Our Next Event

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


March 30, 2019

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: March 30, 2019 11:00 AM
End: March 30, 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.

March 29, 2019

Hal Schrieve presents “Out of Salem” with Jeanne Thornton and Cat Fitzpatrick

Celebrate the publication of Hal Schrieve‘s debut novel Out of Salem, a biting, hilariously macabre story of misfit monsters fighting repression and bigotry (and trying to pass 9th grade) in mid-90′s Salem, Oregon.
Hal will be joined by authors Jeanne Thornton and Cat Fitzpatrick for a conversation following the reading.


Copies of Out of Salem will be available for purchase at the event. To reserve a copy please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you!


“Set in 1997, this darkly humored fantasy explores censorship, government surveillance, homelessness, and real-world (not just magical) forms of oppression. . . Tension burns hot until the explosive conclusion, which begs for a sequel. On fire with magic and revolution.” –Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

HAL SCHRIEVE grew up in Olympia, Washington, and is competent at making risotto and setting up a tent. Xie has worked as an after-school group leader, a summer camp counselor, a flower seller, a tutor, a grocer, and a babysitter. Hir current ambition is to become a librarian. Xie has a BA in history with a minor in English from University of Washington and studies library science at Queens College, New York. Xie lives in Brooklyn, New York, and hir poetry has appeared in Vetch magazine. This is hir first novel.

JEANNE THORNTON is the author of “The Dream of Doctor Bantam” and “The Black Emerald,” both Lambda Literary Award finalists. She is the co-publisher of Instar Books and creator of the web comics “The Man Who Hates Fun” and “Bad Mother.” She lives in Brooklyn.

CAT FITZPATRICK teaches at Rutgers University–Newark. She wrote the book of poems “Glamourpuss” and co-edited the Stonewall-Award-winning anthology “Meanwhile Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers.” She is currently working on a verse novel in Onegin stanzas about trans women making terrible choices. This is a topic she knows a fair bit about.





Start: March 29, 2019 7:00 PM
End: March 29, 2019 9:00 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. No one turned away for lack of funds.

March 28, 2019

Virtual Tour of LGBT+ Secrets of Europe’s Museums & Monuments



Rome, Florence, Pompeii, Athens, Delphi, Berlin — all great places to visit, rich with fascinating history and fabulous art.

But are you aware of the key role that same-sex love played in shaping these urban centers? And of the roles that they, in turn, have played in creating gay history?

On Thursday, March 28, Out Professionals presents Professor Andrew Lear with “LGBT Secrets of Europe’s Museums and Monuments.” A longtime OP favorite for his private “Gay Secrets” tours of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lear has taught art history and Classics at Harvard, Columbia and NYU.

For this event Professor Lear focuses on European museums and monuments with roles in gay history. He discusses historical figures and relates stories behind historical events and great art, uncovering hidden meanings.

During the evening you discover:

· Which gay couple founded the world’s first democracy?

· Which emperor’s boy toy became a god?

· What was the first nude statue of the Renaissance?

· Which Christian saint did Japanese author Yukio Mishima venerate?

· What was the world’s first gay rights organization?

· Who was Berlin’s coolest gay, Jewish, anti-Nazi resistance fighter?

· And what was the ballsiest thing he did?

Professor Andrew Lear has taught art history and Classics at Harvard, Columbia, and NYU. Lear is the founder of Oscar Wilde Tours, the first company to offer tours focused on LGBT history, and the winner of the Travel Industry’s 2016 Travvy Award for best-escorted tour operator, LGBT; and of the Luxury Travel Guide’s 2016 award, LGBT Tour Operator of the Year.


The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, in room 210 of The LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues. Subway: 1/2/3, A/C/E or F/M to 14th Street; L to 6th or 8th Avenue.


Meet at the Bureau at 6:30 p.m. for networking and seat selection. From 7 to 9 p.m., slide presentation, discussion, Q&A.

The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division is an independent, all-volunteer queer cultural center, bookstore, and event space located in room 210 of The LGBT Community Center. Beer, wine, and soft drinks available.



  • Dues-paying Individual or Business Member of Out Professionals, $10 with advance registration; $15 at the door, if available. Event limited to 40 attendees. Pre-registration is highly recommended and closes at noon on March 28. Sorry, no refunds or exchanges. Please print and pocket a copy of your online receipt. Thanks!


  • $10 for nonmembers of Out Professional with promotional code: OUTBUREAU

Be sure to enter the promotional code and select nonmember tickets in order to receive the discount.

Andrew Lear tix final















Enjoy a 12-month Individual Out Professionals Membership PLUS one ticket for tonight — just $65. Individual membership includes free entry to every month’s OP.LOUNGE and discounted admission at other OP events. Or choose the enhanced benefits of Business Membership ($125): Enjoy free admission tonight and by registering in advance, enjoy free or discounted admission at a year’s worth of other OP seminars and workshops. All sales final.







Start: March 28, 2019 6:30 PM
End: March 28, 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 with promotional code or OUT Professional membership

March 24, 2019

Joe Ovelman Book Event, “On Grief,” 2019 & Talk w/ Fred Howard


Book release and signing with Joe Ovelman. Join Joe and longtime companion, Fred Howard, as they discuss Joe’s new book, “On Grief, 2019. “On Grief” recounts events from the artist’s life in illustrated text and drawings, serving a soothing balm for loss. Also by Joe Ovelman: “Pictures and Words,” 2018, sthEditions, and “Destination Wedding,” 2018.


























Fred Howard is a NYC-based comedic writer and publicist. http://www.identitytalentpr.com


























Joe Ovelman is a visual artist and author that lives and works in NYC and Philadelphia.





Start: March 24, 2019 3:00 PM
End: March 24, 2019 4:30 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. No one turned away for lack of funds.

March 23, 2019

The Fops — A new play about Queer identity by Jack Shamblin


THE FOPS by Jack Shamblin bubbled up out of recent work-in-progress performances at Dixon Place. Sharing his new script and his birthday at the same time, he welcomes you to an artful reading, live music, and some good pink cake.
“Partying too hard, the aging Queer Monty time travels to Victorian New York’s Paresis Hall, an all-male bordello. Engaging with the riff-raff, men-who-love-men, intellectuals, and twisted moralists; he confronts the frailty of his proud gay identity. Homo present meets past, and the future is up for grabs.”



Jack has come a long, long way from that Bible-Belt Eastern Oklahoma town where he grew up, a two-hour drive from the headquarters of the Ku Klux Klan. Back in the eighties, when he drummed-up enough courage to tell a friend he was gay, she told him he would “die of Aids and then roast for eternity.” His adoring mother went homophobic and threatened disownment. Depression followed, Jack was locked inside himself with so much to say but with no vehicle of expression. He calls it his “silent-state-of-Bohemia: a place full of singers without voices, dancers without legs and writers without hands.”
Fast-forward to 2018 and meet the new and evolved Jack/Mia — international writer, actor, director, comedian, performance artist, and activist. He’s created with Caryl Churchill, Kate Bornstein, Alexis Arquette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jayne Atkinson, Theodora Skipitares, Basil Twist, Ellie Covan, and Mark Wing-Davey. His plays performed at La MaMa, Dixon Place, HERE, and abroad. An anthology of his work Queering The Stage is on the shelves of BGSQD. He not only found his voice, his legs and his hands, but he clarified his direction as a queer leader and role model in the arts.

(This bio, crafted originally by Bob Criso for theatre blog Hi! Drama, has been edited by Mia Kunter Productions.)


Photograph by Bob Criso, from left to right: Graceann Dorse, Daniel Diaz, Goldie Luxe, Kevin Mimms, Michael Witkes, Brandi Azinionae, Nicholas Gorham, Matt “Ugly” McGlade.





Start: March 23, 2019 7:00 PM
End: March 23, 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. No one turned away for lack of funds.