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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 [...]

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Events

June 4, 2019

NYC Gay Guys’ Book Club Discusses Joan Dempsey’s This Is How It Begins

 

NYC Gay Guys’ Book Club is a group of gay guys of all ages who meet the first Tuesday of every month. We usually meet at the Jefferson Market branch of the public library on 6th Avenue & West 10th Street, but we’ll meet at the Bureau while the library is being renovated. We read an eclectic range of books from classics to newly-released works. We don’t necessarily read books with a gay theme or characters and always open to suggestions. Very easy going; more social than academic. You don’t necessarily have to commit to coming every single month, just whenever your schedule or reading tastes permit.

 

On Tuesday, June  4th, we’ll discuss Joan Dempsey‘s This Is How It Begins.
 
 
Joan Dempsey‘s This Is How It Begins (and many other titles!) are available for purchase at the Bureau. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you for your support!

 

This event is free, but donations to support the Bureau are much appreciated!

 
 

Start: June 4, 2019 7:00 PM
End: June 4, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: This event is free, but donations to support the Bureau are much appreciated!

June 2, 2019

A Pre-Lambda Awards Reading of Queer Nonfiction

 

Join us for an afternoon reading of queer nonfiction before the Lambda Awards. Lesbian Memoir/Biography nominees Barrie Jean Borich (Apocalypse, Darling), Sandra Gail Lambert (A Certain Loneliness), and Zahra Patterson (Chronology) will read from their newly published books, and LGBTQ Nonfiction nominee Ria Brodell will present from their art book, Butch Heroes.

 

Copies of the nominated books will be available 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 for your support!

 

 

Barrie Jean Borich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barrie Jean Borich is author of Apocalypse, Darling which PopMatters said “… soars and seems to live as a new form altogether. It’s poetry, a meditation on life as ‘the other,’ creative non-fiction, and abstract art.” Her memoir Body Geographic won a Lambda Literary Award and her book-length essay, My Lesbian Husband won the Stonewall Book Award. Borich teaches at DePaul University where she edits Slag Glass City, a journal of the urban essay arts.

 

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Ria Brodell is a non-binary trans artist, educator and author based in Boston. Their work addresses issues of gender identity, sexuality, religion and contemporary culture. Brodell attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Brodell has had solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, is a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, a recipient of an Artadia Award, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship and an SMFA Traveling Fellowship. Their work has appeared in the Guardian, ARTNews, The Boston Globe, the CUT and New American Paintings, among other publications. Brodell’s book, Butch Heroes, was released in 2018 via MIT Press.

 

 

Photo Credit- Adrianne Mathiowetz

Photo Credit- Adrianne Mathiowetz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandra Gail Lambert is the author of the Lammy-nominated memoir A Certain Loneliness and a novel, The River’s Memory. She has upcoming work in The New York Times and has been published in The Paris Review, The Southern Review, Brevity, and LitHub. Lambert is the co-editor of the anthology Older Queer Voices: The Intimacy of Survival.

 

 

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Zahra Patterson is a writer and educator. She is the author of Chronology (Ugly Duckling Presse 2018), which has been listed as a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. Her short pieces have been published in The Felt, Kalyani Magazine, and unbag (forthcoming). Her work includes the creation of Raw Fiction, a one-time (twice-done) youth literary arts project. She holds an MFA in Writing from Pratt Institute.

 

 

 

Start: June 2, 2019 4:00 PM
End: June 2, 2019 5:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
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.

May 29, 2019

Friends of Dorothy—Gay Oz Fan Panel and Book Signing

 

Dee Michel will present his book, Friends of Dorothy: Why Gay Boys and Gay Men Love The Wizard of Oz, which is based on questionnaires filled out by over 100 gay Oz fans. Three respondents, Atticus Gannaway (Senior Writer, NYU School of Law’s Office of Communications; Former Editor-in-Chief, The Baum Bugle), Erick Neher (Vice President/Marketing, Hearst Magazines; Culture Editor-at-Large, The Hudson Review), and Joe Yranski (Film Historian; former Senior Film and Video Librarian, New York Public Library), will discuss what Oz means to them individually and also what messages stories set in the Marvelous Land of Oz have for gay boys and gay men in general. Info about book at www.deemichel.info.

 

Copies of Friends of Dorothy: Why Gay Boys and Gay Men Love The Wizard of Oz will be available for purchase at the Bureau. To reserve a copy please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you!

 

Dee Michel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dee Michel has just written Friends of Dorothy: Why Gay Boys and Gay Men Love The Wizard of Oz and has given many talks on the Oz–gay connection. He served as a volunteer at Boston’s Gay Community News and as the first male co-chair of the Gay Task Force of the American Library Association.

 

 

 

 

Start: May 29, 2019 7:00 PM
End: May 29, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
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.

May 25, 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: May 25, 2019 11:00 AM
End: May 25, 2019 1:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
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.

May 24, 2019

Chalkboard

 

Buzz Slutzky and Greg Newton present Chalkboard.

 

No grades.

No degrees.

No goals.

 

All are welcome.

No prerequisites.

 

Art histories

Humor as critique

Silence as strategy

Failure

Impotence

Insincerity

Inauthenticity

Queers

 

 

Buzz explores comedic critiques of history. What role does humor play in art? Does humor strengthen art’s power, or do punchlines trivialize meaning? How have artists used humor to question power and make our own narratives? Why would one be historically accurate when one can be ~hysterically~ accurate?

 

Greg explores anti-expressive tendencies in the art world of 1950s-60s New York and the lives of the artists who chose not to express themselves. Getting personal with silent (quiet) subjects. The appeal of the negative, then and now.

 

Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau.

No one turned away for lack of funds.

 

Chalkboard has the potential to become a series.

 

 

Buzz Slutzky is a non-binary transgender artist, writer, and performer whose practice incorporates drawing, painting, sculpture, and video. Their visual art and writing often play between autobiographical and historical content. As a performer, Buzz has mixed stand-up comedy and musical comedy under the persona Stoni Butchell, among others. Buzz studied visual art and social movement histories at Sarah Lawrence College and received their MFA from Parsons Fine Arts. They currently teach film and visual art at CUNY College of Staten Island and SUNY Purchase College.

 

 

Greg Newton studied religion and art history at Hunter College. He completed his coursework and examinations for a doctorate degree in art history at CUNY Graduate Center. After having his dissertation topic approved—”The Emergence of Monochrome Painting in 1950s New York”—Newton aborted his pursuit of the degree and a career in academia. He co-founded the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division in 2012 with his partner, Donnie Jochum.

 

 

 

Start: May 24, 2019 7:00 PM
End: May 24, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
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.