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Meryl Meisler’s SASSY ’70s


  Meryl Meisler, with camera in hand, documented the process of her coming out and exploring LGBTQ NY communities during the 1970s. She’ll be sharing her images and stories of Disco, nightlife, Fire Island, and self portraits from her book Purgatory & Paradise SASSY ‘70s Suburbia & The City.   Copies of Purgatory & Paradise SASSY [...]

Thu. Dec 13, 2018 7:00 PM


December 14, 2014

The QT BFF Reading

BFFs Grey Vild and Claudia Cortese, Jayson Smith and Aziza Barnes will read poems born of collaboration, conversation and BFF-ship. Cuuuute!


Aziza Barnes is a brown woman poet from Los Angeles currently living in New York. She is a senior at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, pursuing her BFA in theater, creative writing and Africana Studies. She was a member of NYU’s poetry slam teams in 2011 and 2012, winning first place in the nation. A member of the Dance Cartel, Aziza performs in venues around New York and is finishing a residency at the Ace Hotel. She is a co-founder of the Divine Fabrics Collective. Winner of the 2012 Button Poetry Prize and author of me Aunt Jemima and the nailgun.


Jayson Smith is a writer & choreographer 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 FreezeRay Press. Jayson facilitates a weekly writing workshop with the LouderARTS project in Manhattan, & is on staff for Union Station Magazine. Find him on Twitter to talk Beyoncé & poems & other, less important things.


Claudia Cortese’s chapbook, Blood Medals, which explores Midwest adolescence—a world of slap bracelets and sisterhood, date rape and PBR—is forthcoming from Thrush Poetry Press. Her poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2011, Blackbird, Crazyhorse, Kenyon Review Online, and Sixth Finch, among others, and her essays and book reviews have appeared in Mid-American Review and Devil’s Lake. Her first book of poetry has been a finalist for prizes from the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry and Black Lawrence Press. Cortese lives and teaches in New Jersey.


Grey Vild is a poet and writer who lives and works in Brooklyn. Vild’s work has appeared in THEM, Elderly, and Hue. He has a chapbook, entitled Go to Naples and Fuck Yourself, forthcoming from EOAGH. He is the happy recipient of the Queer Art Mentorship Fellowship 2014 with Stacy Szymaszek.



Start: December 14, 2014 6:00 PM
End: December 14, 2014 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

December 13, 2014

NYC Launch of Diana Cage’s Lesbian Sex Bible

Celebrate the LESBIAN SEX BIBLE as it is written in this book of DIANA CAGE

Come into her presence with Julia Bloch \ Ella Boureau \ Stephen Boyer \ Elizabeth Koke \ Rachel Levitsky \Sarah Schulman \ Others

There you will seek TOYS IN BABELAND, and you will find them.

Rumor will be added to rumor; then they will seek a vision from a prophet.

2. First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people! If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask DIANA: Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet? Can you loose the belt of Orion? Who told you you were naked? Are you hiding in the bushes, sewing together fig leaves in an attempt to cover your nakedness?

3. Call unto DIANA and she will tell you remarkable secrets about things to come. She is writing these things to you now, even though she hopes to be with you soon:

as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them

join them in the same flood of debauchery

embrace the bosom of an adulteress

be intoxicated always in her love

let her breasts fill you at all times with delight

4. And DIANA has appointed in the BGQSD first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues, for of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh. If DIANA is for us, who can be against us?

5. Hard drinking, riotous feasting, orgies, and things like that.

6. Yea though we walk through the darkest valley, BABELAND’s rod and BABELAND’s staff, they comfort us.

DIANA CAGE formed The Lesbian Sex Bible from the dust of the ground. She spends a lot of time thinking and writing about sex and desire. She is the former editor of the lesbian porn magazine On Our Backs and host of the Diana Cage show on Sirius XM. The Lesbian Sex Bible is her eighth book.

JULIA BLOCH begat Letters to Kelly Clarkson and will bring forth Allison Corporation in 2015.

ELLA BOUREAU brings to pass the monthly reading series and online magazine In the Flesh. She is working heartily on her first full-length play, It Helps to Hate You a Little.

STEPHEN BOYERcreated the novel Parasite and the chapbook GHOSTS.

ELIZABETH KOKE commits her work unto the Feminist Press, where she has proudly worked on several Lambda Literary Award-winning titles including Justin Vivian Bond’s Tango: My ChildhoodBackwards and in High Heels and Laurie Weeks’ Zipper Mouth.

RACHEL LEVITSKY wrote all the words of The Story of My Accident is Ours (Futurepoem, 2013), as well as two other full-length books of poetry, Under the Sun (Futurepoem, 2003) and NEIGHBOR (UDP, 2009). She was the founder of the feminist avant-garde covenant, Belladonna*.

SARAH SCHULMAN has multiplied novels and increased nonfiction books and films upon the earth.

“I hope it will eventually replace the Gideon’s bible. Needs to be the in the nightstand of every hotel room” - Holly Hughes

AMANDA, DIANA, MAXE, co-hosts, enthusiasts.


Start: December 13, 2014 7:00 PM
End: December 13, 2014 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

December 12, 2014

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 the Dec meeting we will read the Preface, the Intro and the 1st section, “Identity.” For the next several meetings we will read two sections per month. 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.

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! Copies of Recognize should be in stock by Wed Nov 26 but you can call to check (646) 457-0859. 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

Future Bi Book Club meetings at the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division:

Thursday, January 22

Thursday, February 26





Start: December 12, 2014 6:30 PM
End: December 12, 2014 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

December 11, 2014

TELL 8: Holidays Shmollidays

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.

Holidays Shmollidays is the theme of the eighth installment of TELL, featuring Bevin BranlandinghamRobin Cloud, Kelli Dunham, and Topher Gross!

$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.



Photo by Grace Chu

Photo by Grace Chu

Bevin Branlandingham is an ultra rad warrior for self-acceptance. She is a writer, performer and cultural producer in Brooklyn, NY who believes that all bodies are good bodies and works to make the world safe for people to love themselves. She blogs at queerfatfemme.com and offers body liberation coaching one on one and through workshops.




Robin Cloud is a New York City-based TV host, comedian, and writer.  She is the host of BK Live, a daily show that showcases Brooklyn’s art, culture, and political scenes. She has been featured in Diva Magazine, GO magazine’s “Top 100 Women We Love,” Time Out New York’s “Quote of the Week”, and the Washington Post. Her festival appearances include the Women in Comedy, Ohio Lesbian, Fresh Fruit, Emerging Artists, and Hot! Festivals. Frequently booked to be the Master of Ceremonies, she is proud to have teamed up with fantastic artists and organizations such as the Hetrick-Martin Institute, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, NYC Pride, Mr. Murray Hill, Toshi Reagon, Doria Roberts and many more!As a college speaker, Robin tours the country with her talk “Accept Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself” which aims to inspire audiences to transform their fears into acts of courage. She is thrilled to be represented by OUTmedia and The Contemporary Issues Agency.




Kelli Dunham [http://kellidunham.com/] is the genderqueer nurse-comic-author-ex-nun hybrid so common in modern Brooklyn. Kelli was one of Velvet Park Magazine’s 25 Significant Women of 2011, was named to the 2012 Campus Pride Hotlist and has appeared on Showtime and the Discovery Channel and nationwide at colleges, prides, fundraisers and even the occasional livestock auction. Kelli’s fifth book, Freak of Nurture [http://freakofnurture.org/] a collection of humorous essays published by Topside Press caused award-winning author Barbara Carellas to give Kelli the moniker “the David Sedaris of the queer world.”



Photo by Sophia Wallace

Photo by Sophia Wallace

Close your eyes and picture a short, furry, charming, charismatic gentleman. You’ve just pictured hair-stylist, blogger and sometimes go-go dancer Topher Gross!





Start: December 11, 2014 7:00 PM
End: December 11, 2014 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: $5-10 suggested donation - no one turned away for lack of funds

December 10, 2014

Annie’s Audiobook Thunder Party

Performance / Fundraiser / Not-so-silent Auction for book access for all – to support the audio book recordings of Annie Lanzillotto‘s books for visually impaired audiences, and for all for whom reading a book is too arduous.

Performances by Annie Lanzillotto and special guests.

As Frank Sinatra’s birthday and Our Lady of Guadalupe Day quickly approach on 12/12, so does Annie’s kickstarter campaign deadline. We gather on 12/10 to celebrate and make sure it’s a success so Annie can record the audiobooks of L is for Lion: an italian bronx butch freedom memoir (SUNY Press) and her poetry collection Schistsong (Bordighera Press, 2013).

Click here to donate.

Thank you!

Come raise a glass of vino or Pellegrino, get a book signed dance add a buck

Annie Lanzillotto is the author of the books L is for Lion: an italian bronx butch freedom memoir (SUNY Press), and Schistsong (Bordighera Press). She’s the singer/songwriter of the albums “Blue Pill,” “Eleven Recitations,” and “Carry My Coffee” StreetCry Productions.




Start: December 10, 2014 7:00 PM
End: December 10, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, 10011, United States
Cost: Free