Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 06:30 PM

    Queer Poetry Reading Group: The Amputee's Guide to Sex

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    The LGBT Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents the June discussion of the Queer Poetry Reading Group, featuring The Amputee's Guide to Sex by Jillian Weise.

    The collection changes the conversation about disability, interrogates medical language and history, imagines Mona Lisa in a wheelchair, rewrites Elizabeth Bishop's poem In the Waiting Room, addresses a lover's arsonist ex-girlfriend, and shows the prosthesis as the object of male curiosity and lust.

    Publishers Weekly wrote, "In her charged and daring debut, Weise artfully interweaves biographical details with meditations on the history of disability and sex, laying bare the complexities of finding sexual and emotional intimacy as an amputee with a prosthetic leg...An agile and powerful poet, Weise references medical literature, history and poetry, speaking boldly and compassionately about a little-discussed subject that becomes universal in her careful hands."

    This is a virtual event via ZoomTo RSVP and get the link, email [email protected] 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, and 10% of your purchase supports programs at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. The book is available in print or e-book formats.

    The discussion is facilitated by Jimmy Hamill and is supported 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. 

    Live closed captioning is available at this virtual event.
  • Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 06:30 PM

    Queer Memoir Reading Group: Rainbow Warrior: My Life in Color

    The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center invites the community to participate in the June discussion of the center's Queer Memoir Reading Group, featuring Rainbow Warrior: My Life in Color by Gilbert Baker, creator of the rainbow flag.

    Rainbow Warrior is Baker's passionate personal chronicle, from a repressive childhood in 1950s Kansas to a harrowing stint in the US Army, and finally his arrival in San Francisco, where he bloomed as both a visual artist and social justice activist.

    Kirkus Reviews writes, "A moving, educative memoir from one of the innovators of the gay liberation movement."

    This is a virtual event via ZoomTo RSVP and get the Zoom link, you must email [email protected] 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 -- 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. 

    Closed captioning is available for this virtual event.

  • Thursday, July 08, 2021 at 06:30 PM

    Queer Poetry Reading Group: How to Love a Country

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    The LGBT Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents the July discussion of the Queer Poetry Reading Group, featuring How to Love a Country by Richard Blanco, one of Buzzfeed's Most Anticipated Books of 2019.

    This collection asserts that America could and ought someday to be a country where all narratives converge into one, a country we can all be proud to love and where we can all truly thrive. Blanco digs deep into the very marrow of our nation through poems that interrogate our past and present, grieve our injustices, and note our flaws, but also remember to celebrate our ideals and cling to our hopes. 

    President Barack Obama wrote, "Blanco's contributions to the fields of poetry and the arts have already paved a path forward for future generations of writers...Our Nation was built on the freedom of expression, and poetry has long played an important role in telling the story of our Union and illuminating the experiences that unite all people."

    This is a virtual event via ZoomTo RSVP and get the Zoom link, you must email [email protected] 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, and 10% of your purchase supports programs at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. The book is available in print or e-book formats.

    The discussion is facilitated by Jimmy Hamill. Live closed captioning is available at this virtual event.