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TELL 53: 420

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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. 420 is the theme of the 53rd installment of TELL. Featuring stories by  Renair Amin, Cara Francis, Joey Kipp, and  Arianne “Bozo” Lombardi. $10 suggested donation to support the Bureau [...]

Sat. Apr 20, 2019 7:00 PM


December 21, 2014

Book reading and Q&A with Hans M. Hirschi, author of “The Fallen Angels of Karnataka” and three other contemporary gay novels

Hans M. Hirschi will read from his recently published novel The Fallen Angels of Karnataka, loved by readers and reviewers alike. Come and listen to the “Queen” of unconventional happy endings and join him through tears, laughter and blushing.



Hans M Hirschi (b. 1967) has been writing stories ever since he was a child. Adulthood and the demands of corporate life efficiently put his fictional writing on hold for over twenty years.

A global executive in training and channel development, Hans has traveled the world and had previously published non-fictional titles.

The birth of his son and the subsequent parental leave provided him with the opportunity to unleash his creative writing once again. With little influence over his brain’s creative workings, he indulges it, going with the flow. A deeply rooted passion for faith in a better world, in love, tolerance and diversity are a red thread throughout both his creative and non-fictional work. His novels might best be described as “literary romance, engaging characters and relevant stories that won’t leave you untouched, but hopeful.”
Hans is a proud member of the Swedish Writers’ Union, the Writers’ Center in Sweden and serves as chair of the Swedish Federation of Self- & Independent Publishers.


Start: December 21, 2014 4:00 PM
End: December 21, 2014 5:30 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

December 20, 2014

Live from the Bureau! An Open Mic Night

LIVE from the BUREAU! 

MC Ed Malone

Screenings of Zhe Zhe

Organized by Andrew Bell

An open-mic program featuring the original work of fledgling, emerging, established and seasoned live-performers. Come for burlesque, spoken word, diary musings, violin solos, short story recitations and other queer induced happenings. Expect individuals and small gangs, elders and twinks, the sacred, the profane, the bitches and the brew.




Ed Malone

Ed Malone is a playwright, director, actor and clown. Born and raised in Cork City, Ireland, he emigrated to New York City in 2007 and never intends to leave. Ed’s play The Three Irish Widows Versus The Rest of the World is a cult classic and is about to become a global smash hit.”


Zhe Zhe final 
Zhe Zhe.  Look and learn.




Drew Bell is a full-time painter and Bureau volunteer happy to be making his contribution as an event organizer. (Photo by GAYLETTER)








Start: December 20, 2014 7:00 PM
End: December 20, 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

December 19, 2014

NYC Book Launch of First Comes Love: Portraits of Enduring LGBTQ Relationships with Photographer B. Proud and Edie Windsor


The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center and the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division are proud to host photographer/author B. Proud and Edie Windsor for the NYC book launch First Comes Love: Portraits of Enduring LGBTQ RelationshipsProud will discuss the project, present images from the book, and engage in a question and answer period along with Edie Windsor, who wrote the forward to First Comes Love. Several of the couples featured in the book will also attend.


First Comes Love is available at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division (room 210 in The Center), and the Bureau will sell copies of the book at the event. Both B. Proud and Edie Windsor will sign copies of the book at the reception following the event.
Doors open 6:30 PM, presentation at 7 PM


Beer, wine, Absolut vodka cocktails, and sparkling water will be available for cash donations.

Please RSVP here.


B. Proud, photograph by Victor Rodriguez

B. Proud, photograph by Victor Rodriguez

B. Proud. It’s not a slogan. It’s the name that’s on her birth certificate and Barbara Proud says that it’s a name she has to live up to. As both a commercial and fine art photographer, B. Proud has exhibited her award-winning work in solo and group shows around the globe. Her “First Comes Love” Project, a traveling exhibition of photographs, stories, and video, and now a hardbound book, has received multiple awards and grants including those from the B. W. Bastian Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, the Delaware State Arts Council, and The University of the Arts, Philadelphia where Barbara is an adjunct associate professor. B. Proud currently resides in Wilmington, Delaware with her spouse, Allison, and their yellow lab, Soleil.

Edie Windsor, photograph by B. Proud

Edie Windsor, photograph by B. Proud

Edith S. Windsor challenged the U.S. government and the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which denied federal recognition of legal same-sex marriages. She took her case all the way to the Supreme Court. Edie, insisting that the government uphold the Constitution and its demand for equality, won a landmark victory for the LGBTQ community in her case United States v. Windsor. Edie and Dr. Thea Spyer were together for nearly 44 years, but after Thea died, the government refused to recognize their legal marriage and charged Windsor with a hefty estate tax. Edie, who lives in New York City, was a top three finalist for TIME MAGAZINE 2013 PERSON of the YEAR.





Start: December 19, 2014 6:30 PM
End: December 19, 2014 8:30 PM
Venue: The LGBT Community Center
Phone: 212 620 7310
208 West 13th Street, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free

December 18, 2014

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

The December edition of DEADLINE has been cancelled. 


The next DEADLINE will take place on Thursday, January 15th.


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

Performers for the December edition of Deadline to be announced shortly.





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

December 17, 2014

Queer Geographies: Beirut, Tijuana, Copenhagen: A Conversation between Editor Lasse Lau and Contributors

Is there certain logic to queer geography? This presentation will explore the different hegemony of social structures in society that frequently filter and often limit social uses of queer spaces. Spaces that are seen as non-spaces or powerless structures that exist parallel to streets, parks, sculptures, public toilets, department stores, software companies … Spaces that are appropriated socially and physically into the realm of a queer meanings. The clash between space, Marxist Geographer David Harvey writes, happens between the micro-scale of the body and the personal and the macro-scale of the global political economy. The new book Queer Geographies: Beirut, Tijuana, Copenhagen is a collaborative work of artists, activists, and scholars, showcasing queer art in three very different cities throughout the 2000s, showcasing how these cities produce their own significant meanings. Geographer and queer researcher Jen Jack Gieseking Bowdoin College writes about this book, “The art and its very smart, beautiful catalog highlight the identical processes of neoliberal capitalism that touch each of these places and brings queer life into sync more and more from greater distances.”

The 7 PM reception will be followed by a presentation at 7:30 of work from the book and a conversation between editor Lasse Lau and some of the contributors (TBA).



Lasse Lau (Sønderborg Denmark, 1974) is a award winning filmmaker and video artist who lives and works in Brussels and Copenhagen. His films and art explore socioeconomic issues relating to conflicts of space. He has exhibited in Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin, Germany), The British Museum (London, GB), Bozar (Brussels, Belgium) Museum of Contemporary Art (Zagreb, Croatia), Museum of Resistance (Turin, Italy), CAA Lagos (Lagos, Nigeria) Casa del Lago (Mexico City) Contemporary Museum (Baltimore, USA) and MoMA PS1 (New York, USA). Lau is the co-founder and board member of Kran Film Collective and New York based artist group Camel Collective. In 2005 he was a fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program (New York, USA).


Photo of Copenhagen power plant by Flo Maak



Start: December 17, 2014 7:00 PM
End: December 17, 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: Free