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Affirmative Laughter May

  Come celebrate Elsa Waithe‘s 30th bday the only way she know how… WITH LAUGHTER!!! On May 25th @ 7pm, Bureau of General Services-Queer Division is gonna be packed as we ring in Elsa’s new decade with this hot lineup:   Beth Maria Margo Reiss Shelly Colman Sarah Hartshorne Norah Yahya Mamoudou N’Diaye   $10 [...]

Fri. May 25, 2018 7:00 PM


March 21, 2014

Poetry Reading with Ocean Vuong, Jason Schneiderman, Amy King

The Bureau General Services—Queer Division is thrilled to host three award-winning poets, who bring beauty, emotional depth, intelligence, and honed craft to each of their works. Introductions by Lawrence Kaplun. This is a reading you don’t want to miss, so put it on your calendar today.


Ocean Vuong is the author of two chapbooks, BURNINGS, and NO (YesYesBooks, 2013). He is the recipient of fellowships from Kundiman, Poets House, and The Saltonstall Foundation. His poems have appeared in many journals including The Nation, Quarterly West, Passages North, Guernica, The Normal School, Denver Quarterly, Poetry Magazine, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the 2012 Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets.


Jason Schneiderman

Jason Schneiderman is the author of two books of poetry, SUBLIMATION POINT, and STRIKING SURFACE (Ashland Press, 2010). His poems and essays on contemporary poetry have appeared in many journals including American Poetry Review, Court Green, The Gay & Lesbian Review, Grand Street, Tin House, and Virginia Quarterly Review. He is an Assistant Professor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.


Amy King

Amy King is the author of five books of poetry, including I WANT TO MAKE YOU SAFE (Litmus Press, 2011) and THE MISSING MUSEUM (forthcoming, 2014). Her poems and prose have appeared in Boston Review, The Rumpus, and Poetry Magazine. She serves on the Executive Board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and teaches English and Creative Writing at SUNY-Nassau Community College.




Start: March 21, 2014 7:00 PM
End: March 21, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

March 19, 2014

Closets, Combat and Coming Out: A Reading, Signing, and Q&A With Author Rob Smith

Closets, Combat and Coming Out author Rob Smith will have brief remarks regarding the 11th anniversary of the Iraq War, and he will read from his new memoir. Signing and a Q&A afterwards. This event will be filmed for an upcoming docuseries. Attendees have the option not to appear on camera.


Rob Smith is an openly gay Iraq war veteran, journalist, lecturer, and LGBT Activist. He served for 5 years in the United States Army as an Infantryman, earning the Army Commendation Medal and Combat Infantry Badge. After graduating with honors from Syracuse University, he became a freelance journalist and opinion writer, with work published at Salon.com, Metro Weekly, The Advocate, CNN.com, and The Huffington Post among many others. In November 2010, he was arrested with 12 other LGBT military veterans and civilian activists at the front gates of the White House while protesting the U.S. Military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) law, which barred open military service by gays and lesbians. In December of that same year, he was an invited guest of President Barack Obama at the ceremony which saw the repeal of the discriminatory law be signed and put into effect.
Rob is a sought after lecturer on LGBT and diversity issues on college campuses and events across the country. He has lectured at Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt University, Hofstra University, Illinois College, and Buena Vista University among many others. In August of 2012, he made his literary debut in the anthology book For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Was Still Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out, and Coming Home, which won the 2012 American Library Association Stonewall Book Award and was recently nominated for the 2012 Lambda Literary Award for LGBT anthology. Closets, Combat, and Coming Out: Coming of Age as a Gay Man in the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Army is his first full-length work as a solo author.






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

March 17, 2014

Future Perfect Reading at The Brooklyn Community Pride Center

Join the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division at The Brooklyn Community Pride Center in a celebration of the Bureau’s book Future Perfect, edited by Andrew Durbin and published by Publication Studio.

Several of the contributors to Future Perfect will be at the event, some of whom will read their contributions, including Felix BernsteinTed KerrJustin Allen and Yulan Grant of BDGRMMR (pronounced BADGRAMMAR). Yulan’s work is a video that she’ll project while Justin reads the poem that inspired the video–both titled Black Atlantis.

The book Future Perfect will be available for purchase at the event. The cost is $26, and the proceeds go to supporting the Bureau’s work. Cash and credit card payments accepted.


Future Perfect includes contributions from:

Penny Arcade
Felix Bernstein
Stephen Boyer
Lonely Christopher
Nicole Eisenman
Bruce Hainley
Ed Halter
Juliana Huxtable
Ted Kerr
Kevin Killian
Wayne Koestenbaum
Rachel Levitsky
Trisha Low
Stephen Motika
Eileen Myles
Tim Trace Peterson
Luther Price
Paul Mpagi Sepuya
Pamela Sneed
Max Steele
Laurie Weeks





Start: March 17, 2014 6:30 PM
End: March 17, 2014 8:30 PM
Venue: Brooklyn Community Pride Center
Phone: 347 889 7719
4 MetroTech (Ground Floor), Brooklyn, NY, 11201, United States

March 16, 2014

Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers–Reading by Author Anne Balay Followed by Discussion

Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers (University of North Carolina Press, April 2014) explores how sexuality and gender overlap in the sprawling steel mills of Northwest Indiana. Drawing from extensive, detailed oral histories taken of a previously silent and invisible population, it investigates how gay, lesbian, and transgender steelworkers interact with their co-workers, communities and families in the context of their physically demanding, risky work. It explains how and why basic steel mills are inhospitable, even dangerous to queers, and demonstrates that we can’t understand what it means to be GLBT without including working-class, blue-collar voices and stories.


Anne Balay

Photo by Riva Lehrer

Anne Balay has taught English and Gender Studies in Chicago, and in Gary, Indiana, where she did most of the interviews that led to her book.




Start: March 16, 2014 7:00 PM
End: March 16, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

March 15, 2014

Launching Kelly Cogswell’s Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger and Susana Cook’s Queering the Classics: A Benefit for the Lesbian Avengers Documentary Project

Join two of your favorite fire-eating dykes to celebrate their new books and raise money for the Lesbian Avenger Documentary Project. Writer Kelly Cogswell will read from her brand new memoir, Eating Fire: My Live as a Lesbian Avenger, and Argentinean icon Susana Cook will present Queering the Classics: Hamletango, Dykenstein, and We Are Caligula, a new collection of her theatrical work.
Suggested donation of $5 to support Lesbian Avenger Documentary Project (no one will be turned away)
Eating Fire cover
“Veering between Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dyke and Rebel Without a Pause, Cogswell’s memoir of the Lesbian Avengers is incisive, politically astute, and a much needed addition to LGBT history.” —Michael Bronski, Harvard University


Since setting out from Kentucky armed only with an electric typewriter, a stack of poems, and willingness to do the bare minimum as a maid, a dishwasher, and temporary secretary, Kelly Cogswell has fended off beer bottles from angry Irish bigots, eaten fire in front of the White House, co-founded pioneering projects like The Gully online magazine offering “queer views on everything”, and pursued a career as indy journalist specializing in society, culture, and politics. Her work has appeared in a range of venues including the International Herald Tribune, Louisville’s Courier-Journal, and THIS WAY OUT: the international lesbian & gay radio magazine. Her column in New York’s Gay City News has been recognized by the New York Press Association. She is the director of the Lesbian Avenger Documentary Project.


Susana Cook Queering the Classics
“Susana Cook is among the best artists working in America, doing cultural work that will transform the way we see things” – Martha Wilson, Franklin Furnace

Susana Cook is an icon of the lesbian underground. Born in Argentina, the New York based performance artist has been writing and producing original work both solo and with her own theatrical company comprised mostly of minority and queer women. Her internationally recognized work boldly and cleverly tackles political issues like racism, homophobia and animal rights.  Her plays include: We Are CaligulaThe Funeral of the Cow, The HomophobesThe Fury of the Gods, Homeland InsecuritiesThe idiot King, The Values Horror Show, 100 Years of Attitude, Dykenstein, Hamletango, Prince of Butches, Gross National Product, Hot Tamale, Conga Guerrilla Forest, The Fraud, Butch Fashion Show in the Femme Auto Body Shop, Rats: The Fantasy of Extermination, and Tango Lesbiango. Her variety show, The Service Economy Vaudeville, was instrumental in introducing a range of new voices to the New York performance scene.



Start: March 15, 2014 7:00 PM
End: March 15, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States