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Contact Senior Director of Programs Liz Bradbury, to arrange a presentation or training for your organization, association, or business:
610-432-5449 or
liz@bradburysullivancenter.org

The Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community 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.


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The Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center 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

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The Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center 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

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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 the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center to discuss your group's needs.
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2. How 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, Senior Director of Programs the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center


Liz Bradbury has been a full time advocate for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender community since 1994, and organizer since 1979. She was the Executive Director and co-funder of Pennsylvania Diversity Network (PDN), the largest LGBT advocacy organization by active membership in PA, until the organization became the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. She now serves as the Senior Director of Programs of the Center organization. She helped to write and lead successful efforts to pass model LGBT inclusive non-discrimination and domestic partner legislation in nine PA municipalities. She served for 15 years as an Allentown Human Relations Commissioner (including three years as chair of the Commission), where she wrote the guidelines for discrimination investigations and trained investigators.

Before creating PDN, she cofounded, and for ten years co-coordinated the Pennsylvania Gay and Lesbian Alliance for Political Action. She has been called in as an expert to testify, speak, and debate on LGBT issues and marriage equality in dozens of venues. SHe created the national award winning Photo Project- 900 Same-sex Couples Facing InEquality. Bradbury has written over 400 published articles and essays on LGBT issues. She is also he national award winning author of the Maggie Gale Mystery Series. Bradbury and her partner of 27 years, Patricia Sullivan were the first couple from Pennsylvania to get a civil union (VT 20000). The legally married in Connecticut in 2009.


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Adrian Shanker, Founder & Executive Director of the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

Adrian Shanker has been an activist, organizer and fundraiser for the LGBT community for more than a decade. He served as President of Equality Pennsylvania from 2011-2013, on the Allentown Human Relations Commission from 2009-2012 and on the Transition Team for PA Auditor General Eugene DePasquale in 2012.
He led successful campaigns to advance LGBT equality in municipalities across PA, including equal spousal benefits in Allentown and Easton and a non-discrimination law in Bethlehem. He was a leader in efforts to pass two landmark civil rights laws in Philadelphia, the 2011 ‘Equal Benefits Bill,’ requiring large city contractors to offer equal spousal benefits to their employees and the 2013 ‘LGBT Equality Bill’ which created a first-in-the-nation equality tax credit for businesses offering equal spousal benefits or transgender health care.

He was named ‘Person of the Year’ by Philadelphia Gay News in 2012 for his success advancing LGBT equality in municipalities across PA and in 2013 Adrian was one of six LGBT speakers at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington: The National Action to Realize the Dream. Adrian currently serves on the Board of Directors for the ACLU of Pennsylvania and the Board of Associates at Muhlenberg College.


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Dr. Patricia Sullivan, President of the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

Dr. Patricia Sullivan is the President of the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. She co-founded PA Diversity Network in 2004. 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.

The Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center 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:

* US Office of Vocational Rehab - PA state-wide 26 office training (Sole Presenter)

* Family Service Association 2014 Conference (Keynote)

* PECO Corporation Diversity Conference (Keynote)

* 14 County Planned Parenthood Conference (Keynote)

* Allentown HRC 35 Service Organization Outreach (Grant Driven Presentation)

* Crime Victims Council (Staff Training)

* Blue Mt. Ski Area (100 Supervisors Training)

* White House Conference Community (LGBT Aging Issues Discussion Convener)

* Tobacco Free Northeast PA (Training & year-long collaboration on 7 county outreach)

* The Impact Foster Parent Organization (Foster Parent Training)

* Palisades School System (Teacher & Administrator Training)

* The Quaker School at Horsham (All Teacher Training)

* Kutztown University Annual Diversity Conference 2014 (Keynote)

* International Human Rights Conference at Millersville University (LGBT Co-Presenter with State Rep. Brian Sims)

* 6th Annual Diversity Summit in Hanover, PA (For Credit Workshop)

* Bradbury has trained the Allentown Police Liaisons to the LGBT Community on LGBT Cultural Competency and is scheduled to train the entire Allentown Police Force including all cadets at the Allentown Police Academy in April.


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