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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


August 5, 2015

An Evening with Richard Stevenson and Mark Zubro

Join us for a talk with and readings from two of the giants of the LGBT mystery genre.


Richard Stevenson is the pseudonym of Richard Lipez, author of fifteen books, including the Don Strachey private eye series. A former editorial writer at The Berkshire Eagle, Lipez contributed to Crimes of the Scene: A Mystery Novel Guide for the International Traveler and reviews mysteries for The Washington Post. His reporting, reviews, and fiction have appeared in Newsday, the Boston Globe, The Atlantic, and many other publications. Four of the Strachey books have been filmed by HereTV. Red White Black and Blue, the twelfth Strachey book, won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Mystery of 2011. Lipez grew up and was educated in Pennsylvania and as a Peace Corps volunteer taught English in Ethiopia. He is married to sculptor and video artist Joe Wheaton and lives in Becket, Massachusetts.


Mark Zubro is the author of thirty-two novels and five short stories. His book A Simple Suburban Murder won the lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Men’s mystery. Dying to Play is his most recent mystery and features gay private eye Mike King. His latest book is the third and last volume in his epic gay science fiction trilogy Alien Victory. Mark spends his time reading, writing, napping, and eating chocolate.



Start: August 5, 2015 7:00 PM
End: August 5, 2015 9:00 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: Free

July 30, 2015

TELL 14: Vacations


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.

Vacations is the theme of the fourteenth installment of TELL. Featuring Mizz June, Mariel ReyesJamila Hammami, & Larry Darnell Penn Whitfield.

$5-10 suggested donation – no one turned away for lack of funds


Drae Campbell

Drae Campbell is a writer, actor, director, story teller, dancer, and nightlife emcee. Besides winning the 2011 Miss LEZ title, 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, YOU MOVE ME won the Audience Award for Outstanding Narrative Short at OUTFEST 2010 and has been shown in fesivals globally. She just won the grand prize at the first annual San Miguel De Allende Storytelling Festival in Mexico. Drae was dubbed “the next lezzie comedian on the block” by AfterEllen.com for her comedic stylings on the interwebs. Campbell throws a monthly party in Brooklyn called PRIME. Check her out online (her reel and her website www.draecampbell.com) and around town.


Jamila Hammami

Jamila Hammami is a queer first­ generation Tunisian­ Arab American woman of color community organizer & social worker from the south, now based in NYC. She is a hard high femme homo and a founder and Executive Director of the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project and on the advisory board of the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP), a project of United We Dream (UWD). She comes to this work with a background in reproductive justice, working to center woman, specifically trans and queer, of color’s voices in movements, and witnessing the impacts of migration and racism in her formative years in Texas.


Photograph by Kelsey Dickey (2015)

Photograph by Kelsey Dickey (2015)

From the planet of the Lower East Side….Mizz June got her start in activism and musical theater. She was the first out black transwoman to be a guest cast member on a daytime soap opera (“All My Children”). She has appeared in two music videos (Tamar-Kali’s “Pearl” (Album Version) and Justin Vivian Bond’s “Golden Age of Hustlers”). She has performed at multiple venues and she is about to be featured in a soon to be released independent musical titled “Wild Ponies”. She just released a demo version of her debut single, “Get Lifted”(http://www.reverbnation.com/mizzjune/song/22152061-get-lifted) and she will be releasing her debut EP “Who Is Mizz June” soon (Release date TBA).



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.




Larry Darnell Penn Whitfield is a NYC based actor, writer, singer and aggressive mover. He is creator of Confessions of a Plussizetwink a one man cabaret series. Southern and sassy roots govern his everyday creativity. Live. Love. Create.




Start: July 30, 2015 7:30 PM
End: July 30, 2015 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $5 to $10 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)

July 23, 2015

Bi Book Club: The Summer of Sex


The Bi Book Club meets once a month to discuss bi-themed books and the issues they raise. People of all orientations and genders welcome! Dinner after nearby.

The Bi Book Club theme for July & August is “The Summer of Sex.” Our book for July is The Prince of Punk Rock by Jenna Galicki (on sale now at the Bureau). This is a very sexy, very bisexual erotic romance.

I love her, but I also love him.
She’s everything to me.
He sets my world on fire.
It’s our dirty little secret, and it’s about to blow our record deal sky high.
I’m Tommy Blade, the Prince of Punk Rock, and this is our story.

What are your favorite sex scenes? Favorite dramatic scenes? Pick out some phrases or paragraphs that you’d like to discuss, that inspired you, or that struck you because of their elegant turn of phrase or the meaning behind it. Give us your critique of the book. What worked, what didnt, how was bisexuality represented? If you havent had time to finish the readings, come anyway because we read passages from the book aloud for discussion. As usual, we’ll also be using the text as a jumping off point to further discussion of bisexual issues and personal experiences.

Our next book: Memoirs of a Gigolo, by Livia Ellis, Omnibus Vol. 1-4 available at the Bureau.

We will be voting on what book we want to read after that, so check the list of Bisexual Book Award finalists for this year and last year for some ideas.

Getting Books: We urge you to purchase your print copy at the Bureau and support the only LGBT bookstore in New York City. Especially since they are hosting us in their space! If you prefer e-books, just get them your usual way.


RSVP on Bi Meetup


The Bi Book Club meets at the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division on the last Thursday of each month. 




Start: July 23, 2015 6:30 PM
End: July 23, 2015 8:30 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: Free

July 16, 2015

Book Launch and Reading of Try Me by Niel Rosenthalis (Deadly Chaps Press)

This is the launch party and reading for Try Me (Deadly Chaps Press), a chapbook of poems by Niel Rosenthalis. Friends of the poet will read as well, including Rickey Laurentiis, Joanna C. Valente, Robert Whitehead, and Marni Ludwig.

Not just insight, but the strange detours consciousness must take to know itself–”I’m interested in the edge/I strive toward;” not just desire, but the strange ways it flashes in and out of time; there’s no one writing quite like Rosenthalis. “Buscando ser más,” said Paulo Freire, and this is poetry that demands more, from experience, the self, the poem itself. Then there’s the rueful elegance: “the decade was lit from behind”; “let me capitulate, O eyeless flies…” A deep sense of responsibility to the art shines through experiment and erasure. Try Me is an extraordinary debut.

— D. Nurkse

Rosenthalis’s Try Me is both a dare and a plea, as well as a meditation on time as it relates to questions of the body, sex, desire, and love, not as hierarchy, but in every thrilling combination and order. Rosenthalis blends the lyric with the conceptual both to get at “the specific, not the small,”  and as a kind of balm or “heal-over of cruelty.” “I am a genius,” he writes, “I want to show the world true feeling,” and he does. Rosenthalis’s love poems wear philosophical masks, while his logic and its aesthetics fulfill the imperative of the title to “turn tomorrow on.”

— Marni Ludwig


Nathaniel Rosenthalis earned his B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and is currently a candidate in the M.F.A. poetry program at Washington University in St. Louis. His poems have appeared in Yes, Poetry and Tinge. Essays appear or are forthcoming from the Los Angeles Review of Books, Essay Daily, and Jam Tarts Magazine.

Rickey Laurentiis was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the author of Boy with Thorn, selected by Terrance Hayes for the 2014 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (University of Pittsburgh Press, September 2015). His poems appear in Poetry, The New Republic, Fence, Boston Review, among other journals. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Joanna C. Valente is sometimes a mermaid and sometimes a human. She is the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014) and received her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. Her second collection Marys of the Sea is forthcoming from ELJ Publications in 2016. Some of her work appears or is forthcoming in The Huffington Post, Columbia Journal, Similar Peaks, The Paris-American, The Atlas Review, BORT  Quarterly, among others. In 2011, she received the American Society of Poet’s Prize. She founded Yes, Poetry in 2010,and is the Managing Editor for Luna Luna Magazine. More can be found at joannavalente.com.

Robert Whitehead is a poet. He received his MFA in Writing from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013, and has been a fellow at the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets, Ashbery Home School, and The Rensing Center. His work has appeared or is forthcoming from Assaracus, Gulf Coast, Vinyl, LIES/ISLES, Verse Daily, Upstart and elsewhere. He is currently the Grant Writing Associate at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Assistant Editor for Vinyl Poetry. He lives in Brooklyn, where he co-curates Shirley, a monthly reading series.

Marni Ludwig is the author of Pinwheel, selected by Jean Valentine for the 2012 New Issues Poetry Prize and Little Box of Cotton and Lightning, chosen by Susan Howe for a 2011 Poetry Society of America Chapbook fellowship.  She holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia University, and Washington University in St. Louis. She’s from Brooklyn, NY.




Start: July 16, 2015 7:00 PM
End: July 16, 2015 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

July 15, 2015

What Makes a Queer Relationship Queer? The Queer Relationships Project Presentation and Discussion

What makes a Queer Relationship Queer? What makes it successful? Our relationships challenge the heteronormative model, yet we don’t have common and visible alternatives.

The Queer Relationships Project is a new online resources archive and oral history project, aimed at making models, theories and practices easily accessible and visible. In this presentations, we would like to to share some things we learned so far, and to hear about your experiences, challenges, inspiration and dreams. In a culture where the dominant heteronormative model still reigns supreme in mainstream politics, and even gains more hold in the LGBT community (ie, the same-sex marriage agenda), this project has a strong political goal: we want this project to serve as a tool for our under-represented community, to keep these alternative and radical relationships and their structures visible, known and accessible, and to present them as viable and relevant.

Disco is a local activist and community organizer in the queer and Radical Faeries communities in New York City.  Their personal journey of exploring different relationships has been an exciting part of living in a queer community. These experiences, together with multiple discussions with friends, lovers and family inspired them to create The Queer Relationships Project (http://www.queerrelationships.org), in hope to become better partners, lovers and friends, and to engage in a discussion on a topic that has great influence on our everyday lives as queers.

Start: July 15, 2015 7:00 PM
End: July 15, 2015 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