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Trans/Queer/Woman: Theory and Politics

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  The Bureau is excited to partner with the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research to bring you: Trans/Queer/Woman: Theory and Politics Instructor: Sophie Lewis The course will meet at the Bureau on Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, and 31, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM Transfeminine lives are often seen as having, in and of themselves, political [...]

Wed. Jul 24, 2019 6:30 PM


May 27, 2015

Gay in the Great War: A Reading with Music from Flower of Iowa, in Honor of Memorial Day


Gay men have served in our nation’s military since the beginning. Lance Ringel’s historical novel Flower of Iowa centers on the unexpected romance between a young American soldier and his best buddy, a British soldier, in 1918 France during the final months of World War I. Ringel and his spouse, actor Chuck Muckle, will read selections from the eBook and Muckle will perform music from the Great War. Kirkus Reviews declared Flower of Iowa “accomplished, touching historical fiction” while Stephen Fry called it “a truly wonderful WW1 novel … so truthful and touching.”



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A journalist and writer for four decades, Lance Ringel has penned five novels and three plays. He served as principal writer for Vassar Voices, a staged reading honoring Vassar College’s sesquicentennial, which made its debut at Jazz at Lincoln Center starring Meryl Streep, Lisa Kudrow and Frances Sternhagen. Ringel also wrote the narrative for At Home in the World, a music-and-words collaboration directed by John Caird that played across Japan last year and will debut in New York and Washington next month. Flower of Iowa is his first published work. He and Chuck Muckle have been together for 38 years.




Chuck Muckle will appear in the feature film X-Mas starring Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, to be released this November. His many theater credits include Four Play the Musical (world premiere tour); the solo show At Wit’s End (An Evening with Oscar Levant); Paradise Lost, directed by Hal Prince with Judy Kaye and John Cullum, at NYC Opera Workshop Project (music arranger Jonathan Tunick); and The Golden Apple with Howard McGillin and Nancy Opel at Bard Summerscape (music director Jonathan Tunick). He has toured in South Pacific and Camelot with Robert Goulet, and A Christmas Carol with John Astin.




Start: May 27, 2015 7:00 PM
End: May 27, 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

May 23, 2015

DOOR GIRLS by Max Steele zine launch and reading featuring Doug Keeler, Justin Allen and Erin Markey


Please join Max Steele for the release of his new zine DOOR GIRLS at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division for a launch party and reading featuring Doug Keeler, Justin Allen and Erin Markey.


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Justin Allen is a writer from Northern Virginia whose work traces the ways geographies, both URL and IRL, shape identity.


Photograph by Brett Lindell

Photograph by Brett Lindell

Doug Keeler is a poet, temptress, and karaoke queen. He has written for the Helix Queer Performance Network’s Critical Squad (http://helixqpn.org/tagged/doug+keeler), and recently participated in the BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange workshop NEEDING IT: Solo Performance in Queer Community. His current projects include the poetry series “reasons to get up in the morning” (http://whyigotup.tumblr.com/) and diatribe blog POP-OFF QUEEN (http://popoff-queen.tumblr.com/). His major influences include José Esteban Muñoz, Nomi Malone, and Brent Corrigan.


Photograph by Bobby Miller

Photograph by Bobby Miller

Erin Markey is a comedic writer/performer, actress and singer who has shown work at BAM, Under The Radar Festival, New Museum, PS 122, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, New York Comedy Festival, San Francisco Film Society, and frequently at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater. She is currently a 2013-2015 artist-in-residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange writing a musical, A Ride On The Irish Cream which will premiere at Abrons Arts Center in January 2016. She is a 2014 Franklin Furnace Fund recipient.


Photograph by Dietmar Busse

Photograph by Dietmar Busse

Max Steele is a writer and performer. He’s written the psychedelic porno poetry zine Scorcher since 2006 and in 2015 started a new zine, DOOR GIRLS, about night life.





Start: May 23, 2015 7:00 PM
End: May 23, 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

May 22, 2015

TELL 13: Crushes


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.

Crushes is the theme of the thirteenth installment of TELL. Featuring DJ Tikka Masala, Linda Saegert, Max Steele, and Elsa Waithe.

$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.



DJ Tikka Masala has been working in NYC nightlife since 2004, creating community on the dance floor, mixing a range of music that spans geographies, time and genres and responds intuitively to the audience at hand. She’s DJ-ed at the White House, Performa, Mass MOCA, Jacob’s Pillow, The Brooklyn Museum, and clubs all over the world. Tikka Masala, who is also multi-instrumentalist, composes and produces music for the Obie and Bessie award winning Brooklyn based feminist acrobatic dance company, LAVA, and has performed/scored live music at Dixon Place, The Mix Festival, BAM and BAX.

Hip Hop, House, classic reggae, global electronic music, South Asian folk music and classical traditions inspire her sensibilities in the studio and in the nightclub. During the day she works for Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice’s communications team.


Linda Saegert

Linda Saegert is a butch who currently works in sales. Being a Gemini, has had many careers: social worker, nurse, retail store manager and French Chef! In love with the woman of their dreams, they have 6 dogs! Linda also has 2 grown sons. Linda considers themself Genderqueer.


Max Steele

Max Steele is a performer and writer living in Brooklyn. He has presented work at Dixon Place, the New Museum, Deitch Projects, BAM, Joe’s Pub, Envoy Enterprises, PPOW Gallery, UPenn’s Kelly Writers’ House, the Afterglow Festival and the Queens Museum of Art. He writes the psychedelic porno poetry zine Scorcher, and his writing has been featured in Dossier Journal, Spank, East Village Boys, Birdsong, Vice, Noisey, and Best Gay Stories 2014. He has been an Artist in Residence at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange since 2012.



Elsa Waithe is a 26 year old comedian from Norfolk, Va. She’s a 3x winner of the ViRginia Beach Funnybone’s Clash of the Comics. Comedian, Actor, Motivational Speaker, Epicenter of every awesome party, and Inventor of the Nike Swoosh.



Start: May 22, 2015 7:30 PM
End: May 22, 2015 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
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)

May 21, 2015

DEADLINE: Works-in-Progress from Cutting-Edge Queer Artists: May 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 May edition of DEADLINE will feature:

Leigh Hendrix – Theater – solo performance piece
Jamie Leo – Theater
Linda Lafayette – Writing
Jon Weatherman – Fiction

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



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: May 21, 2015 7:00 PM
End: May 21, 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

May 20, 2015

Queer New York and Beyond: The Social Event Photography of Efrain John Gonzalez

In conjunction with the Bureau’s current exhibition, A Buried Past, Forgotten Stories: The Sexual Underground of the Meatpacking District before Gentrification—The Photographs of Efrain John Gonzalez, we are very pleased to welcome Efrain back to the Bureau for another presentation of his photographs!

The presentation will feature Efrain John Gonzalez’s photographs of the events he covered in New York city from the 80′s til the present

Allana Star Parties
Annie Sprinkle Performances
Black and Blue Ball
Cave Canum
The Clit Club
Crowbar on 10th st
Drag kings in East Village
The Drag March
Folsom Street East
Gay Pride march on Fifth Avenue
gay protests
Gay Cable Network with Lou Maletta
Kate Bornstein
The Limelight
New York tattoo convention
Plato’s retreat on 34th St.
The Rated x show on 68th St.
Ron Athey
SMack Parties
The Duplex on Grove St.
The Sirens
Wigstock in Tompkins Square Park
…to name a few




Start: May 20, 2015 6:00 PM
End: May 20, 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