Our Next Event

Shinjuku Story: Exhibition and Book Signing

Kaz

  Please join Brooklyn based photographer, Kaz Senju, for his first solo show and book signing with his project Shinjuku Story, interviews and photography of Tokyo gay and lesbian bar owners. The exhibition is on view at the Bureau from September 25-30, 1-7 pm.   Book signing special event on Friday, Sept 28th, 7 pm, hosted by [...]

Fri. Sep 28, 2018 7:00 PM

Events

May 19, 2018

Gay Artists of the Negro Renaissance

 
Join longtime activist, scholar of African American studies, and friend of the Bureau James Wright and guest speakers for a discussion of gay artists of the Negro Renaissance.
 
Featuring a historic overview of Harlem, the Negro Renaissance, and biographical information on several gay artists of the period, including Countee Cullen, Wallace Thurman, Alain Locke, and Bruce Nugent.
 
We will screen Brother to Brother (2005, written and directed by Rodney Evans, 90 minutes), a dramatic film about the life and times of Bruce Nugent.

 
 
James Wright has organized events at the Bureau exploring the lives and works of James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry, as well as an event focused on Bruce Nugent and the first and only issue of the black literary journal FIRE!!, which Nugent created with Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Wallace Thurman, Aaron Douglas, Gwendolyn Bennett, and John P. Davis in 1926.
 
 
About the image: In 1926, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Wallace Thurman, Aaron Douglas, Richard Bruce Nugent, Gwendolyn Bennett, and John P. Davis created the first and only issue of the black literary journal FIRE!!, which included Nugent’s explicitly gay poem “Smoke, Lilies and Jade.”

 

 

 
 

Start: May 19, 2018 6:00 PM
End: May 19, 2018 8:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $5 to $10 to support the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

May 18, 2018

John Fleck Is Who You Want Him to Be: Screening with Director Kevin Duffy and Guest Lucy Sexton of Dancenoise

 

JOHN FLECK IS WHO YOU WANT HIM TO BE is a documentary film by Kevin Duffy examining the legendary performance artist who was at the center of the culture wars during the AIDS crisis. The film includes contemporary cinema vérité footage of Fleck’s performances in New York and LA, a sit-down interview and archival footage reaching back over 30 years, including never before seen footage of the performance that sparked the NEA 4 crisis and the subsequent US Supreme Court decision.
Director Kevin Duffy will engage in a Q&A following the screening.
 
 
A Q&A will follow the screening with the filmmaker hosted by Moderator Lucy Sexton of DANCENOISE, the subject of the recent retrospective “Don’t Look Back” at the Whitney Museum.
 
 
Reception 7:30 PM
Screening 8 PM
 
 
JOHN FLECK (Subject) is a performance artist and actor based in Los Angeles, California. In 1990 he and 3 other performance artists became known as the NEA-4 denied funding by the National Endowment for the Arts because of religious and political pressure. Fleck’s latest venture BLACKTOP HIGHWAY premiered @ REDCAT in Los Angeles and recently made its NYC debut @ Dixon Place receiving rave reviews and a critic’s choice in the NY Times. His last show MAD WOMEN won the 2012 LA Weekly Award for ‘Outstanding Solo Performance’ and was nominated for a Bessie Award.

 
 

KEVIN DUFFY (Filmmaker) directed, produced, shot and edited the documentary feature, JOHN FLECK IS WHO YOU WANT HIM TO BE. The film has screened at the American Cinematheque, Los Angeles, the Los Feliz 3 Cinema, the New York Indie Theater Film Festival and CalArts. Duffy’s first independent feature, BECOMING BLOND (2010) starring Mink Stole is distributed by Ariztical Entertainment and has screened on Here TV. Duffy’s short film, cheap flight, (1996) screened on the Sundance Channel, at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the American Cinematheque and other venues. A graduate of New York University, Duffy won a Fellowship in Playwriting from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He received an M.F.A. in screenwriting from the American Film Institute.

 
 

Lucy Sexton is a Brooklyn-born choreographer, director, and producer who works in the fields of dance, theater, and film. With Anne Iobst, she created the dance performance duo DANCENOISE. She directed the off-Broadway plays Spalding Gray; Stories Left to Tell and Tom Murrin’s The Magical Ridiculous Journey of Alien Comic; and produced the Charles Atlas films The Legend of Leigh Bowery and TURNING with Antony and the Johnsons. Since 2009, she has served as the Executive Director of the NY Dance and Performance Awards, The Bessies.

 

 
 

 

Start: May 18, 2018 7:30 PM
End: May 18, 2018 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: (646) 358-1730
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.

May 17, 2018

Red Pubes: Writing the Queer Body

 

Poetry reading followed by Q & A with renowned poets Omotara James and Christopher Atamian.

 

 

Omotara

Omotara James is a poet and essayist. The daughter of Nigerian and Trinidadian immigrants, she lives and studies in New York City. Her poetry chapbook, “Daughter Tongue,” was selected by African Poetry Book Fund, in collaboration with Akashic Books, for the 2018 New Generation African Poets Box Set. Her debut full length collection, “Mama Wata,” is forthcoming in the Fall of 2018 from Siren Songs, of CCM press. She has been award fellowships from Cave Canem and Lambda Literary. Her awards include the Bridging the Gap Award for Emerging Poets and the Nancy P. Schnader Academy of American Poets Award. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Recluse, Nat.Brut, American Chordata, Winter Tangerine, Cosmonauts Avenue, The Seventh Wave, Arkansas International and elsewhere. Currently, she is an MFA candidate in poetry at NYU.
 
 
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Christopher Atamian is a writer and creative producer of Italian–Armenian background and the grandson of Armenian Genocide survivors. While his current work is increasingly devoid of overt ethnic topics, much of his early writings centered around issues of sexuality, ethnic origin and assimilation. At Collegiate School Atamian was a National Merit Scholar. He received his B.A. in Literature, Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University before completing his education at USC Film School and Columbia Business School where he received the school’s highest honor, the Samuel Bronfman Scholarship. Apart from creative endeavors and professional activities as a senior executive in leading media companies and consultancies, Atamian has concentrated on community activism. He is the former President and a current board member of AGLA New York and in 2004 founded Nor Alik, a non-profit cultural organization responsible for producing the First Armenian International Film Festival. He also co-produced the OBIE Award-winning play Trouble in Paradise in 2006, directed by Elyse Singer, as well as several music videos and short films. Atamian was selected for the 2009 Venice Biennale on the basis of his video Sarafian’s Desire and received a 2015 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He continues to contribute critical pieces to leading publications such as The New York Times Book Review and The Huffington Post, while working on other creative endeavors in film and theater. Atamian’s poetry has appeared in The Hye-Phen Magazine, The Armenian Poetry Project, Groong Online, and Mes Arménies. Into the Woods was adapted as a rock song by musician Anne Hirschfeld.
 
 
 
 

Start: May 17, 2018 7:00 PM
End: May 17, 2018 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: (646) 358-1730
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.

May 16, 2018

Pop Gym Pop Up: Free Self-Defense Workshop at the Bureau

 

Palm Heels for the people! Don’t get that joke? No worries! Come by this FREE Pop Up workshop to learn some introductory skills that will keep you feeling safe. We’ll be covering the basics: stretching, conditioning, technique, and theory, with the hope that participants will leave with some super useful foundations that will aid them in the day-to-day. Mix that in with some sweat and some movement, and you’ll have an accessible and confidence-boosting good time for all. Whether you are a beginner, or someone with experience, come work it out with us!
 
Open to all ages! We’ll be moving around, so participants should wear clothing in which they are comfortable stretching and sweating.
 
#POPGym is a new project, working towards opening a physical space in Brooklyn that offers free self-defense, fitness, and skill share classes 7 days a week. As we continue planning, we invite you to come by any of our events this summer! Our workshops have been described as, “fun”, “holistic” and “empowering”, and for any questions, comments, or inquiries for future workshops for you or your organizations, email us at info@popgym.org #popup
 
 
 
 

Start: May 16, 2018 7:00 PM
End: May 16, 2018 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: (646) 358-1730
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.

May 13, 2018

Annie Lanzillotto & Erica Cardwell Read

 
Pride Comes Early! Annie Rachele Lanzillotto reads from her new double book “Hard Candy” and “Pitch Roll Yaw.” Erica Cardwell reads new work. Special guests include: Gabriella Belfiglio, Clare Ultimo, Rosette Capotorto, Zhaleh Afshar.
 
 

Annie Rachele Lanzillotto is the author of the books: Hard Candy: Caregiving, Mourning, and Stage Light and Pitch, Roll, Yaw (Guernica World Editons 2018); L is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Memoir (SUNY Albany Press 2013, LAMBDA Literary Award Finalist); and Schistsong, poems, (Bordighera Press 2013.) Lanzillotto is the singer/songwriter of the albums: Never Argue With a Jackass (2017); Swampjuice: Yankee with a Southern Peasant Soul (2016), Carry My Coffee (2012), Eleven Recitations (2011); and Blue Pill (2010.) For more info on her books, audiobooks, albums, films, and performance works, visit www.annielanzillotto.com.

 
 

Erica Cardwell is a writer and radical educator based in New York. Her writing has appeared in Hyperallergic, The Believer, Rewire, and forthcoming for Green Mountain Review. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and was awarded a nonfiction fellowship from the Lambda Literary Foundation in 2015. She teaches English and Literature at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Erica lives in Brooklyn with her partner and their turtle, Smiley Mousa.

 
 
 
 

Start: May 13, 2018 4:00 PM
End: May 13, 2018 5:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: (646) 358-1730
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.