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Violet Ghosts

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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 11, 2019

Words and music by Gregg Shapiro and Jill Sobule


Poet Gregg Shapiro and singer/songwriter Jill Sobule present an evening of poetry and song. Shapiro will be reading from his new book More Poems About Buildings and Food (Souvenir Spoon Books, 2019). Sobule will perform songs from her new album Nostalgia Kills (Pinko Records), and favorites from her songbook.



Start: June 11, 2019 7:00 PM
End: June 11, 2019 9:15 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.

June 9, 2019

Queer Brooklyn in Conversation: Narrating Tides and Cities: A Talk between Hugh Ryan and Benjamin Shepard


Join us for a conversation with Hugh Ryan, author of When Brooklyn Was Queer, and Benjamin Shepard, author of Illuminations on Market Street and Brooklyn Tides: The Fall and Rise of a Global Borough (with Mark Noonan).


Hugh Ryan’s When Brooklyn Was Queer is a groundbreaking exploration of the LGBT history of Brooklyn, from the early days of Walt Whitman in the 1850s up through the queer women who worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II, and beyond. Not only has Brooklyn always lived in the shadow of queer Manhattan neighborhoods like Greenwich Village and Harlem, but there has also been a systematic erasure of its queer history―a great forgetting. That Ryan unearths. Shepard’s work explores similar themes of cultural erasure as spaces of difference are forced to contend with seas of identical details encroaching. What will become of Brooklyn?  Tracing the emergence of Brooklyn from village outpost to global borough, Brooklyn Tides investigates the nature and consequences of global forces that have crossed the East River and identifies alternative models for urban development, providing an ethnographic reading of the literature, social activism, and ever ebbing tides impacting this transforming space. The formation of the Brooklyn we know today is inextricably linked to the stories of the incredible people who created its diverse neighborhoods and cultures. Ryan and Shepard will discuss a few of these narratives, comparing Brooklyn with historically queer spaces such as Manhattan and San Francisco, unpacking the cross currents and cultural tides from Brooklyn to Greenwich Village, East Coast to West, Fulton to Market Street.


Copies of Ryan’s When Brooklyn Was Queer and Shepard’s Illuminations on Market Street 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!





Start: June 9, 2019 4:00 PM
End: June 9, 2019 5:30 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.

June 8, 2019

Living in this Queer Body Podcast Celebration with Morgan Bassichis / Cyree Johnson / Amelia Bande / Lee Relvas

Please join Living in this Queer Body Podcast host Asher Pandjiris in celebrating the podcast launch. We will have performances by Morgan Bassichis, Cyree JohnsonAmelia Bande, and Lee Relvas! Also, bring your hopes and dreams for the podcast and your queer bodies. We will assemble these hopes in queer ritual, generate a space to talk feelings and meet some past and future podcast interviewees.
LITQB seeks to embody and share the principles of intersectional, trans-affirming, gender nonconforming, and sex-worker affirming feminisms and support liberatory social movements.
Reception at 7 PM
Performances at 7:30 – 9pm
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Morgan Bassichis is a comedic performer whose shows have been described as “out there” (by Morgan’s mother) and “super intense” (by Morgan). Recent performances include Klezmer for Beginners at Abrons Arts Center (2019), Damned If You Duet at the Kitchen (2018), More Protest Songs! at Danspace Project (2018), and The Faggots & Their Friends Between Revolutions: The Musical at the New Museum (2017). Morgan has presented work at The Whitney Biennial (2019), Hirshhorn Museum, MoMA PS1, the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Whitney Museum, and has received support from Art Matters, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Morgan lives in New York City, and has contributed writing to Artforum, Radical History Review, Captive Genders, and other anthologies.




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Cyrée Jarelle Johnson is a poet and librarian from Piscataway, New Jersey. SLINGSHOT, his debut book of poetry, will be published by Nightboat Books in September. Find Cyrée online at cyreejarellejohnson.com or @cyreejarelle on social media.




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Amelia Bande is a Brooklyn-based artist, writer and performer from Chile. Her solo and collaborative work has been shown at Artists Space, The Poetry Project, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, Adult Contemporary, Storm King Arts Center, Tang Museum, MoMA Library, MIX NYC, Abrons Arts Center, Participant Inc., BOFFO Performance Festival, and more. She has been an artist in residence at WORM Filmwerkplaats, The Shandaken Project and Yaddo. She was co-editor of Critical Correspondence, an online publication of Movement Research. Her chapbook The Clothes We Wear was published by Belladonna in 2017. Amelia also teaches Spanish at CUNY and NYU.  Amelia is a queer dyke, a writer, performer, music maker, teacher. I create live capsules of intimacy. Low-fi musicals. She performs alone and with others.



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Lee Relvas is an artist and writer living in New York.  She is a recipient of the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program award 2018-2019, and received the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant in 2016.  She has had recent solo exhibitions at Callicoon Fine Arts in New York and Artist Curated Projects in Los Angeles, and has also exhibited and performed at venues including The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, The Hammer Museum, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Various Small Fires, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and Art in General.





Start: June 8, 2019 7:00 PM
End: June 8, 2019 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation is $10-20 towards funding the production of the podcast and the work of the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Social Sculpture for Individual Goals


Social Sculpture for Individual Goals is an opportunity to check in with others about your personal goals.

The way it works is very simple: A group of individuals gathers together, and, depending on how many individuals are present, together we decide on a specific amount of time that each person will be allotted to speak to the group about their personal goals. We ask for one person to volunteer as a timekeeper, and that person keeps track of time, letting the person who is speaking know when they have one minute remaining, and when their time is up.

As each one of us takes our turn to speak, the group listens quietly and gives us an opportunity to speak from the heart about our personal goals. This process of personal goal-related sharing can go in many different directions, and each person who speaks is welcome to use this time in whatever way feels most helpful to them. This process provides an opportunity for the speaker to sort out their thoughts, to gain clarity around personal goals, to share setbacks and successes, and to be accountable to others. As we listen to others, it is an opportunity for us to practice deep listening and to receive inspiration from others.

While this is not an overly rule-bound process, we do ask that attendees keep the following guidelines in mind:

- When it is someone else’s turn to speak, others in the group do not interrupt or query that person. We allow the person who is speaking to have ‘the stage’ to themself during their turn.

- During your own turn, keep the focus on yourself, and do not give feedback to others who have already spoken (note: it is okay to reference something someone else said, for example, something that inspired you–as long as you are mentioning it in relation to your own goals and your own process).

- Nobody is required to share. It is okay to attend and just listen to others, without sharing anything yourself. Also, it is okay if someone wants to speak for less than their allotted time.

- Please keep in mind that this is an open community forum; therefore, information that attendees choose to share is not considered confidential or anonymous.

This project is a collaboration between the Bureau and Ben G. Adams, a psychologist and artist whose work focuses on approaching tropes of personal and social transformation as art forms. The term ‘social sculpture’ was originally developed by 20th century conceptual artist Joseph Beuys in reference to the idea that all human beings are artists, and that all aspects of life can be approached as art forms. Ben’s previous work includes an art book and dieting system titled The Creative Process Diet, mixed media works in printmaking and sculpture, and another (currently ongoing) iteration of Social Sculpture for Individual Goals developed in collaboration with the Religious Society of Friends of Truth (a.k.a. ‘Quakers’) beginning in January 2017.


There is no required cost to attend Social Sculpture for Individual Goals, which is being very generously sponsored by the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, an independent organization that is operated entirely by volunteers. During the meeting we will pass around a bowl so that everyone who attends will receive an opportunity to make a voluntary donation to support the Bureau. The suggested donation is $10, and we ask attendees to be as generous as possible in their support of the Bureau, which generously sponsors Social Sculpture for Individual Goals and many other community-building projects.




Start: June 8, 2019 11:00 AM
End: June 8, 2019 1:00 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.

June 5, 2019

OLNY Poly Movie Night: Lutine


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 June 5th, please join us for a viewing of Lutine (2016), a very self-referential docu-comedy about polyamory directed by and starring Isabelle Broué.


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: Simultaneously a documentary about polyamory, a making-of the documentary, and a comedic fiction about the director’s life and loves, the project appears to be having an identity crisis while the characters (or are they the actors?) try to figure out what this polyamory thing is. Running time: 1 hour, 38 minutes. In French with English subtitles.





Start: June 5, 2019 6:30 PM
End: June 5, 2019 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
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.