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Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Civil Rights, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Lesbian & Gay Rights, LGBTQ

Mission: Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is dedicated to providing programming, outreach, and services to strengthen and support the LGBT community of the Greater Lehigh Valley.

Target demographics: the LGBT community in the Greater Lehigh Valley

Geographic areas served: Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center serves a seven-county region in Eastern Pennsylvania. Headquartered in downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania, the organization primarily serves Lehigh and Northampton Counties and also serves the LGBT community in Carbon, Monroe, Berks, Bucks, and Schuykill counties in Pennsylvania.

Programs: Arts & Culture, Health Promotion, and Youth Programs, Supportive Services, and The Training Institute

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found the Bardbury-Sullivan Center in 2016 and I've been a volunteer ever since. The Bradbury Center has the best resources for the LGBTQ community in the Lehigh Valley! There are so many great programs for everyone under the LGBTQ umbrella. If you find yourself nearby, stop in and see all of the programs available. They have everything from support groups to movie nights and talks about art history. Give them a look.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Center is a gem of the Lehigh Valley, and beyond...people regularly call or come from all around the state (anywhere in between Phila and Pittsburgh) to access services from Bradbury. The legal clinic they run every month is something that I am not aware any other LGBT center actually does. And, the employees who work there are incredibly kind, compassionate, and I've never heard an unkind word from anyone. Truly the definition of a "safe" and "inclusive" space.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a mature gay man who found myself in need of performing community service. I was having considerable difficulty finding volunteer work as a result of my gay status. Bradbury-Sullivan gave me a volunteer position, encouraged me to keep positive and even contacted a local branch of the ACLU for possible assistance with my case. The staff here has been professional ,positive and a real pleasure to work with. I continue to volunteer with this organisation and feel proud to be associated with this organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Center is really the heart of our LGBT community in the Lehigh Valley. The programming available is creative and diverse, and the advocacy work being done at both the local and state level has been impactful. I am so grateful to have a respite and resource like the Bradbury-Sullivan Center.

1 Amie V.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As someone who has always been involved with LGBT awareness as well as being an actor / drag entertainer, I am so proud to support and work with The Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. The professionalism, the services offered, the library, the programs.. everything is always on par. I was honored that they asked me to debut my chapter of Drag Queen Story Hour at their 2018 Pride and I’m excited to be working with them to bring the program to the Lehigh Valley on a regular basis. I highly recommend the center for any and all of the things that they stand for and offer the community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough how important the work, that the Bradbury-Slivan center does, is for the community. The center actually saved my life last year. As a transgender woman, support is vital to someone who is transitioning, and I was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship which allowed me to attend the Keystone conference last spring. It allowed me to attend sessions which helped me to learn more about who I was and to help me meet others, just like me, and to realize that I could actually start to transition, something that I desperately needed to do. Not being able to transition can be something very deadly to someone who is transgender, and by awarding me one of their scholarships, they quite literally saved my life and kept me from becoming a suicide statistic. Without the center, I would not be here today. I owe them my life.

2 David S.13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In addition to directly serving the needs of LGBTQ clients, the Bradbury-Sullivan Center has proved to be a great source of education and inspiration to the entire Lehigh Valley Community. CEO Adrian Shanker and his team have hosted art shows, invited speakers that have addressed topics as diverse as scientific research, spirituality, and education. I am a straight member of the community and I have attended events at the Center and find them to be an invaluable part of our community. If you see an event of even remote interest at the Center, go! They bring in such high-quality people that you will not be disappointed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Bradbury-Sullivan Center holds amazing events to bring together the LGBTQ community of the Greater Lehigh Valley. I had the privilege of volunteering with them for their 2018 Allentown Pride event, which was a great way to bring together members of the LGBTQ community and celebrate our amazing history. Additionally, they continuously advocate for public policy that protects the rights of LGBTQ people and those living with HIV. If you need an advocate, The Bradbury-Sullivan Center is there for you.

2 Andrew R.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center has a leadership team that is dedicated to making the community a better place. They have been an amazing organization to work with, and they have shown why they are one of the best nonprofits in the Lehigh Valley. They played a key role in helping us to get our first Pride Night at the Phantoms off the ground.

2 Joellen R.

Donor

Rating: 5

Do you know what I love about this organization...when I make a donation it changes the community from board games to DVDs to Cds I know am bringing joy to others. Plus I always get a thank you letter which makes me feel special. Thank you for running an amazing organization that helps others.

2 Mohan S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can't begin to describe how important it is to me to know that there is an LGBT community center in Allentown that not only provides important services, but also advocates for the community by working to ban conversion therapy in PA cities. Excited to see their future work.

2 Nykolai B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is one of the best places for LGBT+ and their allies to go and connect, engage in community activist efforts, and attend events. The Center provides such a vast amount of resources to LGBT people living in the Lehigh Valley, a mostly rural region that needs the resources. Young individuals such as myself who have lack of access to helpful resources can find a place to go at the Center becauzlse it is affirming and open minded.

I also had the opportunity to intern here in the past for my undergraduate experience and the staff and people with whom I worked were exceptionally great teachers. I learned so much by being there and since then have directed people to visit the Center whenever they need specific resources, events are happening, or they want to get involved.

2 Tina H.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been so impressed with the commitment, passion, and vision of all those who have made the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center such a thriving organization. This community center fills a core need for the Lehigh Valley by providing services, programs, and resources for the LGBT community and beyond. I am thrilled to have Muhlenberg College's Trexler Library be an active partner, in particular by archiving a valuable collection of material integral to the historical preservation of the Lehigh Valley's LGBT history. I look forward to not only growing this partnership, but also to any new programs and services that the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center will offer.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Community Center offers a home for the LGBT community, their families, and their allies as well as opportunities for the arts, cultural enrichment, and health supports. The Center is a thriving, safe, supportive space for anyone who enters. Support them!

3 FarmerLiz

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

01/03/2018 I worked with Bradbury-Sullivan in an interesting capacity this year - as a farmer.
This incredible group of people is serving the Lehigh Valley in such an intimate, welcoming way, and their commitment to the health of the LGBT population is nothing short of admirable. We partnered together to offer healthy eating options through my organic CSA program this year, and I look forward to working with them in the future both with this project and with other aspects of their diverse and engaging programming.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Bradbury Sullivan Center has been wonderful for me. I've taken part in some of the support groups available at the center, and made some really good friends through the groups. I've also attended a number of the events offered, from speakers to movies to game night, and always felt welcome and wanted. They've gone out of their way to make accommodations and make me feel seen at the center as a person with a disability. I'm so very grateful for the center and all they do for our community

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Bradbury-Sullivan Center is a crucial part of the Lehigh Valley community, and has definitely helped myself and others grow as people!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so grateful that Bradbury-Sullivan exists! As a queer millennial woman, I am energized and inspired by all the different kinds of work that Bradbury-Sullivan does -- from groundbreaking policy work and advocacy to providing support groups, trainings, youth spaces, and educational cultural events. It's a wonderful place to volunteer and get involved with the Lehigh Valley's dynamic LGBT+ community. I especially love the diversity of ages that Bradbury-Sullivan reaches; whether you are new to the community and/or have been fighting the good fight for a long time, there are spaces for you to connect and share yourself. Looking forward to being involved with Bradbury-Sullivan for a long time.

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Aeshanker 01/02/2018

Hannah - We are so glad you have been energized by our work and found our center to be a wonderful place to volunteer! We hope to see you soon at the center!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am very impressed with the training programs provided by the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. They recently came to my local library to provide training on Transgender Awareness. The program was very informative and beneficial. I have also attended art exhibitions and other cultural programs.
In addition, as time permits, I volunteer at the center.

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Aeshanker 01/02/2018

Pastor Mike - we are so glad you have found our trainings, including the one at your local library, to be informative and beneficial. We hope to see you at the center soon!

2 Corinne D.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so pleased to be offering this review of the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. As a trans woman I have not only enjoyed their cultural programming but the support programs that they have offered. Whether it is a film, a gallery showing, a support meeting or a lobbying event there is something of interest happening there.

Their staff is always there to listen and lend a helping hand. With this in mind, they have significantly expanded their trans-related programming to include a support group for the parents of trans kids, for trans masculine people as well as for trans women. The Center also sponsored two Transgender Day of Remembrance Ceremonies, an informational tent at several local Pride festivals and scholarships for trans people to attend conferences.

Perhaps the most memorable achievement that I was pleased to support the Center with this past year were their efforts to work with the City of Allentown on a new ordinance that bans the use of conversion therapy by healthcare providers. This is a significant achievement and just one example of the good work the Center does.

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Aeshanker 01/02/2018

Corinne - We are so glad you have found enjoyment through our cultural programs and more! We hope to see you soon at the center!