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Trans/Queer/Woman: Theory and Politics

Christina Quarles, Grounded By Tha Side of Yew, 2017 copy

  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 3, 2015

Strange NYC

Three local speculative fiction writers– Richard Bowes, Robert Levy, and Sam J. Miller– read stories of the weird, the queer, and the otherworldly.



Richard Bowes is nominated for a 2015 Nebula Award. His most recent novel, DUST DEVIL ON A QUIET STREET was on the 2014 World Fantasy and Lambda Awards short lists. His publications include six novels, four story collections, seventy short stories. He has won two World Fantasy, the Lambda, Million Writers and IHG awards. Recent and forthcoming appearances include: Datlow’s The Doll Collection, Tor.com, XIII, Farrago’s Wainscot, Uncanny, F&SF, Interfictions, “Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2015”, “In the Shadow of the Tower.”


Robert Levy

Robert Levy is an author of unsettling stories and plays whose work has been seen Off-Broadway. A Harvard graduate subsequently trained as a forensic psychologist, his first novel, the contemporary dark fairy tale THE GLITTERING WORLD, was published worldwide in February by Gallery/Simon & Schuster. Robert can be found in his native realm of Brooklyn, as well as online at TheRobertLevy.com.


Sam J. Miller

Sam J. Miller is a writer and a community organizer. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Lightspeed, Apex, Asimov’s, Electric Velocipede, Strange Horizons, The Minnesota Review, and The Rumpus, among others. He is a nominee for the Nebula Award, a winner of the Shirley Jackson Award and a graduate of the Clarion Writer’s Workshop. He lives in New York City, and at www.samjmiller.com




Start: May 3, 2015 6:00 PM
End: May 3, 2015 9:00 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 2, 2015

Speak OUT with Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus


Speaking OUT –Open Mic story telling and experience sharing

Join the photographer/author Rachelle Lee Smith, co-host Sam LaRoche, and subjects from the new book Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus while they speak OUT about their experiences in the book and beyond.

Subjects will discuss how they have changed alongside the change in society and today’s political climate and reflect upon their hand-written stories from over the last decade. There will be audience participation and you are encouraged to share your stories!

It is a powerful experience to have our voices strengthened by joining one collective voice. We are more significant together than we are alone. While the stories we share may differ, ranging from experiences with homophobia to youthful bravado and everywhere in between, together they create the narrative of growing up queer.

Rachelle Lee Smith 500

Rachelle Lee Smith is an award winning and nationally and internationally shown and published photographer and the author of the recently published Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus.

Speaking OUT is a decade long collaborative photographic essay that explores a wide spectrum of experiences told from the perspective of a diverse group of young people, ages fourteen to twenty-four, identifying as queer (i.e., lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning).
The body of work has been published in magazines such as The Advocate, School Library Journal and showcased by the Equality Forum, the Human Rights Campaign, National Public Radio, The Huffington Post, World Pride and the U.S. Department of Education.
The ongoing photographic essay was published this year by PM Press and Reach & Teach with a foreword and afterword by HRC’s Candace Gingrich and Graeme Taylor.

“Rachelle Lee Smith has created a book that is not only visually stunning but also gripping with powerful words and even more inspiring young people! This is an important work of art! I highly recommend buying it and sharing it!”
—Perez Hilton, blogger and television personality

Book published by PM Press and Reach and Teach


Sam LaRoche
Sam LaRoche is a spoken word poet, musician and artist. Find out more about Sam by following her on Instagram @blacksheepmixtape.








Start: May 2, 2015 7:00 PM
End: May 2, 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

April 30, 2015

NYC Launch of My Body Is Yours by Michael V. Smith and Nothing Looks Familiar by Shawn Syms

Two Canadian queer authors take New York by storm!


My Body Is Yours book cover

Improv artist, sex radical, genderqueer uni professor Michael V. Smith launches a memoir, My Body Is Yours (Arsenal Pulp Press), exploring his emancipation from masculinity. In a night of hijinks and stunnery, you can expect: sexy confessions, giveaways, tear-jerking, and a naughty touch of stand up improv hairyness.


Nothing Looks Familiar book cover

Like Michael, Shawn Syms is also hairy—and so are the situations described in his debut short-fiction collection Nothing Looks Familiar (Arsenal Pulp Press). With a particular focus on the lives of the downtrodden and marginalized, the book marries a vivid and distinct sense of place―the sights and smells of a meatpacking plant; a church-basement meeting hall full of sexual abusers―with universal themes such as the nature of friendship and relationships, and the configuration of the self. Each author will take you to places both dark and light—real, and imagined.



Michael V Smith Author photo

Michael V. Smith is a writer, comedian, filmmaker, performance artist and occasional clown. His novel, Cumberland (Cormorant Books, 2002), was nominated for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Smith won Vancouver’s Community Hero of the Year Award and the inaugural Dayne Ogilvie Award for Emerging Gay Writers. He teaches creative writing in an interdisciplinary fine arts department, Creative Studies, at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan.



Shawn Syms Author Photo

Shawn Syms has written about sexuality, politics and culture for over 25 years in more than 50 publications. He’s the author of the short-story collection Nothing Looks Familiar, and he edited the first book of literary fiction about social media, Friend. Follow. Text. Shawn is currently at work on a novel about the power of dirty money, fetishistic sex and compulsive gambling.





Start: April 30, 2015 7:00 PM
End: April 30, 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

April 29, 2015

NYC Launch of Best Sex Writing of the Year

Join Cleis Press in launching Best Sex Writing of the Year—a thought-provoking collection that traverses the spectrum of the contemporary sexual landscape.Editor Jon Pressick and contributors David Henry, Sterry, Stoya, and Lux Alptraum will read from their contributions as well as conduct an informal question and answer session exploring the intersections between sex and writing and how those can then be informed and affected by society and our personal selves.
Always thought provoking, these passionate yet incisive essays boldly confront the controversies surrounding our most deeply held assumptions about sexuality.
Jon Pressick (SexinWords.ca) is a Toronto-based writer, editor, blogger, radio personality and gadabout specializing in topics related to sex and sexuality for more than fifteen years.

Currently, Jon contributes to Kinkly.com and has been published on/in New York Magazine, MetAnotherFrog.com, XtraQuill & Quire and in the books Secrets of the Sex Masters and Best Sex Writing 2013. He primarily publishes to his blog, Sex in Words, sharing and contributing analysis of sex-related news stories, feature interviews and erotic fiction.

As one of the hosts and producer of Toronto’s sex radio institution Sex City, Jon has interviewed some of the sex community’s biggest names, including Cindy Gallop, Candida Royalle, Sunny Megatron, Susie Bright, Tristan Taormino, Kate McCombs, Reid Mihalko, Carol Queen, Dr. Charlie Glickman and many others (including many of the contributors to this collection!).

When he pulls himself away from the keyboard, Jon occasionally performs burlesque, DJs, speaks at sexuality conferences, acts as a juror for the Feminist Porn Awards, curates an erotica library and offers prostate pleasure and erotica workshops.

Throughout the years, Jon’s efforts have earned him TNT’s Sex Journalist of the Year Award and recognition as one of Broken Pencil‘s “50 People and Places We Love”.

Lux Alptraum is a writer, sex educator and consultant specializing in sex technology. Past projects have included gigs as the editor, publisher, and CEO of Fleshbot; a sex educator at an adolescent pregnancy prevention program; an HIV pretest counselor and the founder of ThatStrangeGirl, an alternative porn site, and Boinkology.


David Henry Sterry(davidhenrysterry.com), author of sixteen books, is a performer and activist. His bestselling memoir Chicken Self: Portrait of a Man for Rent has been translated into a dozen languages.Hos, Hookers, Call Girls and Rent Boyswas featured on the cover of the Sunday New York Times Book Review.


Stoya is an adult performer and writer. She recommends that you refrain from Googling her while at work. Read more of her words at graphicdescriptions.com.


Start: April 29, 2015 7:00 PM
End: April 29, 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

April 26, 2015

Notes from the Underground – the Cabaret Scene in 1980s Japan

A slideshow presentation by Japanese photographer Kazuo Sumida, which follows his uncle through the night, in the gay cabarets and bars of a small-town’s red-light district in the 1980s.

Tosa Late Night Diary, the book of photographs from which the slide presentation draws, is available for purchase from the Bureau.

Featuring a musical performance by Jarvis Earnshaw.


Kazuo Sumida has been active as a photographer for forty years, shooting in Japan, New York, Russia and France. A visiting lecturer of photography in Manila and Vladivostok, his publications include Memories of My Father: A Journey to Siberia, New York Subway Story and Tosa Late Night Diary.




Start: April 26, 2015 6:30 PM
End: April 26, 2015 9:00 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