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Affirmative Laughter

Affirmative Laughter May

  Come celebrate Elsa Waithe‘s 30th bday the only way she know how… WITH LAUGHTER!!! On May 25th @ 7pm, Bureau of General Services-Queer Division is gonna be packed as we ring in Elsa’s new decade with this hot lineup:   Beth Maria Margo Reiss Shelly Colman Sarah Hartshorne Norah Yahya Mamoudou N’Diaye   $10 [...]

Fri. May 25, 2018 7:00 PM


January 19, 2018

Queer Sex Magic 101


If sex is sacred, your body is a temple. Join writer, witch and tarot reader Ashley Young for an evening of learning how to worship It! This workshop provides hands on tools on how to incorporate magic into queer sex practices. From creating altars with candles and crystals, using divination such as tarot and developing sex rituals, participants will examine how to call on spiritual practice to enhance one’s queer relationship with themselves and others. This workshop will also look at alternative relationships and sex practices such as polyamory and kink.

Space is limited to 20 participants. The $10 fee will be shared equally between the instructor and the Bureau.



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Ashley Young is a Black Queer genderqueer (pronouns they/them/their) writer, teacher, witch and tarot reader. They are a spirituous, pagan and Santeria practioner reading cards through their small business Black Unicorn Tarot and in house at Catland Books in Brooklyn, NY. They identify as a polyamorous, kinky, Dominant Mama switch. Their work has been published in three anthologies and several online journals on topics such as POC LGBTQ issues, mental illness, sex/body positivity and more. Ashley lives in Brooklyn with a fellow witch and two sweet, wild cats.




Start: January 19, 2018 7:00 PM
End: January 19, 2018 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: (646) 358-1730
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 (link to tickets in description)

January 14, 2018

‘Queer City: A Reader’ book launch & ‘Queer City’ film screening


Bodies that listen, dance, resist, manifest and become visible in our contemporary city. Bodies that dance the sounds of funk music, rap, samba, voguing, waacking, among other sonic styles of contestation, resistance and struggle. Through talks, dinners, experiences and exchanges, a city seeks to discuss how we live, work, share and survive the different LGBT + stories and realities… and how we understand all this through a queer, intersectional and non-normative lens?

The mini-documentary Cidade Queer – Queer City, directed by Danila Bustamante takes the name of a 2016 site-specific, collective curatorial process in São Paulo, Brazil. The overall process, film, and related publication, Queer City: A Reader were organized by Lanchonete.org, ArtsEverywhere/Musagetes, EXPLODE! and many other partners. Queer City: A Reader contains an account of the site-specific program in São Paulo, but also invites other contributors at the intersection of the contemporary city and queer thought. The Reader is one of the first books out of Publication Studio São Paulo (in partnership w/ Publication Studio Guelph housed at the Musagetes/ArtsEverywhere office).

Copies of Queer City: A Reader will be available for purchase at the event for $20.

To reserve a copy of Queer City: A Reader please write to the Bureau at contact@bgsqd.com.



Event image: photograph from Pato Hebert‘s Ataqueridas series

Lanchonete.org is an artist-led, cultural platform focused on how people live and work in, navigate and share the contemporary city with the Center of São Paulo as our outlook. It gets its name from the ubiquitous lunch counters—convivial, fluorescent-lit, open-walled, laborious, points of commerce—that populate almost every street corner. Lanchonete.org is about the issues that big cities face, the different forms of ‘urban power’, and the Right to the City, but not insomuch as to define these constructs…rather to stretch the platform as far as is necessary to consider diverse viewpoints. Lanchonete.org takes its cue from French philosopher and sociologist Henri Lefebvre’s Le Droit à la ville (1968), or one that “demand[s] a transformed and renewed access to urban life.”





Start: January 14, 2018 4:00 PM
End: January 14, 2018 6:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: (646) 358-1730
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

January 13, 2018

TELL 40: First Look/Fresh Start


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.

First Look/Fresh Start is the theme of the 40th installment of TELL, with special guest host Topher Gross.  Featuring Harvey KatzMariah MacCarthyEmily Ray Reese, and Wazina Zondon.

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


Topher Gross (photo by Asher Torres)

Topher Gross (photo by Asher Torres)

Topher Gross is a born and bred Brooklyn kid who learned the art of storytelling from his Jewish grandma, Edith. He is an appearance enhancement artist aka hairstylist, party thrower+ yenta, aspiring cartoon voice over actor and marijuana dispensary owner. Topherhas performed stories at Tell, Tell It, at various burlesque shows, dinner tables, on live journal and a blog for original plumbing magazine. He was featured on the Graham Norton show as the “big gay following” of Kylie Minogue.


Harvey Katz

Harvey Katz first became a woman at a turquoise and peach colored Bat-Mitzvah in Miami in the early 90′s before coming into his manhood in a small city in Georgia. He spent 13 years on the road as a spoken word poet and is currently maybe pursuing a career in nursing. His lack of boundaries and general impulsiveness means he’s collected a story or two over the years. Catch him hosting Take Two Storytelling or trying to convince people to buy his hats on Etsy. This is life post poetry career.


MacCarthy head shot

Mariah MacCarthy writes plays, Young Adult novels, essays, overly-revealing one-woman shows, and sexts. She’s won some awards, her favorite being the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award. She’s an angry queer and she loves you.


Emily Mae Reese

Emily Ray Reese is a Lesbian from a ghost town in the mountains of New Mexico. She came to New York ten years ago after volunteering for the Peace Corps in El Salvador. Reese is a filmmaker by day and a dance floor demolisher by night.


Wazina Zondon

Wazina Zondon is a queer Muslim Afghan raised in New York City. She is the co-writer and co-performer of Coming Out Muslim: Radical Acts of Love, a personal storytelling performance capturing the stories and experiences of being queer and Muslim.

When she’s not agitating and reclaiming a truly radical Islam, she teaches Sex Ed at an all-girl, high school in Brooklyn, NY. She also co-hosts Follow that Flannel, a silly yet informative sexuality podcast.





Start: January 13, 2018 7:00 PM
End: January 13, 2018 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
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.

January 11, 2018

Artist Adriana Varella in conversation with curator Denise Carvalho

Join us for a conversation with our current exhibiting artist, Adriana Varella, and curator Denise Carvalho.
Varella’s exhibition, Getting Lost in Oneself (PrOceSS), is on view at the Bureau through January 21, 2018.
Image: Adriana Varella, CRACKS 1, metal barricade collected in the streets of NYC (5ft x 6ft).
Dr. Denise Carvalho is a Brazilian-born curator, art critic and scholar who lives and works in the United States. She holds a Ph.D. in cultural studies, M.A. in art history from the University of California, Davis, a Masters in anthropology from Hunter College, and a B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts.
As a curator, her exhibitions include “Amor” (2016) at Oi Futuro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; “ Love on the Edge” (2015) at Galeria Arsenal in Bialystok, Poland; “Beyond Limits” at the Art Institute in San Diego and as part of the Postglobal Biennial (2013); the 3rd Mediations Biennale in Poznan (2012), with exhibitions at the National Museum, the Jesuit Gallery, the Zamek Culture Centre, and the Archdiocesan Museum; “Innerspacing the City” (2013) at the Chelsea Museum (2011); “Minimal Differences” (2010) at White Box, NYC; “Intangible Interferences” (2010) at Momenta Art in Brooklyn, NY; “Bodies of Dispersion” (2010) at Galeria Arsenal, Bialystok, Poland; “A Part of No-Part” (2010) at the Chelsea Museum, NYC. She is also the curator of “Preemptive Resistances” at Westport Arts Center (2009), “Holy Holes” at Dumbo Arts Center (2008), and “Infinitu et Contini” at Smack Mellon (2007). She has curated earlier international exhibitions and symposia, such as “Hybrid Dwellings” at Arsenal Gallery in Poland (2001) and “Fairy-Tale” (1999) at the Center for Metamedia in the Czech Republic. Her curatorial projects explore current theoretical issues through multimedia works.
As an art critic, Dr. Carvalho has published numerous articles and reviews in art magazines and journals, including Art in America, Sculpture, Art Nexus, NKA Journal of African Contemporary Art, Afterimage, and The International Journal of Art and Society, as well as in several artists’ catalogues. Dr. Carvalho is also an independent scholar and has taught at various universities in the United States, including Indiana University in Bloomington, Ohio State University, School of Visual Arts, Fashion Institute of Technology, Institute of Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, New Jersey City University, Pratt Institute, San Francisco State University, Humboldt State, and CSI CUNY.


Start: January 11, 2018 7:00 PM
End: January 11, 2018 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: (646) 358-1730
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

January 3, 2018

OLNY Poly Movie Night: Three of Hearts: Kinsey


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 Kinsey (2004), written and directed by Bill Condon and starring Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, and Peter Sarsgaard.

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: When Indiana University Professor Alfred Kinsey turns his attention from insects to the scientific study of human sexuality, his controversial work has a profound impact on society’s attitudes toward sex. Along the way, he makes discoveries about himself as well. Running time: 1 hour 58 minutes.




Start: January 3, 2018 6:30 PM
End: January 3, 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: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau and Open Love New York. No one turned away for lack of funds.