Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, October 07, 2021 at 04:00 PM
    Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

    Free Flu Vaccine Clinic

    [Image description: A square graphic with a light green background. At the top of the graphic is a dark green textbox reads "October 7 and November 4 - 4:00-6:00 p.m." Below that in large white text reads "Free Flu Vaccines" then "No proof of insurance - No residency required". An image of a medical chart is shown on the left, the red cross logo in the middle, and a medical toolbox on the right. In the center, a dark green textbox reads "Located outside Bradbury-Sullivan Center underneath the overhangs of 520 Lofts, Walk-up drive-thru". On the bottom left in a cartoon bubble reads "The flu vaccine will not interfere with the COVID-19 vaccine.". On the bottom right includes logos for Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, Allentown Health Bureau, and City Center Allentown Residential.]

    The Allentown Health Bureau will be outside Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center on Thursday, October 7 and Thursday, November 4 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on both days. Drive up in your car -- or walk up with your mask.

    If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

  • Thursday, October 07, 2021 at 06:00 PM

    Author Talk & Book Signing with Cindy Rizzo

    [Image description: A rectangular graphic with event details on the left and a book cover on the right. Black text at the top reads "October 7 at 6:00 p.m." An orange line is directly underneath, followed by larger black text that reads "Author talk & book signing with Cindy Rizzo." A picture of Cindy Rizzo, a white woman with short brown hair and glasses, is in the center of the graphic. Cindy wears a blazer and an open pinstriped dress shirt. To the left of the photo is a rounded rectangle with text that reads "Hosted by the Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center." Underneath is the center's address. In the lower left corner is the center's logo in black. The book cover features a woman lying on grass facing up. To her left is a map of the United States with scissors at the bottom. The map has the top half of the country shaded in blue and the bottom half in red. The book's title "The Papercutter" and author are at the top, engraved on what seem to be metal blades.]

    The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents an author talk and book signing with Cindy Rizzo, author of the newly-released and highly anticipated YA fiction book, The Papercutter, which ​touches on the intersection of faith and queer youth in a dystopian United States.

    "The Papercutter" is Book 1 of The Split Series.

    About the Author: Cindy Rizzo is the author of three novels, Getting Back, Love Is Enough, and Exception to the Rule, which won the 2014 Goldie for Best Debut Author. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Unwrap These Presents, Conference Call, Language of Love, and Our Happy Hours, LGBT Voices from the Gay Bars. Cindy has a long career in social justice philanthropy and has served on the boards of many LGBTQ organizations, including currently, Services & Advocacy for LGBT Elders (SAGE). She is a member of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the world's largest LGBTQ synagogue. She lives in NYC with her wife and their three cats.They have two adult sons and three wonderful granddaughters.

    This is a sober-social event at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. Alcohol will not be present.

    This event is sponsored by

  • Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 04:00 PM

    Medical Marijuana Enrollment Assistance

    Image description: The pride flag is overlaid atop a wheat field. Text says, "Medical Marijuana Enrollment Assistance" and asks, "Need Help with Pennsylvania's Application?" Sponsored by Keystone Canna Remedies Medical Marijuana Dispensary. “Join us: Every second Tuesday of each month from 4 to 6 PM” Eastern Time. The Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center logo is in the top right.

     

    If you are interested in scheduling a free consultation, click here to reserve your spot. If you can no longer attend your scheduled appointment, please email [email protected] as soon as possible. Cancellations made within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment may result in the inability to schedule future appointments.

     

    In April of 2016, Pennsylvania legalized medical marijuana for Pennsylvania residents affected by 23 serious medical conditions. Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, in partnership with Keystone Canna Remedies, is offering medical marijuana enrollment assistance virtually on the 2nd Tuesdays of every month from 4 to 6PM EST to help eligible Pennsylvania residents apply for the state Medical Marijuana ID card. 

    Getting medical marijuana in Pennsylvania is a multi-step process. This session is intended to educate folks about the overall process and assist in the first step: registering in the state's medical marijuana program.  In order to enroll on the state's website, attendees must bring their PA driver's license or state-issued ID, must be 18 or older, and must have an active phone number and email address. 

    These 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. Pennsylvania law defines "serious medical conditions" as any one of the following:

    • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
    • Anxiety Disorders
    • Autism
    • 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
    • Epilepsy
    • Glaucoma
    • HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) / AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)
    • Huntington’s Disease
    • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    • Intractable Seizures
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Neurodegenerative diseases
    • Neuropathies
    • 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. 


    Not all physicians can certify patients to participate in Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Program. To see the Department of Health's listing of the approved physicians (updated September 29, 2020), click here. For the most recent and complete list, you may make a profile with the Patient and Caregiver Registry

     

    As the health and safety of our center's visitors are our highest priority, this program is now meeting 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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  • Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 04:00 PM
    Hybrid

    Free LGBT Legal Clinic

    Image description: A person in a button up shirt and tie writes in a book. A rainbow banner surrounds the text, “Free LGBT Legal Clinic”. Accompanied by text: “Need to speak with a lawyer about LGBT-specific legal issues? We are here to help. Attorneys are available for various areas of law including: Name change, gender marker change, employment or housing discrimination, adoption, custody, divorce, wills & estates, and more!” The Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center logo is in the bottom left.

     

    One attorneys will be present at the 10/12/2021 clinic. 

    Joshua Shulman (Shulman Law Office PC). Josh's practice areas are: 
    Estates/Trusts/Wills, Landlord/Tenant, Name/Gender marker changes, and Real estate

    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. Walk-ins are also accepted, if available. For more timely referrals to for-pay LGBT-welcoming lawyers, you may call the Infoline number at (610) 347-9988 x103. 

    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 [email protected]. 

    If you can no longer attend your scheduled appointment, please email [email protected] as soon as possible. Cancellations made within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment may result in the inability to schedule future appointments.

    Live closed captioning is available upon request.

     

    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.

     


    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 [email protected]. Supplemental resources from the PA Bar Association can be found on wills and living wills.  


    Sponsored By: 

    Your use of information contained on this and all other pages of this website is subject to the terms and conditions more fully set forth in our Disclaimer.

  • Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 06:30 PM

    Queer Memoir Reading Group: Before Night Falls

    The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents the October discussion of the center's Queer Memoir Reading Group, featuring Before Night Falls by queer Cuban author Reinaldo Arenas, as part of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

    Before Night Falls chronicles his tumultuous yet luminary life -- from his impoverished upbringing in Cuba to his imprisonment at the hands of a Communist regime. The memoir was adapted into a major motion picture in 2000 directed by Julian Schnabel.

    The New York Times writes, "Reading Arenas is like witnessing a bare consciousness in the process of assimilating the most universal, but powerful, human experiences and turning them into literature. Because of this, Before Night Falls is crucial to understanding his works. But, more important, it is a record of human cruelty and the toils of one individual to survive them. Anyone who feels the temptation to be lenient in judging Castro's Government should first read this passionate and beautifully written book."

    Limited free copies of the book are available -- request a copy with your RSVP. If you don't need a free copy, you can buy the book here -- and 10% of your purchase supports free arts programs at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.

    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.


    Sponsored By: 

  • Wednesday, October 13, 2021 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].


    Sponsored By: 

    Your use of information contained on this and all other pages of this website is subject to the terms and conditions more fully set forth in our Disclaimer.

  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 04:00 PM
    Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

    Free HIV & Hepatitis C Testing

    Image description: "Free HIV & Hepatitis C Testing" on first and third “Tuesdays of the month from 4 to 6 PM Eastern Time". A red HIV and AIDS awareness ribbon waves across the graphic. "No insurance needed or residency requirement. Tester speaks English and Spanish. Testing offered in partnership with Comprehensive Health Services of Lehigh Valley Health Network." The Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center logo is in the bottom right, and the address is listed "522 West Maple Street, at Bayard Rustin Way, Allentown, PA 18101"

     

    To reserve your appointment time, please schedule your appointment here. Walk-ins are welcome, based on availability. 

    Testing is offered on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month from 4-6pm ET in partnership with Comprehensive Health Services at Lehigh Valley Health Network.

    No insurance or residency requirements. Tester speaks English and Spanish. 

     

    To learn more about HIV and Hepatitis C testing, click here. To learn more about our other supportive services, contact [email protected]


    PLEASE NOTE: Your use of information contained on this and all other pages of this website is subject to the terms and conditions more fully set forth in our Disclaimer.

  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 06:30 PM

    Queer Poetry Reading Group: Junk

    The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents the October discussion of the center's Queer Poetry Reading Group, featuring Junk by indigenous writer Tommy Pico, the third book in the Teebs trilogy.

    Junk is a book-length break-up poem that explores the experience of loss and erasure, both personal and cultural.

    The Los Angeles Review of Books writes, "Reading Junk often feels like receiving a long text message from Pico, the kind of message your friend texts you from a bathroom at a party to share news of something illicit, or strange, or wonderful."

    Limited free copies of the book are available -- request a copy with your RSVP. If you don't need a free copy, books can be purchased at this link -- and 10% of your purchase supports free arts programs at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. The book is available in print or e-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.

  • Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 07:00 PM
    Virtual

    A Space for Aces

    [IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A heart in the colors of the asexual flag (black, grey, white, and purple) and a spade in the colors if the aromantic flag (greens, white, grey, and black). Accompanying text reads "A Space for Aces, a community group for asexual and aromantic people."]

     

    This meeting is happening virtually with closed captioning. For Zoom access, please email [email protected]

    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. Please note that this group now meeting at a new monthly time. This group is held every 3rd Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 PM 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 held remotely. To read more about the LGBT community and COVID-19, click here. To learn more about our supportive services, contact [email protected].


    Sponsored By: 

    Your use of information contained on this and all other pages of this website is subject to the terms and conditions more fully set forth in our Disclaimer.

  • Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 04:00 PM
    Hybrid

    Free LGBT Legal Clinic

    Image description: A person in a button up shirt and tie writes in a book. A rainbow banner surrounds the text, “Free LGBT Legal Clinic”. Accompanied by text: “Need to speak with a lawyer about LGBT-specific legal issues? We are here to help. Attorneys are available for various areas of law including: Name change, gender marker change, employment or housing discrimination, adoption, custody, divorce, wills & estates, and more!” The Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center logo is in the bottom left.

     

    One attorneys will run the 10/26/2021 clinic.

    Ryan K. Fields (King Spry Herman Freund & Faul). Ryan's practice areas are: 
    Family Law (Adoption, fostering, marriage, divorce, custody), Will & Estates, and Estates & Trusts

    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. Walk-ins are also accepted, if available. For more timely referrals to for-pay LGBT-welcoming lawyers, you may call the Infoline number at (610) 347-9988 x103. 

    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 [email protected]. 

    If you can no longer attend your scheduled appointment, please email [email protected] as soon as possible. Cancellations made within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment may result in the inability to schedule future appointments.

    Live closed captioning is available upon request.

     

    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.

     


    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 [email protected]. Supplemental resources from the PA Bar Association can be found on wills and living wills.  


    Sponsored By: 

    Your use of information contained on this and all other pages of this website is subject to the terms and conditions more fully set forth in our Disclaimer.