about the resources our Center has to offer.

    For more information and resources about National Coming Out Day check out https://www.hrc.org/resources/national-coming-out-day

    A parent or guardian must accompany program participants under 14. 

    We hope to see you on National Coming Out Day! Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

     

  • Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 06:30 PM

    Queer Novel Reading Group: Stone Butch Blues

    **NOTE: This event will be offered both in-person and virtually. Please email [email protected] to get the Zoom link.**

    The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents the October discussion of the center's Queer Novel Reading Group, where we read Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg.

    Stone Butch Blues, Leslie Feinberg’s 1993 first novel, is widely considered in and outside the U.S. to be a groundbreaking work about the complexities of gender. Feinberg was the first theorist to advance a Marxist concept of “transgender liberation.” Sold by the hundreds of thousands of copies and also passed from hand-to-hand inside prisons, Stone Butch Blues has been translated into Chinese, Dutch, German, Italian, Slovenian, Turkish, and Hebrew (with hir earnings from that edition going to ASWAT Palestinian Gay Women). The novel was winner of the 1994 American Library Association Stonewall Book Award and a 1994 Lambda Literary Award.

    Free digital copies of the book are available -- Stone Butch Blues is available for free online at the links below. For information on why this is the case, here is an article about why Leslie Feinberg's publishing decisions: Why Is It So Hard To Find Leslie Feinberg’s "Stone Butch Blues"?

    Digital Copy Option 1

    Digital Copy Option 2

    If you have a digital accessibility need, we are happy to discuss further on how you can access the book. If you have any questions, you can email [email protected].

    The discussion is facilitated 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.

    Funding has been provided in part by the American Rescue Plan. American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

    Additional funding has been provided by individual donor, Michelle Bernhardt. 

  • Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at 06:00 PM
    Virtual

    Parents of Trans Kids

    Image description: Four children and two adults stand in front of a sunset on a field. Only their silhouettes can be seen. Text reads "Join Us! Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 6 to 7:30 PM” Eastern Time. The Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center logo is in the top right.


    This meeting will be held virtually with live captioning. Email Robin at [email protected] to access the Zoom Meeting information. 

    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, October 12, 2022 at 06:30 PM

    Queer Threads

    [Image description: A rectangular graphic with a white quilted background. The center of the graphic features a large oval with a gradient rainbow border. Inside the oval is bold black text that reads "Queer Threads" and smaller black text that reads "2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Eastern." Brown text boxes with perforated sides have white text that read "virtual" and "a knitting, crocheting, crafting, and stitching circle." Below is a heart with vertical intersectional Pride stripes. Surrounding the rainbow oval are images of a ball of yarn, pin cushion, thread spool, needles, and fabric. The Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center logo is in the upper left corner of the graphic, and the text "522 West Maple Street Street at Bayard Rustin Way, Allentown, PA 18101" is in the upper right corner.]

    Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center welcomes your participation in Queer Threads, a knitting, crocheting, crafting, and stitching circle.

    As a COVID-19 precaution, this month's meeting will be happening in person and virtually over Zoom. Please email [email protected] to join the Zoom meeting.

    The group is facilitated by Kristen Leipert, and live closed captioning will be available. In this casual crafting circle, join us with your crafting projects while we stitch together in community!

  • Monday, October 17, 2022 at 06:30 PM

    Queer Poetry Reading Group: The Black Unicorn by Audre Lorde

    [Image description: A rectangular graphic split into two sides. The left side has a book cover and the right side has a cream colored background with event details. The book cover is black and features a red, orange, and gray quilt. White text reads “The Black Unicorn, Poems by Audre Lorde.” The Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center logo is in the upper portion of the right side in purple. The book title and event details are below in black.]

    The LGBT Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents the August discussion of the center's Queer Poetry Reading Group, featuring "The Black Unicorn" by Audre Lorde.

    The Black Unicorn is a collection of poems by a woman who, Adrienne Rich writes, "for the complexity of her vision, for her moral courage and the catalytic passion of her language, has already become, for many, an indispensable poet."

    Rich continues: "Refusing to be circumscribed by any simple identity, Audre Lorde writes as a Black woman, a mother, a daughter, a Lesbian, a feminist, a visionary; poems of elemental wildness and healing, nightmare and lucidity. Her rhythms and accents have the timelessness of a poetry which extends beyond white Western politics, beyond the anger and wisdom of Black America, beyond the North American earth, to Abomey and the Dahomeyan Amazons. These are poems nourished in an oral tradition, which also blaze and pulse on the page, beneath the reader's eye."

    Limited free copies of the book are available -- request a copy with your RSVP. The discussion is facilitated 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.

    Funding has been provided in part by the American Rescue Plan and individual sponsor Michelle Bernhardt. 

    American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.