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 12, 2014

Bureau Book Club #3: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay


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. The Book Club discussions will be moderated by Ben Miller.

Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to be cool, but it is pink—all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and I’m not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue.”
For October, we’ll be reading a book of essays that has set both the blogs and the literary types abuzz: Roxane Gay‘s just-published New York Times best-seller Bad Feminist. Her publisher calls it “the journey of her evolution as a woman…a funny and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are.” Gay’s shockingly powerful stories and novels, her essays that mix high and low with ease and style, and her active Twitter and Tumblr presences that explore her black and queer feminist identities make her one of today’s most celebrated emerging writers.


 Purchase Bad Feminist from the Bureau before October 12th 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: October 12, 2014 7:00 PM
End: October 12, 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

October 11, 2014


The Bureau proudly announces our inaugural exhibition in our new space at The Center: GIO BLACK PETER: SEE YOU IN HELL!

Drawings, Paintings & Sculptures
Opening Reception Oct.11 / 7pm-10pm
Live performance of THE MORNING STAR
(this is the sequel to The Longest Night Of The Year)
Written by Gio Black Peter
Performed by Max Steele, Brian Kenny, Jordan Hall, Tyler Stone, Lady Simon, Gordon Beeferman & GBP.
*Gio will be at the Bureau  every Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday working on new art for the duration of the exhibition.  Please feel free to come say hi. Coffee is always welcomed.

 The exhibition runs from October 11 through November 30, 2014.




Start: October 11, 2014 7:00 PM
End: October 11, 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

October 10, 2014

Queercopia Readings by LGBTQ New York Comic Con Writers Maria Burnham, Dylan Edwards, Jeff Krell, Amber Love, and Jennie Wood

After Friday’s New York Comic Con, come to a reception and reading celebrating the diverse writings of LGBTQ New York Comic Con writers. Readers include Maria Burnham, Dylan Edwards, Jeff KrellAmber Love, and Jennie Wood. A reception begins immediately following the convention at 7pm with the readings at 7:30pm.


Maria Burnham is a writer and hairstylist currently living in New York City. She is the proud creator and star of the memoir comic Jesus Loves Lesbians, Too, and she hopes you like reading it as much as she likes writing it. In addition to waxing poetic about Jesus and lesbians, she loves shooting photos, cooking dinner for friends, walking her Boston Terriers, reading novels, surfing, wakeboarding, and kicking people’s butts on game night.



The comics of Dylan Edwards (the artist occasionally known as NDR) have been published in a variety of venues, both in print and online, including his book Transposes (Northwest Press, 2012), and the anthologies No Straight Lines (Fantagraphics, 2012) and QU33R (Northwest Press, 2013). He will be featured in the upcoming all-queer sci-fi/fantasy anthology Beyond (2015). He is also the creator of the ongoing webcomic Politically InQueerect, which you can read at www.studiondr.com.



Jeff Krell created the gay-themed humor strip “Jayson,” whose 1983 debut in the Philadelphia Gay News led to a two-decade run in Gay Comix and Meatmen. In 2005 two “Jayson” retrospectives were so well received that Krell launched a series of original “Jayson” graphic novels, including “Jayson Goes to Hollywood” (2008) and “Jayson Gets a Job” (2012). Krell also translates for famed German cartoonist Ralf König (“Maybe…Maybe Not” & “The Killer Condom”).


Amber aka Elizabeth-Amber Love is a podcaster, model, and writer from New Jersey. She is one of the co-founders of a huge comic art auction hosted by Comic Fusion to benefit a domestic violence charity. She has written “Holyoak,” “Slim & Posh,” “Teen Detective,” “Athena Voltaire: Land, Sky & Sea”; she is one of the co-writers of “No. 130, For Love” in the Shakespeare Shaken Anthology and has been a guest writer for the “Subculture” webcomic. Her podcast Vodka O’Clock features many different aspects of arts and entertainment and is on iTunes and Stitcher and her 18+ site, AmberUnmasked.com.



Jennie Wood is the creator of Flutter, a comic series. The Advocate calls Flutter one of the best LGBT graphic novels of 2013. She is also a contributor to the award-winning, New York Times best-selling FUBAR comic anthologies. She is a comic and graphic novel writing instructor at Grub Street and writes non-fiction features for infoplease.com. On September 4, 2014, 215 Ink will release her novel, A Boy Like Me. For more: jenniewood.com




Start: October 10, 2014 7:00 PM
End: October 10, 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 9, 2014

Poetry Reading with Hafizah Geter, James Allen Hall, & Jericho Brown

Lawrence Kaplun Hosts a Poetry Reading with Hafizah Geter, James Allen Hall, & Jericho Brown



Hafizah Geter is a South Carolina native, and a Cave Canem Fellow. The
recipient of a 2012 Amy Award from Poets & Writers and a 2014 Ruth
Lily Finalist from The Poetry Foundation, her poems have appeared or
are forthcoming in RHINO, Drunken Boat, Vinyl, Columbia: A Journal of
Literature and Art, Linebreak, Narrative Magazine, and Gulf Coast,
among others. She is currently the Events & Marketing Associate at
Scenarios USA and a poetry editor at Phantom Limb Press. She lives in



James Allen Hall is the author of NOW YOU’RE THE ENEMY (University of
Arkansas Press, 2008), which received the Lambda Literary Award for
Gay Poetry, and awards from the Texas Institute of Letters, and the
Fellowship of Southern Writers. His poems have appeared in many
journals such as Bloom, Boston Review, Four Way Review, The New
England Review, Triquarterly, and The Best American Poetry 2012. He is
an associate professor in the creative writing program at Washington
College in Maryland, where he resides.



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Jericho Brown is the author of two books of poetry, PLEASE (New
Issues, 2008), and THE NEW TESTAMENT (Copper Canyon Press, 2014). He’s
the recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award, and fellowships from the
Radcliffe Institute, and the NEA. His poems have appeared in many
journals such as American Poetry Review, The Nation, The New Republic,
The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and The Best American Poetry 2013. He is
an assistant professor in the creative writing program at Emory
University, and lives in Atlanta.





Start: October 9, 2014 7:00 PM
End: October 9, 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 8, 2014

Kevin Scott Hall – A Quarter Inch from My Heart A Reading, Discussion, and Q&A about the Book

Kevin Scott Hall’s second book, the stunningly candid memoir A Quarter Inch from My Heart, has been getting some buzz since its June release. Hall has appeared on about ten blog radio shows (hear the best ones one his website, www.kevinscotthall.com).


Hall will give a reading and Q&A with award-winning writer/actor Ben Rimalower (Patti Issues, Bad With Money) at  the Bureau on October 8th at 7:00 p.m. That date coincides with the 20th anniversary of his highly-publicized stabbing in October 1994—a compelling backstory in the memoir, and from which the title comes.

Hall officially goes national in September with an appearance on “Seth Speaks,” a talk show on Sirius XM Radio, Wednesday, September 17th, 4:30-6:00 p.m.


Although Hall comes out in many ways with this book, his story of what happened when he took in and cared for a mysterious stranger for two and a half years after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 defies categorization. In fact, in interviews so far, hosts have seen the complex and universal human story around issues of trust, spirituality, homelessness, crime, AIDS, caregiving, and race—and how love ultimately has the power to heal all wounds. As author Jocelyn Lieu says, “I’ve never read a memoir like this before.”


Kevin Scott Hall

Kevin Scott Hall is a writer, performer, producer, and master teacher. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing from The City College of New York. His vocal recordings include “New Light Dawning,” and he published the novel Off the Charts! in 2010 and his memoir, A Quarter Inch from My Heart, in 2014. Hall writes a music column and entertainment features for Edge Media Network, and freelances for other publications. He is an adjunct lecturer in writing, speech, and literature at two City University of New York campuses, and teaches the art of cabaret singing on his own. Hall is a member of ASCAP, the Bistro Awards Committee, and Toastmasters International. He resides in Brooklyn, New York. www.kevinscotthall.com

To find out more about the author, go to www.kevinscotthall.com. For press inquiries, please contact Boice-Terrel Allen at 412-606-6709 or rattlecat@yahoo.com.

Early praise for A Quarter Inch from My Heart:


A Quarter Inch From My Heart is a harrowing account of love and loss. Kevin Scott Hall writes about being young in New York City and reckoning with how we all must grow up by taking care of each other and ourselves. His memoir is not only about one life or even the defining, complicated friendship at its center, but about the universal project of being decent, thoughtful citizens of the world. It is at once deeply introspective and outward reaching.

– Rachel DeWoskin, author of Foreign Babes in Beijing, Repeat After Me, and Blind!


Kevin Scott Hall’s book is more than a book; it is an intimate letter of a young artist struggling with the peradventure of chance meetings and a relationship that would lead him to grow as an individual psychologically and spiritually.  Like all such letters the reader is drawn into the pathos of the naked emotion of life and love:  A growth from eros to phillios and further to the undeniable agape. If you have ever cared for a friend and come to see the holy in the other then this is a work that is a must read.

– Fr Jeffrey L. Hamblin, MD, Bay Ridge Episcopal Church, Brooklyn, NY



In A Quarter Inch from My Heart Kevin Scott Hall explores his amazing love for a dazzling drifter, Maurice, the man who became his “prodigal brother”–and who leaves an indelible mark on Hall’s heart and the hearts of all who read this luminous, unforgettable memoir about agape, recovery, and faith.


–Jocelyn Lieu (author of Potential Weapons and What Isn’t There)



Kevin Scott Hall’s memoir of an offbeat life and an inexplicable love offers consistently readable ups, downs, and—especially—curves that, in the end, offer life lessons in generosity, persistence and redemption.

–Robert Windeler, noted critic, and biographer (Shirley Temple, Julie Andrews: A Life on Stage and Screen, and Sweetheart: The Story of Mary Pickford, among others)



“…gritty, sometimes horrifying, but also absolutely triumphant after all is said and done. Where Hall’s genius for narrative lies, as he equally proved in his novel Off the Charts!, is in his character depictions…”


Andrew Martin, NiteLife Exchange


“While the events of Kevin’s memoir are tragic, the real draw is in his reactions to them, presented in naked introspection. There’s a lack of pretense at internal continuity that makes this such an honest memoir. . . . He embraces his emotional fickle nature and lays it bare on the page . . . the raw emotions that guide his choices make him a deeply sympathetic narrator of his own life. . . . This is a book that made me feel as though I knew a person. . . . Worth reading to the end.”


Andrew Clunn, Applause Applause







Start: October 8, 2014 7:00 PM
End: October 8, 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