Adrian Shanker is a leader in LGBT health advocacy with a decade-long history of working for LGBT legal, social, and health equity. Professionally, he is the Executive Director of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, which provides arts, health, youth, and pride programs for the LGBT community in the Lehigh Valley. He previously served as President of Equality Pennsylvania from 2011-2013 and as a Commissioner and Vice Chair of the Allentown Commission on Human Relations from 2009-2012. Adrian is an accomplished organizer, having led numerous successful campaigns to advance LGBT rights in municipalities across Pennsylvania, including through non-discrimination protections, relationship recognition, and laws to protect LGBT youth from conversion therapy. A specialist in LGBT health policy, Adrian has developed leading-edge campaigns to advance health equity for LGBT Pennsylvanians, through policy, behavioral, and clinical changes. In 2018, he co-authored "Queer and Quitting: Addressing Tobacco Use as an LGBTQ Issue", a chapter in The Routledge Handbook for LGBTQIA Administration and Policy.
Governor Tom Wolf appointed Adrian to serve in two capacities in his administration, as a Commissioner on the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs and as a Commissioner on the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, for which he was unanimously confirmed by the Pennsylvania State Senate in October 2018. He is also currently a member of ACLU of Pennsylvania's Board of Directors and the Board of the Non-Profit & Business Partners Council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. He holds a Graduate Certificate in LGBT Health Policy & Practice from The Columbian College of Arts & Sciences at The George Washington University and he earned his B.A., cum laude, in Political Science and Religion Studies at Muhlenberg College.
He has received numerous prestigious honors, including the Bar Association of Lehigh County's 'Liberty Bell Award', the City of Allentown's 'Human Relations Award', Anne Frank Center USA's 'Spirit of Anne Frank Award', and GLSEN Hudson Valley's 'Leadership Award'. Lehigh Valley Business named him to their inaugural '40 Under 40' in 2013 and he was named ‘Person of the Year’ by Philadelphia Gay News in 2012. 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.