Upcoming Events

  • Monday, January 18, 2021 at 07:00 PM
    virtual event

    2021 LGBT Spirituality Symposium

    Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents its 2021 LGBT Spirituality Symposium: Black, Queer, and Spiritual on Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- January 18, 2021. Typically held as an in-person mini-series, the 2021 event will be a virtual event premiered on Bradbury-Sullivan Center's Facebook and YouTube channels.

    This year's focus is Black, Queer, and Spiritual featuring:

    Pastor Jamie Frazier, lead pastor of Lighthouse Church of Chicago: Reverend Jamie Frazier, affectionately known as Pastor J, loves working at the intersection of race, sexuality, and religion.  He attended Vanderbilt University for his undergraduate studies on a full-tuition scholarship.  A celebrated orator, Jamie addressed the historic March on Springfield for Marriage Equality, as well as helped open the 2014 LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Summit with words of encouragement and hope. He’s appeared on CNN And several local Chicago news affiliates, been featured in Newsy, and his church work was referenced in The Washington Post. Pastor J has keynoted and presented workshops at various academic institutions ranging from The University of Chicago to DePaul to Loyola University.  His passion and hard work was recognized by Chicago Theological Seminary when he received the inaugural 2017 Bayard Rustin Award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to the Work of Social Justice. Lastly, in 2019 Rev. Frazier organized a movement for Black Queer liberation into an organization Lighthouse Foundation, which is a non-sectarian, nonprofit social justice organization that advances justice for Black LGBTQ+ people across Chicagoland through empowerment, education, and entertainment.

    Rabbi Sandra Lawson, associate chaplain for Jewish life at Elon University: A rabbi, activist, public speaker, and musician, Rabbi Sandra received ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in June 2018. She was born in St. Louis, Mo. and grew up in a military family. She graduated from Saint Leo University magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from Clark Atlanta University. Rabbi Sandra has served in the United States Army, as a Military Police person with a specialty in Military Police Investigations, specializing in cases involving child abuse and domestic violence. Upon leaving the military she started a personal training business and later worked as an Adjunct Instructor of Sociology at local community colleges. She has also served as the Investigative Researcher for the Anti-Defamation League’s Southeast Region, becoming the go-to person when Law Enforcement in the South needed information on hate groups. Rabbi Sandra uses her rabbinic training to bring Judaism to where people already are in their lives. As a rabbinical student Rabbi Sandra received a prestigious grant to lead Shabbat services for unaffiliated Jews in a vegan cafe, she also received a grant to launch her podcast Minutes of Torah. Rabbi Sandra’s vision as a Rabbi is to help build a more inclusive Jewish community where all who want to come are welcomed, diversity is embraced and we can come together to learn and to pray.

    The conversation will be moderated by Rabbi Steven Nathan, Associate Chaplain at Lehigh University.

    This program is presented by Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center thanks to a grant from E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and from St. John's UCC Allentown.


    Closed captioning will be available when viewed on YouTube.

    [IMAGE DESCRIPTION: an event graphic features headshots of Pastor Jamie Frazier, a black man with short black hair and facial hair. He is wearing a button down shirt and tie, and Rabbi Sandra Lawson, a black woman wearing sunglasses and playing a guitar. Their photos are in front of a pride flag.]

  • Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 12:00 PM
    Zoom

    Rainbow Ribbons: LGBTQ Cancer Support

    Welcoming all LGBTQ Cancer Survivors and Loved Ones 

    [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 what issues and new policies the new administration may implement that could affect LGBT cancer survivors.

    Facilitated by the Cancer Support Community of the Greater 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 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 reilly@bradburysullivancenter.org or Jen at jsinclair@cancersupportglv.org for more info and the link to participate.

  • Tuesday, January 19, 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"]


    Justin Robinette (Law Offices of Eric A. Shore) will run the clinic on 1/19/2020. Justin's practice areas are:
    Employment/Housing Discrimination
    Name/Gender Marker Changes
    Neighborhood Harassment
    School Bullying

    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, January 19, 2021 at 06:00 PM
    Zoom

    Shadez Collective: A BIPOC Queer Community Group

    [IMAGE DESCRIPTION: a graphic on a blue background with the group name, "Shadez Collective: A BIPOC Queer Community Group" in prominent font. A circular pride flag and a transgender pride flag are inside the "O" of "Collective".]

     

    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 every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6PM 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 meeting remotely. For more information, please contact Reilly at reilly@bradburysullivancenter.org

     

  • Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 06:30 PM
    virtual event

    Queer Memoir Reading Group: An Indefinite Sentence

    The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center invites the community to participate in the January discussion of the center's Queer Memoir Reading Group, featuring An Indefinite Sentence: A Personal History of Outlawed Love and Sex by Siddharth Dube, A Lambda Literary finalist. A revelatory memoir about sex, oppression, and the universal struggle for justice, An Indefinite Sentence is both a personal and political journey, weaving Dube's own quest for love and self-respect with unforgettable portrayals of the struggles of some of the world's most oppressed people, those reviled and cast out for their sexuality. Informed by a lifetime of scholarship and introspection, it is essential reading on the global debates over sexuality, gender expression, and of securing human rights and social justice in a world distorted by inequality and right-wing ascendancy.

    This is a virtual event over zoomAdvance RSVP to sharon@bradburysullivancenter.org 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, ebook, and audio book 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.

     

  • Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 02:00 PM
    online

    Mammograms Can Be A Lifesaver: Webinar with Eastern Monroe Public Library

     

    [IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A laptop open to a video that has an image of two life preservers floating in water and accompanying text, "A mammogram can be a lifesaver". Around the laptop are details of the event and how to RSVP.]

    A Mammogram Can Be A Lifesaver

    Early detection is your best protection

     

    RSVP and get the log-in information via the library's events page here or email smf@monroepl.org for more information

    A Mammogram Can Be A Lifesaver is Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center's campaign to increase mammography rates in the Lehigh Valley.

    Unfortunately, not everyone is familiar with how, when, and where they need to schedule a mammogram. Specifically, studies show that people in the LGBTQ+ community are not receiving their recommended screenings. Join in to our webinar to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community and their barriers to care, as well as how, when, and where you and your loved ones can get screened.

    Click HERE to read more about the campaign and see the dates for the other webinars.

     

     

    A Mammogram Can Be A Lifesaver is an evidenced-based campaign to increase mammographic testing among LGBT people assigned female at birth in the Lehigh Valley.

    Developed resources reported in this project are supported by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012342 with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

    A Mammogram Can Be A Lifesaver was funded in part through a grant from Women's 5K Classic.

     

    Live closed captioning is available at this virtual event.

  • Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 03:00 PM

    “Positive Dialogue” Series Addresses Healthy Living and HIV Prevention

    [IMAGE DESCRIPTION: An informative educational picture with a purple and white background followed by bubbles of germs highlighting the phrase “Conversations about HIV and COVID-19". A white person with brown wavy hair, wears a mask and a blue shirt and holds a bottle of hand sanitizer.]

    We are excited to announce that Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is partnering with FACT Bucks County (Fighting AIDS Continuously Together) to present a panel conversation on HIV and COVID-19. During this pandemic, it is important to stay equipped with the knowledge on how to stay safe and healthy! For people living with HIV this information is vital.

    The recording will be available on Bradbury-Sullivan Center's Facebook and Youtube channels starting on January 26th at 3:00.

    Closed captioning will be available when viewed on YouTube. 
  • Tuesday, January 26, 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"]


    Jacob Thielen (O'Keefe, Miller, & Thielen, P.C.) will run the clinic on 1/26/2020. Jacob's practice areas are:
    Estates/Trusts/Wills
    Family Law (Adoption, fostering, marriage, divorce, custody)
    Landlord/Tenant
    Name/Gender Marker Changes


    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, January 26, 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.]

    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 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 meeting remotely. For more information, please contact Reilly at reilly@bradburysullivancenter.org
  • Tuesday, January 26, 2021 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 spectrum—e.g. transguys and transmasculine non-binary people. The group is held on the 4th Tuesday 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 meeting remotely. For more information, please contact Reilly at reilly@bradburysullivancenter.org