Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 07:00 PM

    A Space for Aces

    A Space for Aces meets every 4th Wednesday from 7 to 8:15PM. Doors open at 6:30.

    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.

    Questions? Email zakkery@bradburysullivancenter.org

     

  • Thursday, April 02, 2020 at 06:00 PM

    Author Talk: Pier Groups: Art and Sex Along the New York Waterfront

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    The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center and the Art Department at Cedar Crest College presents a book talk with Jonathan Weinberg, author of Pier Groups: Art and Sex Along the New York Waterfront

    The New York Times says Pier Groups is “An alluring homage to a time, a community, and a landscape that have long since vanished” and The Gay and Lesbian Review wrote that Pier Groups provides "a fascinating glimpse at a place and time that may be gone but which, thanks to Weinberg, will not be forgotten." 

    In 1970s New York City, the abandoned piers of the Hudson River became a site for extraordinary works of art and a popular place for nude sunbathing and anonymous sex. Jonathan Weinberg’s provocative book—part art history, part memoir—weaves interviews, documentary photographs, literary texts, artworks, and film stills to show how avant-garde practices competed and mingled with queer identities along the Manhattan waterfront.

    Artists as varied as Vito Acconci, Alvin Baltrop, Shelley Seccombe, and David Wojnarowicz made work in and about the fire-ravaged structures that only twenty years before had been at the center of the world’s busiest shipping port. At the same time, the fight for the rights of LGBT people, spurred by the 1969 Stonewall riots, was dramatically transforming the cultural and social landscape of New York City. Gay men suddenly felt free to sunbathe on the piers naked, cruise, and have sex in public. While artists collaborated to transform the buildings of Pier 34 into makeshift art studios and exhibition spaces, gay men were converting Pier 46 into what Delmas Howe calls an “arena for sexual theater.”

    Featuring one hundred exemplary works from the era and drawing from a rich variety of source material, interviews, and Weinberg’s personal experience, Pier Groups breaks new ground to look at the relationship of avant-garde art to resistant subcultures and radical sexuality.

    Author Jonathan Weinberg is the curator of the Maurice Sendak Foundation and teaches at the Yale School of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design. He is the author of Male Desire: The Homoerotic in American Art and Ambition and Love in Modern American Art. He is the lead curator for the touring exhibition Art After Stonewall, 1969–1989, organized by the Columbus Museum of Art to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

    Books will be for available for purchase and a book signing will follow the book talk.

    Library events at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center are sober-social events. Alcohol will not be present.

     

  • Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 06:30 PM

    Community Book Discussion: S/he

    s_he_cbd.pngThe Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center invites the community to attend the April community book discussion at the center on April 21, 2020 - featuring S/HE by Minnie Bruce Pratt. S/HE, issued by Firebrand Books in Spring 1995, was one of the five finalists in Non-Fiction for that year's American Library Association Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Book Award, as well as one of the three finalists for the Firecracker Award in Non-Fiction.

    In these lyrical vignettes, Pratt expands the boundaries of gender and its theory. She explores the inconsistencies, the infinities, the fluidity of sex and gender, and asks intriguing questions: How many ways are there to be girl, boy, man, woman?

    Is there a connection between feminine, masculine, lesbian, heterosexual, between desire and liberation? How many ways can the body's sex vary---by chromosomes, hormones, genitals? How many ways can our gender expressions multiply---between home and work, at the computer and when we kiss someone, in our dreams and when we walk down the street? What is our dream of who we want to be? Pratt's stories are part of new theory appearing at the intersections---of the feminism of U.S. women's liberation, the writings of women of color in the U.S. and internationally, the queer ideas of lesbian and gay liberation, and the emerging thought of transgender liberation. S/HE helps move these ideas into action by giving us theory that has flesh and breath, that exists in all of our eccentric, complicated, daily lives.

    Free copies of the book for the first ten community members to sign up!

    Community Book Discussions at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center are facilitated by Mary Foltz and are sponsored by Let's Play Books and by Lehigh University's South Side Initiative and Digital Humanities Center. 

    Library events at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center are sober social events. No alcohol will be present.

    This community book discussion is sponsored by

  • Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 04:00 PM

    Free Hep A Vaccinations

    Get a FREE Hep A Vaccination at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center!

    Wednesday, June 10th from 4 to 6PM! (vaccinations are offered from 4-6PM at the same time as HIV testing.)

    Vaccinations are facilitated by Allentown Health Bureau.

    Email Zakk at zakkery@bradburysullivancenter.org to sign up!

  • Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 06:00 PM

    Book Talk: The Queering of Corporate America

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    The LGBT Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center and the LGBTQ Business Council of the Lehigh Valley Chamber presents a book talk with Carlos A. Ball, author of The Queering of Corporate America: How Big Business Went from LGBTQ Adversary to Ally on June 18, 2020 at 6pm.

    Carlos A. Ball is Distinguished Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School, in The Queering of Corporate America, Professor Ball tells the overlooked story of how LGBTQ activism aimed at corporations since the Stonewall riots helped turn them from enterprises either indifferent to or openly hostile toward sexual minorities and transgender individuals into reliable and powerful allies of the movement for queer equality. As a result of street protests and boycotts during the 1970s, AIDS activism directed at pharmaceutical companies in the 1980s, and the push for corporate nondiscrimination policies and domestic partnership benefits in the 1990s, LGBTQ activism changed big business’s understanding and treatment of the queer community. By the 2000s, corporations were frequently and vigorously promoting LGBTQ equality, both within their walls and in the public sphere. Large companies have been crucial allies in promoting marriage equality and opposing anti-LGBTQ regulations such as transgender bathroom laws.

    Professor Ball has authored or edited 11 books and 9 book chapters on LGBT rights, he also worked as a lawyer for the Legal Aid Society in New York City, and taught at the University of Illinois College of Law and Penn State School of Law.

    A book signing will follow the talk. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

    Book talks at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center are sober social events. No alcohol will be present.

  • Wednesday, September 09, 2020 at 04:00 PM

    Free Hep A Vaccinations

    Get a FREE Hep A Vaccination at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center!

    Wednesday, September 9th from 4 to 6PM! (vaccinations are offered from 4-6PM at the same time as HIV testing.)

    Vaccinations are facilitated by Allentown Health Bureau.

    Email Zakk at zakkery@bradburysullivancenter.org to sign up!

  • Wednesday, December 09, 2020 at 04:00 PM

    Free Hep A Vaccinations

    Get a FREE Hep A Vaccination at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center!

    Wednesday, December 9th from 4 to 6PM! (vaccinations are offered from 4-6PM at the same time as HIV testing.)

    Vaccinations are facilitated by Allentown Health Bureau.

    Email Zakk at zakkery@bradburysullivancenter.org to sign up!