Our Next Event

Girl Tales Live Reading and 2nd Season Fundraiser!

Girl Tales - FINAL-M

Who? You and the kids in your life! What? A live reading of The Literate Mermaid by Christina Quintana, and a fundraiser for a second season! We’ll have a silent auction of a bunch of goodies, face painting by Maggie Allen, a coloring station and a feminist photo booth! Where? Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ [...]

Sun. Nov 18, 2018 3:00 PM


June 28, 2018

BESPOKE: Post-Pride Edition

BESPOKE: Post-Pride Edition. Get your rainbow raiments ready! (Be sure to roll those r’s while doing so.) It’s time, as Gwendolyn Brooks wrote, to “jazz June!” On Thursday, June 28 the Bureau will feature Dreya St. Clair, Alejandro Morales, and Thomas March at Bespoke, a bimonthly queer series where featured readers dress fun, fancy, or flirtatious, while supporting the Bureau and resisting fascism. Our sinfully sartorial series presents fashionable femmes, dapper dykes, chic twinks, trendy trans* folk, & frothy FTMs. Featured writers are encouraged to suit up or dress down : readers’ choice.
Open mic readers: whose name shall be drawn from the rainbow top hat this month? General attendees: which incredible edibles from Dylan’s Candy Bar will find their way to the insatiate maws of our deviant demimonde?
Your hosts are the sinfully sartorial trio Christina “CQ” Quintana (writer/ playwright/ dyke about town), Tim Murphy (longtime LGBTQ journalist, activist and author of the novel Christodora), Jerome Ellison Murphy (poet, critic and NYU Creative Writing Program administrator) who invite you to turn out in your Thursday best (dressing up is welcome & encouraged, not mandatory) every other month for drinks and chat before & after our reading.

Dréya St. Clair is an interdisciplinary, Jamaican-born, transgender woman actor, artist, writer, activist and nonprofit fundraising professional. She holds an Honors B.A. in Sexuality and Society from Brown University, an MA and MFA, respectively in Performance Studies from New York Univeristy/Tisch School of the Arts and in Acting from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Her visual art has been seen in museums, NYC galleries and in permanent exhibits and collections.

St. Clair has performed on regional and off-Broadway stages, in film and video and is SAG-AFTRA eligible.

She is based in New York, NY. Reach her on Twitter and Instagram @DreyaStClair


Originally from Springfield, IL, Thomas March is a poet, teacher and critic based in New York City. His poetry has appeared in Bellevue Literary ReviewThe Good Men Project, Pleiades, and Public Pool, among others. His reviews and essays have appeared in The Believer, The Huffington Post, and New Letters. 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. Aftermath, his first poetry collection, was selected by Joan Larkin for The Word Works Hilary Tham Capital Collection.


A former playwright, Alejandro Morales’s plays have been presented and developed at theaters such as INTAR, South Coast Repertory, HERE Arts Center, Mabou Mines and The Public Theater, where he was a 2008 Emerging Writer. He is the recipient of a Van Lier Fellowship, the Whitfield Cook Award and an Overall Achievement Award from the New York International Fringe Festival for his play expat/inferno. His plays have been published by NoPassport Press and excerpts from his first novel The Furies of Hialeah have been published in ImageOut Write and Callisto. He was also a runner up for litrejections.com’s Story Prize. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists and a former Co-Artistic Director of Packawallop Productions, an independent theater company he cofounded and helped run for 20 years. He is currently at work on his second novel.


Start: June 28, 2018 7:00 PM
End: June 28, 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: Suggested donation of $10 to support the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

June 26, 2018

Aural Fixation: A Post-Pride Fiction Extravaganza


Ready for summer? We know we are. Please join us for an evening of sultry tales and sizzling yarns as authors VIET DINH (After Disasters), DENNIS NORRIS (“Food 4 THOT”), ERIC SASSON  (Admissions, Margins of Tolerance), and JONATHAN VATNER (Carnegie Hill) provide the aural delights. Your ears will never be the same.


Photograph by Martirene Alcantara

Photograph by Martirene Alcantara


























Eric Sasson is the author of the short story collection Margins of Tolerance and the novel Admissions. His stories have been nominated for the Robert Olen Butler prize, the Pushcart prize, and one is in The Best Gay Stories 2013. For three years, he wrote “Ctrl-Alt,” a column on LGBT culture for the Wall Street Journal, and he is now a regular contributor to Vice, The New Republic and GOOD magazine. His articles have been featured on “Meet the Press” and “Morning Joe Scarborough,” and in February 2017, he was part of the team that was awarded the National Magazine award “Ellie” for Personal Service. Other publication credits include pieces in them., Salon, Five Points, William and Mary Review, The Puritan, BLOOM and Nashville Review. He received his MA in Creative Writing from NYU and has taught fiction writing for the Sackett Street Writers Workshop in Brooklyn, where he was born, bred, and still resides.



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Jonathan Vatner is the author of Carnegie Hill, a novel about life and death in a luxe Upper East Side co-op building, forthcoming from Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press in 2019. His stories have been published in Confrontation, Jonathan, Chelsea Station, and the Best Gay Stories anthology. A journalist for the past 16 years, he works as the staff writer for Hue, the magazine of the Fashion Institute of Technology. He has an MFA in fiction writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a BA from Harvard University in Cognitive Neuroscience.



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Viet Dinh was born in Vietnam and grew up in Colorado. He attended Johns Hopkins University and the University of Houston and currently teaches at the University of Delaware. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Delaware Division of the Arts, as well as an O. Henry Prize and the Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction. His stories have appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Ploughshares, Witness, Fence, Five Points, Chicago Review, the Threepenny Review, and Best American Non-Required Reading 2017, and his debut novel, After Disasters, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize, was released in 2016.














Dennis Norris II is a 2017 MacDowell Colony Fellow, a 2016 Tin House Scholar, and a 2015 Kimbilio Fiction Fellow. They are the author of Awst CollectionDennis Norris II a chapbook published by Awst Press, and other writing appears in Apogee Journal andSmokeLong Quarterly. Their story, “Where Every Boy is Known and Loved” was recently named as a Finalist for the 2018 Best Small Fictions Anthology, forthcoming from Braddock Avenue Books, and their story “Last Rites” appears in the collection “Everyday People: The Color of Life”, forthcoming in August 2018 from the Atria Books imprint of Simon and Schuster. They currently serve as Fiction Editor at Apogee Journal, Assistant Fiction Editor at The Rumpus, and co-host of the popular podcast Food 4 Thot. You can find more information at their website: www.dennisnorrisii.com.




Start: June 26, 2018 7:00 PM
End: June 26, 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: Suggested donation of $10 to support the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

June 24, 2018

Bureau closed for Pride

Happy Pride!

The Bureau is closed on

Sunday, June 24th.




Date: June 24, 2018

June 19, 2018

Bold Strokes Books Pride Reading


To celebrate Pride in NYC Bold Strokes Books is proud to present an array of talented, queer writers reading from across genres at the Bureau!


Ann Aptaker will read from Criminal Gold

Tom Cardamone will read from The Lurid Sea

Nora Olsen will read from Frenemy of the People

Andrew J. Peters will read from The Sim Ru Prophecy

Alexa Black will read from The Outcasts

Nell Stark will read from The Princess Deception



Start: June 19, 2018 7:00 PM
End: June 19, 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: Suggested donation of $10 to support the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

June 15, 2018

Public Opening Reception for Cast of Characters


Cast of Characters

An Immersive Exhibition by Liz Collins
June 14 – September 16, 2018

Download the press release for Cast of Characters.

Donors reception
Thursday, June 14, 2018, 6-9 PM
(for donors of $85 or more to Cast of Characters Kickstarter campaign)

Kickstarter campaign ended–successfully!!!–on May 31st. Thanks to all who donated!!!
Public opening reception:
Friday, June 15, 2018, 6-9 PM
RSVP required for Public Opening Reception.
This event is free, but donations to support the Bureau’s work are much appreciated!

Please RSVP here.


Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Room 210, LGBT Community Center

VIP Donors Reception (June 14) and Public Reception (June 15)
Room 101, LGBT Community Center
208 West 13th Street

The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center are proud to present Cast of Characters, a dramatic transformation of the Bureau by artist Liz Collins featuring a salon-style exhibition of portraits by 95 LGBTQ artists. Inspired by lavishly decorated and richly ornamented nineteenth-century libraries and salons, this immersive installation brings vibrant colors, dynamic geometric patterns, and lush textures to the Bureau’s utilitarian aesthetic of plywood and cardboard. The exhibition will transform the Bureau into a warm, bright lounge, inspiring contemplation and conversation, beckoning visitors to linger, look, and read.

Made possible by a grant from The Kors Le Pere Foundation and by individual donations to the Cast of Characters Kickstarter campaign.

In order to attend the VIP Donors Preview and Opening Reception for Cast of Characters please donate $85 or more to the Cast of Characters Kickstarter campaign by the deadline of Thursday, May 31, 2018. Please select the appropriate reward in order to attend. Thank you for your support! Kickstarter campaign ended–successfully!!!–on May 31st. Thanks to all who donated!!!

Exhibiting artists

  • Paula Allen
  • Lani Asuncion
  • Aziz + Cucher
  • Shimon Attie
  • Hannah Barrett
  • Nayland Blake
  • Marissa Bluestone
  • Chris Bogia
  • Justin Vivian Bond
  • Deborah Bright
  • Nancy Brooks Brody
  • Dietmar Busse
  • Nao Bustamante
  • Jai Carrillo
  • Anna Campbell
  • Cassils
  • Geoffrey Chadsey
  • Caroline Wells Chandler
  • Kyle Coniglio
  • Marco DaSilva
  • Niko Darling
  • Leah DeVun
  • Katrina del Mar
  • KD Diamond
  • Vincent Dilio
  • Angela Dufresne
  • Nicole Eisenman
  • Scott Ewalt
  • Alesia Exum
  • Avram Finkelstein
  • C. Finley
  • Daphne Fitzpatrick
  • Lola Flash
  • Chitra Ganesh
  • Andrea Geyer
  • Gary Graham
  • Stephanie Gudra
  • Martine Gutierrez
  • Barbara Hammer
  • Michelle Handelman
  • Jesse Harrod
  • Clarity Haynes
  • Karen Heagle
  • Mars Hobrecker
  • Elizabeth Insogna
  • Rindon Johnson
  • John Kelly
  • Amanda Kirkhuff
  • Carmelle La Sirena
  • Kia LaBeija
  • Doron Langberg
  • Rebecca Levi
  • Myles Loftin
  • Shelley Marlow
  • Rodolfo Marron III
  • Aaron McIntosh
  • Eric McNatt
  • Bobbi Menuez
  • Lucas Michael
  • Troy Michie
  • Midori
  • Rodrigo Moreira
  • Carlos Motta
  • Zanele Muholi
  • Em North
  • Samantha Nye
  • Sig Olson
  • Alice O’Malley
  • Allison Michael Orenstein
  • Maia Cruz Palileo
  • Anna Parisi
  • Vick Quezada
  • LJ Roberts
  • Jason Rodgers
  • Gabriel García Román
  • JD Samson
  • Paul Mpagi Sepuya
  • M. Sharkey
  • Lauryn Siegel & Virgil B/G Taylor
  • Charan Singh
  • SKOTE (Alex P White & Jill Pangallo)
  • Buzz Slutzky
  • Tuesday Smillie
  • Allison Smith
  • Pamela Sneed
  • Alexander Stadler
  • A.K. Summers
  • Aarav Sundaresh
  • Corinne Teed
  • Gail Thacker
  • Mickalene Thomas
  • Vincent Tiley
  • Boris Torres
  • Nicola Tyson
  • Conrad Ventur
  • Mickey Vered
  • Courtney Webster & Meg Turner
  • Ketch Wehr
  • Matthew Weinstein

Liz Collins is an artist and designer living and working in Brooklyn, NY, and in her work surrounds the viewer in vibrating color and pattern fields to explore the boundaries between painting, fiber arts and installation. The cacophonic play of optics, texture, color and scale recreates her wavering experience of the world as a place of stupendous wonder and cosmic energy.

Collins has had solo exhibitions at the Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY; Heller Gallery, NY; AMP Gallery, Provincetown, MA; and the Knoxville Museum of Art in Tennessee to name a few. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions including at the ICA/Boston; Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art; the Museum of FIT; the New Museum; the Museum of Arts and Design and MoMA, and numerous group shows at galleries around the world. Collins’ awards include a USA Fellowship, a MacColl Johnson Fellowship, and residencies at AIR Alaska, Haystack, MacDowell, the Siena Art Institute, Stoneleaf, Yaddo, and the Museum of Arts and Design. She is a Queer Art Mentor, serves on the board of the Fire Island Art Residency, is a new member of the Exhibitions Committee at the Leslie Lohman Museum, and is one of the artists in the 2018-2020 Open Sessions program at the Drawing Center.

The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division is an independent, all-volunteer queer cultural center, bookstore, and event space that opened in New York City in 2012 and has been hosted by The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center since 2014. We aim to foster a community invested in the values of mindfulness, intellectual curiosity, justice, compassion, and playfulness. The Bureau seeks to excite and educate a self-confident, sex-positive, and supportive queer community by offering books, publications, and art and by hosting a wide variety of cultural events, including readings, performances, film screenings, book discussion groups, and workshops. We provide local and visiting queers and friends with an open and inclusive space for dialogue and socializing.

Established in 1983, New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center empowers people to lead healthy, successful lives. The Center celebrates diversity and advocates for justice and opportunity. Each year, The Center welcomes more than 300,000 visits to our building in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan from people who engage in our life-changing and life-saving activities. To learn more about our work, please visit gaycenter.org.


Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
@The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
208 West 13th Street, Room 210
NY, NY 10011

Hours: Tuesdays—Sundays, 1-7 PM. Closed Mondays.
Summer hours (July & August): Wednesdays—Saturdays, 1-7 PM.
Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, & Sundays.

Image credit:
Wallpaper designed by Liz Collins, produced by 4Spaces
Portraits by:
top row: Shelley Marlow, Cassils, Lani Asuncion
middle row: Dietmar Busse, Martine Gutierrez, Zanele Muholi
Bottom row: Nao Bustamante, Hannah Barrett, Paula Allen



Start: June 15, 2018 6:00 PM
End: June 15, 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: Free--RSVP required