Our Next Event

Meryl Meisler’s SASSY ’70s


  Meryl Meisler, with camera in hand, documented the process of her coming out and exploring LGBTQ NY communities during the 1970s. She’ll be sharing her images and stories of Disco, nightlife, Fire Island, and self portraits from her book Purgatory & Paradise SASSY ‘70s Suburbia & The City.   Copies of Purgatory & Paradise SASSY [...]

Thu. Dec 13, 2018 7:00 PM


September 15, 2018

TELL 46: The Time of Your Life


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.

The Time of Your Life is the theme for the 46th installment of TELL. Featuring Vie Paula, Lorena Russi, and Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li.


$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.
































South Bronx bred, performance fed, Vie Paula is a Caretaker, Thing Maker, Singer/Songwriter, and Licensed Massage Therapist striving to learn how to tell the whole truth and spend as much time as possible with their roommate’s cat. With night life entertainment in the far away past and a recent foray into all things extra, Vie wants to see you and be seen by you. They are currently working on staying connected and engaged, figuring out what fun is, and creating a life worth staying awake for.



























Lorena Russi is a comedian-actor-videographer centaur whose experience ranges from 8 years in improv/sketch comedy to head writer for Spotify’s web series to a career as a pro soccer player.



























Originally from Taiwan, Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li earned his Master’s degree in Performance Studies at New York University. He works as director, playwright, performer, and performance artist, having created projects addressed upon sexuality, philosophy, and politics, to give his unique perspectives on time, space, and power relations. His thesis performance piece “Kiss Me, so I am Queer”, curated by Chashama, talks about the temporality of queerness and the social construction of queer identity. Currently, he is the Associate Artistic Director of the Living Theatre, and the New York Directing fellow of Drama League.






Start: September 15, 2018 7:00 PM
End: September 15, 2018 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: (646) 358-1730
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.

September 14, 2018

Nurse Jackie, Therapies and Histories: Book Launch Party


UK academic Christopher Pullen, Queens College academic Noah Tsika and TV historian Steven Capsuto, invite you to their book launch party.

At the event, Chris will launch his new book Heroism, Celebrity and Therapy in Nurse Jackie exploring the potential of the TV series to offer therapy, whilst framing the significance of its leading actor Edie Falco. Noah is launching his new book Traumatic Imprints: Cinema, Military Psychiatry, and the Aftermath of War, which explores the historical significance of film to rehabilitate soldiers and civilians during and after World War II. Steven shares his new work in updating his landmark book (originally released in 2000) Alternate Channels: The Uncensored Story of Gay and Lesbian Images on Radio and Television: 1930′s to the Present.


Presentation 1 by Christopher Pullen

The Irresistible addiction of TV’s Nurse Jackie, and the Transcendent Potential of Edie Falco

Chris’s presentation explores his research process in developing his new book: Heroism, Celebrity and Therapy in Nurse Jackie.  He examines key storylines within Nurse Jackie, while relating the significance of heroism, the context of celebrity culture and the significance of therapy, and social action.

Chris has chosen to launch this book at the Bureau, not only for its New York setting (where Nurse Jackie takes place), but also due to the proximity of the now sadly lost Saint Vincent’s Hospital. Chris argues not only that the hospital may have been the inspiration for the series, but also that its star Edie Falco, and its main screenwriters Liz Brixius and Linda Wallem, relate their own experiences of addiction in producing such an engaging television event

Nurse Jackie’s exploration of prescription drug addiction, relating both the challenge to healthcare workers who become addicted often in trying to meet the demands of the job, and the interaction with family and community members who often are unable to comprehend the addict’s life, reveals the rich complexity of the series and its continuing value.  For queer and ‘not so queer’ audiences, Edie Falco’s performance as Nurse Jackie speaks directly to the human condition and the context of the outsider and the ‘other’, revealing both our vulnerability, but also our inherent connectedness.  Nurse Jackie reveals a need for society, and for individuals, to take action.

Through exploring how Chris researched the story of Nurse Jackie relating his own identification with the series, this book event offers something for existing fans of the series, and those who may never have heard of Nurse Jackie, possibly not realising that TV could be so immersive and meaningful.

Discounted copies of the book will be available at BGSQD.



Chris Pullen
















Christopher Pullen is widely published on queer identity in the media, including a number of authored books such as Documenting Gay Men: Identity and Performance in Reality Television and Documentary Film (2007), Gay Identity, New Storytelling and the Media (2012), Straight Girls and Queer Guys: The Hetero Media Gaze in Film and Television (2016) and Pedro Zamora, Sexuality, and AIDS Education: The Autobiographical Self, Activism and The Real World (2016).  Also he has also produced a number of edited collections: LGBT Transnational Identity and the Media (2012), Queer Youth and Media Cultures (2014), LGBT Identity and Online New Media – with Margaret Cooper (2010) and Queer Love in Film and Television – with Pamela Demory (2013).


Presentation 2 by Noah Tsika

Traumatic Imprints: Cinema, Military Psychiatry, and the Aftermath of War

‪Forced to contend with unprecedented levels of psychological trauma during World War II, the United States military began sponsoring a series of nontheatrical films designed to educate and even rehabilitate soldiers and civilians alike. Traumatic Imprints traces the development of psychiatric and psychotherapeutic approaches to wartime trauma by the United States military, along with links to formal and narrative developments in military and civilian filmmaking. Offering close readings of a series of films alongside analysis of period scholarship in psychiatry and bolstered by research in trauma theory and documentary studies, Noah Tsika argues that trauma was foundational in postwar American culture. Examining wartime and postwar debates about the use of cinema as a vehicle for studying, publicizing, and even what has been termed “working through” war trauma, this book is an original contribution to scholarship on the military-industrial complex.


Noah Tsika


















Noah Tsika is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Queens College, City University of New York. Among his books are Nollywood Stars and Pink 2.0.


Presentation 3 by Steven Capsuto

Revisiting Alternate Channels

Steven Capsuto is now preparing a revised edition of his acclaimed book Alternate Channels: an activist history of lesbian and gay images in 20th-century broadcasting. The book also documents prime-time bisexual and transgender characters, though these were exceedingly scarce in that era.


Alternate Channels draws on the author’s interviews with TV producers, script writers, show runners, and pioneering lesbian and gay activists, as well as network censors’ notes, and documentation of Religious Right crusades against queer visibility. While preparing the book, Steven also collected notes on more than 4,000 relevant broadcasts dating from 1930 to 2000. He contextualizes the on-air depictions within the changing status of sexual minorities in American culture over those 70 years.

Steven Capsuto






















Steven Capsuto is an independent scholar who presents video-illustrated lectures about American television’s portrayal of LGBT lives. His book on that subject, Alternate Channels, was a semi-finalist for the Stonewall Book Award in 2001.  He began researching queer television images in the 1980s while volunteering at a crisis hotline. Many of the callers were suicidal gay teens who had built their self-image on the grim depictions seen on television at that time. Steven has contributed media-history articles to periodicals and reference books, has presented papers at academic conferences in several countries, and served on the research teams for documentaries seen on PBS and Bravo cable.  He was the head archivist of the GLBT Archives of Philadelphia from 1997 to 2003. In his day job, he is a translator. He recently translated Manuel Ángel Soriano’s book Homophobia in 1970s Spain into English for the Egales publishing company.





Start: September 14, 2018 7:00 PM
End: September 14, 2018 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
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.

September 13, 2018

Affirmative Laughter


Host Elsa Waithe brings some of NYC’s funniest non-straight non-White non-cis male comedians together for a night dedicated to diversity and hilarity.


The September 13th edition will feature:

Chewy May

Camille Theobald

Sarah Kennedy

Yedoye Travis

Venessa Peruda






Start: September 13, 2018 7:00 PM
End: September 13, 2018 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: (646) 358-1730
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau and Affirmative Laughter performers. No one turned away for lack of funds.

September 12, 2018

Red Hen Press at the Bureau


We are sorry to report that Amber Flora Thomas will not be able to join the Red Hen Press reading tonight, but two poets have joined the line-up. So please join us for a poetry reading featuring Corrina Bain, Michael Broder, Jason Schneiderman, and tammy lynne stoner.

Corrina Bain is a gender-liminal writer and performer based in Brooklyn, New York. He has a long history in poetry slam, has been a featured reader on finals stage in 2004, and is a member and coach of multiple slam teams. He has shared stages with Jim Carroll, Patricia Smith, Dorothy Allison, and Saul Williams. He is the author of the full-length poetry collection Debridement (Great Weather for Media 2015,) and has also published work in journals and anthologies such as PANK, decomP, Muzzle Magazine, BOOTH, and the Everyman’s Library book Villanelles. Bain has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
Michael Broder is the author of Drug and Disease Free (Indolent Books, 2016) and This Life Now (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2014), a finalist for the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. His poems have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies. He holds a BA from Columbia University, an MFA from New York University, and a PhD in Classics from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Michael is the founding publisher of Indolent Books, the founding director of the Indolent Arts Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, and the founding director of the HIV Here & Now project. He lives in Brooklyn with his husband, the poet Jason Schneiderman, and a backyard colony of stray and feral cats.
Jason Schneiderman is Associate Editor of Painted Bride Quarterly and Poetry Editor of Bellevue Literary Review. His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, The Poetry Review, and The Penguin Book of the Sonnet. He is an Assistant Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and lives in Brooklyn.
tammy lynne stoner’s work has been selected for more than a dozen anthologies and literary journals. Stemming from what her grandmother calls her “gypsy blood,” tammy has lived in 15 cities, working as a biscuit maker, a medical experimentee, a forklift operator, a gas station attendant, and a college instructor—among other odd jobs. She is also the creator of Dottie’s Magic Pockets, and the publisher of Gertrude, and wrangle of the GERTIE book club, based in Portland, OR, where she lives with her lady-friend, Karena, and their three kids. You can find her at TammyLynneStoner.com.

Start: September 12, 2018 7:00 PM
End: September 12, 2018 8:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
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.

September 9, 2018

Sophie Labelle in NYC – US tour 2018 – Assigned Male comics



Sophie Labelle, the pink-haired French Canadian cartoonist of Assigned Male comics, will launch her new comic book Trans-Lucid and her American tour at the Bureau! Come and get your books signed. The event is kid friendly!




Start: September 9, 2018 6:00 PM
End: September 9, 2018 8:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
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.