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December 9, 2017

TELL 39: Just My Imagination


TELL is an evening of story telling from the mouths and minds of queers in NYC hosted by Drae Campbell at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division since February 2014.

Just My Imagination is the theme of the 39th installment of TELL.  Featuring Tyler Ashley, Ryan J. Haddad, Sasha KolodkinAlice Pencavel, and Jennifer Marline Rodríguez.

$10 suggested donation to support the Bureau and the performers. No one turned away for lack of funds.


Drae Campbell

Drae Campbell is a writer, actor, director, story teller, dancer, and nightlife emcee. Drae has been featured on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and on stages all over NYC. Drae’s directing work has appeared in Iceland, NYC, Budapest and in the San Francisco Fringe Festival. The short film Drae wrote and starred in with Rebecca Drysdale, YOU MOVE ME won the Audience Award for Outstanding Narrative Short at OUTFEST 2010 and has been shown in festivals globally. Drae won the grand prize at the first annual San Miguel De Allende Storytelling Festival in Mexico. She once reigned as Miss LEZ and also got dubbed “the next lezzie comedian on the block” by AfterEllen.com for her comedic stylings on the interwebs. Campbell hosts and curates a monthly queer storytelling show called TELL at BGSQD. Check her out online!  www.draecampbell.com.




sasha kolodkin

Sasha Kolodkin is a Baltimore-bred, Brooklyn-based playwright, poet, and performer.   A recent graduate of SUNY Purchase, she spends her days writing, studying drama, and devising new ways to degrade and destabilize the more dastardly departments of the United States Government (when she isn’t daydreaming at her disinteresting day job).  She is also a dramaturgical consultant for The Cameri Theatre, and a school ambassador with PFLAG.




TYLER ASHLEY is a choreographer and performer based in Brooklyn, NY. Ashley has performed in the work of Elizabeth Streb, Walter Dundervill, Larissa Velez-Jackson, Yackez, Katy Pyle, and Biba Bell among others. Ashley’s own performances have been presented by Performa, Friends of the High Line, Times Square Alliance, NADA Art Fair, BOFFO, and seen at Art Basel, The Knockdown Center, The Chocolate Factory, Movement Research, Danspace Project and more.

Ashley is also known as The Dauphine of Bushwick – a nightlife personality, performer, and promoter. The Dauphine started the party called BABY TEA three years ago, which has raised nearly $20k for LGBTQI youth over the course of three trans advocacy fundraisers. The Dauphine has performed and/or promoted at The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Academy of Music, NADA Art Fair, BUSHWIG ’14-’17, The Austin International Drag Festival, Fire Island Pines, New York Live Arts, and more.



jennifer r_tell

Jennifer Marline Rodríguez put some of her “best years” in her late teens writing weekly for a national newspaper on literature, visual and performance arts in her home country Dominican Republic (popularly abbreviated ‘DR’). She entered the world of experimental poetry readings in the early 2000s with an ensemble of poets, actresses, writers, musicians and filmmakers who produced and staged a multimedia show called Blues en Vértigo before spoken word was a hit in DR. Around the same time she joined a literary weekly gathering whose regular members were called erranticistas, the most elusive ism in Dominican contemporary literature and arts, and the most fascinating joint to be at in the city in those years. After graduating from college with a degree in Social Communication, Jennifer came to the US with a Fulbright scholarship to pursue an M. A. in Hispanic Literatures and Languages. Currently she is a PhD candidate at Princeton University, writing a dissertation on Argentine poet Alejandra Pizarnik and Guatemalan performance artist Regina José Galindo. She has published academic articles in Chile and Mexico, as well as a poetry collection in DR. Previously unpublished texts have been featured in anthologies in Argentina, Mexico and Santo Domingo. Recently, the activist and art collective Proyecto 21 from Mexico City incorporated her poetry in its performance repertoire. At Princeton, she was teaching assistant to Argentine theater director Vivi Tellas in a workshop on Documentary Theater and Biodrama. This spring she went onstage at La Mama Experimental Theatre Club for Susana Cook’s “Non-Consensual Relationships With Ghosts”, and this summer she co-curated F.isura a solo exhibit of performance art photographer Antonio Juárez which opened in Mexico City this June.  But absolutely nothing on storytelling in public. Oh! oh!




Alice Pencavel is a writer, teacher, and performer whose work has been presented by IRT Theater, United Solo Festival, Portland Fringe, Naked Angels, Manhattan Rep., Superhero Clubhouse, Playlight Theater, and the Kitchen Theater, among others. She frequently hosts play readings and performs original work in local, covert spots. As a Teaching Artist, she has worked with Arts Connection, Teachers & Writers Collaborative, Brooklyn Acting Lab, Stages on the Sound, Girls Write Now, SAY (Stuttering Association for the Young), and others. Some general appreciations include coffee, tea, chocolate, dreams, the moon, etc. alicepencavel.com





Ryan Haddad_TELL

Ryan J. Haddad is an actor, writer, and autobiographical performer. His acclaimed solo play Hi, Are You Single? was most recently featured in The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival. He has performed original work at La MaMa E.T.C., Dixon Place, and The New Museum. His credits include The Maids and two Lucy Thurber world premieres at Williamstown Theatre Festival, “Noor and Hadi Go To Hogwarts” for Theater Breaking Through Barriers, and an appearance on the Netflix series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” ryanjhaddad.com




Start: December 9, 2017 7:00 PM
End: December 9, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the performers and the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

December 6, 2017

OLNY Poly Movie Night: Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family


Open Love NY presents Poly Movie Night, a FREE series of feature films that focus on the portrayal of consensual / ethical non-monogamy in cinema. This month we’ll be at our regular venue, the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division.

Please join us for Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family (2004), directed by Susan Kaplan and featuring Sam Cagnina, Steven Margolin, and Samantha Singh.

We’ll meet at 6:30 pm at the Bureau (in room 210 of The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center at 208 West 13th Street) for pre-screening socializing and start the movie at 7 pm. The more people come, the more likely we’ll continue the event! The event is free, although a $10 suggested donation to help fund future events is much appreciated.
Synopsis: Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family is a documentary following the lives of a New York triad over eight years as they build a family and business together. Running time: 1 hour 35 minutes.




Start: December 6, 2017 6:30 PM
End: December 6, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau and Open Love New York. No one turned away for lack of funds.

December 2, 2017

OUR HAPPY HOURS: LGBT Voices from the Gay Bars


OUR HAPPY HOURS: Voices from the Gay Bars celebrates the heritage–and fast disappearing culture–of LGBTQ bars, often the only sanctuaries for LGBTQ expression and life. Eight authors featured in the OUR HAPPY HOURS anthology will read a short passage from their work, share reminiscences of LGBT bar culture, and participate in a Q & A with attendees. The authors will sign books, available for purchase at the event. Proceeds from book sales will be donated to the Ali Forney Center for LGBT  Youth in New York, and the Attic Youth Center, Philadelphia.


To reserve copies of Our Happy Hours, please write to contact@bgsqd.com.





Start: December 2, 2017 7:00 PM
End: December 2, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States

November 28, 2017

Reading with Actors of Olympus Nights on the Square, Book 2 of Juliana Series, LGBT History in the Early Post War Years


What if Your Love Was Illegal?
Actors will read from Vanda‘s recently released novel, Olympus Nights on the Square. This is a story about LGBT history in New York City during the early Post-War Years (1945-1955). Sexy, funny and deadly serious. Full of mobsters, the FBI, McCarthyism, lesbian pulp and “cures” for homosexuality.
Copies of Olympus Nights on the Square are available for purchase at the Bureau. To reserve a copy please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you!
Reception at 7.

Reading at 7:30.


Vanda is working on a series of novels about LGBT history in New York City.

Juliana (Book 1, 1941-1944) was released in February 2016. Olympus Nights on the Square (Book 2) was released October 17, 2017.
From 2014 to 2016, Vanda produced a show based on Juliana at the Duplex Nightclub in which actors performed chapters from the book every month. The show included singing and dancing from the 1940s.

As a playwright, Vanda has received numerous honors, among them an Edward Albee Fellowship. Her play, Vile Affections, published by Original Works, was a finalist for a National Lambda Award.




Start: November 28, 2017 7:00 PM
End: November 28, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

November 23, 2017 – November 24, 2017

The Center and the Bureau closed for Thanksgiving, November 23 and 24

The Bureau will be closed on Thursday, November


Center offices and programs will be closed and the building will open at 5 p.m. for regularly scheduled meetings on both November 23rd and 24th. Check The Center calendar for details.

Start: November 23, 2017
End: November 24, 2017