Leaders within the LGBTQ neighborhood honored at annual gala in Lehigh Valley

Life’s a Cabaret, or a minimum of it was Wednesday evening for the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Group Heart as individuals got here dressed to impress for the gala. Because of the pandemic, it is the primary time in three years it has been held in individual.

“I am simply so enthusiastic about being in a room with all my buddies and neighborhood members,” mentioned Claire Ipplliti, chair of the Board of Administrators on the middle.

“It is actually cool once you see inclusive areas which might be numerous,” added social media influencer Kenny Screven.

And that is what the Bradbury-Sullivan Heart strives to do: create an open, numerous area, serving over 10,000 members locally.

“We do our work as a result of we’re making an attempt to result in a extra equitable Lehigh Valley for LGTBQ plus individuals, and we do this by means of LGTBQ arts, well being, and youth pleasure applications,” mentioned Adrian Shanker, who has guided the middle through the years as its govt director.

The evening was bittersweet, as Shanker stepped down to maneuver to the West Coast.

“It is a celebration of all that Adrian has executed,” Ipplliti mentioned.

U.S Rep. Susan Wild was available to introduce him.

Shanker says he’ll miss the individuals essentially the most however says he is excited for a brand new transition and new management for the middle.

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