Free HIV & STI Testing on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month - Testing offered in partnership with AIDS Activities Office at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Allentown Health Bureau
No insurance or residency requirements.
Sponsored by: Grindr
Vaccines available today, September 11th, from 4 to 6PM!
Final testing date: Dec 11
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 Rebecca GlassmanProfessionally led and open support group for any LGBTQ+ person who has survived sexual assault.Before visiting for the first time, please contact Rebecca Glassman at 610-437-6610 ext. 321.
Facilitated by a fellow parent of a trans kid. Questions? Email Zakkery at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The Fine Art Galleries at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center present Rising Above: Works of Art by Lehigh Valley Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence. This exhibit features works by current and former clients of Turning Point of Lehigh Valley, the region's non-profit agency providing programs and services to support people affected by domestic violence and intimate partner violence.
The exhibit, curated by Deborah Rabinsky, is a benefit for Turning Point of Lehigh Valley.
On display from September 9 through October 25, the community is invited to join Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center and Turning Point of Lehigh Valley for an artist reception on September 12 from 6-8pm.
Artist receptions at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center are sober-social events. No alcohol will be served.
Renaissance Transgender Support & Social Gathering
Monthly peer-led Trans meetup on the second Saturday of each month in Bethlehem starting at 7:30PM. Doors open at 7.
Questions? Email Corinne Goodwin at email@example.com.
Check out our website for more information!
The Queer and Trans People of Color group (QTPOC) is a community for black and brown folks in the LGBT community of the greater Lehigh Valley to come together and celebrate, commiserate, network and organize.
Every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6PM to 7:30PM.
Questions? Email Kenneth Screven at firstname.lastname@example.org
The LGBT Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center will host a community book discussion about Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin, edited by Devon Carbado. The discussion will be cofacilitated by Mary Foltz and Chloe Cole-Wilson.
In 1956 Bayard Rustin taught Martin Luther King Jr. strategies of nonviolence during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, thereby launching the civil rights movement. Widely acclaimed as a founding father of modern black protest, Rustin reached international notoriety in 1963 as the openly gay organizer of the March on Washington. Time on Two Crosses chronicles five decades of Rustin's commitment to justice and equality.
Free copies of the book are available for the first ten community members to sign up. Contact email@example.com for more information
This program is sponsored by Lehigh University's South Side Initiative and Let's Play Books.
Community Book Discussions at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center are sober-social events. No alcohol will be served.
The newest addition to our groups at Bradbury-Sullivan! The Transfeminine Group!
Facilitated by Emma Whitney Smith. Questions? Email Zakk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monthly peer-led casual drop-in discussion group for individuals who identify somewhere on the feminine spectrum but were not assigned female at birth—such as trans women, transfeminine or nonbinary folks. The group meets the 4th Wednesday of every month from 6:30-8PM.
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.
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center now 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 offical document notarization. Contact email@example.com for more information.