Our Next Event

The Vagina Bible Talk and Book Signing

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  The Bureau is excited to host an evening of conversation bringing together Dr. Jen Gunter, author of The Vagina Bible (Kensington, 2019), and Amber Gavin of Abortion Access Front. Dr. Gunter is a “fact evangelist in the fake-news era” (The Cut) and with Ms. Gavin they will discuss language, propaganda, and misinformation in medicine. Copies [...]

Wed. Aug 28, 2019 7:00 PM


July 13, 2015

(DLOnLocation2015) Your Words Give Me a Headache

Kajsa Dahlberg, Female Fist, 20 min, HD video, 2006
Dylan Mira, Untitled (Agua Viva), 13 min, HD video, 2013
Mariah Garnett, Picaresques, 20 min, 16mm transferred to HD video, 2011
Your Words Give Me A Headache is a group program that brings together the work of contemporary feminist filmmakers thinking about language, the fluxes between literature and moving image, matters of expression, experience, representation and communication’s failure. The films tackle social relationships and unconventional story-telling, ranging from the unlike relationship between a grown up filmmaker and the infant she’s trying to work with in her movie (Garnett), to family’s lack of communication mediated by Clarice Lispector’s master piece Agua Viva (Mira) and the unfulfilled promise of a feminist, anarchist, queer porn project that can’t even be represented on camera by a spokesperson (Dahlberg).


Curator: Clara López Ménendez


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Dirty Looks: On Location is a series of queer intervention in New York City spaces. Over the course of July, artist film and video will appear in these queer social spaces and former sites of queer sociality (like shuttered bars, bathhouses, and former meeting zones). A new piece, a different setting on each night of July. The summer in New York is hot, sticky and social. Installing moving image works around the city in bars, centers and “haunted” venues allows for the free flow of viewers to engage and celebrate with work, in evening events that commemorate contemporary moving-image production and its precedents in queer culture.

Click here for a complete listing of Dirty Looks: On Location, July 1-31, 2015



Start: July 13, 2015 7:00 PM
End: July 13, 2015 10:00 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 12, 2015

Hand Crafted Art Fair @ BGSQD



Art and crafts for sale by a diverse selection of local queer artisans. Please stop in to support the arts, meet the artists and hang at the bureau!
Sam Branman: Ten Yards Clothing is a queer sportswear label making bright, colorful sportswear. From custom leggings, singlets, wedding outfits, and drag, to harnesses, scarves, hats, cute crop tops, tees, tanks, and skirts, we got it all! Ten Yards Clothing also sells vintage 80′s jewelry for those who really want a conversation starter.
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James McNally is a working artist living in the Brooklyn area . for most of his life.He has showed his work at coffee shops and east village bars and Clubs.he works usually mixed media on anything suitable he can find.Clothing .found objects smashed guitars or jusr oil on canvas.
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Jerek Carper: Established in Chicago, based in Brooklyn. O’boros soaps are the products of adventurous fragrance blends and traditional home made hot process soap.
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Daniel Casanova: All these earrings have been made using Japanese seed beads and Swarovski crystals and pearls. My partner and I have just started making these recently but we have had very good feedback.
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Robin Crutchfield: As a performance artist/writer/musician in the 1970s, Robin found critical acclaim as part of the No Wave movement with bands DNA and Dark Day transitioning into solo work with trancelike harp and drone. He continued his creative pursuits in various arenas, including recent endeavors exploring the use of cotton crochet slipstitch methods. His whimsy includes pointy hats, dolls, and colorful catch-call bags. Also, some of his music CDS and books-”Eleven Faerie Tales” and “A,B,C, Desire” an erotic alphabet, will be available. Perhaps even some handwhittled wands.
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Caleb Kruzel: Goon Soul specializes in leather accessories and altered clothing. At his table you will find harnesses, rings, customized digs, screen prints, and other handmade oddities.
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Chioma Okotieuro: I have been making jewelry of one sort or another for the last 17 years. I started a non profit called Good Works and began to make bracelets to fund my endeavors to do “give” to people in need ‘just because’ and Chi Intentioned was born. I make earrings, bracelets, pendants, necklaces, rings, waistbeads and headpieces using crystals, stones, shells and good intentions.
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Gemini: Bearly knits handmade scarves, cowls, and shawls are made by musician and former model, “Gemini.” Bearly knits crochet and knitwear utilizes only the best materials for its pieces and each design is completely one of a kind. Custom yarn options are also available upon request.​​

Don’t just standout…be unforgettable with Bearly Knits.
A man, wearing a bear costume, knits as he takes part in the "No Pants Subway Ride" in New York

Start: July 12, 2015 2:00 PM
End: July 12, 2015 7:00 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

July 10, 2015

For Sizakele Book Release: 14 Years In The Making

Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene will read from her brand new book, For Sizakele. She will also perform electric, sugarcane-flavored poetry. Her performance will be followed by a question and answer session and book signing. This performance is a celebration of the over 14 years of love, work, sweat, passion and magic it has taken to bring forth this very necessary book. This event is part of the For Sizakele World Tour.

Suggested donation: $5

Please Note: To reserve your copy of For Sizakele in advance, please purchase your copy here: http://myloveisaverb.ticketleap.com/for-sizakele-bureau-nyc/ (Purchasing For Sizakele now reserves a copy for you. Your copy of the book will be available when you arrive at the event. This is the only way to ensure that you will have a copy before they sell out.) 


About the book: For Sizakele by Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene
Taylor, a queer Nigerian college student, is in a passionate relationship with Lee, a Black American basketball-playing pianist. When Taylor develops romantic feelings for Sy, a Cameroonian photographer whose similarities make them instant family, Taylor battles Lee’s jealousy. As Taylor encounters challenges to her femme and African identities, she finds ways, through the kinship of her friends, to define herself on her own terms. For Sizakele addresses transcontinental identity, intimate partner violence, queer gender and how we love as illuminators of who we are. 


Photograph By An Xiao

Photograph By An Xiao

Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene is an Ijaw and Urhobo Nigerian dyke performance activist, poet, dancer, educator, actress and visual artist. She engages a radical vulnerability and candor in her artwork and uses storytelling to build an authentic human connection through passionate artistic expression. Etaghene is a mixed-media visual artist who has produced 4 solo art exhibitions and performed internationally. She is the founder of Sugarcane, an LGBTQ Of Color writing workshop based in the principles of June Jordan’s Poetry for the People. She wrote and performed in two multi-media one-woman shows, Volcano’s Birthright{s} and GUAVA. Etaghene has published 4 chapbooks of poetry: afrocrown: fierce poetry (2000), write or die (2004), tongue twisted transcontinental sista (2006) and skin into verse (2014.) She released an album of poetry and music entitled liberty avenue, nigeria, usa (2004.) Etaghene is the author of For Sizakele, a novel that addresses transcontinental identity, intimate partner violence and how we love as illuminators of who we are. www.myloveisaverb.com, twitter: @myloveisaverb



Start: July 10, 2015 7:00 PM
End: July 10, 2015 10:00 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: Suggested donation of $5

July 9, 2015

Together Again: Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Retreat Fellows Reunite

Three fiction writers and two poets from the 2007 and 2008 Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Retreat read from their work.



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Shelley Ettinger is a longtime activist in LGBTQ, anti-racist, anti-war and union struggles. Her poetry and short fiction have been published in dozens of literary journals. Vera’s Will is her first novel.


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Charles Rice-González, born in Puerto Rico and reared in the Bronx, is a writer, long-time community and LGBT activist, co-founder of BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance and a Distinguished Lecturer at Hostos Community College – CUNY. He received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College. His debut novel Chulito(Magnus Books 2011) has received nearly a dozen awards including a 2013 Stonewall Book Awards – Barbara Gittings Literature Award Honor from the American Library Association and a “Small Press Highlights” mention from the National Book Critics Circle. He co-edited From Macho To Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction (Tincture/Lethe Press 2011) and his award-winning play I Just Love Andy Gibb will be published in Blacktino Queer Performance: A Critical Anthology (Duke Press 2016). He serves on the boards of the Bronx Council on the Arts and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures.



Michael Montlack is the author of the poetry collection Cool Limbo (NYQ Books) and the editor of the Lambda Finalist essay anthology My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them (University of Wisconsin Press). His work recently appeared in Cimarron Review, Barrow Street, Mudfish, The Cortland Review and Assaracus. He lives and teaches in New York City and has been awarded residencies/fellowships from VCCA, Ucross, Lambda Literary Foundation and Oberpfalzer Kunstlerhaus in Germany.



Carol Rosenfeld is a New York City-based writer and poet. Her short stories have appeared in several lesbian erotica and LGBT horror anthologies. Her debut novel, The One That Got Away, is being published in June 2015.


Ely Shipley’s first book, Boy with Flowers, won the Barrow Street Press book prize judged by Carl Phillips, the Thom Gunn Award, and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. His chapbook, On Beards: A Memoir of Passing, is forthcoming from speCt! books. His poems and essays appear in the Western Humanities Review, Prairie Schooner, Willow Springs, Florida Review, Phoebe, Greensboro Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Witness, Diagram, Gulf Coast, Fugue, Third Coast, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from Purdue University and a PhD from the University of Utah. He is an Assistant Professor at Baruch College, CUNY.


Start: July 9, 2015 7:00 PM
End: July 9, 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
Cost: Free

July 3, 2015 – July 5, 2015

Bureau Closed For Independence Day Weekend

The Bureau will be closed on Friday, July 3rd, Saturday, July 4th, and Sunday, July 5th.

Start: July 3, 2015
End: July 5, 2015