PDN List of 2012 Events:
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December 12, 2012
PDN Executive Director Liz Bradbury was the Keynote Speaker on GLBT Issues to a Graduate School Social Work Seminar at Millersville University.




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November 13, 2012
PDN Executive Director Liz Bradbury introduced the New Allentown Human Relations Commission Booklet “How to File a Discrimination Compliant,” which she helped to design and took most of the photos for, to a group of 53 leaders and administrators of local Allentown not-for-profit organizations.



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October 31, 2012
Pennsylvania Diversity Network’s President of the Board Patricia Sullivan and Executive Director Liz Bradbury visit intern emeritus Eric Stephen and do two presentations to students on LGBT rights and writing.




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October 23, 2012
Pennsylvania Diversity Network
Members of PDN Board Liz Bradbury, Patricia Sullivan, and Adrian Shanker attend and take part in the Allentown Human Relations Commission’s annual Awards Presentation where awardees Artistic Director of the Civic Theatre Bill Sanders and Main Street Improvement Director Peter Lewnes (both of the Lehigh Valley GLBT community, and both nominated for AHRC awards by Liz Bradbury) accept awards on stage.




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October 17, 2012
Pennsylvania Diversity Network
Annual event put on by PPL’s affinity group GLOW featured the new display version of the Pennsylvania Diversity Network’s Photo Project - 800 Same-sex Couples: Facing Inequality. The new easel display of the Project was my possible by a grant from PPL’s group GLOW.
See more about the PDN Photo Project by clicking here!






See more about the PDN Photo Project by clicking here!



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October 16, 2012
PDN Executive Director Liz Bradbury
was invited to joined a panel at Lafayette University of
legally married Gay Men and Lesbians speaking about
marriage equality to students and GSA members.




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October 13, 2012
Pennsylvania Diversity Network Women’s 5k Race Team
To Fight Breast Cancer race and Team breakfast. And a toast to past team member Cathy Burgi, who died last year of Leukemia.






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October 6, 2012
Pennsylvania Diversity Network
Had advanced tickets to a Comedy Concert by Wanda Sykes (donated to PDN by the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA) and were able to raffle the tickets as a perk to those who contributed to the “Donate the Price of a Chicken Sandwich to a GLBT Rights Organization” fund drive. All reports indicated it was a terrific and hilarious event.




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September 18, 2012
Pennsylvania Diversity Network
Executive Director Liz Bradbury
Led a presentation to Allentown small business
owners on the Allentown Human Relations Commission’s
new booklet that explains what the Commission can do to help
businesses follow the City’s non-discrimination law,
at the Cosmopolitan Restaurant.





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August 19, 2012
Pride in the Park - Greater Lehigh Valley Pride
In Cedar Beech Park in Allentown
Volunteers at the Pennsylvania Diversity Network booth were able to encourage more than 500 people to sign cards to Senator Robert Casey to encourage him to support marriage equality. And PDN Executive Director took the photos of nearly 40 new Photo Project photos of committed same-sex couples. Click here to read more about the PDN Photo Project.



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July, 2012
PDN Executive Director Liz Bradbury
Trains the Management Team on Diversity Issues at Blue Mt. Ski Resort


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Reading Pride Celebration
In Centre Park Reading - July 15th, 2012
Volunteers at the Pennsylvania Diversity Network booth were able to encourage more than 500 people to sign cards to Senator Robert Casey to encourage him to support marriage equality. And PDN Executive Director took the photos of nearly 40 new Photo Project photos of committed same-sex couples. Click here to read more about the PDN Photo Project.



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Pennsylvania Diversity Network
5th Annual Awards Celebration! was June 14th, 2012 At the Allentown Brew Works
PENNSYLVANIA DIVERSITY NETWORK ANNOUNCES 2012 HONOREES & KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR LEHIGH VALLEY LGBT COMMUNITY AWARDS CELEBRATION
Award recipients include:
Hon. Michael Fleck, Timothy Hahn, Corey Horvath, Hon. J. William Reynolds & Hon. Karen Dolan, Mr. Joe’s Chimney Sweep, United Friends School in Quakertown
Keynote Speaker: Brian Sims, who is poised to become the first openly Gay PA State legislator in Harrisburg
Entertainment by: Roberta Meek, jazz singer

Pennsylvania Diversity Network is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 Lehigh Valley GLBT Community Awards.
The Awards Celebration will take place on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm at the Allentown Brew Works located at 812 W. Hamilton Street in Allentown. Tickets are available in advance for $20.00 per person or $25.00 at the door.
Advance tickets may be ordered at by clicking here. This year’s celebration tickets will include a silent auction, basket raffle, hors d’oeuvres, pasta bar, soft drinks, cash bar, coffee and dessert. Free parking in lot across the street. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, please contact Liz Bradbury at 610-432-5449. 

Award recipients:


Easton City Councilman, Honorable Mike Fleck  - For sponsorship, leadership, and extensive work on the passage of Easton’s Domestic Partner benefits bill for same-sex domestic partners of city employees., Timothy Hahn - For mobilization of his college GSA at ESU, and extensive fundraising for the community.
Corey Horvath - For extensive volunteer work on the successful passage of Bethlehem’s fully inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance and for years of community service to the Lehigh Valley GLBT Community.
Hon. J. William Reynolds & Hon. Karen Dolan, Bethlehem City Councilmembers - For their active and supportive work in passing Bethlehem’s anti-discrimination, and their successful efforts in blocking amendments that would have lessened discrimination protections.
Mr. Joe’s Chimney Sweep - For generous long-time commitment to support and development for many GLBT service organizations and mainstream health organizations in the Lehigh Valley.
United Friends School - For serious and successful efforts to stop bullying before it happens. And for a curriculum that is not only fully inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity but fully committed to teaching youth how to pass non-discrimination legislation that is fully inclusive of GLBT rights.




Brian Sims - keynote speaker at the 2012 Celebration. In 2011, Sims announced his intentions to run as an openly Gay candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 182nd District of Philadelphia. He ran in the 2012 Democratic primary against long-time incumbent Democrat Babette Josephs and won. Since there is no Republican challenger in the November election, Sims will be the first openly-Gay state legislator in the history of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

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June 12th - 7am
PDN joined with Equality PA
for Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Training
on GLBT Issues


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Recent - June, 2012
PDN Attends Progressive - Pro-GLBT Event To
Fund Attendance At Democratic Convention



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Recent - June, 2012


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Recent - May, 2012
PDN Attends opening of the LGBT Outreach Campaign
Office of Local, State and Federal Candidates, in Bethlehem, PA.



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Recent - May, 2012
PDN President and Executive Director
Attended the Special Birthday Party of Lynn Nehila of PPL’s GLOW Org.
3 new families joined the PDN Photo Project!


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Recent - May 1st, 2012
Pennsylvania Diversity Network at Lebanon College
PDN’s Executive Director Liz Bradbury presents civil rights and GLBT literature information to Alanna Berger’s Class on Gender and Sexuality Civil Rights and Media.

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Recent - April 19th, 2012
PDN Executive Director Liz Bradbury and Board Pres. Dr. Patricia Sullivan
and Pennsylvania Diversity Network featured in the annual
Allentown Magazine “Inside Allentown”

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Recent - April 19th, 2012
PDN Executive Director Liz Bradbury and Board Pres. Dr. Patricia Sullivan
spoke at length which Sarah Newman - special advisor to Senator Bob Casey about GLBT issues, especially the community’s thousands of written cards to Senator Casey asking him to sign on the the Senate’s pro-marriage equality Respect for Marriage Act. PDN generated 1500 cards to Sen. Casey asking him to sign on.


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Recent - April 12th, 2012
PDN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LIZ BRADBURY
appears on Business Matters TV Debate on Marriage Equality
with pro-GLBT rights supporters Ted Martin of Equality PA &
Senator Daylin Leach -- vs radical anti-GLBT rights people who knew little about the legislative issues and tried to shout down facts and information with off-point statements vaguely related to the Bible.



See the entire debate on video
by clicking here


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Recent - March 22th, 2012
Lehigh University Spectrum

Presented a Fabulous Drag Show
which benefited PDN
See a huge album of 142 photo of this event by clicking here!


See a huge album of 142 photo of this event by clicking here!

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Recent - March 20th, 2012
7pm - Packard Hall
Lehigh University
Best Selling Author Jay Michaelson
speaks about his new book - God vs. Gay
The Religious Case for Equality.
Pennsylvania Diversity Network
is a co-sponsor of this event



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Recent - March 12th, 2012
PDN Executive Director Liz Bradbury presented GLBT Civil Rights information to a class at the United Friends School in Quakertown, PA.

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Recent - Friday, March 2
Pennsylvania Diversity Network participates in major White House
Community Partnership Summit
with 350 community activists and 50 White House
representatives - PDN Executive Director Liz Bradbury
led a conversation on GLBT Aging Issues in relation to the lack of legal relationship recognition in PA and by the Federal Government
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PDN Executive Director Liz Bradbury shown here at the summit with other leaders of the PA Gay Community including -
From left, Paul Nardone - Board member of Equality PA, Ted Martin, Exec. Dir. of Equality PA, Jon Campbell elected Treasurer of Harrisburg, Ryan Roth Pres. of Lehigh Valley GLBT Branch of the Chamber of Commerce, Adrian Shanker Pres. of the Board of Equality PA and a PDN Board member, Liz Bradbury, Chris Deitz, Millersburg City Council and Candidate for State Rep, and John Morgan of Keystone Progressive.

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Recent - Feburary 26th, 2012
Pennsylvania Diversity Network participates in the
Pride GLV Oscar Bash


Pride Boardmember Steve Libby and Pride Board President Shawn Bausher on the Red Carpet.

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Recent - February 10 and 11, 2012
Pennsylvania Diversity Network participates
and partners with Metropolitan Commuity Church of the Lehigh Valley at the
Annual Freedom to Marry Court House Rally and
Marriage Equality Celebration









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Recent - January and February 2012
Pennsylvania Diversity Network adds 200 new photos of local same-sex couples to the Pennsylvania Diversity Network Photo Project - 700 Same-sex Couples: Facing Inequality
Currently on Exhibition at Metropolitan Community Church of the Lehigh Valley 930 N. 4th Street, Allentown






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Recent - November, 2011 PDN Boardmember Liz Fear brings PDN Anti-Bullying Information to Allentown School District Families at an event at Allen High School


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Recent - Tuesday, October 25, 2011

East Stroudsburg University PRIDE GSA
Halloween Drag Show!
To Benefit Pennsylvania Diversity Network
Last Year OVER 1000 ATTENDED!!!
Featuring the incomparable MCs Carol Ann and Sharon Ann!!!
Dozens of Fabulous Acts




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Recent - October 24, 2011
PDN speaks to Bangor Area School Board
in successful support of student led
Gay/Straight Alliance at Bangor High School


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Recent - Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Dr. Patricia Sullivan - President of the Board of PA Diversity Network - to win Allentown Human Relations Award
Symphony Hall, Allentown, Doors Open at 5:30pm

The Human Relations Commission of the City of Allentown cordially invites you to the 34th Annual Human Relations Awards Celebration Honoring:
Malcolm Gross, Esq., Joseph Lubell, Cynthia Amaya Santiago, Judith Natale Sabino, Dr. Patricia Sullivan, Casa Guadalupe Center , Hola! Radio

Keynote Speaker:
Justina Shaw, Executive Director, Opportunities PA

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Allentown Symphony Hall
23 North Sixth Street, Allentown, Pennsylvania
(Free Parking in the Linden Street parking garage across the street!)
Reception: 5:30 pm in the Rodale Community Room
Ceremony: 6:30 pm in Symphony Hall

Tickets are available for $35 for an individual or $325 for a group of 10 by visiting
http://bit.ly/nc5PU2 or calling the box office at 610 432 7961

Accessibility: 100% wheelchair accessible venue, American Sign Language Interpretation of ceremony
Braille Programs upon request (contact Aeshanker@gmail.com at least one week in advance)


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Recent - Monday, October 17th, 2011 - Evening
PDN Executive Director Liz Bradbury was part of a panel on GLBT issues and discrimination in the work place.
At Muhlenberg College

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Recent - Monday, October 17th, 2011 - Morning
PDN Executive Director to be part of an Hola’ Radio Show, to bring information to the Latino community on discrimination and bullying.

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Recent - Saturday, October 15, 2011
PA Diversity Team
Women's 5k Fight Breast Cancer Classic
8am - 12 am
Still time to join the PDN Women’s Walk/Race Team!


Women: There is still time to sign up to be part of the Pennsylvania Diversity Network Women's Team for the 5k walk or run to fight Breast Cancer that will be in Lehigh Parkway this Saturday. To sign up go to www.womens5kclassic.org -- be sure to indicate that you are on the PA Diversity Network Team.

As always there will be a fabulous Trish Sullivan brunch for the team at Liz Bradbury and Trish Sullivan’s house at 427 1/2 N. 9th St. in Allentown beginning right after the race.
Please let Team Capt. Anne Huey know when/if you have signed up, and if you need her to pick up your shirt and race bag the night before at the expo at Cedar Crest College. Email Anne directly at: ahuey@RCN.com
We’ll have the PDN flag at a table at the race site before the race, so we can all meet up. Our "equipment manager" Marilyn Roberts will be our table sitter so you can leave jackets etc there during the race.
This is the 4th largest Women's Race in the world! OK – ready, set, go -- sign up and get some friends to be on our team too!!! It will be a wonderful day!!!
See you soon, Anne ahuey@RCN.com

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Recent - Thursday, October 13th, 2011 - Evening
PDN Executive Director Liz Bradbury and PDN’s Boardmember Adrian Shanker present Marta Gabriel of Senator Toomey’s Office with over 2000 cards asking him to support the Safe Schools Improvement Act legislation.


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Recent - Sunday, October 2, 2011
Old Allentown Preservation Association
Features Liz Bradbury and Trish Sullivan’s House
on the House Tour!

Liz and Trish are grateful to volunteers:
Laura Gutierrez, Anne Huey, Judy Arendt, Don and Melinda Kohn, Adrian Shanker, Brandon Pariser, Hannah Mesouani, Kathleen McGinley, Diane Heydt, Kym Kleinsmith, Kelly Nansteel, and Hiram Munger for helping with the tour, directing people through the house, and sharing information! It was a great day.
From the House Tour program: ....Bradbury and Sullivan were particularly attracted to the Old Allentown Historic District by the large number of gay and lesbian family owned homes, and the area’s broad diversity. Bradbury, a former college woodworking teacher, and Sullivan, a former hospital administrator, created and run the Pennsylvania Diversity Network - the largest Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Advocacy organization in PA and have published the Valley Gay Press newspaper in the Lehigh Valley since 1998....

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Recent - Saturday, October 1, 2011
Fabulous Lewnes and Clark Fundraiser
to benefit Pennsylvania Diversity Network

Special thanks to PDN board member Adrian Shanker for working with the brilliant and creative duo Peter Lewnes and Jon Clark on this exciting Center City Allentown event at the 7th street Loft of Peter Lewnes.
See some great photos of this event by Allyson Diane Hamm at the Equality PA https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150320186887665&set=pu.158676247664&type=1&theater

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Recent - September 30th, 2011
Pennsylvania Diversity Network Executive Director
Liz Bradbury gave a training for 40 Foster PArents on GLBT Youth Issues.

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Recent - September 21st, 2011
Pennsylvania Diversity Network Executive Director
Liz Bradbury and PDN President Patricia Sullivan deliver over 2000 cards signed by Pennsylvania constituents to Senator Bob Casey’s Office in Allentown. The cards thanked Sen. Casey for his perfect support of pro-GLBT legislation in the last year, and further asked Sen. Casey to publicly come out in favor of marriage equality.


Sen. Casey Field Representative Carol Obando-Derstine receives over 2000 signed cards from Pennsylvania Diversity Network Executive Director Liz Bradbury.

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Recent - Sunday August 21th
See Photos!!!!
Click here to see a
huge photo album of this event and all
the new Photo Project Couples!!!
Pennsylvania Diversity Network booth at
Pride in the Park
Pride of the Lehigh Valley Festival
at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown
Volunteers in the Pennsylvania Diversity Network Booth at the
18th Annual LV Pride Festival got 1904 cards signed to legislators in favor of GLBT rights. And
44 new couples joined the PDN Photo Project.
Special thanks to volunteers: Liz Bradbury, Patricia Sullivan, Chris Caraway, Eric Stephen, Bobb Kurinka, Lorraine Pasquali, Liz Fear, Tim Hahn, Jason Sizemore, Bill Sanders, and Adrian Shanker.
Pennsylvania Diversity Network has gotten over 4000 cards signed to Senators this summer, and 270 people (135 couples) have joined the Photo Project.





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Recent - Sunday August 14th
See Photos!!!!
Click here to see a
huge photo album of this event and all
the new Photo Project Couples!!!
Pennsylvania Diversity Network booth at
NEPA Pride in
Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre, PA
800 cards signed by PA Constituents to US Senators in Favor of GLBT Rights - and 39 New Photo Couples.
Volunteers in the Pennsylvania Diversity Network Booth
Special thanks to volunteers: Liz Bradbury, Adrian Shanker, Eric Stephen, Chris Caraway




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Recent - Karaoke at Diamonz - July 30th
Presented by and Benefited FACT, LV GAy Men’s Chorus, and Pennsylvania Diversity Network.

PDN thanks Lenora Johnson and Diamonz and PDN Volunteers: Chris Caraway, Hannah Mesouani, Jordon Shafer, Liz Fear, Liz Bradbury, Patricia Sullivan, and Adrian Shanker.

See a photo album of this event by clicking here.
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Recent - Sunday July 17th
See Photos!!!!
Click here to see a
huge photo album of this event and all
the new Photo Project Couples!!!
Pennsylvania Diversity Network booth at
Reading Pride Celebration,
in Center Park in Reading PA
1500 cards signed by PA Constituents to US Senators in Favor of GLBT Rights - and 42 New Photo Couples.
Special thanks to volunteers: Liz Bradbury, Adrian Shanker, Eric Stephen, Jordan Shafer, Chris Caraway and Trish Sullivan.


See a huge album of photos of this event by clicking here.


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Recent - July 5th, 2011
Mayor of Bethlehem John Callahan
signs Bethlehem’s New
Human Relations Ordinance into Law,
making Bethlehem the 21st Municipality in PA to Enact a fully inclusive non-discrimination Human Relations Ordinance which protects people from bias regarding a variety of protected classes including sexual orientation and gender identity. For a list of all 23 of the Municipalities in PA that have non-discrimination laws, click here.

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Recent - Thursday, June 30, 2011
Pennsylvania Diversity Network
GLBT Community Awards Celebration




2011 Award Recipients
Hon. Michael D’Amore, Columbia Law School Gender and Sexuality Law Clinic Gay and Lesbian Organization in the Workplace at PPL Muhlenberg College Office of Residential Services Northampton High School Gay Straight Alliance Express Business Center of Trexlertown Philadelphia Gay News
Keynote Speaker: Mark Segal, Publisher, Philadelphia Gay News
Top Sponsors of this PDN Community Event:
Wells Fargo
Holiday Inn Center City Allentown
Allentown Brew Works
Sponsorship opportunities still are available,
Click here to read about sponsorship levels!
Please call 610-432-5449 for information.


Doors open at 5:30pm. Awards Ceremony at 7:30pm. Dessert served at 8:30pm.
Order Advanced Tickets by clicking here!
PA Diversity Network/Valley Gay Press
Awards Celebration Night
at the Brew Works in Allentown

The awards & recognitions will be presented Thursday evening, June 30, 2011 in the Hamilton Room of the Allentown Brew Works, 812 Hamilton Street, Allentown. Tickets are $20 per person in advance, $25 at the door. Purchase advance tickets on-line at:www.padiversity.org. Ticket price includes fabulous hors d'oeuvres, pasta bar, soft drinks, cash bar, dessert, coffee, and ten free basket raffle tickets. There will be a silent auction, and presentation of the PA Diversity Photo Project. Doors Open at 5:30pm. Awards ceremony begins at 7:30pm. Dessert served at 8:30pm. A non-smoking event
PENNSYLVANIA DIVERSITY NETWORK ANNOUNCES 2011 HONOREES & KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR LEHIGH VALLEY LGBT COMMUNITY AWARDS CELEBRATION
Award Recipients
Hon. Michael D’Amore, Columbia Law School Gender and Sexuality Law Clinic, Gay and Lesbian Organization in the Workplace at PPL, Muhlenberg College Office of Residential Services, Northampton High School Gay Straight Alliance, Express Business Center of Trexlertown, and Philadelphia Gay News
Keynote Speaker: Mark Segal, Publisher, Philadelphia Gay News

Pennsylvania Diversity Network is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011 Lehigh Valley LGBT Community Awards. The Awards Celebration will take place on Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 5:30 pm at the Allentown Brew Works located at 812 W. Hamilton Street in Allentown. Tickets are available in advance for $20.00 per person or $25.00 at the door. Advance tickets may be ordered at www.padiversity.org and at the door. This year’s celebration will include a silent auction, door prizes, hors d’oeuvres, pasta bar, and dessert. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, please contact Adrian Shanker at 610 597 8044.
Award recipients:
Hon. Michael D’Amore, President of the Allentown City Council, has been a loyal friend of the LGBT community. D’Amore was the prime sponsor of the Domestic Partner Benefits ordinance for the City of Allentown and worked with Pennsylvania Diversity Network for three years on its passage.
Columbia Law School Gender and Sexuality Law Clinic worked pro-bono for Pennsylvania Diversity Network in writing the Domestic Partner Benefits legislation for the City of Allentown, which is now being used as model legislation for other municipalities in Pennsylvania.
Gay and Lesbian Organization in the Workplace at PPL has had a long commitment of support to its GLBT employees, has partnered with other local GLBT employment groups on presentations, hosted the PDN Photo Project, and successfully worked to put in place for domestic partner benefits for management and union employees at PPL
Muhlenberg College Office of Residential Services oversaw the implementation of Gender Neutral Housing policies at the College and was an advocate for the policy during the six-year effort to get agreement from Muhlenberg that it was in the best interest of all students.
Northampton High School Gay Straight Alliance showed remarkable courage and fortitude in responding to their School Board’s illegal decision last November to disallow the group from meeting on campus. The GSA successfully organized, spoke out, and challenged the School Board to reinstate their organization.
Express Business Center has been an annual corporate sponsor of Pennsylvania Diversity Network, allowing Pennsylvania Diversity Network to afford the printing cost of the Valley Gay Press.
Philadelphia Gay News is recognized for more than 35 years of LGBT news coverage in Philadelphia and beyond. PGN is distributed locally and has frequently covered LGBT civil rights victories in the Lehigh Valley.
In addition to the honorees, Pennsylvania Diversity Network is excited to announce that
Mark Segal will be the keynote speaker at the 2011 Celebration. Segal is often referred to as the dean of American gay journalism. He is the nation's most awarded LGBT media commentator. As a pioneer of the local gay press, he was one of the founders and former president of both The National Gay Press Association and the National Gay Newspaper Guild. He also is the founder and publisher of the award winning Philadelphia Gay News, which recently celebrated its 35th anniversary.
To contact award recipients for interviews, please contact Adrian Shanker, 610 597-8044. For further information about the event, please contact: Liz Bradbury at 610-432-5449
All members of the press are invited to cover the event, it is requested that press interested in covering the event contact Adrian Shanker in advance of the event. All press will be expected to show proper credentials in order to enter the event without a reservation.
Order Advanced Tickets by clicking here!

Top Sponsors of this event are Wells Fargo, Holiday Inn Center City Allentown, and Allentown Brew Works!!!


Wells Fargo

Holiday Inn Center City Allentown

Allentown Brew Works

Click here for sponsorship information to support this event and the work of PA Diversity Network!

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Recent - Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Bethlehem City Council passes City-wide
fully inclusive Human Relations Ordinance!

Photos to follow....
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Recent - Tuesday, June 6, 2011
Easton City Council Members Mike Fleck, Ken Brown, and Sandra Vulcano, and Mayor Sal Panto Sign Domestic Partners Of City Employees Benefits Ordinance into Law
in historic Easton Square - (where the 3rd reading of the US Declaration of Independence took place in 1776). PDN Executive Director Liz Bradbury and PDN Vice President Adrian Shanker look on, and also spoke at the signing. Adrian Shanker worked directly with Council to craft the legislation. The language was based on model legislation passed in Allentown and created by Allentown City Council with significant help from Pennsylvania


Recent - Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Easton City Council votes unanimously on Inclusive
Domestic Partner Benefits Ordinance With Bipartisan Support!

Legislation will grant domestic partner benefits
to the same-sex partners of Easton City Employees.


Council members: Mike Fleck, Ken Brown, Elinor Warner, Mayor Sal Panto, Jeff Warren, Roger Ruggles,
and Sandra Volcano not only each voted for the ordinance but each spoke in strong support before the vote!

In the above picture Pennsylvania Diversity Network VP Adrian Shanker and PDN Executive Director Liz Bradbury speak with members of Easton City Council and Mayor Sal Panto at their request on the language and ramification of the legislation. Pennsylvania Diversity Network worked closely with Councilman Mike Fleck, Mayor Panto, other members of council and City officials to craft this legislation. The basic language of the legislation comes from the language of the Allentown Ordinance that PDN helped to pass earlier this year and that was written in part by the Columbia Law School Gender and Sexuality Law Clinic which worked closely with Pennsylvania Diversity Network on this effort.

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Recent - Sunday, May 22, 2011
Pennsylvania Diversity Network Boardmember Hannah Mesouani
Graduates from Muhlenberg College with a dual degree in Media & Communications and Film.


Hannah, with PDN Executive Director Liz Bradbury and PDN Board President Patricia Sullivan.

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Recent - Friday, May 13, 2011
Valley Gay Press columnist Stephen T. LIbby married his partner Gary Gaugler in a ceremony in the Allentown Rose Garden officiated by
Rev. Beth Goudy of the Metropolitan Community Church of the Lehigh Valley.



See a full photo album of this beautiful and very fun event by clicking here!!!

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Recent - April 12, May 18, 2011
Bethlehem City Council committee vote passage of the fully inclusive Bethlehem Human Relations Ordinance legislation
and first reading of the ordinance.
Read all about the legislation in the press release below.

Above left, Pennsylvania Diversity Network Vice President Adrian Shanker speaks to Bethlehem City Council on community support of the Civil Rights Ordinance. Adrian has led the coordinate the support for passage. Above right, PDN Executive Director Liz Bradbury speaks to Council about past instances of discrimination in Bethlehem.

Above left, Mayor John Callahan , who introduced the legislation speaks in favor. And at right, Chair of the State Human Relations Commission speaks to Council in favor of the ordinance. Over 100 people attended the committee meeting, 30 people spoke, no one spoke against.

Bethlehem Council Committee Unanimously Votes to Refer Anti-Discrimination Ordinance to Full Council

For Immediate Release:
Photo’s/Interviews Available Upon Request
Contact: Adrian Shanker, Vice President, Pennsylvania Diversity Network
c. 610 597 8044 / e. Aeshanker@gmail.com
April 28, 2011, Bethlehem, PA – Following a three-hour public comment hearing, the Bethlehem City Council Human Resources and Environment Committee voted 3-0 to refer the proposed Human Relations Ordinance to the full council, with their support. The Committee, chaired by Gordon Mowrer, also consists of Jean Belinski and David DiGiacinto. All members of council and the Mayor attended the meeting. Almost 100 community members attended with 30 speaking in favor and no one spoke against.

Mayor John Callahan introduced the ordinance in September, and told council that “this important piece of legislation is long overdue. As a City, we have to be welcoming to everyone.” Councilwoman Karen Dolan urged “Swift passage” by the full council as they consider the ordinance for the first reading on May 18th.

If passed, Bethlehem will become the 21st municipality in Pennsylvania to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, in addition to the enumerated protected classes in the state Human Relations Act, according to Stephen Glassman, Chairperson of the PA Human Relations Commission. Glassman was on hand to provide expert testimony and to answer questions regarding the legislation at the Committee hearing.

Adrian Shanker, Vice President of Pennsylvania Diversity Network, led the campaign to build public support for this ordinance. The ordinance is endorsed by 100+ organizations, businesses, labor unions, and religious leaders in Bethlehem. Shanker stated, “there is no rational reason to oppose this legislation. Which is why there is such broad public support from the arts, labor, faith, business, and civil rights communities.” Shanker noted that the legislation is supported by, among others, the AARP, Planned Parenthood, ArtsQuest, ACLU, Equality PA, Lehigh Valley Labor Council, and 39 businesses.

Recent statewide polling commissioned by EqualityPA indicates sustained and strong support for non-discrimination laws protecting people on the basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Executive Director, Ted Martin, said “the support for this is so strong because most people know what is right and what is wrong, and they know discrimination is simply wrong.”

Pennsylvania Diversity Network led the campaign to pass this legislation in Allentown, Easton, and Reading as well. Liz Bradbury, Executive Director, who presented the Council Committee with information on past cases of discrimination in Bethlehem is now “hopeful that [she] can soon recommend Bethlehem as a safe place to live, work, or visit for everyone.”

The legislation now goes before the full council, and it is expected they will support the final version and send it back to Mayor Callahan for his signature.

Pennsylvania Diversity Network is the Lehigh Valley-based LGBT advocacy organization, and is the largest membership-driven LGBT organization in the Commonwealth of PA. www.PADiversity.org

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Recent - April 29, 2011
Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley
Pennsylvania Diversity Network Executive Director Liz Bradbury
spoke to staff about GLBT rights and anti-bullying strategies that are inclusive GLBT youth.



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Recent - April 8, 2011
Reading Area Community College, in Reading PA
Pennsylvania Diversity Network Executive Director Liz Bradbury
spoke to students, faculty, and community members about GLBT rights, The PA Diversity Network Photo Project and especially covered new anti-bullying strategies that are inclusive GLBT youth.


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Recent - April 30, 2011
Equality Forum in Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Diversity Network Vice President and Executive Director Liz Bradbury
present a workshop on Pennsylvania Pro-GLBT legislative strategy
with Equality Pennsylvania President Brian Sims and E.P. Executive Director Ted Martin



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Recent - February 18, 2011
Palisades Area School District in upper Bucks County, PA.
Pennsylvania Diversity Network Executive Director Liz Bradbury
presented information on GLBT student and faculty issues in a workshop attended by 60 teachers and staff, and served on a diversity panel to address a variety of issues for the entire faculty of the district.




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Recent - February 15th
Pennsylvania Diversity Network
Partnered with Muhlenberg College
To bring the Award Winning Movie about Civil Rights
Activist and MLK Confidant Bayard Rustin,

“Brother Outsider”
to Muhlenberg College - Seeger’s Union, 7pm

Featuring Special Guest, Bayard Rustin’s Life Partner,
Walter Naegle
Who will take part in a talk back after the Movie.
Don’t Miss This Special Event!!!


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February 11th and 12th
PDN will Participated in MCCLV’s National Freedom To Marry
Court House Action and Freedom to Marry Celebration


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Recent - February 3 - Hear the show right here!
HOLA!!! -- Alfa Lopez’s Morning Radio Show
PDN’s Executive Director Liz Bradbury joins this Spanish Language call-in show to talk about Allentown’s passage of Domestic Partner Benefits for the same-sex partners of Allentown City Employees. The show was in both Spanish and English.

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Recent - January 26
Signing of the Allentown Domestic Partner Legislation





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Recent - January 19
Community Members Toast the Work and Life
of the Late Lehigh Valley GLBT Activist Steve Black
At the Allentown Brew Works after the passage of the Domestic Partner Legislation.


Toasting Steve’s work and life on the night of that important groundbreaking legislation that Steve began work on 16 years before, were his friends & colleagues and community activists: (From left) - Renae Bennett, Patricia Sullivan, Allyson Diane Hamm, Denise McKelvey, Rob Hopkins, Arkady Browne, Leslie Horvath, City Council President Mike D’Amore, Adrian Shanker, Liz Bradbury.
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Recent - January 19
Allentown City Council Vote on the Domestic Partner Benefits




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Recent - January 5
Allentown City Council Human Resources Committee Vote
on the Domestic Partner Benefits






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Recent - January 4
Pennsylvania Diversity Network College Intern
Eric Stephen delivers 1500 Signed Pro-GLBT Legislation Cards to
Jesse Salazar, Special Assistant to
US Senator Bob Casey




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