Bio

Adrian Shanker (he/him) is an experienced LGBTQ+ community leader with a focus on LGBTQ+ health policy and promotion, barriers to care, and health equity. He is the founding executive director of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown Pennsylvania, a fast-growing and high-impact community-based organization with a focus on arts, health, youth, and pride programs. He currently serves on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS in the Biden-Harris Administration, as Commissioner on the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and as Commissioner and Health Committee Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs in Governor Tom Wolf’s administration. He previously served as president of Equality Pennsylvania for three years during the fight for marriage equality.

Adrian created and broadly implemented the biannual Pennsylvania LGBTQ Health Needs Assessment and he is editor of the critically-acclaimed anthology Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health  (PM Press, 2020) and is editor of the forthcoming anthology Crisis and Care: Queer Activist Responses to a Global Pandemic (PM Press, 2022). He earned a Graduate Certificate in LGBT Health Policy & Practice from The George Washington University and a B.A., cum laude, in Political Science and Religion Studies from Muhlenberg College. City and State Pennsylvania included Adrian in their 2021 Pennsylvania Healthcare Power 100 list, and he has been named a ‘Healthcare Hero’ by Lehigh Valley Business and twice named ‘Person of the Year’ by Philadelphia Gay News. Adrian is a member of American Public Health Association, Society for Scientific Study of Sexuality, and the Author’s Guild. He lives on unceded Lenape land in Pennsylvania.


Photo Credit: Megan Keller Photography

Image description: professional headshot of Adrian, a white man wearing a black suit, blue shirt, and a striped tie. He is in front of a brown background.