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  New year, new cultural horizon! Negative Press, a gay Marxist poetry collective, invites you to an evening of poems and other provocations.     Kay Gabriel is a minor internet personality.   Zachary LaMalfa is a minor internet personality.   David W. Pritchard is a minor internet personality.   A.B. Robinson is a minor [...]

Tue. Jan 2, 2018 7:00 PM


July 1, 2017 – July 4, 2017

Bureau closed for Independence Day weekend!


Bureau closed for Independence Day weekend!


Start: July 1, 2017 8:00 AM
End: July 4, 2017 5:00 PM

June 28, 2017

Dolly on Dolly: Presentation and Signing with Randy L. Schmidt

Join Randy L. Schmidt as he presents and signs copies of his latest book, Dolly on Dolly: Interviews and Encounters with Dolly Parton, new from Chicago Review Press in the Musicians in Their Own Words series. After a reading/presentation, Schmidt will answer your questions and sign copies of the book. Copies will be available for sale.

Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds. Free for ages 18 and under!

To reserve a copy of Dolly on Dolly: Interviews and Encounters with Dolly Parton please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com.



“Nobody knows Dolly like Dolly,” declares Dolly Parton.

Dolly’s is a rags-to-riches tale like no other. A dirt-poor Smoky Mountain childhood paved the way for the buxom blonde butterfly’s metamorphosis from singer-songwriter to international music superstar. The undisputed “Queen of Country Music,” Dolly has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and has conquered just about every facet of the entertainment industry: music, film, television, publishing, theater, and even theme parks. It has been more than fifty years since Dolly Parton arrived in Nashville with just her guitar and a dream. Her story has been told many times and in many ways, but never like this.

Dolly on Dolly is a collection of interviews spanning five decades of her career and featuring material gathered from celebrated publications including Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan, Playboy, and Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine. Also included are interviews which have not been previously available in print. Dolly’s feisty and irresistible brand of humor, combined with her playful, pull-up-a-chair-and-stay-awhile delivery, makes for a fascinating and inviting experience in down-home philosophy and storytelling. Much like her patchwork “Coat of Many Colors,” this book harkens back to the legendary entertainer’s roots and traces her evolution, stitching it all together one piece at a time.

“Dolly on Dolly magnificently encapsulates Dolly Parton’s career through her own words. It’s a must read for fans of all ages.” —Gary and Larry Lane, actors and filmmakers (Hollywood to Dollywood)

“Six decades into her career, Dolly continues to be a fountain of songwriting creativity. Randy L. Schmidt’s Dolly on Dolly reflects all of this. The book chronicles journalists’ encounters with this force of nature over forty-seven years. I was charmed by its very early stories, written when she was just beginning to establish her image. But I was equally enthralled by the stories written about Dolly as I know her today, as an American popular-culture icon. Love her. Love this book.” —Robert K. Oermann, music journalist

“Dolly on Dolly is an indulgent journey through Dolly’s life and career, giving fans a chance to relive interviews they haven’t seen in decades, but moreover it is a study in excellent interview technique. Dolly Parton is one of the world’s most skilled interview subjects, expertly navigating reporters’ questions with humor and wit, remaining in control of the interview at all times and gently steering if where she wants it to go. Dolly on Dolly offers a fascinating overview of how her natural interview talent grew over time to a level that few in the public eye can match.” —Duane Gordon, publisher, dollymania.net

“This polished tribute will be candy for Parton fans, while readers with a casual interest in pop culture will find it highly browsable and full of good humor.” —Library Journal

“You don’t need to be a Dolly Parton devotee to appreciate these 25 in-depth interviews, spanning 1967 to 2014, which chronicle the journey of a talented woman coming into her own.” —BUST magazine
Randy Schmidt Author Photo

Randy L. Schmidt is the author of the acclaimed bestselling biography Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter and the editor of Judy Garland on Judy Garland and Yesterday Once More: The Carpenters Reader. He has also written articles for the Advocate and the Observer. He teaches music in Denton, Texas.

Start: June 28, 2017 7:00 PM
End: June 28, 2017 8:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
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.

June 27, 2017

USS presents Trace DePass and an Open Mic


Union Square Slam is spending the summer showcasing our fire 2017 Slam Team, as they prepare for the National Poetry Slam in Denver this August. Each team member will lead a workshop before their feature, so don’t miss your chance to engage with these brilliant writers and performers! All proceeds go directly to the artists.

First up: Trace DePass!!!

Residing in Queens, NY, Trace DePass is an Urban Word NYC alumnus, juror and consultant at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and was the 2016 Teen Poet Laureate for the Borough of Queens.

Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, mother of Phife Dawg from A Tribe called Quest, awarded him the first-ever Phife Dawg ‘Styles-on-Styles’ award for poetry. After which, he then went on to perform for the unveiling of Phife Dawg’s street in Queens, NY, and for the grand opening for The Langston Hughes’ home in Harlem. He received a National Gold Medal from Scholastic for his writing portfolio, “Black Boyhood,” wherein one piece was published in Scholastic’s Best Teen Writing of 2015. His poetry has been featured online for BET’s Next Level, Motion Poems, Nowness, & Billboard, and can be read at literary homes – Entropy Magazine, Poetry Magazine, Split This Rock, & Penmanship Books’ “East Coast Voices”.

Trace is also currently the editor of Best Teen Writing of 2017, and a member of the 2017 Union Square Slam Team, and working on curriculum for his upcoming residency at The Langston Hughes Home.

6:30pm: Workshop
7:30pm: Sign-ups and Socialize
8:00pm: Open Mic
9:00pm: Feature
We are located at the Bureau of General Services — Queer Division, inside the LBGT Center (208 W 13th St, #210)
Our venue is all ages and wheelchair accessible.

Workshop: $5
Open Mic and Feature: $5

No one is turned away for lack of funds.


Start: June 27, 2017 6:30 PM
End: June 27, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested $5-10 donation

June 25, 2017

The Bureau is closed for Pride! Happy Pride, beloved queers!

Date: June 25, 2017

June 23, 2017

LGBT San Francisco – The Daniel Nicoletta Photographs – author talk & book signing with Daniel Nicoletta in person


Published in 2017 by Reel Art Press – LGBT: San Francisco – The Daniel Nicoletta Photographs is the first book dedicated to photographer Daniel Nicoletta’s archive of powerful images from the burgeoning lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender mecca that was San Francisco in the 1970s through its ongoing journey to the present.

Foreward by Gus Van Sant, introduction by Chuck Mobley, edited by Tony Nourmand and designed by Joakim Olsson.


7 PM reception

7:30 PM presentation & Q & A

8:30 – 9:30 reception and book signing continues


Copies of LGBT San Francisco – The Daniel Nicoletta Photographs will be available for purchase. To reserve a copy please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com.

Daniel Nicoletta has been a leading chronicler of the LGBT civil rights movement over the last 40 years. His images are a vivid and intimate record of the people who came together to change the world: queens, dykes, transgender people, activists, celebrities, politicos, artists, and their allies.

In 1975, 20-year-old Nicoletta worked at Harvey Milk’s camera store in the Castro District of San Francisco, one of the first gay neighborhoods in the United States. Nicoletta is perhaps best known for his iconic images of Milk, the persuasive, charismatic human rights leader who became one of the first openly gay elected officials in the world.


“The value of Daniel Nicoletta’s work lies in its inerrant service to the history of the LGBT

movement in twentieth century America; forming an invaluable chronicle of a specific time and place. And, most especially: the people who created it.” – Chuck Mobley

LGBT: San Francisco is an essential history and a stunning photographic work that is not to be missed.

Reel Art Press R|A|P stands for exceptional style and a unique curatorial eye. It stands for luxury and class, the highest production values, and a sensitivity to an eclectic selection of subject matter and material. It stands for rare, unpublished and unusual work including subjects with mass appeal and limited editions with unlimited potential. The company has made headlines around the world with its previous releases, which include: Disco: The Bill Bernstein Photographs, The 2001 File, Brigid Berlin Polaroids, Unseen McQueen and Billy Name: The Silver Age.




Daniel Nicoletta is available for interviews

please contact publicist Lisa Baker;

Lisa Baker Associates Ltd

Email: lisa@lisabakerltd.com

Tel: + 44 (0)7768 310038

Tel: + 44 (0)203 286 2820



for more information about Daniel Nicoletta







Start: June 23, 2017 7:00 PM
End: June 23, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
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.