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TELL 47: All About My Mother

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  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. All About My Mother is the theme for the 47th installment of TELL. Featuring Sasha Kolodkin, Sa’dia Rehman, and David Reyes.   $10 suggested donation to support the Bureau and [...]

Sat. Oct 20, 2018 7:00 PM


September 21, 2014 – October 3, 2014

Bureau Closed–Moving to The Center!!!

Saturday, September 20th, will be the Bureau’s final day of business at 83A Hester Street. We will re-open at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center at 208 West 13th Street in room 210 on Saturday, October 4th!


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Please join us for the Grand Opening of the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center! Come celebrate this new chapter in the lives of both the Bureau and The Center! Lady Quesa’Dilla (aka Alejandro Rodríguez), one of the charming information & referral specialists at The Center’s front desk, will preside over our Grand Opening, which will feature Original Cockette Rumi Missabu, visiting from San Francisco, along with local friends of the Bureau Stephen BoyerCristy C. RoadWest Vargina (aka Heather Acs), Dust Tea ShouldersDrae Campbell, Max Steele, Mizz June, and DJ Jade Payne!

Suggested donation of $10 (no one turned away for lack of funds)




Start: September 21, 2014 12:00 AM
End: October 3, 2014 11:55 PM

September 20, 2014

ASS & DICK Book Release Party

Dropping their new book ASS & DICK, Ian Faden and Brian Stremick invite you to come and view their explicit, yet intimate paintings. Together the two have painted the fronts and backs of 36 models that have have been solicited from gay apps. Some of their favorite works from the series will be on display and the new catalog will be available for purchase.


Having met in art school, Ian and Brian began collaborating and sharing work spaces shortly after graduation. Now they live and work together out of their apartment, (frequently visited by models) in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with their cat Tompkins.


Start: September 20, 2014 7:00 PM
End: September 20, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester Street, New York, NY, 10002, United States

September 19, 2014


New works on paper with accompanying performance piece by Jeffrey Burdian.

Burdian’s works on paper will be on view at the Bureau from 9/10-9/20.

The performance will take place on Friday, 9/19: reception at 7, performance at 7:30.

Read~Act is a cooperative performance piece by Jeffrey Burdian. Jeffrey will be laying naked and face down while visitors are urged to sit on him and read portions of books they bring or that are provided. This new and important piece will rattle your guts and most likely change your outlook on life as you know it. While the participant is reading aloud Jeffrey will react to both what is being read as well as the reader. Expectation of profound snippets of wisdom is appropriate. Each reader will have approximately 5 min to read depending on the vibe.

Please bring your books:)

Jeffrey Burdian graduated from NYU with a BFA in 2005 and has been included in shows in NYC, Brooklyn, and Jacksonville Fl. In 2010 he began to experiment with performance art as a way to activate individuals and communities as works of art. For more information about the artist and to get a peek at his work you can visit his www.jeffreyburdian.com




Start: September 19, 2014 7:00 PM
End: September 19, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester Street, New York, NY, 10002, United States

September 18, 2014

Peter Cameron and Benjamin Taylor discuss Totempole

On Thursday, September 18, at 7 p.m., join Peter Cameron and Benjamin Taylor for a discussion of Totempole by Sanford Friedman. This event is taking place on the occasion of New York Review Book‘s re-publishing of Totempole, originally published in 1965.

Totempole is a coming-of-age story that traces the life of a young Jewish boy growing up in New York City from two-year-old boy to twenty-four-year-old man. As Peter Cameron writes in the book’s afterword, “Totempole is an unusual gay novel: It isn’t about life in the closet, and it isn’t about coming out. It’s about the space in between those two stages of gay life, a complex and murky area that has not often been written about: coming out to oneself.”


Born in New York City, Sanford Friedman (1928–2010) was a novelist, playwright, and theater producer who taught writing at Juilliard and SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders). He served as a military police officer in Korea from 1951 to 1953, where he earned a Bronze Star. He is the author of several novels, including Conversations with Beethoven, published for the first time and now available from NYRB Classics.


Cameron Peter, photograph by Lisbeth Salas

Peter Cameron, photograph by Lisbeth Salas

Peter Cameron is the author of several novels, including The City of Your Final Destination, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You, and, most recently, Coral Glynn. He lives in New York City, and publishes limited-edition books at Shrinking Violet Press.


Taylor author photo

Benjamin Taylor is the author of two novels, Tales Out of School and The Book of Getting Even. His most recent book is a travel memoir, Naples Declared: A Walk Around the Bay. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2012 and next year will publish Proust: The Future’s Secret, a biography for Yale’s Jewish Lives series. He lives in New York City.







Start: September 18, 2014 7:00 PM
End: September 18, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester Street, New York, NY, 10002, United States

September 17, 2014



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.

SCHOOL is the theme of the sixth installment of TELL, featuring stories by MARCIE BIANCOMARIA CATALDO, KARMA MAYET JOHNSON, SHOMI NOISE, & SHANE SHANE



Marcie Bianco

Marcie Bianco, Lesbian-feminist PhD, is the Senior News Editor at VProud.tv, and a contributing writer at Mic, AfterEllen, Lambda Literary, and Curve Magazine. She also makes frequent appearances on Huffington Post Live, to talk about all things feminism and LGBT. She recently published an essay regarding the “satirical aesthetics” of HBO’s GIRLS in a collected volume, and she is currently at work on a memoir about lesbian academic affairs, two excerpts of which have been published. Follow her on The Twitter at @MarcieBianco.


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. 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 and around town. www.draecampbell.com


Maria Cataldo

Maria Cataldo is a New York City based filmmaker and theater artist.  Her feature film editing credits include Rain, which premiered at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival, the award winning Children of God, voted one of The Independent’s 2010 Features to Watch, Wind Jammers, official selection at the San Diego Black Film Festival, and Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, awarded Best Family Feature at the Garden State Film Festival.  Further credits include her post-production work through The Weinstein Company on films such as BobbyFactory Girl, Dedication, The Protector, Penelope and The Dixie Chicks’ Documentary Shut Up and Sing.  Additionally, Maria’s theater and experimental video have been presented in NYC through St. Ann’s Warehouse, HERE Arts Center, The Looking Glass Theater, and elsewhere including The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.   Most recently, Maria co-directed and co-produced MTV’s Rebel Music, a six part documentary series about protest music emerging from conflict areas around the world.




Karma Mayet Johnson is a multi-disciplinary performer, poet, composer, educator, and mystic. Offering vital Roots music for the 21st century, Karma Mayet’s sound is equal parts funk and glitter, Spanish Moss, cornbread and molasses.

Karma has performed at the world-famous Apollo, the Blue Note, The Juilliard School,  Columbia University, Lincoln Center, and international venues including Sons d’Hiver (Paris),   and the Melbourne International Arts Festival. She has worked with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Meshell Ndegeocello, The Burnt Sugar Arkestra, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Bill T. Jones, Antibalas, and The Roots. Collaborators have included film-maker Michelle Parkerson,  composer/pianist Major Scurlock, composer/guitarist Marvin Sewell, performance artist MonstaH Black, and the late guerilla theater innovator Rebecca Rice of D.C.’s Living Stage Theater Company, whose mentorship informs Karma’s ongoing practice of arts education as social activism.

Karma is composer of Indigo, a Blues opera: a music and dance-infused story of love and liberation, via Lesbians on the Underground Railroad.  She is a featured vocalist on the The Mercy Suite, a collaboration between poet Yusef Komunyakaa and composer Tomas Doncker. Look for Karma Mayet’s original single September Song at cdbaby.com or itunes.com. Visit her website www.thisiskarma.net and join the mailing list to stay in touch!


Heels on Wheels

Shomi Noise is a writer, musician, DJ, storyteller, dreamer, and tinkerer with an established reputation in the Brooklyn underground scene. Her work explores narratives of intersectionality, vulnerability, and resilience. She uses music to share empowering messages with the world through a creative mix of stories and sounds. 

Shomi has DJed nationally and internationally with sets that include a clever mix of genres ranging from Latin dance music, hip-hop, electrohouse, reggae, pop, punk rock etc. Her ability to read crowds and create catchy and original song mashups on the spot makes her DJ work interesting and refreshing. She currently produces three parties in Brooklyn: Riot Chica,Telenovela, and WretchedRiot Chica is a queercore/riot grrrl party that celebrates feminism and DIY culture by sharing empowering underground music made by ladies and queers,Telenovela is a new party for Spanish oldies and Wretched is a fun 90s party.

 As a writer, performer, and musician, Shomi is working on original singer/songwriter material and other musical projects with friends. She is the author of “Building Up Emotional Muscles,” a coming of age story that incorporates music and storytelling to depict the struggles and triumphs she experienced growing up as a young queer immigrant woman of color in the US. It addresses her experience with the intersectionality of culture, race, class, sexuality and punk rock, and is based on a series of zines sharing the same title. She’s had the opportunity to share this original work as part of Heels on Wheels, an organization of radical queer femme performance artists that tours across the US and Canada. She is currently working on the 4th and last volume of the series and hopes to one day make a movie or play about it. Shomi’s work is best described as unique, sassy, musically eclectic, and fun. She is deeply committed to spreading messages of self-love, empowerment, social justice, and community building.

To find out more about Shomi visit:




Shane Shane

Shane Shane is the gay dance music project of Shane O’Neill.  He tours constantly and has shared the stage with such acts as Kool KeithHar Mar Superstar, and Big Freedia.

He also plays in a band called Screamin’ Cyn Cyn & The Pons and occasionally does drag under the name Anita Lane Bryant.

He recently moved to Brooklyn where he likes to sew hideous costumes and eat mayonnaise-based salads.

He has a cat named Wanda and is so totally super gay.





Start: September 17, 2014 7:00 PM
End: September 17, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester Street, New York, NY, 10002, United States
Cost: Free