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Trans/Queer/Woman: Theory and Politics

Christina Quarles, Grounded By Tha Side of Yew, 2017 copy

  The Bureau is excited to partner with the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research to bring you: Trans/Queer/Woman: Theory and Politics Instructor: Sophie Lewis The course will meet at the Bureau on Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, and 31, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM Transfeminine lives are often seen as having, in and of themselves, political [...]

Wed. Jul 24, 2019 6:30 PM

Events

April 10, 2019

On Sabbatical

 
Writers Jonathan Alexander and A.W. Strouse are On Sabbatical.

 
Out to Lunch.
 
Gone Fishin’.

 

They will perform their enchanting, exquisite literary adventures.

 
 

Jonathan Alexander is the author, co-author, or editor of twelve previous books. A frequent contributor as essayist and reviewer to the Los Angeles Review of Books, he’s also Chancellor’s Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine and lives in Southern California.
 
 
A.W. Strouse teaches medieval literature at The New School, and has published a wide variety of creative works, including My Gay Middle Ages (punctum, 2015) and with Patty Barth, Transfer Queen (punctum, 2018).

 
 

Image: Henry Scott Tuke, The Bathers, 1888, oil on canvas, H 116.8 x W 86.3 cm, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds Museums and Galleries, UK. 
 
 
 

Start: April 10, 2019 7:00 PM
End: April 10, 2019 8:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
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.

April 7, 2019

On Sex and Loss, Writing and Illuminations on Market Street with Wayne Hoffman and Benjamin Heim Shepard

 

Benjamin Heim Shepard and novelist Wayne Hoffman, discuss Shepard’s first novel, Illuminations on Market Street as well as Hoffman’s novels Hard, An Older Man, and Sweet Like Sugar, and his non-fiction anthology, Policing Public Sex.  Both writers consider the lines between fiction and non-fiction, activism, loss, AIDS and the impacts of HIV on sex and culture in their works. Shepard’s novel begins in San Francisco in the early 1990s. Cab is on the deep end of a losing streak. After having been dumped yet again, he moves to Haight-Ashbury fresh out of college. It is the middle of a recession, before the dot-com boom, and AIDS is an immediate and untreatable reality. A story about AIDS and sex, acting up and praying for the dead, this is a story about living and fighting in the face of insurmountable challenges. Hoffman traces the stories Moe’s escapades through the Giuliani era War on Sex through years of trips to Provincetown to find something in himself as he ages and his community shifts.

 
 

Copies of Illuminations on Market Street and works by Wayne Hoffman are available for purchase at the Bureau. To reserve copies please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you!

 

 

Benjamin Shepard is a Brooklyn based activist.  He is also the author/editor of ten including  White Nights and Ascending Shadows: An Oral History of the San Francisco AIDS Epidemic (1997), From ACT UP to the WTO: Urban Protest and Community Building in the Era of Globalization (2002), The Beach Beneath the Streets (with Greg Smithsimon, 2011), Brooklyn Tides (with Mark Noonan, 2018), and Rebel Friendships (2015).  Illuminations on Market Street is his first novel.

 

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Wayne Hoffman is the author of the novels Hard, An Older Man, and the Stonewall Book Award-winning Sweet Like Sugar, and co-editor of the anthology Policing Public Sex: Queer Politics and the Future of AIDS Activism.  Currently executive editor of Tablet Magazine, his cultural reporting has appeared in Washington Post, Slate, the Nation, Village Voice, Out, Poz, and elsewhere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: April 7, 2019 4:00 PM
End: April 7, 2019 5:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
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.

April 6, 2019

Audio Fiction Femmes — Panel ft. Eli Barraza, Lisette Alvarez, Lia Hagen, and Jordan Cobb

 
AUDIO FICTION FEMMES” is a panel of queer podcast creators exploring questions of new media, marginalization, and magic. The panel features Lisette Alvarez (Kalila Stomfire’s Economical Magick Services, Magic King Dom), Eli Barraza (The Far Meridian, Ars Paradoxica) Jordan Cobb (Here Be Dragons, Janus Descending), and Lia Hagen (Overkill).
 
 
Jordan Cobb: Jordan is a New York City based actress and writer. She trained at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. After graduating, she founded two production companies — Black Lace and Laser Beams, and No Such Thing Productions — which focus on the development of new and innovative audio drama podcasts. Jordan works as head writer and producer for both companies, and she voices the characters of Harper Bennett and Dr. Natalya Atlas in Black Lace and Laser Beam’s action/adventure audio drama, Here Be Dragons, and Chel in No Such Thing Production’s sci-fi/horror limited series, Janus Descending.

 
 

LISETTE ALVAREZ: Lisette is a podcaster, storyteller, digital strategist, and globetrotter. They are the writer, producer, and main character of the fantasy audio drama “Kalila Stormfire’s Economical Magick Services”. They also play Dom in the dystopic audio drama “Magic King Dom”. A third culture kid with 20 countries under their belt, Lisette is also a queer, witchy Latinx creator who wants more stories that reflect their reality. You can follow them on Twitter @lisettewalking or learn more about them at www.lisettealvarez.com.

 
 

ELI BARRAZA: Eli is the creator of The Far Meridian, a loosely magical realist audio drama. Her involvement in the world of narrative podcasting includes ars Paradoxica, The Bright Sessions, Our Fair City, Greater Boston, and more. In her spare time, Eli learns about astronomy, climbs rocks, and wanders the wayward streets of Los Angeles and its outlying areas. The best way to learn more about her is to follow her on twitter @EliLizzieLizbet

 
 

LIA HAGEN: Lia Hagen is an overly enthusiastic girl studying digital storytelling at NYU. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, she now lives in NYC. She founded the production company Gal Pals Present. Fans say “Gal Pals Present lovingly crafts every character, every interaction, every story,” and her team has been described as everything from “strong femmes under five foot four” to “local gays doing the Lord’s work.” She also writes and directs the podcast “Overkill.”

 

 
 

 
 

Start: April 6, 2019 7:00 PM
End: April 6, 2019 8:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
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.

April 3, 2019

OLNY Poly Movie Night: My Wife Got Married

 

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.

 

On April 3rd, please join us for My Wife Got Married (2008), directed by Yun-su Chong and starring Ju-hyuk Kim, Ye-jin Son, and Seong-hun Cheon .

 

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 event is free, although a $10 suggested donation to help fund future events is much appreciated.

 

Synopsis: When Deok-hyun and In-ah fall in love, he thinks marriage will turn her monogamous, even though she’s very clearly told him that she’s not. When she meets another man, his jealousy and possessiveness threaten to ruin all their relationships. Running time: 1 hour 59 minutes. In Korean with English subtitles.

 

 

 
 

Start: April 3, 2019 6:30 PM
End: April 3, 2019 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
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.

April 2, 2019

NYC Gay Guys’ Book Club

 

We are a group of gay guys of all ages who meet the first Tuesday of every month. We usually meet at the Jefferson Market branch of the public library on 6th Avenue & West 10th Street, but we’ll meet at the Bureau while the library is being renovated. We read an eclectic range of books from classics to newly-released works. We don’t necessarily read books with a gay theme or characters and always open to suggestions. Very easy going; more social than academic. You don’t necessarily have to commit to coming every single month, just whenever your schedule or reading tastes permit. This month (April) we are discussing Imagine Me Gone, by Adam Haslett.
 
 
On Tuesday, May 7th, we’ll discuss Rabih Alameddine‘s Angel of History.
 
On Tuesday, June  4th, we’ll discuss Joan Dempsey‘s This Is How It Begins.
 
 

The above titles (and many more!) are available for purchase at the Bureau. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you for your support!

 
 
 
 

Start: April 2, 2019 7:00 PM
End: April 2, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States