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The Fops — A new play about Queer identity by Jack Shamblin

Photograph by Bob Criso, from left to right: Graceann Dorse, Daniel Diaz, Goldie Luxe, Kevin Mimms, Michael Witkes, Brandi Azinionae, Nicholas Gorham, Matt "Ugly" McGlade

  THE FOPS by Jack Shamblin bubbled up out of recent work-in-progress performances at Dixon Place. Sharing his new script and his birthday at the same time, he welcomes you to an artful reading, live music, and some good pink cake. “Partying too hard, the aging Queer Monty time travels to Victorian New York’s Paresis [...]

Sat. Mar 23, 2019 7:00 PM


February 26, 2015

Bi Book Club: Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men

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.

Our current book is Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men edited by Robyn Ochs & H. Sharif Williams (Dr. Herukhuti.) For February we’ll be reading the sections on Liminality & Institutions. We plan to continue reading 2 sections per month of Recognize until we’re done with the book. 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. 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.

Getting Books: We urge you to purchase your print copy at BGSQD 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.

Deciding Books: The group votes on what book to read next.

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




Start: February 26, 2015 6:30 PM
End: February 26, 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

February 25, 2015

Prelude to a Film: Confederitis


Jillian McManemin‘s caressingly transgressive storytelling and Rbt. Sps.‘ karaoke renditions of 70s/80s Nashville Country legends’ greatest hits present dichotomies of heteronormative and queer culture.  Addressing themes of romance and mischief, these artists redefine traditional relationships in sultry and charmingly kitsch ways. Prelude to a Film: Confederitis is the first opportunity to view and examine the underbelly of their upcoming feature-film.  Through performance, selected plot lines, and screenings, McManemin and Sps. give the audience a rare glimpse on how their characters found one another. 


Suggested donation $5

Reception following performance

Rbt. Sps. will be selling three unique mix tapes from his collection.



Rbt. Sps. is a multimedia artist who has been making work in different shitholes in the rural South and sometimes in New York City.  He was a participant in the 2008 Vienna Biennale and has shown work at P.P.O.W. and Interstate Projects in NYC.  He was also included in the 2013 Moving Image Fair in NYC.  He has currently been producing his first collaborative feature with artist Jillian McManemin.


Jillian McManemin is an artist and writer with a focus on film and performance. Her work, and life, investigates sexuality and the spectacle though various theatrical personas. She has presented work throughout New York City, including Anthology Film Archives, Dixon Place, and The CUE Foundation. Her current projects include a reimagining of Le Spectre de la Rose ballet with Kinetic Architecture Dance Co. and the experimental feature-film Confederitis with collaborator and soulmate Rbt. Sps.



Start: February 25, 2015 7:30 PM
End: February 25, 2015 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 646 457 0859
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $5 suggested donation

February 22, 2015

DEADLINE: Works-in-Progress from Cutting-Edge Queer Artists: February Edition!

Sabrina Chap brings you this works-in-progress series featuring new work from cutting-edge queer artists. Built on the notion that there’s no greater inspiration than a deadline, this series forces renegade artists to bring new and developing work to an audience for the first time. Part experimentation + part guaranteed failure = 100% awesomeness.

Check out this article on the August edition of Deadline in Next Magazine“BGSQD’s Deadline Gives Queer Artists Room To Create And Grow” by Chris Hernandez

The February edition of DEADLINE will feature:


Sacha Yanow (live solo performance)
Alyssa Hartley (poetry)
Buzz Slutzky (film)
Beck Heiberg (dance)
David Levesley (theatrical monologue )



Start: February 22, 2015 6:00 PM
End: February 22, 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

February 21, 2015

Newfangled 5: Robert Siek hosts Wo Chan, Jake Matkov, and Jayson Smith


Join us for the 5th installment of Newfangled, poetry readings by emerging poets hosted by Robert Siek. Newfangled 5 will feature Wo Chan, Jake Matkov, and Jayson Smith.



WO CHAN is a queer Fujianese immigrant living in Brooklyn. Wo is the recipient of fellowships from the Asian American Writers Workshop, Poets House, Kundiman, and Lambda Literary. Their work has been published (and forthcoming) in cream city review, BARZAHK, the Lambda Literary Fellows Anthology, and VYM Magazine. Wo is also a member of the Brooklyn-based drag troupe, Switch n’ Play, and has performed at venues including Brooklyn Pride, Princeton, The Trevor Project, and the Architectural Digest Expo.


JAKE MATKOV received a scholarship to the first grade. He was cast in Annie Get Your Gun as the Gun and has had nightmares ever since. He is an MFA candidate in poetry at LIU Brooklyn, where he holds a teaching fellowship in the First Year Writing Program. He is one of the cofounding editors of visceral brooklyn, LIU Brooklyn’s online lit journal. His work has appeared in thosethatthis, Downtown Brooklyn, and Brooklyn Paramount; he has publications in Liquid forthcoming. You can find him @ooohjakie. He says hi.




JAYSON SMITH is a writer, choreographer, & curator hailing from the Bronx, NY. His work is published/forthcoming in various journals & anthologies, including Kinfolks Quarterly, boundary2: an international journal of literature and culture, and MUZZLE Magazine. A recent Pushcart Prize Nominee, Jayson is currently on staff for Union Station Magazine and a curator for Poets in Unexpected Places.



ROBERT SIEK is the author of the poetry collection Purpose and Devil Piss (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013) and the chapbook Clubbed Kid (New School University, 2002). His poetry has most recently appeared in The Good Men Project, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, and VACZINE, as well as the anthology Between: New Gay Poetry. He lives in Brooklyn.




Start: February 21, 2015 7:00 PM
End: February 21, 2015 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 646 457 0859
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free

February 20, 2015

TELL 10: Breakups

Join us for the one-year anniversary of TELL!

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.

Breakups is the theme of the tenth installment of TELL, featuring Tiffani Barbour, Ryn Hodes, Glenn Marla, & Jacqueline Mary.

$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.



Tiffani Barbour

Tiffani Barbour is an actor, singer, muscian and all around entertainer. She recently returned from Sundance film festival, where her short film “Rabbit” garnered rave reviews and generous accolades. She can also be seen smoking cigarettes and staring evilly at people with Liv Tyler on HBO’s “The Leftovers.” Tiffani’s reel.


Ryn Hodes
Ryn Hodes is a passionate, cranky, skeptical, hopeful queer femme, third generation New York Jew, a social worker, self-defense teacher, writer, and mother. She has been thrilled to read her memoir work at Queer Memoir, Bluestockings , Lesbian Herstory Archives and now TELL. Thank you for listening.



Glenn Marla
Glenn Marla (performer/writer/creative arts therapist) is a Brooklyn-based performance artist, gender queer superstar and beauty pageant queen (Miss LES 2006 and the reigning Mr. Coney Island). The Portland Phoenix calls Glenn Marla’s work, “performance art that pushes the envelope without pushing the audience away,” Time Out New York Calls Glenn a “downtown prophet” and The New York Times calls Glenn “an obese transvestite in tights.” Glenn Marla is a firm believer that if you don’t fit in anywhere you can fit in everywhere. Last spring Glenn finished a graduate program in Art Therapy and Creativity Development and is thrilled to be back on the stages of New York City.



Jacqueline Mary
Jacqueline Mary is a Brooklyn based smut maker, video artist and brand new divorcee! Her blend of smarts, humor, and a slightly sociopathic nature brings her to the Tell stage!






Start: February 20, 2015 7:30 PM
End: February 20, 2015 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
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)