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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 3, 2014

Releasing the Monster: Murder Most Queer Book Launch Party

A reading and reception to celebrate the release of Murder Most Queer: The Homicidal Homosexual in the American Theater (University of Michigan Press) by Jordan Schildcrout

The “villainous homosexual” has long stalked America’s cultural imagination, most explicitly in the figure of the queer murderer, who has appeared as a character in dozens of plays. But as society’s understanding of homosexuality has changed, so has the significance of these controversial characters, especially when employed by LGBT theater artists themselves to explore darker fears and desires. Murder Most Queer examines the shifting meanings of murderous LGBT characters in American theater over a century, showing how these representations wrestle with and ultimately subvert notions of queer villainy. [www.murdermostqueer.com]


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Jordan Schildcrout
Jordan Schildcrout is Assistant Professor of Theater and Performance at Purchase College-SUNY, where he teaches courses in theater history, theory, and dramaturgy, including seminars in LGBT Theater and American Drama. As a dramaturg and literary manager, he has worked for Manhattan Theatre Club, Adobe Theatre Company, and Denver Center Theatre Company. His articles on theater, film, and popular culture have appeared in Theatre Journal, The Journal of Popular Culture, The Journal of American Culture, and The Oxford Handbook of American Drama.





Start: December 3, 2014 7:00 PM
End: December 3, 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

November 27, 2014 – November 28, 2014

Bureau closed on Thursday and Friday, 11/27 & 11/28

Start: November 27, 2014
End: November 28, 2014

November 23, 2014

Bureau Book Club #4: Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz


The Bureau Book Club is a home for freewheeling discussion about the books and the issues that captivate us. Inspired by the conversations that break out after so many of the Bureau’s more formal events, we’ll have a one-hour session each month about a different work of fiction or non-fiction. Buy the book from the Bureau and get a 10% discount. We know you have busy lives: if you can’t finish the whole book, why not come and talk about the parts you’ve read? Just come prepared with a favorite quote.

Bureau Book Club #4 will be moderated by Ben Miller and Ben González.

Bureau Book Club #4 will discuss: Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Winner of the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction!

Benjamin Alire Sáenz‘s stories reveal how all borders—real, imagined, sexual, human, the line between dark and light, addict and straight—entangle those who live on either side. Take, for instance, the Kentucky Club on Avenida Juárez two blocks south of the Rio Grande. It’s a touchstone for each of Sáenz’s stories. His characters walk by, they might go in for a drink or to score, or they might just stay there for a while and let their story be told. Sáenz knows that the Kentucky Club, like special watering holes in all cities, is the contrary to borders. It welcomes Spanish and English, Mexicans and gringos, poor and rich, gay and straight, drug addicts and drunks, laughter and sadness, and even despair. It’s a place of rich history and good drinks and cold beer and a long polished mahogany bar. Some days it smells like piss. “I’m going home to the other side.” That’s a strange statement, but you hear it all the time at the Kentucky Club.


 Purchase Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club from the Bureau before November 23rd and receive a 10% discount!


Ben Miller is a Brooklyn-based writer. Current projects include award-winning biographical research on early gay activist Harry Hay that has taken him to archives in California and conferences from Pennsylvania to New Mexico, an adaptation of an early Mozart libretto for performance at Carnegie Hall, serving as dramaturg for Circuit Theatre Company’s production of The Walk Across America for Mother Earth, and new short fiction influenced by his historical research. His teachers in history and writing have included Linda Gordon, K. Kevyne Baar, Marcelle Clements, and Jonathan Safran Foer. Ben is the winner of New York University’s Bessie and Louis Levy Prize for Excellence in American History, and was named Steffi Berne Research Scholar in the Humanities by the same institution. He is a co-founder of Squid Ink Magazine (launching soon), works as Web Associate at the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, and serves on the communications committee of the New York City LGBT Anti-Violence Project. He tweets @benwritesthings.




Start: November 23, 2014 7:00 PM
End: November 23, 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, 10002, United States
Cost: Free

November 21, 2014

From King Edward II to Sir Ian McKellen: the world’s gayest National Portrait Gallery

The lecture by Andrew Lear is principally a slide show, with commentary, in which Lear shows people a small part of the astonishing gay history hanging on the walls of the National Portrait Gallery in London.  This includes men, women, at least one trans person, couples, men portrayed by the “queer eye”, and people involved in important gay historical events, such as the Oscar Wilde story; many of them (e.g. Shakespeare, Byron, Aubrey Beardsley) are famous, but others are far less so, at least in the US today.  The lecture also raises many key issues in gay history, the difficult evidentiary record, the difficulty of establishing transhistorical categories for same-sex desire, and so on–but it confronts these indirectly, through images and biographies, rather than focusing directly on them.

Q&A and reception to follow the lecture.


Andrew Lear (born December 21, 1958) is a Classicist and scholar of gender history and the history of sexuality. His research focuses on ancient Greek poetry and art.[1] His book on male-male erotic scenes in ancient Athenian vase-painting (Images of Ancient Greek Pederasty: Boys Were Their Gods, co-authored with Eva Cantarella, Routledge 2008), was positively reviewed: it greatly expanded the number of known scenes and proposed a sophisticated framework for their interpretation.[2][3][4][5] He has written articles on topics including the Greek poets Anacreon and Theognis, as well as book reviews for Classical World.[6] His poems and translations have appeared in such journals as Persephone, the Southern Humanities Review, and Literary Imagination. He has taught at HarvardColumbiaPomona College,[7] and NYU. In addition to his academic career, Lear is the founder of Oscar Wilde Tours, the first company to offer multi-day guided tours focused on gay history: www.oscarwildetours.com.[8]  (From Wikipedia)



Chevalier d’Eon, by Thomas Stewart, after Jean Laurent Mosnier, oil on canvas, 1792, 30 1/8 in. x 25 1/4 in. (765 mm x 640 mm). National Portrait Gallery, London.



Start: November 21, 2014 7:00 PM
End: November 21, 2014 9:30 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

November 20, 2014

Visual AIDS DUETS Book Club

The importance of community and dialogue are at the heart of Visual AIDS‘ new DUETS publication series. In hopes of bringing together the extended Visual AIDS community of artist members, advocates, and affiliates around our latest publications, Visual AIDS is hosting a book club for DUETS: Stephen Andrews & Gregg Bordowitz in conversation. The first volume of DUETS considers themes such as long-term survival with AIDS, mentorship, activism, and spirituality. We will discuss these topics as well as insights, inspirations and reactions to the engaging and highly readable DUETS conversation, which highlights connections between communities of artists and activists. We encourage book club participants to have read DUETS, yet all are welcome to participate in the discussion.

DUETS: Stephen Andrews & Gregg Bordowitz in conversation is available for purchase at the Bureau.

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Start: November 20, 2014 7:00 PM
End: November 20, 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, 10011, United States
Cost: Free