The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents an evening with David Pratt author of Todd Sweeney: The Fiend of Fleet High, which Jim Gladstone of Passport Magazine has called "a discomfortingly delicious new novel that reads like a lost John Waters movie." A book signing and dessert reception will follow the reading.
About the book: Every boy needs an ally who will kill for him. And no boy could have a better ally than Todd Sweeney. When Todd's best friend, Toby Ragg, is threatened by guidance counselor Ashford Squeers, Todd swings into action. But he swings just a bit too hard. Enter best pal Nellie Lovett, who has very creative ideas for making the mess disappear. But then Fleet High bad boy Ryan Plouf threatens Toby and Nellie. Suddenly, Ryan is missing, too, and local cop Tarron Littey is asking some very inconvenient questions. Meanwhile, Toby's parents threaten to put him in a gay conversion camp. Can Todd and Nellie save Toby before the cops discover just what happened to Fleet High's worst? To find out, dig in and devour Todd Sweeney. And yes, it's okay to use your hands.
About the author: David Pratt is the author of the novel "Bob the Book" (2010, Lambda Literary Award winner,) and a collection of stories, "My Movie" (2012) one of which became the basis for his 2014 novel "Looking After Joey." His young adult novel, "Wallaçonia," followed in 2017. In 2018 David founded Hosta Press, which is bringing out his contemporary new adult satire, "Todd Sweeney: The Fiend of Fleet High." David has performed his work for the theater at many venues in New York City, including Dixon Place, HERE, the Duplex, the Cornelia Street Cafe and the NY International Fringe Festival. In 2018 collaborated with Michigan artist Nicholas Williams on a performance piece, "TIME," at the Forge in Detroit.
Library events at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center are sober-social events. No alcohol will be served.
In April of 2016, Pennsylvania legalized medical marijuana for Pennsylvania residents affected by 17 serious medical conditions. Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, in partnership with Keystone Canna Remedies and Lehigh Valley Norml, is offering medical marijuana enrollment assistance on the 2nd Tuesdays of the month from 4-6pm to help eligible Pennsylvania residents apply for the state Medical Marijuana ID card. Computers are available for the application process.
The medical marijuana enrollment events are only to help people with the application for the state Medical Marijuana ID card. To be eligible, you must be a Pennsylvania resident and be diagnosed with a serious medical condition. In order to enroll on the state's website, attendees must bring their driver's license or state-issued ID, must be 18 or older, and are required to have an active phone number and email address.
Pennsylvania law defines "serious medical conditions" as any one of the following:
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
- Anxiety disorders.
- Cancer, including remission therapy.
- Crohn’s disease.
- Damage to the nervous tissue of the central nervous system (brain-spinal cord) with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, and other associated neuropathies.
- Dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders.
- HIV / AIDS.
- Huntington’s disease.
- Inflammatory bowel disease.
- Intractable seizures.
- Multiple sclerosis.
- Neurodegenerative diseases.
- Opioid use disorder for which conventional therapeutic interventions are contraindicated or ineffective, or for which adjunctive therapy is indicated in combination with primary therapeutic interventions.
- Parkinson’s disease.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain.
- Sickle cell anemia.
- Terminal illness.
- Tourette syndrome.
Some of these serious medical conditions are experienced at higher rates in the LGBT community.
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The legal clinic operates every second and fourth Tuesday from 4pm-6pm. Free half-hour consultations with attorneys about a variety of LGBT legal needs, including employment and housing discrimination, family law questions, legal name changes, wills, school bullying, and neighborhood harassment.
Attorney Dorota Gasienica-Kozak of King, Spry, Herman, Freund, & Faul, LLC. will be able to answer questions regarding Wills and Estates, Name and Gender Changes, and marriage, divorce, custody, adoption and fostering.
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. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Welcoming all LGBT+ Cancer Survivors and Loved Ones
5:30 to 7PM Every Second Tuesday of the Month
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.
Questions? Email Zakkery at email@example.com
The Allentown Health Bureau will be on-site at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center to provide free flu shots on October 9th and December 11th from 4-6pm.
For questions and to RSVP contact Zakk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are no insurance or residency requirements.
Free HIV & STI Testing on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month - Testing offered in partnership with Comprehensive Health Services (formerly the AIDS Activities Office) at Lehigh Valley Health Network and the Allentown Health Bureau.
No insurance or residency requirements.
Sponsored by: Grindr
Final free Hep A vaccine of 2019 available today, December 11th, from 4 to 6PM!
According to the CDC, gay and bisexual men and transgender women face a disproportionately higher risk of contracting Hepatitis A virus (Hep A) infections among adults in the United States (1). Hep A is a communicable disease commonly spread through oral-fecal contact (including rimming). Fortunately, there is a safe and effective vaccine to prevent Hep A (2) However the Hep A vaccine was not routinely provided to children prior to 1999, so many adults have never been vaccinated. Hep A can be spread through sexual activity or contact with fingers or objects that have the virus on it.
Despite the availability of safe and effective vaccines that can prevent Hep A infection, many gay and bisexual men have not been adequately vaccinated for it (3). Nationally and in the state of Pennsylvania, rates of Hep A infection have been on the rise. According to the PA Secretary of Health, the rate of infection almost doubled in 2018 (4). Data available from CDC indicates that only approximately 30 percent of gay and bisexual men are vaccinated.
THE BARRIERS TO CARE
There are numerous barriers in place. One in four LGBT people in the Lehigh Valley report having had a negative past experience from a healthcare professional and one in ten fear going to a health care professional as a result, and according to the 2018 Pennsylvania LGBT Health Needs Assessment, 17% of LGBT Pennsylvanians don't have someone they consider to be their personal doctor. What's more, many healthcare providers lack cultural humility and medical competency regarding the sexual health needs of gay, bisexual, and queer men, and trans women. Further, there is a knowledge gap within the LGBT community regarding how Hep A is spread and regarding the availability of the Hep A Vaccine.
If you like the taste of peaches is an evidenced-based campaign to increase Hep A Vaccinations gay and bisexual men and transgender women in the Lehigh Valley. Vaccinations are available at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. The campaign is supported by Grindr 4 Equality.
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1: “Viral Hepatitis: A Health Concern for Gay and Bisexual Men Deserving Attention” Office of HIV/Policy. Accessed January 3, 2018. https://www.hiv.gov/blog/viral-hepatitis-a-health-concern-for-gay-and-bisexual-men-deserving-attention-during-lgbt-pride-month
2: “Gay and Bisexual Men's Health: Hepatitis A.” Center for Disease Control. Accessed January 3, 2018. https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/afaq.htm
3: “Hepatitis A ACIP Vaccine Recommendations” Center for Disease Control. Accessed January 3, 2018. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/acip-recs/vacc-specific/hepa.html
4: “Wolf Administration Alerts Public of Increasing Hepatitis A Cases Across Pennsylvania” https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=544
2nd Wednesdays of the month from 5:30pm-7pm.Facilitated by Suzi HammerProfessionally led and open support group for any LGBTQ+ person who has survived sexual assault.Before visiting for the first time, give Suzi a call at 610-437-6610 ext. 323.
Facilitated by a fellow parent of a trans kid. Questions? Email Zakkery at email@example.com
Monthly support group for parents of transgender children of any age led by a parent of a trans child. Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 6-7:30PM.
Art [and] History from a Queer Perspective: Hamilton and 6 Other Famous People You Didn’t Know Were Queer
Art History from a Queer Perspective Series 5 of four classes, Winter 2019-2020 Four stand alone free classes in a row, 6pm to 8pm (doors open at 5:30pm) in the Community Room of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. Open to EVERYONE, FREE, no registration - just walk in, no prior knowledge of art history necessary, no need to attend every class if your schedule does not permit - each class is stand alone. AND THEMED SNACKS WILL BE PROVIDED!!!
Class 2 — Thursday, December 12, 2019
Hamilton and 6 other historical Washington and British VIPs you had no idea were queer
Alexander Hamilton is all the rage today, but his love letters to another man have been skipped over by the writers of the Broadway play. Which pronoun heavy nursery rhyme you know by heart was named for a real life woman scientist who might well have been a Lesbian? There’s the Lady with a Lamp who changed healthcare forever; and the handsome Gay professor of color whose scientific experiments have influenced the lunches of children every day, and the Gay government worker who was the US’s Poet Laureate in the 1860s. Then there’s the Queer US Presidents, and a member of the British Aristocracy who was Transgender and sued to be recognized as the rightful heir to a peerage in the 1950s. We’ll take a lavender gander at these surprising figures in US and British history that you already know, but have never learned about from a Queer Perspective. And of course there will be fabulous snacks by Trish Sullivan!
Sit back, view slides, listen, learn about and discuss the lives and work of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer artists. Consider the LGBTQ imagery of mainstream artists in various periods of history. And after the class there is also a social opportunity with themed snacks, to discuss interesting things with old friends, or meet new ones in this exciting free 4 session class at the LGBT Community Center. This is a popular class attended by a diverse and intergenerational group of about 40-45 LGBTQA folks per class. It’s fun and funny - a good place to bring old friends, or meet new friends, or bring someone on a nice first date!
Instructor: Liz Bradbury, MFA. For more information, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a sober social event at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. No alcohol will be served.