The Training Institute

The Training Institute at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center frequently provides training, policy development, and equality audits for government agencies (including law enforcement), school districts, non-profit organizations, and businesses. 

The Training Institute is directed by Liz Bradbury who has been a full-time advocate for the LGBT community since 1994 and an organizer since 1979. In 2004, she co-founded PA Diversity Network, where she served as Executive Director for ten years. She helped lead successful efforts to pass model LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination and domestic partner legislation in nine PA municipalities and served for 15 years on the Human Relations Commission of the City of Allentown (including three years as Chair) where she wrote the guidelines for discrimination investigations and trained investigators. She has facilitated trainings and developed LGBT policy for dozens of organizations across Eastern Pennsylvania. Liz is a certified trainer through SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders). Contact Liz at for more information or to request training, policy development, or an equality audit for your organization.

LGBT Cultural & Linguistic Competency Training: Our LGBT cultural & linguistic competency training is designed as an interactive 2.5 hour training for groups up to 50. We have provided LGBT cultural & linguistic competency trainings for a variety of organizations, however, we have special expertise in working with non-profits, healthcare organizations, school districts, colleges & universities, law enforcement, legal and accounting firms, wedding vendors, labor unions, and religious organizations,. 

All of our LGBT cultural & linguistic competency trainings are customized to meet the specific needs of the organization, however most of the trainings include the following information:

  • Review definitions, language and symbols important to the LGBT community
  • Understanding current legal context for LGBT Americans / LGBT Pennsylvanians
  • Discussion of usage of pronouns and language with regard to same-sex couples, LGBT families and Transgender individuals
  • Understanding privilege and minority stress
  • Discussion of best practices for diversity and inclusion

We have provided LGBT cultural & linguistic competency training for:

  • Allentown Police Department & Police Academy
  • Allentown School District
  • Bethlehem Police Department
  • Blue Mountain Ski Area
  • Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo
  • Gross McGinley, LLP
  • Haven House
  • Lehigh Valley ACT
  • Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living
  • Minersville School District
  • Muhlenberg College
  • Palisades School District
  • Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
  • Pinebrook Family Answers
  • Tobacco Free Northeast PA
  • Turning Point of Lehigh Valley
  • U.S. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Werner & Co. CPAs

"Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center came to Turning Point of Lehigh Valley to train direct service staff on LGBT issues as part of our ongoing focus on community needs and relational health. The presentation was facilitated with expertise, humor, openness, and insight. Staff came away with a greater awareness of the legal, health, relational, and pressing concerns of the LGBT community. In addition, the presentation empowered staff toward greater engagement." - Turning Point of Lehigh Valley

Best Practices for Workplace Equality Training: Our best practices for workplace equality training is designed for business leaders, employee resource groups, human resource professionals, diversity & inclusion professionals, labor unions, and non-profit executives to provide them with specific information about the changing legal landscape of LGBT workplace equality and the specific workplace policies that organizations can enact to be on the leading-edge for LGBT equality. This training is most often a 2.5 hour training that can also be delivered as a shorter lecture or keynote for a meeting or event. This training will be customized to be relevant for your business sector. 

We have provided this training for:

  • Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Eastern PA & Delaware Chapter, College & University Professional Association for Human Resources

"The presentation was insightful and pragmatic and deepened our members’ commitment to building inclusive and equitable practices on their campuses." - Eastern PA & Delaware Chapter, College & University Professional Association for Human Resources

Title IX Compliance Regarding Transgender Student Support: All public schools in the United States have received the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education's “Dear Colleague Letter” providing guidance to schools regarding the Transgender student support required under Title IX.  Schools across the nation are striving to provide dignity, respect, and safe learning environment for their students in compliance with Title IX's requirements. 

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center offers training and policy development on Title IX compliance regarding issues affecting Transgender students in educational settings. This training is offered for administrators, faculty and staff in schools and universities. 

Policy Development: We routinely assist small businesses, non-profits, universities and schools with policy development to help them reduce risk, maintain compliance with municipal non-discrimination ordinances, and to be on the leading-edge for LGBT workplace equality. In particular, we have assisted organizations with drafting the following policies:

  • Non-discrimination policy
  • Anti-harrassment policy
  • Supplier diversity policy
  • Restroom/Locker room usage policy
  • Gender neutral housing policy (for universities)
  • Chosen name policy

We are not attorneys, and while we have unique and specific expertise in LGBT-related policies, we recommend that organizations have our draft policies reviewed by their counsel before adoption of any new policies.

Equality Audits: If you are serious about workplace equality, go beyond training and bring our team in to provide your organization with a comprehensive equality audit. Our equality audits include a review of your employee handbook, organizational policies, new hire training / orientation process, forms and documents, and your current staff diversity levels. We include an employee focus group(s) and meetings with selected managers and administrators. Following the review, we provide your organization with a report detailing areas where your organization is excelling and areas for improvement with regard to LGBT workplace equality.