Our Next Event

The Vagina Bible Talk and Book Signing

Vagina Bible 500 copy

  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

Events

July 2, 2015

DEADLINE: Works-in-Progress from Cutting-Edge Queer Artists: July 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.

The July edition of DEADLINE will feature:

Jesse Phillips-Fein – Dance
Melody Jane – Performance Art
Taylor Derwin – Fiction
Kate Brandt - Film

Interested in presenting your work in a future installment of Deadline? Fill out the form!
Artists of any kind are encouraged to submit.

http://goo.gl/forms/Z84O7GgVdB

 

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

 

 

 

 

Start: July 2, 2015 7:00 PM
End: July 2, 2015 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free

July 1, 2015

Sharp Edges: Butcher’s Sons & Paris Demands

 

The Sharp Edges book launch features new novels by Lethe Press’ Scott Alexander Hess (The Butcher’s Sons) and Mike Miksche (Paris Demands). These two authors will face off in a lively interview segment about their provocative books set respectively in the gritty streets of Hell’s Kitchen circa 1930 and in Paris’ glorious underbelly. It’ll be an evening of edgy conversations, live music, book giveaways, and of course French cheeses and Hell’s Kitchen (butchered) meats.

 

Reception @ 7PM, Interactive Interview @ 8PM

 

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Scott Alexander Hess earned his MFA in creative writing from The New School. He blogs for The Huffington Post, and his writing has appeared in Genre Magazine, The Fix, and elsewhere. Hess co-wrote “Tom in America,” a short film starring Sally Kirkland and Burt Young. The Butcher’s Sons is his third novel. His debut novel Diary of a Sex Addict has been translated into German. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Hess now lives in Manhattan, New York.

 

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Mike Miksche’s work has appeared in Instinct, The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, and The Blue Lyra Review. He is the writer of Hole and Corner, a weekly column for Daily Xtra, which explores the profound connections forged through BDSM and public sex (http://www.dailyxtra.com/contributor/Mike%20Miksche). Paris Demands is his first novel.

 

 

Start: July 1, 2015 7:00 PM
End: July 1, 2015 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free

June 27, 2015

Then, and Then, and Now: 2 Gay Memoirists from Different Generations Discuss Their Gay Histories

 

Brad Gooch and David Crabb will read from and discuss their respective memoirs. Brad Gooch’s Smash Cut is a searing memoir of life in New York City in the 1970s and 1980s, and Crabb’s Bad Kid is a hilarious, poignant story about a boy growing up gay (and Goth) in San Antonio, Texas at a time and place where it was hard to be one, near impossible to be the other.

 

 

Photograph By Henny Garfunkel

Photograph By Henny Garfunkel

Brad Gooch is the author of the acclaimed biographies City Poet and Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor (finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), as well as other nonfiction and three novels. The recipient of National Endowment for the Humanities and Guggenheim fellowships, he earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University and is professor of English at William Paterson University in New Jersey. He lives in New York City.

 

 

Photograph By Julia Gillard

Photograph By Julia Gillard

David Crabb is a performer, writer, teacher & storyteller in New York City. He is a Moth Story Slam host and three-time Moth Slam winner. His solo show “Bad Kid” was met with critical acclaim from The New York Times, MTV, Flavorpill, NY Metro and many others, and named a New York Times Critics’ Pick. The show has been performed in NYC since 2011 & completed a sold-out run in Virginia in 2013. “Bad Kid” will play in Texas and California in 2015.

 

 

 

Start: June 27, 2015 7:00 PM
End: June 27, 2015 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free

June 26, 2015

Opening reception: Hunter Reynolds and Maxine Henryson: I-Dea The Goddess Within Gay Pride 1994

Hunter Reynolds and Maxine Henryson

I-Dea The Goddess Within

Gay Pride 1994

June 18 to September 6, 2015

Bureau of General Services—Queer Division

@The LGBT Community Center

208 West 13th Street, Room 210

New York, NY 10011

contact@bgsqd.com

Opening Reception on Friday, June 26, 7 to 10 PM

 

The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division is pleased to present a selection of iconic photographs from I-DEA, The Goddess Within, a historic collaboration of the performance artist Hunter Reynolds, aka Patina du Prey, and documentary photographer Maxine Henryson. From 1993 to 2000, Henryson and Reynolds traveled to Berlin, Antwerp, Los Angeles, New York and other cities, creating guerrilla-like street performances and interventions. Spinning in a large white dress, Patina existed as a mythical dervish figure that deliberately disrupted gender norms in order to relate to the viewer as a shamanistic transgendered embodiment of fantasy and healing. I-DEA, The Goddess Within challenged notions of queer identity, performance art, and the social landscape of the 1990’s.

 

For this exhibition, the artists will present a selection of photographs from Gay Pride in New York on the 25th anniversary of Stonewall and the Gay Games in 1994. The years of 1993 and 1994 were two of the most devastating years of the AIDS epidemic. During this anniversary year there was a dispute between the organizers of the Pride Parade (Heritage of Pride), Mayor Giuliani, and the political activists participating in the annual parade, such as ACT UP, the Dykes on Bikes, and the Radical Faeries, who did not want to participate in the commercial marketing of the Gay Games or the changing of the Parade route to pass by the United Nations.  The LGBTQ parade, for the first time, split into two parades: the official parade and the Radical Queers parade. The Dykes on Bikes led some 60,000 Radical Queers and Faeries from the Stonewall Inn up 5th Ave to Central Park. Many of the participants were naked and queers jerked off in front of St Patrick’s Cathedral. The community was fractured; the oppression of Giuliani era was beginning, and our parade was split.

Since 1992, Reynolds had been living in Berlin and returned to perform the Memorial Dress for Creative Time’s official Gay Games Art Event.  Reynolds recalls that “I wanted to do a healing dervish dance on the steps of the NYPL under the pink triangle of the banner Becoming Visible: The Legacy of Stonewall, The New York Public Library’s groundbreaking 1994 exhibition, which was the largest and most extensive display of lesbian and gay history ever mounted in a museum or gallery space. It was spontaneous combustion. The parade stopped and thousands cheered. The naked Radical Faeries spun with me. It was a truly spectacular and moving moment in my life. I was so grateful to be alive and proud to be Queer.”

 

Hunter Reynolds has been using photography, performance and installation for over thirty years to express his experience as an HIV-positive gay man. He was an early member of ACT UP, and in 1989 co-founded Art Positive, an affinity group of ACT UP, to fight homophobia and censorship in the arts. His work addresses issues of gender, identity, socio-politics, sexual histories, mourning, loss, survival, hope and healing.  Hunter Reynolds was born in 1959 in Rochester, Minnesota.  Reynolds is an AIDS activist and a Visual AIDS artist member and has been the recipient of grants and residencies, including several Pollock Krasner awards.  He has had numerous solo exhibitions including: Iceberg Projects, IL; P.P.O.W Gallery, NY; Participant Inc., NY; Hallwalls, NY; White Columns, NY; Artist Space, NY; Simon Watson Gallery, NY; Creative Time, NY; Momenta, NY; Bernard Toale Gallery, MA; ICA Boston, MA; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, CA; NGBK, Germany; and DOCUMENTA, Kassel, Germany. His work is numerous public and private collections including The Society for Contemporary Art Chicago, IL; Yale University Art Gallery, CT; the Addison Gallery of American Art, MA and The Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, MD. The Fales Library and Special Collections/New York University houses the archives of Hunter Reynolds in its Downtown Collection. Hunter Reynolds is represented by P.P.O.W. For more information about the artist please contact: info@ppowgallery.com

 

Maxine Henryson is an artist and bookmaker who creates sensual, poetic photographs of the seemingly every day. She explores perceptions of the feminine in the world, examining the differences and similarities between cultures. Her work traces evidence of divinity, rituals, place, memory and history in the West and East.

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, she lives and works in New York. She studied sociology at Simmons College (B.S.) and University of London (Masters of Philosophy) and has an M.A.T. from the University of Chicago in studio arts and M.F.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in photography. Her photographs have been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe and are in numerous public and private collections including the Celanese Photography Collection, the Russian Museum, Norton Museum of Art, and the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Selected group exhibitions include ARC Gallery, Chicago (The Body in Revue), Gallery Espace, New Delhi (Marvelous Reality/Lo Real Maravilloso), Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York (Lives of the Hudson), Unscharf (out of focus), after Gerhard Richter at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg Germany and O.K. Harris Gallery, New York (Illuminators). Her most recent solo exhibitions were at A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn in 2014 (Ujjayi’s Journey.) and Kleinschmidt Fine Photographs, Wiesbaden, Germany. (Calculated Coincidence). Maxine Henryson taught photography at the International Center of Photography, New York, and Bennington College (1996-2006). Henryson’s artist books are Ujjayai’s Journey (Kehrer, 2012), Red Leaves and Golden Curtains (Kehrer, 2007) and Presence (Artist Publications, 2003). Henryson is represented by A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn.

 

 

Start: June 26, 2015 7:00 PM
End: June 26, 2015 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free

June 24, 2015

Rainbow Book Fair Readings: Lammy Winners 2015

 

Before we say goodbye to June and Pride, let’s take a couple more hours to celebrate the winners of the 2015 Lambda Literary Awards with some of the winners who live right here in New York City. Readers will include Diana Cage, author of Lesbian Sex Bible: The New Guide to Sexual Love for Same-Sex Couples (winner for Lesbian Erotica), as well as Whitney Strub, a contributor to Understanding and Teaching U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History (winner for LGBT Anthology) and some still to be determined guests.

 

Diana Cage

Diana Cage was editor of the lesbian magazine On Our Backs and host of The Diana Cage Show on SiriusXM Radio. Her work has appeared in Curve, Girlfriends, Quartz, Shewired, The Advocate, Esquire, and other publications. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches writing at Pratt Institute.

 

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Whitney Strub is an associate professor of History and director of the Women’s & Gender Studies program at Rutgers University-Newark. He is the author of Perversion for Profit: The Politics of Pornography and the Rise of the New Right (Columbia, 2011) and Obscenity Rules: Roth v. United States and the Long Struggle over Sexual Expression (Kansas, 2013).

 

Start: June 24, 2015 7:00 PM
End: June 24, 2015 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free