I’m not sure when I first met Adrian Shanker. It may have been a Planned Parenthood event at Muhlenberg College, perhaps Gay Pride, maybe some political debate in the Valley. I meet a lot of people doing what I do so its tough to recall. I’ve met few young people with the heart, dedication and the passion that Adrian has though. His drive to improve the lives of LGBT Pennsylvanians knows no bounds however and today, as President of the Board of Directors, Equality Pennsylvania roasted him on his 25th birthday.
Adrian impressed me when I got to know him. He was a student leader at Muhlenberg and began working on Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski’s re-election campaign and other important progressive things. He got involved with the Pennsylvania Diversity Network and then Equality PA.
This morning over 200 people, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and a few straight ones, gathered in Allentown to celebrate his 25th birthday by roasting him. Adrian is so nice most of the roasters had to roast each other instead. Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan, rumored to be a somewhat handsome fellow, went first followed by Easton Councilman and consultant Mike Fleck. Comic Ryan Hill emceed the stage and attempted to teach the others some fine points of comedy. Lehigh County Dems Chair Bar Johnston went next and then Pawlowski took his turn. Finally Adrian got the chance to have his fun at their expense. It was a fun Sunday and raised a good amount for Equality Pennsylvania. I can’t post all the video because its such good blackmail material… Opposition researchers would have a field day with it. Therefore I’ll post a few pics:
The guest of honor Adrian Shanker:
Adrian, the Mayors and Mike Fleck:
Some of the attendees:
Equality Pennsylvania head (on the left) Ted Martin (aka the Lavendar Light Special):
John Campbell, Alex Reber and Dietz:
Doylestown Councilman Det Ansinn:
Jackson Eaton and his Congressional campaign manager: