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PA Diversity Network Speakers on
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues






Contact PDN Executive Director Liz Bradbury, to arrange a presentation or training for your organization, association, or business:
610-432-5449
lbradbury@padiversity.org

The (PDN) Pennsylvania Diversity Network Speakers on GLBT Issues offers presentations on GLBT issues and concerns. Presentations can be tailored to the needs of your group. Please call to discuss topics, length of presentation and sliding scale fees. See suggested topics below. Unless otherwise arranged, presentations take approximately one hour.

PDN Speakers have spoken at a variety of places. Click here for the list.



On June 27th, 2007 PA Diversity Network's Executive Director Liz Bradbury gave a presentation at the Wachovia Call Center in Allentown on GLBT issues, focusing on outreach and support of GLBT employees and customers. The audience for the forum was 32 Team Leaders, Teammate Support Leaders and Senior Leaders who are responsible for coaching and career development of Wachovia employees. PDN Board President Dr. Patricia Sullivan also attended.

Below is a letter PDN received from Wachovia about the presentation.


Dear Liz and Patricia:

I hope this letter finds you well. It was indeed a pleasure meeting you both this past Wednesday.

The Allentown WDA Leadership Team and I just wanted to pass along one final thank you to your both for your recent presentation at our Call Center. The photo presentation and handout materials you provided were very impactful for our leaders. Thank you for enriching our understanding on the difference between federally recognized marriage and civil unions. Also, thank you for the personal advice on the do’s and don’ts of trying to be supportive of our gay and lesbian friends and team members.

Finally, as you may suspect, we often hear that when compared to race and gender diversity awareness, the acceptance, appreciation and inclusion of GLBT teammates, and sexual orientation issues are perhaps the most difficult for the majority of our folks. You should both know that your relaxed style of presentation, your interjection of humor, the quiz format, and the awarding of prizes were much appreciated and truly helped our team become more comfortable with this often sensitive subject matter.

Thank you again for sharing your wonderful message with our Leadership Team.
Best Regards,
Christopher Szutar
Senior Vice President/ Site Leader



PDN can tailor a presentation for your group. Or click on a topic for a brief description of specific presentation.

1. General Presentation on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Rights, Issues and Concerns

2. How To Be an Ally For the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Population In Your College, Workplace or Organization

3. Providing Services to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Clients -- How Their Needs Differ and How They Are the Same As Other Minorities

4. Creating a Gay / Straight Alliance in Your School

5. GLBT History -- A Brief Overview

6. GLBT Supportive School Curriculum

7. Making Private and Public Sector Businesses "Gay Friendly"

8. Legal Papers and Arrangements You Need To Protect Yourself and Your Same-sex Partner

9. How to Identify and Get Information to Your Local Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender Population

10. Passing GLBT Civil Rights Legislation

11. Same-sex Marriage: The Latest Information

12. Legal Rights and Legislation Effecting The GLBT Population




1. General Presentation on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Rights, Issues and Concerns
This one hour presentation brings your group or organization an overview on GLBT issues. It can be tailored to combine segments of the presentations listed below, or can deal with the specific information your group seeks. Contact PDN to discuss your group's needs.
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2. How to To Be an Ally For the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Population In Your College, Workplace or Organization

This one hour presentation includes information about current circumstances that effect the GLBT population and how these circumstances impact the lives of GLBT people. How to be an ally information includes "Dos and Don'ts" when talking to or dealing with GLBT friends, coworkers, clients, and customers. An overview of current civil rights laws and how they directly effect the employment, housing and public accommodation rights of GLBT people will be covered. An examination of institutional policies and how they can be made more supportive of GLBT people will be included.
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3. Providing Services to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Clients -- How Their Needs Differ and How They Are the Same As Other Minorities

This one hour presentation is geared to people who provide services to the general population and find that they need additional information and / or training to deal with GLBT people. Because GLBT people may have different legal, health, financial and educational needs than the straight community, this presentation covers a variety of situations in which GLBT supportive strategies are appropriate. Creating GLBT-Friendly in-take forms, client information and institutional policies will be covered.
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4. Creating a Gay / Straight Alliance in Your School
This training is geared toward supportive faculty, administrators and students. Guidelines for extracurricular school groups that support and create a safe space for GLBT youth will be covered. The role of advisors, providing role models, organizing events and forming the group structure will be explained and discussed. Federal laws that support such groups and ways to approach and encourage reluctant school boards and administrators will be covered.
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5. GLBT History -- A Brief Overview

Just as other minority youth find strength and empowerment in curricula that include the accomplishments of members of their minority, so do Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender youth. This presentation covers important moments in the GLBT history of the world, from ancient times to the present. Information touches on both important world events in which GLBT people were involved, and important events that have influenced the civil rights (or lack of civil rights) of the GLBT community. A historical timeline handout for each participant is included.
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6. GLBT Supportive School Curriculum

The story of the GLBT civil rights movement and the major accomplishments of GLBT people throughout history can and should be added to school curriculum. This seminar is for educators interested in adding pro-GLBT information to their school or institution's curriculum in an effort to create a pro-diversity atmosphere for youth. This training supplies information, time lines and historical data for presentation. Topics of study including history, literature, the arts, and health issues will be presented. How language and the presentation of information can help or harm students and how to revamp policies in order to make them fair, inclusive and protective of civil rights, will be covered. Why this is important and what the effects are, will be discussed.
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7. Legal Papers and Arrangements You Need To Protect Yourself and Your Same-sex Partner

This presentation is geared to GLBT individuals, couples and families, particularly the aging GLBT population. Wills, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills and other important documents will be covered. Latest changes in state and federal laws impacting GLBT families, including civil union rights are also part of this presentation.
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8. Making Private and Public Sector Businesses "Gay Friendly"
This training is geared toward mainstream businesses, public service providers and public service organizations wishing to ensure a fair and tolerant environment for GLBT employees, consumers and clients. Topics include inclusive intake forms, employee sensitivity, internal policies, client’s ‘bill of rights’ and a variety of other considerations.
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9. How to Identify and Get Information To Your Local Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender Population
This training is designed for GLBT organizations and community service organizations with programs specifically for the GLBT population. Ways to identify GLBT populations, building mailing and email lists, doing direct mailings, surveying, producing publications of interest to the GLBT populations, dealing with mainstream news and advertising media and advertising through the Internet websites of existing organizations will be covered.
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10. Passing GLBT Civil Rights Legislation
This training is geared toward GLBT people, pro-equal rights activists and elected officials interested in inclusive rights laws and ordinances who are actively seeking to pass legislation. Step by step plans for the passage of grassroots legislation are explained by activists who have done it successfully. Topics: How to: Lobby elected officials, deal with the media, get help in writing the legislation, build public support, seek other GLBTA supporters.
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11. Same-sex Marriage: The Latest Information
This presentation provides the latest information and an opportunity to ask questions and discuss this topic. What’s the difference between marriage and civil unions? What rights does marriage bring to US citizens? Why is same-sex marriage becoming legal in other countries so much more quickly than in the US? What does a Constitutional Amendment mean?
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12. Legal Rights and Legislation Effecting The GLBT Population

This presentation, for mainstream and/or GLBT audiences, details current laws and pending local, state and federal legislation that impact the GLBT community. Information on adoption laws, hate crimes laws, domestic partnership decisions, civil unions, same-sex marriage and other laws and local ordinances will be included. Most people don’t realize that the gay community is not legally protected from employment, housing or public accommodation discrimination by Federal or PA State law.
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Speaker Bios:

Liz Bradbury, PDN Executive Director

Liz Bradbury is the Executive Director of Pennsylvania Diversity Network. Bradbury has been a full time activist and advocate for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) community since 1994 and has worked for the GLBT community since she organized gay themed events in her GSA in grad school in 1979.

Bradbury has conducted trainings and presentations and has been called in as an expert regarding GLBT issues and marriage equality by many colleges and community service organizations; including radio and television news and National Public Radio, White House Conferences, Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton City Governments, The Morning Call Editorial Board, public schools and school district administrations, churches of many denominations, community groups such as the United Way, the Lehigh Valley Crime Victims Council, 9 County Regional Planned Parenthood, major corporations including PPL, Air Products, Wachovia Bank, and dozens of GLBT organizations.

Liz Bradbury served the Allentown Human Relations Commission for 15 years as Commissioner, Chair of the Commission, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Investigator of discrimination complaints. She wrote and implemented the Commission’s investigation guidelines and trains Commissioners on their use to investigate and fight discrimination under city law. At the City’s request Bradbury helped craft the legislation that was implemented in Allentown to provide benefits to the same-sex partners and spouses of city employees. She provided help and guidance on the passage of domestic partner benefits legislation in Easton as well. She led the effort to pass Allentown’s addition of sexual orientation and gender identity to its anti-discrimination ordinance in 2002, and went on to provide her help and expertise in the passage of similar fully inclusive non-discrimination ordinances in 6 other Pennsylvania municipalities, including the cities of Reading in 2009 and Bethlehem in 2011. In 2010, Bradbury created a program to fight GLBT bullying in schools and has presented it to a variety of school systems. She was appointed to the Governor Rendell’s Transition Committee on Education. She was the recipient of the Allentown Human Relations Award in 1998. She co-founded Pennsylvania Diversity Network in 2004. PDN is the largest Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender advocacy and information organization in Pennsylvania (by active membership). She founded and has published the Valley Gay Press GLBT Community Newspaper since 1998. Bradbury helped to form the Pennsylvania Gay and Lesbian Alliance for Political Action in 1995 and served as the Lehigh Valley Coordinator of the PA-GALA for ten years. She also currently runs the Greater Lehigh Valley GLBT Info-line and the Pennsylvania Diversity Network Web Site, the largest GLBT Resource web site in the State. She has written over 350 published essays and articles on GLBT issues. Prior to her work as an activist, she was a tenured State University of New York faculty member. Bradbury created and administrates the award winning Pennsylvania Diversity Network Photo Project - 800 Same-sex Couples: Facing Inequality. She is also the author of the “Maggie Gale” Lesbian mystery/romance series.

Liz Bradbury holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and a BA in Education from The Maryland Institute, and an MA in Liberal Arts and a Master’s in Fine Art (terminal degree) from Indiana State University (in Terre Haute Indiana).

Liz Bradbury and her spouse Patricia Sullivan have been together for 25 years. Their work and life commitment have been the subject of extensive articles in local newspapers, magazines and television. They were the first couple from Pennsylvania to get a Civil Union (2000). They were legally married in Connecticut in 2009. They live in Allentown.


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Dr. Patricia Sullivan, President of PDN

Dr. Patricia Sullivan is the President of Pennsylvania Diversity Network. She co-founded PA Diversity Network in 2004, it is now one of the largest GLBT organizations in PA. Dr. Sullivan has been a full time activist and advocate for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender community since 1994. She has participated in panel discussions, has conducted trainings and presentations and has spoken as an expert on GLBT issues to many colleges and community service organizations.

Patricia Sullivan has been an editor and featured columnist of the Valley Gay Press GLBT Community Newspaper since it began in 1998. She served as the Lehigh Valley publications director of the Pennsylvania Gay and Lesbian Alliance for 10 years. Prior to her work as an activist, she was an administrator at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, N.Y.

She holds a Doctorate from Columbia University in Educational Administration, an MA from New York University and a BS from the Medical College of Virginia in Physical Therapy.

Patricia Sullivan and her spouse Liz Bradbury have been together for 25 years. Their work and life commitment have been the subject of extensive articles in local newspapers, magazines, and television. They were the first couple from Pennsylvania to get a Vermont Civil Union.
They were legally married in Connecticut in 2009. They live in Allentown.


Pennsylvania Diversity Network Speakers on GLBT Issues have done a variety of presentations to many different community organizations, colleges, churches, high schools and business corporations in the last few years including:

To the press in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building in Harrisburg

Debates on Don't Ask Don't Tell and Marriage Equality on NPR Radio and on Television on WFMZ's Business Matters, and The Scranton Evening News

On the Marty Moss-Coane Radio Times show debating NOM leader Maggie Gallagher

Bloomsburg University

Lehigh University

Cedar Crest College

Muhlenberg College

East Stroudsburg University

Millersville University

Wesleyan University

Lebanon College

Lehigh Carbon Community College

Desales University

Northampton Community College

Lehigh Valley College

Moravian College

Allentown Human Relations Commission

Allentown Weed and Seed

Bethlehem Rotary Club - Monthly Featured Speaker

PPL Corporation

Air Products and Chemicals

Lehigh Valley Crime Victims Council

Berks Women In Crisis

Planned Parenthood (Nine County Organizations) Retreat - Key Note Speaker

Lutheran Church of Quakertown

Metropolitan Community Church

Interweave at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley

Allentown PFLAG

Reading PFLAG

Pottsville PFLAG

Parkland High School GSA

The Swain School -- Consultant

The United Friend’s School - Presentation to Middle School Students

Freedom High School GSA

Emmaus High School Amnesty International

Liberty High School GSA

Reading Pride Fundraiser

Wachovia Bank Team Leaders Meeting

Reading Area Community College

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter - Diversity Panelist

Bucks County Community College

Unami Quaker Meeting House in Pennsburg, PA

Blue Mt. Ski Resort Employee Training

Impact Foster Parent Training

Speaker at the National Conference of the American Ethical Society

Panel Convener on GLBT Aging Issues at White House Conference