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Social Sculpture for Individual Goals

Social Sculpture

  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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December 24, 2014






Start: December 24, 2014 11:00 AM
End: December 24, 2014 4:00 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 21, 2014

Orgasm: Photographs and Interviews, Daylight 2014 – Contemporary Photography on Sexuality by Linda Troeller

Orgasm: Photographs and Interviews involved the participation of 25 women of different ages, nationalities, sexuality including pan sexual to lesbian to many religions and social backgrounds who opened their bodies and minds to share intimate stories about their own experiences achieving orgasm independently and with their partners.

The event will include a 30 minute visual lecture, Q & A,  an Orgasm Dance by performer/signer, Michelle Joni Lapidosa, a portfolio viewing of prints from Linda Troeller’s new book, and a book signing.

Copies of the book as well as photographs will be available for purchase.


Linda Troeller is an award-winning photographer known for her Polaroid collage series, TB-AIDS Diary, and co-authoring two books with Marion Schneider – the pioneering volume, Erotic Lives of Women (Scalo, 1998) and Orgasm: Photographs and Interviews (Daylight, 2014).  A documentary on her photography, Inside the Frame: Linda Troeller, will be released in  winter, 2014 by Canadian filmmaker, Jeff McKay. Her new book, Living In the Chelsea Hotel, Schiffer, will be out Spring, 2016.

“There are very few people who, in our pornified society, can visually capture and eroticize the female and feminine body without objectifying it. In her photographs, Linda Troeller captures the confidence, strength, and power in women’s erotic lives.” – Mimi Schippers, Associate Professor and Director, Women’s Studies Program, Tulane University.

Photograph: Annie, USA, by Linda Troeller


Start: December 21, 2014 6:30 PM
End: December 21, 2014 8:30 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

Book reading and Q&A with Hans M. Hirschi, author of “The Fallen Angels of Karnataka” and three other contemporary gay novels

Hans M. Hirschi will read from his recently published novel The Fallen Angels of Karnataka, loved by readers and reviewers alike. Come and listen to the “Queen” of unconventional happy endings and join him through tears, laughter and blushing.



Hans M Hirschi (b. 1967) has been writing stories ever since he was a child. Adulthood and the demands of corporate life efficiently put his fictional writing on hold for over twenty years.

A global executive in training and channel development, Hans has traveled the world and had previously published non-fictional titles.

The birth of his son and the subsequent parental leave provided him with the opportunity to unleash his creative writing once again. With little influence over his brain’s creative workings, he indulges it, going with the flow. A deeply rooted passion for faith in a better world, in love, tolerance and diversity are a red thread throughout both his creative and non-fictional work. His novels might best be described as “literary romance, engaging characters and relevant stories that won’t leave you untouched, but hopeful.”
Hans is a proud member of the Swedish Writers’ Union, the Writers’ Center in Sweden and serves as chair of the Swedish Federation of Self- & Independent Publishers.


Start: December 21, 2014 4:00 PM
End: December 21, 2014 5:30 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 20, 2014

Live from the Bureau! An Open Mic Night

LIVE from the BUREAU! 

MC Ed Malone

Screenings of Zhe Zhe

Organized by Andrew Bell

An open-mic program featuring the original work of fledgling, emerging, established and seasoned live-performers. Come for burlesque, spoken word, diary musings, violin solos, short story recitations and other queer induced happenings. Expect individuals and small gangs, elders and twinks, the sacred, the profane, the bitches and the brew.




Ed Malone

Ed Malone is a playwright, director, actor and clown. Born and raised in Cork City, Ireland, he emigrated to New York City in 2007 and never intends to leave. Ed’s play The Three Irish Widows Versus The Rest of the World is a cult classic and is about to become a global smash hit.”


Zhe Zhe final 
Zhe Zhe.  Look and learn.




Drew Bell is a full-time painter and Bureau volunteer happy to be making his contribution as an event organizer. (Photo by GAYLETTER)








Start: December 20, 2014 7:00 PM
End: December 20, 2014 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

December 19, 2014

NYC Book Launch of First Comes Love: Portraits of Enduring LGBTQ Relationships with Photographer B. Proud and Edie Windsor


The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center and the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division are proud to host photographer/author B. Proud and Edie Windsor for the NYC book launch First Comes Love: Portraits of Enduring LGBTQ RelationshipsProud will discuss the project, present images from the book, and engage in a question and answer period along with Edie Windsor, who wrote the forward to First Comes Love. Several of the couples featured in the book will also attend.


First Comes Love is available at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division (room 210 in The Center), and the Bureau will sell copies of the book at the event. Both B. Proud and Edie Windsor will sign copies of the book at the reception following the event.
Doors open 6:30 PM, presentation at 7 PM


Beer, wine, Absolut vodka cocktails, and sparkling water will be available for cash donations.

Please RSVP here.


B. Proud, photograph by Victor Rodriguez

B. Proud, photograph by Victor Rodriguez

B. Proud. It’s not a slogan. It’s the name that’s on her birth certificate and Barbara Proud says that it’s a name she has to live up to. As both a commercial and fine art photographer, B. Proud has exhibited her award-winning work in solo and group shows around the globe. Her “First Comes Love” Project, a traveling exhibition of photographs, stories, and video, and now a hardbound book, has received multiple awards and grants including those from the B. W. Bastian Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, the Delaware State Arts Council, and The University of the Arts, Philadelphia where Barbara is an adjunct associate professor. B. Proud currently resides in Wilmington, Delaware with her spouse, Allison, and their yellow lab, Soleil.

Edie Windsor, photograph by B. Proud

Edie Windsor, photograph by B. Proud

Edith S. Windsor challenged the U.S. government and the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which denied federal recognition of legal same-sex marriages. She took her case all the way to the Supreme Court. Edie, insisting that the government uphold the Constitution and its demand for equality, won a landmark victory for the LGBTQ community in her case United States v. Windsor. Edie and Dr. Thea Spyer were together for nearly 44 years, but after Thea died, the government refused to recognize their legal marriage and charged Windsor with a hefty estate tax. Edie, who lives in New York City, was a top three finalist for TIME MAGAZINE 2013 PERSON of the YEAR.





Start: December 19, 2014 6:30 PM
End: December 19, 2014 8:30 PM
Venue: The LGBT Community Center
Phone: 212 620 7310
208 West 13th Street, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free