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  Come celebrate Elsa Waithe‘s 30th bday the only way she know how… WITH LAUGHTER!!! On May 25th @ 7pm, Bureau of General Services-Queer Division is gonna be packed as we ring in Elsa’s new decade with this hot lineup:   Beth Maria Margo Reiss Shelly Colman Sarah Hartshorne Norah Yahya Mamoudou N’Diaye   $10 [...]

Fri. May 25, 2018 7:00 PM


November 17, 2017

MOMENTUM! 5 Years and Counting! A Birthday Party and Fundraiser for the Bureau!


Join the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division to celebrate our 5th birthday!


MOMENTUM: 5 Years and Counting! will begin at 6 PM with an hour-long reception followed by a variety show MC’d by actor, entertainer, and former Miss LEZ Drae Campbell, and featuring author/blogger Jeremiah Moss (Vanishing New York: How A Great City Lost Its Soul); poet, writer, and performer Pamela Sneed; comedian, activist, and instructor Elsa Waithe; drag performer Lady Quesa’Dilla; and burlesque performer and porn star Chris Harder. DJ Viva Ruiz will bring guests to the dance floor for the final hour and a half!

Raffle prizes! Food! Drink! Dancing! Performances! Fun!

Tickets are only $25.

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Flyer Design: Paul Moreno


Big thanks to our donors!

Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Saxelby Cheese Mongers


Raffle prizes include:

T-shirts and other goodies from Tom of Finland Store

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1 pair of tickets to Sasha Velour’s Nightgowns on New Year’s Eve!


2 pairs of tickets to Chris Harder’s Porn to Be a STAR!

Porn to be a Star Chris Harder



Performers and Readers:

Drae Campbell 500

Drae Campbell is an actor, storyteller, curator and all around entertainer. She received a BFA in Theater from the University of The Arts in Philadelphia. She’s been spotted on IFC.Com, Conan. Refinery29 and in numerous films.  Some theater credits include: Only You Can Prevent Wildfires, Ricochet Collective, Non-Consensual Relationships With Ghosts, La Mama, My Old Man, Dixon Place, Oph3lia at HERE.  She appeared as a radical lesbian in Taylor Mac’s 24 Decade History Of Popular Music at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Drae once reigned as Miss LEZ and she hosts and curates a live monthly storytelling show called TELL at BGSQD.




Viva Ruiz

Viva Ruiz is a queer big mouth.



Photo by Christopher Schulz

Photo by Christopher Schulz

Jeremiah Moss, creator of the award-winning blog Vanishing New York, and author of Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul, is the pen name of Griffin Hansbury. His writing on the city has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Daily News, and online for The New Yorker and The Paris Review. As Hansbury, he is the author of The Nostalgist, a novel, and works as a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City.



Photo by Patricia Silva

Photo by Patricia Silva

Pamela Sneed is a New York-based poet, writer and performer. She is author of Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom Than Slavery, KONG and Other Works and a chaplet, Gift by Belladonna. She has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Time Out, Bomb, VIBE, and on the cover of New York Magazine. She has appeared in Art Forum, The Huffington Post and Hyperallergic. In 2017, She was a Visiting Critic at Yale and Columbia University. She is a Visiting Professor at Columbia University’s School of the Arts for 2017/18. She is online faculty at Chicago’s School of the Art Institute teaching Human Rights and Writing Art and has also been a Visiting Artist at SAIC in the MFA summer low-res program. She has performed at the Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Poetry Project, NYU and Pratt Universities, Smack Mellon Gallery,  The High Line, and was an artist- in- residence at Pratt University, Denniston Hill and Poet-Linc, Lincoln Center Education. She directed a final showcase at Lincoln Center Atrium. Her collage work appeared in Avram Finklestein’s FOUND at The Leslie Lohman Museum in 2017. Her work appears in Nikki Giovanni’s, “The 100 Best African American Poets.” Her forthcoming chapbook, Sweet Dreams, will be published by Belladonna in February 2018.



Elsa Waithe

Elsa Waithe is a comedian, activist, and instructor from Norfolk, VA. Now residing in Brooklyn, NY, Elsa’s comedy is a mix of lighthearted but critical jabs at attitudes and issues around homosexuality and race, but her 2 favorite topics are weed and herself.

She’s been featured on NPR’s This American Life, hosted the monthly comedy show “Affirmative Laughter” at The Experiment Comedy Gallery, and now teaches stand-up comedy to teen girls with Gold Comedy #ComedyForGirls.



Photo by: Alonzo Maciel. Wig by: Steven Perfidia Kirkham

Photo by: Alonzo Maciel. Wig by: Steven Perfidia Kirkham

Lady Quesa’Dilla



Photo by David Ayllon

Photo by David Ayllon

Chris Harder is a New York male burlesque performer, writer, and porn star. Known as “The Raunchy Romeo of Burlesque,” Harder has toured his solo burlesque performances throughout the US as well as Europe including shows in London, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, and Stockholm. Harder was named “Best of the Naked City” by the Village Voice (2011) and also crowned “Best International Male Performer” at the 2011 World Burlesque Games, London. Recently, Chris Harder was one of the American Headliners for the 2017 Helsinki Burlesque Festival and also a featured burlesque performer at the 2017 World Buskers Festival, New Zealand. Harder is also the writer and producer of the Nasty Drew and That Harder Boy series, New York. Find out more and #getHarder at www.HarderBurlesque.com and @HarderBurlesque on Instagram and Twitter.


Why donate to the Bureau?

The Bureau is a vital, unique queer space in New York City. Visitors find themselves surrounded by LGBTQ books and publications by and about our community, whether they are new or treasured classics, well-known or obscure and difficult to find. From Audre Lorde and James Baldwin to Michelle Tea and Brontez Purnell, from the latest books on transgender youth and intersex activism to contemporary gay manga and fantastical polygender coloring books, visitors encounter an array of LGBTQ books and publications that they will not find anywhere else. With new work that we receive directly from zine makers and small independent presses, visitors always discover new friends.

The Bureau hosts over 200 events every year, many of which would not otherwise find a venue. These are both community-driven events such as book-discussion groups, activist strategizing meetings, and writing workshops, as well as book launches by both well-known and emerging authors and poets. Additionally, the Bureau hosts at least 5 exhibitions yearly: both solo and group exhibitions of art works as well as activist materials. The Bureau has collaborated with organizations such as Visual AIDS and Fire Island Artist Residency, as well as with veterans of The Lesbian Avengers activist group and activists fighting police violence against people of color to bring you provocative and inspiring exhibitions year round.

At 5 years and counting, we want to improve and enhance the experience of visiting the Bureau and attending our events and exhibitions. The Bureau needs new, sturdier bookshelves, new audio-visual equipment, cushioned seating, and office equipment that will facilitate our work for the community. The members of our community who share their work in our space and our guests deserve a high-functioning and comfortable venue.

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Start: November 17, 2017 6:00 PM
End: November 17, 2017 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: $25

November 16, 2017

Opening Reception for Getting Lost in Oneself (PrOceSS)-Adriana Varella


Join us at the Opening Reception for Getting Lost in Oneself (PrOceSS)-Adriana Varella

Performance by Raquel Maveck (QueefCore-music) at 7 PM


Getting Lost in Oneself (PrOceSS)-Adriana Varella is on view at the Bureau from November 16, 2017 through January 14, 2018  Sunday, January 21, 2018.


Artist’s statement:

Seventeen years ago I left Brazil to San Francisco and after NYC, as my work started being the object of censorship. Today a number of progressive and queer shows are being shut down as extreme alt-right conservative groups gain strength in Brazil and worldwide. This exhibition is a protest against repression and censorship. 

About the works in Getting Lost in Oneself (PrOceSS):

In Cracks in Civilized Landscapes an experimental-video-performance, where we challenge architecture as patriarchal authority. In this work, Adriana Varella and her girlfriend are filmed having sex in a number of public, and somewhat “sacred” spaces: church, castle, museum, bank and other monuments such as Rio de Janeiro’s City Council, the Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, the Military Fortress of Urca, Rio se Janeiro, the Eiffel Tower, Paris, etc etc . As we fuck, we attempt to subvert their sacred, heroic and sexist dimension. We infiltrate these buildings to decipher the oppressive power beyond their formal aspect and use sex as a revolutionary process of desecration. In New configurations for queer families Orion proposes a debate that defies normative concepts of family (as a reductive model of authoritarian state) as they play with images of polygamy and orgies. Orion also presents Barricades, in which they defy the police state as they steal NYPD barricades and transform them into art objects. In Manhattan Bridge, Jack and David collect trans man images from the internet and bring them to life in a large scale painting with the Manhattan Bridge walking pass in the background.



Adriana Varella will talk with curator Denise Carvalho and the artist: January 11th, 7 PM



Start: November 16, 2017 6:00 PM
End: November 16, 2017 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

November 15, 2017

Debut Poetry Book Launch and Reading: The Carnival of Affection by Philip F. Clark. Featuring poet David J. Bauman


Philip F. Clark and David J. Bauman will read from their current published work and works in progress. Refreshments will be served. The poets will sign copies of their books for sale at the close of the event.


Philip F Clark

PHILIP F. CLARK, a native New Yorker, received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing/Poetry at City College, New York, in 2016, where he is currently an Adjunct Lecturer in English. He was the graduate editor of The Promethean Literary Journal. His poetry has been published in Assaracus Journal of Gay Poetry, The Good Men Project, “Between: New Gay Poetry, published by Chelsea Station Editions, The HIV HERE AND NOW Project, and most recently, Transition: Poems In the Aftermath, published by Indolent Press. His poetry reviews and interviews have been published in Lambda Literary. His blog The Poet’s Grin can be seen at https://philipfclark.wordpress.com His current debut volume of poetry The Carnival of Affection, is published by Sibling Rivalry Press. It was a winner of the Jerome Lowell De Jur Award for Poetry in 2016.



David Bauman

DAVID J. BAUMAN has recently published work in 2 Bridges Review, Barely South Review, and Yellow Chair Review. His poems have also been published in journals and magazines such as San Pedro River Review, Blue Hour, Contemporary American Voices, and T(OUR). He is a recipient of the Richard Savidge Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets and Bloomsburg University. David’s chapbook Moons, Roads, and Rivers will be published in November of 2017 by Finishing Line Press. When he is not writing and publishing poems, David manages a small branch library in the Wilkes-Barre area, where he is the Editor of Word Fountain, the Literary Magazine of the Osterhout Free Library.





Start: November 15, 2017 7:00 PM
End: November 15, 2017 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

November 11, 2017

TELL 38: Overcome


TELL is an evening of story telling from the mouths and minds of queers in NYC hosted by Drae Campbell at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division since February 2014.

Overcome is the theme of the 38th installment of TELL.  Featuring Thomas March, Ali Lemer, Rosie Frascella, Simba Sandra Yangala, and Mariel Reyes.
$10 suggested donation to support the Bureau and the performers. No one turned away for lack of funds.


Drae Campbell

Drae Campbell is a writer, actor, director, story teller, dancer, and nightlife emcee. Drae has been featured on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and on stages all over NYC. Drae’s directing work has appeared in Iceland, NYC, Budapest and in the San Francisco Fringe Festival. The short film Drae wrote and starred in with Rebecca Drysdale, YOU MOVE ME won the Audience Award for Outstanding Narrative Short at OUTFEST 2010 and has been shown in festivals globally. Drae won the grand prize at the first annual San Miguel De Allende Storytelling Festival in Mexico. She once reigned as Miss LEZ and also got dubbed “the next lezzie comedian on the block” by AfterEllen.com for her comedic stylings on the interwebs. Campbell hosts and curates a monthly queer storytelling show called TELL at BGSQD. Check her out online!  www.draecampbell.com.


thomas march_tell

Originally from Springfield, IL, Thomas March is a poet, teacher and critic based in New York City. Aftermath, his first poetry collection, was selected by Joan Larkin for The Word Works Hilary Tham Capital Collection and will appear in Spring 2018. His poetry has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, The Good Men Project, Pleiades, and Public Pool, among others. His reviews and essays have appeared in The Believer, The Huffington Post, and New Letters. With painter Valerie Mendelson, he is the co-creator of A Good Mixer, a textual-visual hybrid project based on a 1933 bartender’s guide of the same name; it will have gallery previews beginning in early 2018. Appearing regularly in Lambda Literary Review, his poetry column, “Appreciations,” offers appreciative close readings of excellent poems from recent collections by LGBTQ poets. A past recipient of the Norma Millay Ellis Fellowship in Poetry, from the Millay Colony for the Arts, he has also received an Artist/Writer grant from The Vermont Studio Center. In recent years, he has written and performed monologues at a number of venues in New York City, including Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub, The Peoples Improv Theater, and Sid Gold’s Request Room. Twitter: @realthomasmarch, Web: www.thomasmarch.org



Ali Lemer is a writer and editor and the author of numerous guidebooks and travel articles for companies such as Thomas Cook and Lonely Planet, as well as the co-editor of Joyful Strains: Making Australia Home (2013, Affirm Press). She’s also been a radio DJ, a roller derby announcer, a tech support assistant, a first-year English teacher, a desktop publisher and a waiter, so her mother is still waiting for her to settle down and find a good job already.

rosie F_TELL

Rosie Frascella is a teacher activist and queer mama. She is a core member of the New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE) and a 12th grade English teacher.




Simba Sandra Yangala was born in Zaire (currently the Democratic Republic of Congo). She is a performing artist, choreographer, playwright, actress, dancer and educator. She studied Liberal Arts at LaGuardia Community College and Social Sciences at the College of New Rochelle. She is the founder and Artistic Director of her performing arts company JungleDom Network in which she founded the Kamutshima Dance Troupe.

As a daughter of Africa, she is committed to creating a greater awareness and appreciation of African culture, the performing arts and particularly, female performing artists. Simba has a special gift of emphasizing with children from her over 10 years experience of working as an ethics educator. She imbues them with confidence and strives to teach the importance of community. With her generous heart and enthusiasm for the arts she has already nurtured a generation of children through the Ethics for Children program at Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture. Tapping into her breadth of experience working with children, she has also taught drama with the Young Peoples Theater, is an assistant teacher with Education in Dance and thought African Dance with Arts East New York. At Play Kids she taught African Dance, French Sing-a-Long and Folk Sing-a-Long for children and also African Dance for adults.

Sitting down with her sisters, brothers and cousins, before bedtime as a child, Simba enjoyed story time by many family members including her maternal grandfather. That cherished valuable time of her childhood later influenced her own talent as a wonderful story teller. She has been in many of Susana Cook’s plays and performing and producing off-Broadway theater since 2004. Catch her in her next wave of performances or caring and dancing with children.



While somewhat of a shy performer and storyteller, Mariel Reyes has written & produced works for some of your favorite experimental theater spaces in NYC (Dixon Place, Brooklyn Arts Exchange) and has also appeared on screen in the film “Appropriate Behaviour” which premiered at Sundance in 2014.



Start: November 11, 2017 7:00 PM
End: November 11, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: (646) 358-1730
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the performers and the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

November 10, 2017

John Hanning reads from his book Unfortunate Male


Join us on Friday evening for a special performance by artist John Hanning. The lights will go out at 7:30. Seating is limited – Do not miss this! A special edition of the artist book is available, 25 copies.

Unfortunate Male chronicles John Hanning‘s diagnosis with AIDS with his medical records, photographs and memory text. Hanning’s book is a meditation on memory. Why do we remember some things and not others? Do memories sustain us or ruin us? Is it possible to rewrite or reenact memories? How do photographs and medical forms – relics of sorts – facilitate or challenge our ability to remember and tell stories?

John Hanning is a Brooklyn based artist and writer. He connects places and ideas – pictorially and conceptually, composing his personal iconography as he traces his life to the present. He is the author of Unfortunate Male.


Photograph by Michael McFadden. @mcfaddenphoto








Start: November 10, 2017 7:00 PM
End: November 10, 2017 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: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.