Our Next Event

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


October 22, 2014

Gio Black Peter: 100 Postcard Drawings

On Oct 22Oct 23Oct 25 Gio Black Peter will be doing a live drawing session at the Bureau. He will be making 100 postcard drawings to celebrate the opening of SEE YOU IN HELL! Only available in person.  First come first served.





Start: October 22, 2014 2:00 PM
End: October 22, 2014 6:00 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

October 21, 2014

The 7th Annual New York Rainbow Book Fair and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center Present Nights In Another Country

The 7th Annual New York Rainbow Book Fair and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center Present:

Nights In Another Country

Queer writers on the imagination, the public joys and private journeys of writing, exile, and coming home.


Reception starts at 6:30, event at 7 PM, until 8:30. Suggested donation $10, includes reception before the program.

The Bureau will be on hand to sell books by the participating authors.


What is the “Country of the Imagination”? Is it like James Baldwin’s Another Country, the place of freedom, longing, and hope? The 7th Annual NY Rainbow Book Fair, the largest lgbt book event in the US, in coordination with The Center at 208 W. 13th Street, as part of a kick off for the Friends of the Rainbow Book Fair, has asked four incredible writers to answer that question.



Regie Cabico took top prizes in the 1993, 1994 and 1997 National Poetry Slams and a former Nuyorican Poets Grand Slam Champion. He co-edited Flicker & Spark: A Contemporary Anthology of Queer Poetry and Spoken Word, nominated for a 2014 Lambda Literary Award. Television appearances include HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and NPR’s Snap Judgement; his latest solo play, Godiva Dates and One Night Stands, received critical acclaim at the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival.



Rigoberto González is the author of fifteen books of poetry and prose. He is the recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine, and professor of English at Rutgers-Newark.


Photo by Jose Ramon

Photo by Jose Ramon

Charles Rice-Gonzalez is the author of the novel CHULITO which has been recognized by the Stonewall Book Awards of the American Library Association and the National Book Critics Circle, and he co-edited From Macho To Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction.He is the co-founder of BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance and is a Distinguished Lecturer in the English Dept. of Hostos Community College/CUNY.


Photo by Sophia Wallace

Photo by Sophia Wallace

Emanuel Xavier, the author of the poetry collections Nefarious, Pier Queen, Americano: Growing up Gay and Latino in the U.S.A., If Jesus Were Gay & other poems and the novel, Christ Like, an LGBT History Month Icon, also edited the anthologies Me No Habla With Acento- Contemporary Latino Poetry and Mariposas: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry. He’s appeared twice on HBO’s Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry and continues to perform regularly around the world as a spoken word poet.


Come join these four fabulous artists in that Brave New World of queer letters, of dreams, desires, hopes, and books without borders. There will be time to mix, mingle, ask questions, get to know more about the Rainbow Book Fair, and our featured authors.

For more information about the Rainbow Book Fair: rainbowbookfair.org.

Start: October 21, 2014 6:30 PM
End: October 21, 2014 8:00 PM
Venue: The LGBT Community Center
Phone: 212.620.7310
208 West 13th Street, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10

October 19, 2014

Radiant Travel: A Poetry Reading


Three NYC-based queer poets read poetry informed by their hometowns and their travels. Eduardo Corral hosts Adam Fitzgerald, Jee Leong Koh, and Eduardo Martinez Leyva


Adam Fitzgerald

Adam Fitzgerald is the author of The Late Parade, and his poetry has appeared in Boston Review, Poetry, Post Road, Rain Taxi, The Brooklyn Rail and many others. Fitzgerald is the founding editor of the poetry journal Maggy.



Jee Leong Koh is the author of four books of poems, most recently “The Pillow Book” (Math Paper Press). His work has been anthologized in “New Poetries V” (Carcanet Press) and “Villanelles” (Everyman’s Library). He lives in New York City.



Eduardo Martinez Leyva was born and raised in El Paso, TX. He is an MFA candidate in poetry and translation at Columbia University, where he is also a Teaching Fellow. His poems have been published in Apogee Journal and Nepantla A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color. He is currently translating the works of Argentinian writer Sergio Bizzio and the prose of Nuyorican writer Manuel Ramos Otero.






Start: October 19, 2014 7:00 PM
End: October 19, 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, 10011, United States
Cost: Free

October 18, 2014

Sibling Rivalry Press at the Bureau: Calderwood, Hittinger, and Mills

This fall Sibling Rivalry Press released three full-length poetry collections: The God of Longing by Brent CalderwoodThe Erotic Postulate by Matthew Hittinger, and A History of the Unmarried by Stephen S. Mills. Come out and hear all three read from their new books.



Stephen Mills

Stephen S. Mills is the author of the Lambda Award-winning book He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices(Sibling Rivalry Press, 2012) and A History of the Unmarried (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014). He earned his MFA from Florida State University. His work has appeared in The Antioch Review, PANK, The New York Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review, Knockout, Assaracus, The Rumpus, and others. He is also the winner of the 2008 Gival Press Oscar Wilde Poetry Award. He lives in New York City. Website: http://www.stephensmills.com/




Matthew Hittinger is the author of two poetry collections, The Erotic Postulate (2014) and Skin Shift (2012) both from Sibling Rivalry Press, and three chapbooks. He received his MFA from the University of Michigan where he won a Hopwood Award for poetry. His work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, has been adapted into art songs, and in 2012 Poets & Writers Magazine named him a Debut Poet on their 8th annual list. Matthew lives in Astoria, Queens.



Brent Calderwood is a writer and editor living in San Francisco. His poems have appeared in American Poetry JournalBloomCrab Creek ReviewKnockoutThe Gay & Lesbian Review WorldwideThe Squaw Valley Review, and The Southern Poetry Anthology. His essays have appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times and the San Francisco Examiner. He is Literary Editor for A&U Magazine.




Start: October 18, 2014 7:00 PM
End: October 18, 2014 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

October 16, 2014


Post-Clown Disaster, Ariel Federow and Cabaret Idiot, Sabrina Chap bring you this new 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.

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

The October edition will feature performances by Chavisa Woods, Sequinette, Qween Amor, and Ariel “Speedwagon” Federow!







Start: October 16, 2014 7:30 PM
End: October 16, 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