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  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 [...]

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January 29, 2015




Ann Aptaker
R.G. Emanuelle
Jane Hoppen
Susan X. Meagher
Cindy Rizzo




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Native New Yorker Ann Aptaker has earned a reputation as a respected if cheeky exhibition designer and curator of art during her career in museums and galleries. Taking the approach that what art authorities find uncomfortable the public would likely enjoy, exhibitions Ann has curated have garnered favorable reviews in the New York Times, Art in America, American Art Review, and other publications.
She brings the same attitude and philosophy to her first love: writing, especially a tangy variety of historical crime fiction. Ann’s short stories have appeared in two editions (2003 and 2004) of the noir crime anthology Fedora. Her flash fiction story, “A Night In Town,” appeared in the online zine Punk Soul Poet. In addition to curating and designing art exhibitions and writing crime stories, Ann is also an art writer and an adjunct professor of art history at the New York Institute of Technology. CRIMINAL GOLD is her debut novel.
Ann can be contacted at writer.aptaker@gmail.com, on Facebook at Ann Aptaker, Author, and on Twitter @AnnAptaker




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R.G. Emanuelle is from New York City, and spent more than 20 years as an editor, writer, and typesetter. When she was child, a neighbor called her a vampire because she only came out after dark, so it’s fitting that her first novel, Twice Bitten, is about creatures of the night. When she’s not writing or editing, she can usually be found cooking or developing recipes, as she is also a culinary school graduate, which is what inspired her to write her romantic novella, Add Spice to Taste, starring a love-burned chef. She is co-editor of All You Can Eat: A Buffet of Lesbian Erotica & Romance, Unwrap These Presents, and Skulls and Crossbones: Tales of Women Pirates, and her short stories can be found in numerous anthologies.Blog: www.rgemanuelle.com
Email: rgemanuelle@gmail.com
Facebook: R.G. Emanuelle
Twitter: @Rgemanuelle




Jane Hoppen‘s fiction has been published in various literary magazines, including Story Quarterly, Western Humanities Review, Feminist Studies, The Dirty Goat, PANK, and Superstition Review. Her novel, In Between, was published by Bold Strokes Books, December 2013. Her novella, The Man Who Was Not, was published as an e-book by Bold Strokes Books, June 2014.




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Susan X. Meagher lives in Brooklyn with her wife, Carrie. Born in East St. Louis, Illinois, she has lived in both Chicago and Los Angeles for significant periods, but New York fits her very well. She has over thirteen novels in print along with the seventeen and counting novels in the “I Found My Heart in San Francisco” series. Her latest novel is Out of Whack.You can find out more about Susan at her websitewww.susanxmeagher.com All of her books and eBooks are available atwww.briskpress.com


cindy rizzo picCindy Rizzo is an author of lesbian fiction. Her first novel, Exception to the Rule, won the 2014 award for Best Debut Fiction from Golden Crown Literary Society and was a finalist for the Rainbow Book Awards. In September 2014, her second novel, Love Is Enough, was released. A short story, The Miracle of the Lights, appeared in the anthology Unwrap These Presents (Ylva Publishing). Earlier writing includes essays in the anthologies, Lesbians Raising Sons and Homefronts: Controversies in Non-Traditional Parenting. Cindy was also the co-editor of a fiction anthology, All the Ways Home, published in 1995 (New Victoria) in which her story Herring Cove was included.Cindy has worked in philanthropy for many years and has a long history of involvement in the LGBT community. She serves on the boards of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in New York and Funders for LGBTQ Issues. She lives in New York City with her wife, Jennifer, and their two cats. They have two grown sons, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and a baby granddaughter.

You can contact Cindy by email at cindyt.rizzo@gmail.com, via Facebookwww.facebook.com/ctrizzo, through her blog, www.cindyrizzo.wordpress.com, or on Twitter @cindyrizzo.




Start: January 29, 2015 7:00 PM
End: January 29, 2015 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free

January 28, 2015




This five week communal exploration of qweer erotic myths and mysteries will utilize the Heart Circle and Plato’s Symposium to explore the unique power of qweer erotic ethos and its importance in our world today.


The Symposium was chosen for this workshop because in its five speeches Athenian philosophers at a drinking party express in depth their thoughts concerning erotic love.  Although specific to the time and place – eros between adult men and youth – The Symposium provides an excellent platform for contemporary discussion.  Themes we will cover include the nature of eros, desire, attraction, loss, coupling, erotic friendship, fear, death and HIV/STIs. We will delve into the connection between eros and psyche, eros and thanatos, and eros as a community builder and binder.  Using the Heart Circle approach will allow participants to explore these strong subjects in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space.


These Heart Circles will be conducted every Wednesday evening, 7-10 p.m., beginning January 21, ending February 18, and will be facilitated by Rosie Delicious.  All circles will be held at the Bureau of General Services – Queer Division, in the LGBT Community Center, 208 w. 13th St, NYC.


The weekly Heart Circles will integrate this classic text with contemporary practices that integrate mind, body and spirit in a rejuvenated erotic life for participants.  We will be using Plato’s Erotic Dialogues, translated/edited by William C. Cobb, 1993, SUNY Press.  You may read it online or purchase a hard copy, available through the Bureau of General Services – Queer Division at the LGBT Community Center.


It is advised that participants attend all five weeks as each week will cover different sections of the text.  Pre-registration is encouraged via email to houseofdelicious@gmail.com.  An additional text describing the Heart Circle process will be sent to all registrants. This series is free although we will pass a hat for donations to be shared by the Bureau and the facilitator.


Rosie Delicious, a Radical Faerie sex magician, has co-facilitating Sex Magick Workshops in the Radical Faerie tradition since 2000.  This workshop was initiated by Harry Hay and John Burnside in 1990, and Rosie encountered this most efficacious work in 1996.  Using the Heart Circle technique as a way of exploring these classic texts will enable participants their own unique experience of their qweer sexuality in a safe and confidential environment.




Interested participants can also register to attend a week-long sex magick retreat using this experience as a cornerstone.


Harry Hay asked 3 essential questions for qweer men to explore:


Who are we?

Why are we here?

What are we here for?


Hay argued that to answer these questions for ourselves, each of us needs to dig deep into our consciousness to find our unique narrative, both for our personal benefit as well as for the gifts that we bring to society at large.  The best way to explore this was through sharing in the Heart Circle practice.  Through the use of a talisman or talking stick, the Heart (or Talking) Circle is a process that allows each participant to share their experience and perspective in an uninterrupted flow.  Harry gleaned this means of communing from his lifelong study and work with Native Americans.  Heart Circle practice also grew out of the new consciousness movements of the 1960′s and 70′s and has become a hallmark of communing in Radical Faerie circles.




Start: January 28, 2015 7:00 PM
End: January 28, 2015 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Donation

January 25, 2015

Stone Butch Blues Book Club

Whether you loved it, hated it, or never even read it, why not join us for a discussion of Leslie Feinberg‘s Stone Butch Blues (1993)?

Stone Butch Blues is no longer in print, but the organizer of the event, Lana Povitz, will happily send you a free digital copy if you email her at lpovitz at gmail.com.


From Minnie Bruce Pratt’s Obituary in The Advocate:

Leslie Feinberg, who identified as an anti-racist white, working-class, secular Jewish, transgender, lesbian, female, revolutionary communist, died on November 15. She succumbed to complications from multiple tick-borne co-infections, including Lyme disease.

Feinberg was the first theorist to advance a Marxist concept of “transgender liberation,” and her work impacted popular culture, academic research, and political organizing.

Her historical and theoretical writing has been widely anthologized and taught in the U.S. and international academic circles. Her impact on mass culture was primarily through her 1993 first novel, Stone Butch Blues, widely considered in and outside the U.S. as a groundbreaking work about the complexities of gender. Sold by the hundreds of thousands of copies and also passed from hand-to-hand inside prisons, the novel has been translated into Chinese, Dutch, German, Italian, Slovenian, Turkish, and Hebrew (with her earnings from that edition going to ASWAT Palestinian Gay Women).

From 2004-2008 Feinberg’s writing on the links between socialism and LGBT history, “Lavender & Red,” ran as a 120-part series in Workers World newspaper. Her most recent book, Rainbow Solidarity in Defense of Cuba, was an edited selection of that series.

Feinberg authored two other non-fiction books, Transgender Warriors: Making History and Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue, as well as a second novel, Drag King Dreams.

For more on Leslie Feinberg check out this article by KaeLyn on Autostraddle.

Start: January 25, 2015 6:00 PM
End: January 25, 2015 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free

January 24, 2015

TELL 9: Surprises

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.

Surprises is the theme of the ninth installment of TELL, featuring Becca BlackwellHarvey KatzElana Lancaster, and Katia Perea!

$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.




Becca Blackwell is a NYC based performer. They act in a lot of stuff and make their own work.



Harvey Katz

Harvey Katz is a spoken word artist and storyteller who became a woman in front of a seated congregation in Miami before becoming a man in the Deep South. Currently he travels the country providing educational workshops on transgender identity and performing on stages large and small under the pseudonym Athens Boys Choir.

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Elana Lancaster is an LGBT health advocate and occasional storyteller who lives in Brooklyn. He is a Moth StorySLAM winner, and has been featured on the Story Collider podcast. The two best compliments he’s ever received were “You talk to people about sperm like you were teaching them how to make waffles,” and “I would trust you with my life if I didn’t know you so well.”



Katia Perea

Katia Perea lives in Brooklyn and is a serious cartoon fan. She has a PhD in Sociology from the New School for Social Research specialized in television girl cartoons, popular culture theory and media studies. She is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at CUNY (City University New York) and is currently researching the Brony community for her upcoming book, “Girl Cartoons” due out soon.





Start: January 24, 2015 7:30 PM
End: January 24, 2015 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: (646) 358-1730
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States

January 22, 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 January, we’ll be reading the last five pieces of the section on Identity. Plus the sections on Challenging Labels and Liminality. [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.

Venue: Bureau of General Services Queer Division Bookstore at the LGBT Center, 2nd fl. Rm. 210

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




Start: January 22, 2015 6:30 PM
End: January 22, 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