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  Acclaimed queer authors Trebor Healey and Craig Laurance Gidney explore the veil between worlds in their newest books, Falling and A Spectral Hue. These are stories of artists making contact with a metaphysical or mystical reality, expanding and queering our understanding of the world we live in. Healey and Gidney’s work portrays the otherworldliness [...]

Fri. Oct 18, 2019 7:00 PM


June 20, 2019

Out of the Shadows Book Launch with author Walt Odets


Join author and psychologist Walt Odets for an engaging and provocative conversation centered around his new book, OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Reimagining Gay Men’s Lives, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Walt Odets will be joined in conversation by community health educator Rob Levy.

Copies of Out of the Shadows will be 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!


Photograph by Dianne Woods

Photograph by Dianne Woods



















Walt Odets is a clinical psychologist in private practice who has worked with and written about the psychological, developmental and social lives of gay men for more than three decades. He is best-known for his seminal book, In the Shadow of the Epidemic: Being HIV-Negative in the Age of AIDS, which Duke University Press published in 1995 and was selected by The New York Times as one of the “Notable Books of the Year.” He lives in Berkeley, California and can be found online at www.waltodets.com.


Rob Levy is a Community Health Educator in the Rochester/Finger Lakes Region of New York State, where he lives with his husband and their adopted son. Prior to his current work in the substance abuse field, Rob taught high school and worked with at-risk youth in the city of Rochester. Shortly after the death of a friend to AIDS in 1996, Rob read Walt’s In the Shadow of the Epidemic, a book he feels saved his life.



Start: June 20, 2019 7:00 PM
End: June 20, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States

June 19, 2019

WorldPride–Stonewall 50 Poetry Extravaganza


Join us for a celebration of pride and poetry. Be both audience and performer when we gather as proud LGBTQIA+ poets and people during WorldPride–Stonewall 50, a monthlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall Uprising and a half-century of LGBTQIA+ liberation. With special guest poet Dante Micheaux, winner of the T.S. Eliot Four Quartets Prize from the Poetry Society of America and the T.S. Eliot Foundation of London—and dozens of other poets (list in formation). This event is organized by Indolent Books and supported by a Pride Gives Back grant form NYC Pride / Heritage of Pride.


Adam Fitzgerald, Aimee Herman, Christina Quintana, Dante Micheaux, Don Yorty, Grey Vild, Guillermo Felice Castro, Jason Schneiderman, Jason Zuzga, Jeffery Berg, JP Howard, Lonely Christopher, Lynn McGee, Michael Klein, Michael Montlack, Sarah Sala, Sarah Sarai, Stephen Motika, Steven Cordova, William Leo Coakley




Start: June 19, 2019 7:00 PM
End: June 19, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States

June 15, 2019

TELL: Queer Stories w/ Drae Campbell | Podcast Launch Party


Celebrate the official launch of BRIC’s new queer storytelling podcast TELL. Join host Drae Campbell at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center for refreshments and an evening of storytelling with guests Elsa Waithe, Ryan Haddad, Brian Vines, and Becca Blackwell!

TELL is a podcast that serves queer stories on queer terms. For the past five years, host Drae Campbell has been hosting and curating a night of live storytelling at the Bureau, and now she’s sharing those stories with the world! On each episode, Drae will curate a set of stories told by the queer folks who lived them, on everything from traveling to death to stolen bikes to family secrets.

So if you need a dose of of queer community, or just wanna hear great stories told by the people who lived them, you’ve come to the right place. Strap on your head phones and pull up your socks, ‘cause TELL is queering the narrative and telling our stories, on our terms.


Photograph by Grace Chu

Photograph by Grace Chu






















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 the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division. Check her out online!  www.draecampbell.com.



Elsa Waithe

















Elsa Waithe is a Comedian, Actor, and Motivational Speaker from Norfolk, Virginia. She’s won the Virginia Beach Funnybone’s Clash of the Comics three times, has been featured on This American Life, and is a recurring guest on TELL.




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Ryan Haddad is an actor, playwright and autobiographical performer based in New York. His critically-acclaimed solo play Hi, Are You Single? was featured in The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival and continues to tour the country. Ryan’s also performed at Joe’s Pub, La Mama, Ars Nova/ANT Fest, Theater Breaking Through Barriers and on TV in the shows Bull, Madam Secretary, and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. He is a member of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group and a former Queer|Art Performance and Playwriting Fellow under the mentorship of Moe Angelos.
























Brian Vines is an Emmy Award winning journalist. After completing the Masters Program in Broadcast Journalism at Boston University’s College of Communication he fetched coffee for some of the most respected journalists and news figures in the world during his tenure at CNN. After a stint in political communications Brian fell in love with his own reflection and reported for here! networks, NYC-TV, and the Guardian US among others. Brian is currently the Chief Correspondent at BRIC TV where he moderates the #BHeard Town Hall series on social justice and hosts, Going In With Brian Vines.















Becca Blackwell is a NYC based performer. They act in a lot of stuff and make their own work.




Start: June 15, 2019 7:00 PM
End: June 15, 2019 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States

June 14, 2019

Opening Reception for Y’all Better Quiet Down

Image: Buttons from The LGBT Community Center National History Archive

Y’all Better Quiet Down
June 14 – September 15, 2019
Opening reception on Friday, June 14, 2019, 6-9 PM
Companion exhibition at
Leslie-Lohman Museum
June 6 – July 21, 2019
Curated by Nelson Santos and Jeanne Vaccaro

Download Press Release

The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division is proud to present Y’all Better Quiet Down, a group exhibition of art and ephemera in response to the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. A companion exhibition will take place at the Leslie-Lohman Museum. Both exhibitions are curated by Nelson Santos and Jeanne Vaccaro.
Y’all Better Quiet Down takes its title from a 1973 speech made by trans activist Sylvia Rivera at the Christopher Street Liberation Day Rally in Washington Square Park. Responding to an anti-trans statement by lesbian feminist Jean O’Leary, Rivera tells the crowd she’s been beaten and thrown in jail for gay liberation. Amidst a chorus of boos, she implores her “gay brothers and gay sisters” to understand gay liberation as an intersectional struggle for racial justice, gender self-determination, prison abolition, and housing, employment, and economic equality.
On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, Y’all Better Quiet Down recalls Rivera’s impassioned demand to show up and commit to the collective struggle. What showing up looks like takes many forms—rage, protest, care, community and introspection. This exhibition presents contemporary works, protest banners, archival ephemera, and stories from the New York City Trans Oral History Project, Y’all Better Quiet Down centers the everyday and enduring legacies of liberation movements.
Artists include Brogan BertieLukaza Branfman-VerissimoLuis CarleSebastián Castro NiculescuLJ RobertsTourmaline & Sasha WortzelTuesday Smillie, and Chris Vargas; and ephemera from The LGBT Community Center National History ArchiveLeslie-Lohman Museum CollectionWRRQ Collective, and the NYC Trans Oral History Project.
Y’all Better Quiet Down will be presented at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division from June 14-September 15, 2019; and the Leslie-Lohman Museum from June 6 -July 21, 2019.
Y’all Better Quiet Down will be presented at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division from June 14-September 15, 2019; and the Leslie-Lohman Museum from June 6 -July 21, 2019.
The exhibition will include two events at the Bureau:


  • an intergenerational lesbian all-star poetry reading by Belladonna* Collaborative inspired by the NYC Lesbian Switchboard, on Friday, July 12, 7 PM


More information about these events will be announced soon. Please check the Bureau’s events calendar (bgsqd.com/events) to see our upcoming events.


Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
@The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
208 West 13th Street, Room 210
NY, NY 10011
Hours: Tuesdays-Sundays, 1-7 PM
Closed Mondays

Summer Hours: (July & August): Wednesdays-Saturdays, 1-7 PM
Closed Sundays, Mondays, & Tuesdays


The Leslie-Lohman Museum is the only dedicated art museum in the world to exhibit and preserve artwork that speaks about the LGBTQ experience. Our roots trace back to 1969 when Charles Leslie and Fritz Lohman held an exhibit of gay artists for the first time in their SoHo loft. Throughout the 1970s, they continued to collect and exhibit gay artists while supporting the SoHo art community. During the AIDS pandemic of the 1980s, the collection continued to grow as they rescued the work of dying artists from families who, out of shame or ignorance, wanted to destroy it. This led to the formation of the Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Foundation in 1987. In recognition of its importance in the collection and preservation of LGBTQ history, the organization was accredited as a museum in 2016. With a collection of over 30,000 objects, the Museum hosts six major exhibitions annually, offers several public programs throughout the year, publishes an arts newsletter, and maintains a research library of over 3,000 volumes.
Leslie-Lohman Museum
26 Wooster Street
NY, NY 10013
Admission is free with a suggested donation of $9
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6 PM, and Thursday, 12-8 PM
Website: leslielohman.org
Email: info@Leslielohman.org
Phone: 212-431-2609

Start: June 14, 2019 6:00 PM
End: June 14, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States

June 13, 2019

Like This Afternoon Forever: Jaime Manrique with Larry Mass


For the last fifty years, the Colombian drug cartels, various insurgent groups, and the government have fought over the control of the drug traffic, in the process destroying vast stretches of the Amazon, devastating Indian communities, and killing tens of thousands of homesteaders caught in the middle of the conflict.

Inspired by these events, Jaime Manrique’s sixth novel, Like This Afternoon Forever, weaves in two narratives: the shocking story of a series of murders known internationally as the “false positives,” and the related story of two gay Catholic priests who become lovers when they meet in the seminary.

Lucas (the son of farmers) and Ignacio (a descendant of the Barí indigenous people) enter the seminary out of a desire to help others and to get an education. Their visceral love story undergoes stages of passion, indifference, rage, and a final commitment to stay together until the end of their lives. Working in a community largely composed of people displaced by the war, Ignacio stumbles upon the horrifying story of the false positives, which will put the lives of the two men in grave danger.

Copies of Like This Afternoon Forever will be 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!


Check out this article about Manrique’s Like This Afternoon by Larry Mass



Jaime Manrique is a Colombian-born novelist, poet, essayist, and translator who writes both in English and Spanish, and whose work has been translated into fifteen languages. Among his publications in English are the novels Colombian Gold, Latin Moon in Manhattan, Twilight at the Equator, Our Lives Are the Rivers, and Cervantes Street; he has also published the memoir Eminent Maricones: Arenas, Lorca, Puig, and Me. His honors include Colombia’s National Poetry Award, a 2007 International Latino Book Award (Best Novel, Historical Fiction), and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a distinguished lecturer in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures at the City College of New York. Like This Afternoon Forever is his latest novel.

Jaime Manrique has been named the recipient of the 2019 Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, presented by the Publishing Triangle


Lawrence D Mass, M.D. is a co-founder of Gay Men’s Health Crisis and was the first to write about AIDS in the press. He is the author/editor of We Must Love One Another Or Die: The Life and Legacies of Larry Kramer, and is completing On The Future of Wagnerism, a sequel to his memoir, Confessions of a Jewish Wagnerite. He is a specialist in addiction medicine.




Start: June 13, 2019 7:00 PM
End: June 13, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
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.