Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, December 08, 2020 at 06:30 PM
    virtual event

    Queer Memoir Reading Group: Amateur

    The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center invites the community to participate in the December discussion of the center's Queer Memoir Reading Group, featuring Amateur: A Reckoning with Gender, Identity, and Masculinity by Thomas Page McBee, which Buzzfeed called "A no-holds-barred examination of masculinity." In this “refreshing and radical” (The Guardian) narrative, Thomas McBee, a trans man, sets out to uncover what makes a man—and what being a “good” man even means—through his experience training for and fighting in a charity boxing match at Madison Square Garden. A self-described “amateur” at masculinity, McBee embarks on a wide-ranging exploration of gender in society, examining sexism, toxic masculinity, and privilege.

    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. 

     

  • Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 06:30 PM
    Virtual event

    Queer Poetry Reading Group: Night Sky with Exit Wounds

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    The LGBT Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents the December discussion of the Queer Poetry Reading Group, featuring Night Sky and Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong, winner of the 2017 T.S. Elliot Prize. The collection aims straight for the perennial “big”—and very human—subjects of romance, family, memory, grief, war, and melancholia. Publisher's Weekly wrote "Vuong exists as both observer and observed throughout the book as he explores deeply personal themes such as poverty, depression, queer sexuality, domestic abuse, and the various forms of violence inflicted on his family during the Vietnam War. Poems float and strike in equal measure as the poet strives to transform pain into clarity."

    Then, as if breathing, the sea swelled beneath us. If you must know anything, know that the hardest task is to live only once. That a woman on a sinking ship becomes a life raft—no matter how soft her skin. While I slept, he burned his last violin to keep my feet warm. He lay beside me and placed a word on the nape of my neck, where it melted into a bead of whiskey. Gold rust down my back. We had been sailing for months. Salt in our sentences. We had been sailing—but the edge of the world was nowhere in sight.

    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 or ebook 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. 

     

  • Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 06:30 PM
    virtual event

    Queer Poetry Reading Group: Evolution

    The LGBT Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents the January discussion of the Queer Poetry Reading Group, featuring Evolution by Eileen Myles, New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice and Paperback Row Selection. This new collection of poetry by an iconic queer poet upends genre in a new vernacular. Literati Bookstore calls the book "Chicken soup for the queer soul" and the New York Times Book Review says "The lines in Evolution are physical, a body unleashed but not yet comfortable and not without fear. The short lines rush down the page, movement as touch, touch as freedom."

    Something
    unearthly
    about
    today
    so I buy
    a Diet Coke &
    a newspaper
    a version of “me”
    something
    about me on the
    earth & its sneakers
    & feeling like
    the earth’s furniture
    but that can’t be
    true or like
    the coke & the Times
    it’s true for a little
    while.

    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 or ebook 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. 

  • 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. 

     

  • Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 06:30 PM
    virtual event

    Queer Memoir Reading Group: How We Fight For Our Lives

    The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center invites the community to participate in the February discussion of the center's Queer Memoir Reading Group, featuring How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones, a "moving, bracingly honest memoir" (The New York Times Book Review) written at the crossroads of sex, race, and power. Haunted and haunting, How We Fight for Our Lives is a stunning coming-of-age memoir about a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears. Through a series of vignettes that chart a course across the American landscape, Jones draws readers into his boyhood and adolescence--into tumultuous relationships with his family, into passing flings with lovers, friends, and strangers. Each piece builds into a larger examination of race and queerness, power and vulnerability, love and grief: a portrait of what we all do for one another--and to one another--as we fight to become ourselves.

    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. 

  • Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 06:30 PM
    virtual event

    Queer Poetry Reading Group: You're The Most Beautiful Thing That Happened

    The LGBT Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents the February discussion of the Queer Poetry Reading Group, featuring You're The Most Beautiful Thing That Happened by Arisa White, a Lambda Literary Award finalist. The collection takes its titles from words used internationally as hate speech against gays and lesbians, reworking, re-envisioning, and re-embodying language as a conduit for art, love, and understanding. You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened works through intersectional encounters with gender, identity, and human barbarism, landing deftly and defiantly in beauty. Publisher's Weekly wrote "Vuong exists as both observer and observed throughout the book as he explores deeply personal themes such as poverty, depression, queer sexuality, domestic abuse, and the various forms of violence inflicted on his family during the Vietnam War. Poems float and strike in equal measure as the poet strives to transform pain into clarity."

    There are little words
    that can fit in little places
    if you say them small enough.

    To fit a song into a pore
    you have to be prepared
    for the day it will sweat.

    If words could stick on people,
    if spoken, they would become
    a different creature.

    Blinded and you’re turned
    five times around. Nothing
    in you knows what it knew.

    It’s the best part of the game:
    Prick the girls you like best
    while pinning on the donkey’s tail.

    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 or ebook 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.