Upcoming Events

  • Monday, June 01, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center - Facebook Live

    Queer Novel Mini-Series: Virtual Book Talk with John Elizabeth Stintzi

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    As part of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center's 2020 Queer Novel Mini-Series, we are proud to host John Elizabeth Stintzi for a virtual author talk on the center's Facebook live on June 1 at 7pm. They will read from their new novel, Vanishing Monuments.

    About the book

    Alani Baum, a non-binary photographer and teacher, hasn't seen their mother since they ran away with their girlfriend when they were seventeen—almost thirty years ago. But when Alani gets a call from a doctor at the assisted living facility where their mother has been for the last five years, they learn that their mother's dementia has worsened and appears to have taken away her ability to speak. As a result, Alani suddenly find themselves running away again - only this time, they're running back to their mother. Staying at their mother's empty home, Alani attempts to tie up the loose ends of their mother’s life while grappling with the painful memories that—in the face of their mother's disease—they’re terrified to lose. Meanwhile, the memories inhabiting the house slowly grow animate, and the longer Alani is there, the longer they're forced to confront the fact that any closure they hope to get from this homecoming will have to be manufactured.
    This beautiful, tenderly written debut novel by Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers winner John Elizabeth Stintzi explores what haunts us most, bearing witness to grief over not only what is lost, but also what remains.

    Books are available for purchase, with a percentage donated back to Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, here.

    Stintzi's poetry book, Junebat, is also available, here.

    This project has been supported in part by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Federal-State Partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities

  • Monday, June 08, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center's Facebook Live

    Queer Novel Mini-Series: Virtual Book Talk with Carter Sickels

    As part of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center's 2020 Queer Novel Mini-Series, we are proud to host Carter Sickels for a virtual author talk on the center's Facebook live on June 8 at 7pm. He will read from his new novel, The Prettiest Star.

    About the book

    Set in 1986, a year after Rock Hudson’s death brought the news of AIDS into living rooms and kitchens across America, Lambda Literary award-winning author Carter Sickels’s second novel shines light on an overlooked part of the epidemic, those men who returned to the rural communities and families who’d rejected them.

    Six short years after Brian Jackson moved to New York City in search of freedom and acceptance, AIDS has claimed his lover, his friends, and his future. With nothing left in New York but memories of death, Brian decides to write his mother a letter asking to come back to the place, and family, he was once so desperate to escape.

    The Prettiest Star is told in a chorus of voices: Brian’s mother Sharon; his fourteen-year-old sister, Jess, as she grapples with her brother’s mysterious return; and the video diaries Brian makes to document his final summer.

    Part Dog Years by Mark Doty and part Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt, The Prettiest Star is an urgent story about the politics and fragility of the body, of sex and shame. Above all, Carter Sickels’s stunning novel explores the bounds of family and redemption. It is written at the far reaches of love and understanding, centering on the moments where those two forces stretch toward each other and sometimes touch.

    Books are available for purchase, with a percentage donated back to Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, here.

    This project has been supported in part by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Federal-State Partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities

  • Tuesday, June 09, 2020 at 05:30 PM
    Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

    LGBT+ Cancer Support Group


    Welcoming all LGBT+ Cancer Survivors and Loved Ones 

    Facilitated by the Cancer Support Community of the Lehigh Valley.

    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. The group is held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 5:30 to 7PM.


    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 Kimberly at kimberly@bradburysullivancenter.org or Jen at jsinclair@cancersupportglv.org for more info and the link to participate.

  • Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 06:00 PM
    Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

    Parents of Trans Kids

    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.


    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 Kimberly at kimberly@bradburysullivancenter.org

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  • Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 06:30 PM
    The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

    Queer Poetry Reading Group: Useless Landscape

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    The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center invites the community to participate in our NEW Queer Poetry Reading Group! In this group, we will be discussing the works of contemporary queer poets. On June 11, we will discuss Useless Landscape or A Guide for Boys by D.A. Powell.

    About this book, Vanity Fair says "With his typical wry eroticism, an eagle eye for the places where men converge, and a compass that points always to desire, poet D. A. Powell leads us on a tour . . . from gay bars to bathhouses and into the backwoods." Useless Landscape or A Guide for Boys is Powell's fifth book of poetry. This book was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry and he lives in San Francisco.

    The Queer Poetry Reading Group is facilitated by Jimmy Hamill, Ph.D candidate at Lehigh University.

    Free books are available for the first ten people to sign up. Sign up by emailing sharon@bradburysullivancenter.org

    If you don't need a free copy of the book, let Sharon know when you sign up. This program will occur by zoom and advance registration is required. RSVP by June 8 in order to receive the zoom link.

    If you want to order your own copy of the book, you can do so here, a percentage of the book purchase will be automatically donated back to Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

    This project is sponsored 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.  

    This month's program is also sponsored by:

  • Monday, June 15, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center's Facebook Live

    Queer Novel Mini-Series: Virtual Book Talk with Ilana Masad

    As part of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center's 2020 Queer Novel Mini-Series, we are proud to host Ilana Masad for a virtual author talk on the center's Facebook live on June 15 at 7pm. She will read from her new novel, All My Mother's Lovers.

    About the book

    Intimacy has always eluded twenty-seven-year-old Maggie Krause—despite being brought up by married parents, models of domestic bliss—until, that is, Lucia came into her life. But when Maggie’s mom, Iris, dies in a car crash, Maggie returns home only to discover a withdrawn dad, an angry brother, and, along with Iris's will, five sealed envelopes, each addressed to a mysterious man she’s never heard of.

    In an effort to run from her own grief and discover the truth about Iris—who made no secret of her discomfort with her daughter's sexuality—Maggie embarks on a road trip, determined to hand-deliver the letters and find out what these men meant to her mother. Maggie quickly discovers Iris’s second, hidden life, which shatters everything Maggie thought she knew about her parents’ perfect relationship. What is she supposed to tell her father and brother? And how can she deal with her own relationship when her whole world is in freefall?

    Told over the course of a funeral and shiva, and written with enormous wit and warmth, All My Mother's Lovers is a unique meditation on the universality and particularity of family ties and grief, and a tender and biting portrait of sex, gender, and identity, challenging us to question the nature of fulfilling relationships.

    Books are available for purchase, with a percentage donated back to Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, here.

    This project has been supported in part by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Federal-State Partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities

  • Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 06:30 PM

    Community Book Discussion: Hunger

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    The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center invites the community to participate in our June 2020 Community Book Discussion featuring the New York Times Bestseller, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay. The Seattle Times says the book is "a memoir that’s so brave, so raw, it feels as if [Gay]’s entrusting you with her soul.”

    About the book: New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and bodies, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as “wildly undisciplined,” Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she casts an insightful and critical eye on her childhood, teens, and twenties—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—and brings readers into the present and the realities, pains, and joys of her daily life.

    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 Humanities Center.

    A limited number of free copies of this book are available for the first ten people to sign up (email sharon@bradburysullivancenter.org). If you do not need a free book, you can purchase a copy here with a percentage automatically donated to Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. 

    This Community Book Discussion is supported in part by Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

     

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  • Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 08:30 PM
    Zoom

    The Singing OUT *VIRTUAL* Tour: Heather Mae & Crys Matthews

     

     

     

    Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center of Allentown, Pennsylvania presents Singing OUT: the first ever VIRTUAL Pride Tour!

    Two award-winning singer-songwriters, Heather Mae ("the queer Adele") and Crys Matthews ("the Woody Guthrie of our generation"), are joining forces once again to VIRTUALLY spread their message of social-justice, hope and love from coast to coast as The Singing OUT Tour, a celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride! During this difficult time of social distancing, it is imperative that LGBTQ+ people and our allies gather to lift one another up and bask in the power and beauty of our resilient community! We may not be able to physically gather, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate our stories and our people. We don’t give up - we adapt!

    Come dressed in your best Pride gear - however you identify! - and get ready to sing along, play games, compete in giveaways every night, and share connection and community in what will be a memorable VIRTUAL Pride concert! Let’s gather together in song and spirit and keep Pride alive in 2020!!

    "Soul-filling" and "amazing" is the way fans described last year's in-person tour and, with both artists celebrating new releases (Mae's "GLIMMER" and Matthews' "These Old Hands"), the 2020 VIRTUAL edition of The Singing OUT Tour will be a memorable and empowering gathering of community and PRIDE!

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    In 2016, after an eight-month period of silence to recover from vocal nodules, singer-songwriter Heather Mae made a vow: she would dedicate her career solely to writing music that made the world a better place. Her independently-released debut EP I AM ENOUGH, which reached #58 on iTunes Pop Album charts, was her announcement to the world. “When people listen to my new music, my mission is that they feel they’re not alone and that they’re moved to rediscover the best versions of themselves,” Mae said. With her September 2019 release Glimmer, it seems that she has discovered the best version of herself. 

    Although L-Mag dubbed her "the new queer Adele," Mae has remained unfazed by what a typical pop artist today is 'supposed' to look like or how the typical pop artist is 'supposed' to sound. Instead, Mae sees her music as a platform for change, "pop music with a mission," she calls it. With each of the nine tracks on Glimmer, from her #MeToo-inspired feminist anthem “Warrior,” which features a choir of more than 100 female vocalists, to “You Are My Favorite,” a love song inspired by her own wedding vows and written for her wife, Mae shows that she is nothing less than a powerhouse. From LGBTQ+ discrimination, gender stereotypes and women's rights to body image and mental health issues, Mae "seeks to write music for those that need an anthem" says Eden Arielle Gordon of Popdust. "Heather Mae's Glimmer spins pain into exquisite alt-pop," Gordon says. "This album is a work of empathy and raw honesty, a candid confessional and a rallying cry for everyone looking for a reason to go on." 

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    Ask about the new generation of social justice music-makers and Crys Matthews will be mentioned. A prolific lyricist, Matthews blends Americana, folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass and funk into a bold, complex performance steeped in traditional melodies punctuated by honest, original lyrics. “While each and every day, on each and every media platform, we’re reminded of the division, alienation, marginalization, and divisiveness rampant in our country (and our world), we’re not often enough met with people like Matthews," said Justin Hiltner of Bluegrass Situation, "who exist as reminders of what beauty can occur when we bridge those divides.” Her two 2017 releases, a full-length album called The Imagineers, a selection of thoughtful songs about love and life, and an EP called Battle Hymn for an Army of Lovers, which tackles social justice themes helped earn Matthews high praise like that from Hiltner as well as the title of 2017 NewSong Music and Performance Competition grand prize winner. 

    On the title track of her newest EP, Matthews says, “Must be 10,000 miles between here and forgiveness.” These Old Hands is about that journey. Her eighth studio release, this album is a sharp departure from her pre-2016 saccharine love songs and her post-2016 social justice songs. “It is the most vulnerable I’ve ever been in my music,” Matthews says. From the title track, written about picking up where a love leaves off, to the final track, written about familial complexities, Matthews is letting her listeners see behind what she calls her “titanium wall.” These Old Hands is already garnering acclaim from Folk DJs and finished out 2019 in Folk Alley's Top Ten of 2019. Matthews already has her sights on a pre-election release of a full-length social-justice album called Changemakers.

    Grab your ticket for the Zoom link!:

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  • Monday, June 22, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center's Facebook live

    Queer Novel Mini-Series: Virtual Book Talk with Corinne Manning

    As part of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center's 2020 Queer Novel Mini-Series, we are proud to host Corinne Manning for a virtual author talk on the center's Facebook live on June 22 at 7pm. She will read from her new novel, We Had No Rules.

    About the book

    A young teenager runs from her family's conservative home to her sister's NY apartment to learn a very different set of rules. A woman grieves the loss of a sister, a "gay divorce," and the pain of unacknowledged abuse with the help of a lone wallaby on a farm in Washington State. A professor of women's and gender studies revels in academic and sexual power but risks losing custody of the family dog.

    In Corinne Manning's stunning debut story collection, a cast of queer characters explore the choice of assimilation over rebellion. In this historical moment that's hyperaware of and desperate to define even the slowest of continental shifts, when commitment succumbs to the logic of capitalism and nobody knows what to call each other or themselves - Gay? Lesbian? Queer? Partners? Dad? - who are we? And if we don't know who we are, what exactly can we offer each other?

    Spanning the years 1992 to 2019, and moving from New York to North Carolina to Seattle, the eleven first-person stories in We Had No Rules feature characters who feel the promise of a radically reimagined world but face complicity instead. 

    Books are available for purchase, with a percentage donated back to Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, here.

    This project has been supported in part by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Federal-State Partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities

     

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 05:00 PM

    Bereavement Group

    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 Wednesday of each month from 5:00pm-6:30pm. 

    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 Kimberly at kimberly@bradburysullivancenter.org