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Scissoring Publication Extravaganza!


  This month SCISSORING is officially released by Dramatists Play Service and we want to celebrate its publication with a gathering and small series of readings from the play. Join us for a spirited celebration of queer lady lit & love–plus donuts!   Copies of Scissoring will soon be available for purchase at the Bureau. [...]

Sat. Feb 23, 2019 7:00 PM


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

November 19, 2014

DEADLINE: Works-in-Progress from Cutting-Edge Queer Artists: November Edition!

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 November edition of DEADLINE will feature:

Thain Damon Stang – ’A Whores’ Book of Magickal Days’- performance art


Croft Vaughn – performing as Penelope Labradoodle Rockefeller (theatre/performance)


Audrey Zee Whitesides – music


Casey Llewlynn – A queer adaptation of ‘Our Town’ (theatre)




Start: November 19, 2014 7:00 PM
End: November 19, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free

November 16, 2014

Que(e)rying Theory #1: “Cruising Utopia” by José Muñoz

Que(e)rying Theory is a discussion group about queer theory and critical theory for thinkers from all contexts. Reading texts both vintage and new, we will ask questions such as: What is queerness? What do queer politics look like? How do we find the tools for living in a precarious world? And finally, what can theory mean in our own lives? In dialogue with one another, we will fearlessly relish in the complexities of theory, and collectively work towards richer understandings of our past, present, and future. Discussions will be moderated by Connor Spencer, and for a small donation, wine, beer, and sparkling water will be available to help lubricate our conversations.


“Queerness is not yet here. Queerness is an ideality. Put another way, we are not yet queer. We may never touch queerness, but we can feel it as the warm illumination of a horizon imbued with potentiality…Queerness is that thing that lets us feel that this world is not enough, that indeed something is missing.”

So begins José Muñoz’s Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity, one of the most influential texts in contemporary queer studies. A response to the so-called “antirelational turn” in the queer academy, Cruising Utopia asserts that queerness is first and foremost about collectivity, futurity, and hope–and not, as some critics have argued, a negation that undoes the very idea of “the social” itself. Cruising from European philosophers to contemporary performance artists of color, Muñoz traces queer dreams of difference past and present, and maps out the utopic futures that lay just beyond the horizon. At once an interruption to pragmatic LGBT political discourses and a moving manifesto for imagining another world, Cruising Utopia is a work that is timely, challenging, and daring, and illuminating for any queer project of change.

Our conversation will open with a brief overview of antisocial queer theory’s major arguments before delving into Cruising Utopia. While we will talk about the text as a whole, we will primarily focus on the introduction, conclusion, and first three chapters of the book. Come with questions, thoughts, and ideas–even if you didn’t have a chance to finish the entire book!

Cruising Utopia is available for purchase at the Bureau–please support the Bureau by purchasing your copy here. Thank you!

Cruising Utopia cover


Connor Spencer is a writer living in New York City. He graduated with a BA in English from New York University, where he conducted bi-coastal research on the artists David Wojnarowicz and Gary Fisher. Connor tweets about leftism, queer politics, and dog costumes @conneriks

Event image: Catch One, Copyright Kevin McCarty: http://www.kevinmccartystudio.com/Stages/9/caption/

Start: November 16, 2014 6:00 PM
End: November 16, 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

November 15, 2014

Bureau Birthday Party!

On November 15, 2012 the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division was born at Strange Loop Gallery on Orchard Street. The Bureau’s come a long way, baby! We will be 2 years old on Saturday, November 15th, and we hope that you’ll come celebrate with us in our new home at The LBGT Community Center! Drae Campbell will host an evening of festivities featuring Lady Quesa’Dilla, Joseph Whitt, Tommy Pico, and DJ Shomi Noise.

 $10 suggested donation to pay our performers (no one turned away for lack of funds)

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 and a night of queer storytelling called TELL at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division. Campbell just won the grand prize at the first annual San Miguel De Allende Storytelling Festival in Mexico. Check her out online and around town. www.draecampbell.com



Shomi Noise

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:




Tommy Pico

Tommy “Teebs” Pico is the author of absentMINDR (VERBALVISUAL, 2014)—the first chapbook APP published for iOS mobile/tablet devices—was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow, 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry, and has poems in BOMB, Guernica, and [PANK]. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn.



Alejandro Rodríguez AKA Lady Quesa’Dilla  – Alejandro is a native Tejan@ from the El Paso and Ciudad Juárez border. Their work is at the intersection of cultural identity, drag, and community. “The Brown Queen,” an autobiographical solo performance about growing up queer in the southwest, premiered at HERE Arts Center in the spring of 2010. Most recent solo performances include “My Tia Lupe” and “The Faggot in the Pink House”. Alejandro has performed in New York City, El Paso, Texas, Chiapas, Mexico, and Montreal, Canada. Alejandro is a member of The  House of Bushwig, as Lady Quesa’Dilla, duties include Volunteer Coordinator for the annual Bushwig Festival.

    Alejandro can also be found as an Information and Referral Specialist at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center in Manhattan; and as a Teaching Artist in The Bronx and Brooklyn.

    Alejandro holds a BA in Theater from Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, and a MA in Performance Studies from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and is an alum of The Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics.

    Resides in Brooklyn.

    Lady Quesa’Dilla is the reigning Miss Coney Island Queen of Drag.



Joseph Whitt

Joseph Whitt is an artist, writer and independent curator living and working in New York City. His work has been presented at MOMA PS1, PPOW Gallery, Eyebeam, Deitch Projects, CRG Gallery, Envoy Enterprises, BGSQD, Interstate Projects and Radio Bushwick, and has been reviewed in The New York TimesFlash Art, and Sculpture. His writings have appeared in Art PapersArtUSUseless Magazine and K48. He has released three chapbooks of poetry –09.29.12Defriendings, and Harmonica (all published by T.M.I. Ltd.), and is currently working on a fourth.




Start: November 15, 2014 7:00 PM
End: November 15, 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: $10 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)

November 13, 2014

Bi Book Club

The Bi Book Club meets once a month to discuss bi-themed books and the issues they raise. People of all orientations and genders welcome!

Nov Book: The Last Nude by Ellis Avery.

The Last Nude is a novel based on the life of bisexual Art Deco artist Tamara de Lempicka and the affair she had with her most famous model. Author Ellis Avery will join us for the second half of our meeting so we can have some author Q&A!

Future Bi Book Club meetings at the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division:

Friday, December 12

Thursday, January 22

Thursday, February 26





Start: November 13, 2014 6:30 PM
End: November 13, 2014 8:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free