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We’re Still Here East Coast Launch Party!

Stacked Deck August 18

  Stacked Deck Press takes Manhattan! Come to the East Coast Launch Party for We’re Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division! Join Jeanne Thornton and Tara Madison Avery for trans comics and adult refreshments! Get your copy of this groundbreaking anthology at the Bureau! To reserve a copy [...]

Sat. Aug 18, 2018 8:00 PM


March 29, 2018

Leather and Lust


Leather and Lust – Come One, Come All To An Evening Of Literature with Sassafras Lowrey, Laura Antoniou, D.L. King, and Nairne Holtz.



Sassafras Lowrey is a teenage runaway who grew up to become the 2013 winner of the Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award. Hir books—Lost Boi, A Little Queermas Carol, Roving Pack, Kicked Out and Leather Ever After—have been honored by organizations ranging from the National Leather Association to the American Library Association. Sassafras lives and writes in Brooklyn with hir partner, and their menagerie of dogs and cats. Learn more at www.SassafrasLowrey.com



Proud member of the Middle Aged Guard, Laura Antoniou has been writing erotica for over twenty-five years. Best known for her Marketplace series of erotic novels about a realistic slave training society. The 6th book, The Inheritor, was launched with an enormously successful Kickstarter featuring a limited leather-bound edition. The second volume of fan fiction set in the Marketplace world is due out in 2018. She has also edited and appeared in many anthologies, including Best Lesbian Erotica 2015, and is the author of Rainbow Award winning comedy kinky mystery, The Killer Wore Leather. Her website is LAntoniou.com; follow her on Facebook, Twitter, etc.


D L King Bio PicD. L. King (dlkingerotica.blogspot.com) has a literary-minded cat who begs for her 9:00 treats from about 8pm, on. However, while other cats like to sit on keyboards and sleaze their way in front of your monitor, Batgirl knows how important the work of writing and editing is and refuses to bother her during those times. (No, really, it’s true.) She must be a very patient cat as D. L. is almost always at the computer. D. L. King is the editor of fourteen anthologies, including a Lambda Literary Award Winner, The Harder She Comes: Butch/Femme Erotica, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, Where the Girls Are: Urban Lesbian Erotica and five Independent Publisher Medalists, (two gold and three silver) Carnal Machines: Steampunk EroticaThe Harder She Comes: Butch/Femme EroticaUnder Her Thumb: Erotic Stories of Female DominationThe Big Book of Domination: Erotic Fantasies and Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year, Volume 1. Her short stories have been published in close to a hundred anthologies, including six volumes of Best Lesbian Erotica, as well as titles such as Say Please: Lesbian BDSM EroticaGirl Crazy: Coming Out Erotica, and Girl Fever: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex for Lesbians. D. L. King is also the editor of She Who Must Be Obeyed: Femme Dominant Lesbian Erotica. She has a couple of novels and a few novellas in print, as well as a collection of 21 of her own favorite femdom short stories.


Holtz - Author Photo - 2017

Nairne Holtz began her writing career in the early 90s with the creation of a pansexual queer porn zine, Pornorama, that generated reviews and sales from around the world. A straight couple who ran a fetish group offered to back her financially and elevate Pornorama to magazine status. She pooh-poohed this offer she didn’t think was terribly practical: “Thanks, that’s sweet, but I’m going to library school.”

Today she manages a law library and is the author of several works of fiction. The Skin Beneath (Insomniac, 2007), was shortlisted for Quebec’s McAuslan Prize (rather respectable) and won the Alice B. Award for Debut Lesbian Fiction (she hadn’t heard of this award either until she received an email informing her she had won it). This One’s Going to Last Forever (Insomniac, 2009), was a Lambda Literary Award finalist (terribly thrilling). Her new novel, Femme Confidential, will be out in the fall of 2017.



Start: March 29, 2018 7:00 PM
End: March 29, 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 Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

March 28, 2018

Book Launch: Tadzio Koelb’s Trenton Makes with Vincent Virga


Please join Tadzio Koelb, author of TRENTON MAKES for a reading and conversation led by Vincent Virga.
A vivid, brutal, razor-sharp debut about a woman who carves out her share of the American Dream by living as a man.
1946: At the apogee of the American Century, the confidence inspired by victory in World War II has spawned a culture of suffocating conformity in thrall to the cult of masculine privilege.
In the hardscrabble industrial city of Trenton, New Jersey, a woman made strong by wartime factory work kills her army veteran husband in a domestic brawl, disposes of his body, and assumes his identity. As Abe Kunstler, he secures a job in a wire rope factory, buys a car, and successfully woos Inez, an alcoholic dime dancer. He makes a home with her, but for Abe, this is not enough: to complete his transformation, he needs a son.
1971: A very different war is under way. The certainties of mid-century triumphalism are a distant, bitter memory, and Trenton’s heyday as a factory town is long past. As the sign on the famous bridge says, “Trenton Makes, the World Takes.”
The family life Abe has so carefully constructed is crumbling under the intolerable pressures of his long ruse. Desperate to hold on to what he has left, Abe searches for solutions in the dying city.
Written in brilliantly stylized prose, this gripping narrative is a provocative and incisive exploration of the nature of identity, and a disturbing portrait of desperation. Tadzio Koelb has crafted a slim gut shot of a novel that heralds the arrival of a writer of startling talent and imagination.

Copies of Trenton Makes are 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!
TADZIO KOELB is a graduate of the prestigious writing program at the University of East Anglia in the U.K. He has translated André Gide’s work, and is an active reviewer and essayist for a variety of publications that include The New York Times and The Times Literary Supplement. He teaches writing at Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
VINCENT VIRGA is the author of GAYWYCK, the first gay Gothic written to show that genres have no gender. He is the author of several novels and 28 non-fiction books. He is also a picture editor of 163 books, his latest is BOBBY KENNEDY by Chris Matthews. 

Start: March 28, 2018 7:00 PM
End: March 28, 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: $5 to 10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

March 24, 2018

Pushing the Limits: Ana Simo and Sarah Schulman in Conversation

Authors, activists, and co-founders of the Lesbian Avengers, Sarah Schulman talks with Ana Simo about her provocative first novel, Heartland, and much more.

Copies of Ana Simo’s Heartland (Restless Books, 2018) are 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!


Ana Simo is the author of a dozen plays, a short feature film, and countless articles. HEARTLAND, her debut novel, is an uproarious, word-drunk romp through an alternate, pre-apocalyptic United States that blends elements of telenovela, pulp noir, and dystopian satire. A New Yorker most of her life, she came of age in a Cuba where a revolution’s sense of endless freedom was almost immediately replaced by iron-fisted censorship and rabidly homophobic witch-hunts that jailed or institutionalized LGBT people, forcing her and others to flee.


Sarah Schulman‘s work spans novels, plays, journalism, and nonfiction. She is a Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at the College of Staten Island. Some of her recent works include the movie United in Anger: A History of ACT UP, and the nonfiction work Conflict is not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and the Duty of Repair. Her 19th book, MAGGIE TERRY, a novel of murder and intrigues, will be published in September, 2018 by The Feminist Press.






Start: March 24, 2018 7:00 PM
End: March 24, 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. No one turned away for lack of funds.

March 23, 2018

Opening reception for No Reason To Be Careful: A Solo Exhibition by Marco DaSilva


Please join us for the opening reception of Marco DaSilva‘s solo exhibition No Reason To Be Careful on Friday, March 23, from 6 to 9 PM.

No Reason To Be Careful will remain on view at the Bureau through June 10.
Marco DaSilva has developed a meticulous process of painting that was born after his manic episode in 2013. Applying house paint, limited color and sharpie markers through a pop context to canvas and other surfaces, this culmination of work evokes the duality of heaven and hell, deconstructing his lived experience during this era of his life. He provides a richly saturated landscape of his own world to the viewer and creates his own mythology in the process. Marco will be displaying MY QUAINT STRUGGLE a book of manic poetry and photographs alongside his paintings as well as SELFIE TABLEAU a book of collages that explore the idea of the ‘selfie’ as a contemporary self portrait.
Marco DaSilva is an artist born and raised in New York City. He holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from SUNY New Paltz and currently maintains a studio practice in Bedford- Stuyvesant. He creates his own symbology through his paintings and drawings which explore the notions of duality through the intersections of his multi racial queer experience. He has exhibited his work at IMAGE Gallery, Heath Gallery and The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art among others. He was an NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Fellow and is currently a Visual Arts fellow for Queer Art Mentorship’s 2017-2018 cycle. http://marcodasilva.net/




Start: March 23, 2018 6:00 PM
End: March 23, 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

March 22, 2018

Curating Arts and Public Health with South African Curatorial Resident MC Roodt


Visual AIDS’ sixth annual Curatorial Resident, MC Roodt, will present a culminating talk reflecting on his work in South Africa and his research in New York City, followed by a conversation with South African photographer Pippa Hetherington and public health scholar Ian Bradley-Perrin. MC has spent the month of March conducting research in Visual AIDS’ archives and activating our community through dialogues and studio visits. He works and lives in Bloemfontein, South Africa, a region particularly marked by the devastating effects of the HIV/AIDS pandemic: 14% of the population in his hometown are living with HIV.

As part of his Curatorial Residency with Visual AIDS, MC is currently developing a transnational exhibition project that will be presented in South Africa at the Free States Arts Festival as well as on Visual AIDS’ website. MC will also discuss the Arts & Health Project Design Strategies workshop he will facilitate during his residency. Blending the disciplines and practices of community arts and community health, the workshop introduces participants to the design of public Arts & Health projects. Artists and community health practitioners will come together to demonstrate the value of interdisciplinary perspectives and partnerships in the realization of creative public health aspirations.


MC Roodt is an HIV-positive arts practicioner, writer and artist from Bloemfontein, South Africa. MC is the Arts & Health chair at the Public Health Association of South Africa and the Programme Director of Free State Arts & Health. He is a founding member of the gRRR Kollective—an intermedia arts collective—and has curated several exhibitions in South Africa. He frequently contributes as an arts writer on various platforms and is an activist for LGBTQIA rights in South Africa. To read more about MC’s work, see his introductory post on the Visual AIDS blog.


Pippa Hetherington is currently enrolled in the ICP-Bard MFA program, graduating in 2019. Pippa has been involved with Visual AIDS through the LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN initiative and has been assisting MC during his residency. Pippa’s work is heavily influenced by travels through Africa and her fifteen years of photographic work in the social development sector of Southern Africa. She is passionate about supporting projects in the civil society space and values the need for supporting the meeting point of art and HIV and AIDS.


Ian Bradley-Perrin is a PhD student in Sociomedical Science at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He is a fellow at the Lehman Center for American History, The Columbia Population Research Center and the Social Science and Research Council of Canada. His research focuses on the intersection of activism, the pharmaceutical industry, advertising and marketing, and public health. He has been an activist on HIV criminalization, needle exchange and harm reduction practices and vocal on distortions in the historiography of HIV/AIDS. He has also been an activist on campus organizing graduate workers to form a union and serving on Graduate Workers of Columbia bargaining committee.


Visual AIDS’ Curatorial Residency program is made possible through a collaboration with Residency Unlimited. Launched in 2012, the program offers a one-month residency for a curator, art historian, or arts writer interested in the intersection of visual art and HIV/AIDS. The curatorial residency encourages the development of exhibitions, programs, and scholarship about HIV/AIDS and contemporary art.





Start: March 22, 2018 7:00 PM
End: March 22, 2018 8:30 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 Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.