Our Next Event

Girl Tales Live Reading and 2nd Season Fundraiser!

Girl Tales - FINAL-M

Who? You and the kids in your life! What? A live reading of The Literate Mermaid by Christina Quintana, and a fundraiser for a second season! We’ll have a silent auction of a bunch of goodies, face painting by Maggie Allen, a coloring station and a feminist photo booth! Where? Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ [...]

Sun. Nov 18, 2018 3:00 PM


August 14, 2014

Vigil for Gaza: A Gathering to Mourn, Share and Unite

In response to the devastation in Gaza, artists and queers gather to mourn the dead, connect with like-minded people and give voice to our feelings of grief and outrage. With contributions from M. Lamar, Pauline Park, Viva Ruiz, Luciana Achugar and more TBD, with a work-in-progress by Sarah Schulman, in absentia. Facilitated by Dan Fishback.


We’ll be accepting donations at the door for MECA – The Middle East Children’s Alliancewww.mecaforpeace.org


Photo of Palestinian woman in Gazan district of Beit Hanoun by Mohammed Abed / Getty Images


Start: August 14, 2014 7:30 PM
End: August 14, 2014 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester Street, New York, NY, 10002, United States

August 8, 2014

NEWFANGLED 3: Robert Siek Introduces Lawrence Kaplun, Rickey Laurentiis, and Robert Whitehead

Join us for the 3rd installment of NEWFANGLED, a series of poetry readings by young poets hosted by Robert Siek.

For NEWFANGLED 3 Siek introduces Lawrence Kaplun, Rickey Laurentiis, and Robert Whitehead.



LAWRENCE KAPLUN is from California, and received his B.A. in English from San Francisco State University. He has attended the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Program and the Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore. His poems appear in Sonora Review, Southern Humanities Review, Toad, and The Gay & Lesbian Review. He lives in Brooklyn.



RICKEY LAURENTIIS was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the recipient of a 2012 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, a 2013 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a traveling fellowship from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy. His poems appear most recently in Boston Review, The Kenyon Review, and Poetry magazine, and have been commissioned by the International Art Exhibition, Prospect.3 New Orleans. He lives in Brooklyn.



ROBERT WHITEHEAD received his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, and fellowships from the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets and The Ashbery Home School. His work appears or is forthcoming in Assaracus, Gulf Coast, Vinyl, ALL HOLLOW, Upstart, and elsewhere. He was born in Madagascar, reared in Rangoon, and currently lives in Park Slope.



ROBERT SIEK is a poet who lives in Brooklyn and works at a large publishing house in Manhattan. His poems most recently appear in The Good Men Project, Painted Bride Quarterly, and The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, as well as the anthology Between: New Gay Poetry. In 2002, the New School published his chapbook Clubbed Kid, and Purpose and Devil Piss, published by Sibling Rivalry Press, is his first full-length collection of poetry.





Start: August 8, 2014 7:00 PM
End: August 8, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester Street, New York, NY, 10002, United States

August 6, 2014

Screening of “Sergio and Simone,” a film by Virginia de Medeiros–followed by a Q&A with the artist


The film Sérgio e Simone (2009/2014), a work by the Brazilian artist Virginia de Medeiros selected for the 31st São Paulo Biennial (2014) and awarded by ICCo at the 18th Festival de Arte Contemporânea Videobrasil, documents the life of Simone, a transvestite who lived at the Ladeira da Montanha, in Salvador, capital of Bahia. Like most the residents of the borough, Simone was an avid drug user. However, after a crack overdose, she suffers a mystical delirium causing her to “find God” and circumvent death. From this episode onwards Simone abandons her identity as a transvestite, retakes her baptism name of Sérgio and becomes an avid evangelical preacher in a delirious quest to save humanity.

Virginia de Medeiros creates work that centers on documentary strategies, as a means to transgress mainstream accounts and to question the boundaries between reality and fiction. She deals with three themes within the field of art and documentary: dislocation, participation, and fabulation. Adapting documentary images and lived accounts, she employs the latter for subjective and conceptual use to revision the representation of reality and alterity. De Medeiros works primarily with video and audiovisual installations, always seeking to converge the language of art and media and expand the aesthetic and technological possibilities to engender new modes of expression.

Medeiros is a recipient of the 2014 ICCo residency award at the 18th Festival de Arte Contemporânea Videobrasil and is currently an artist in residency at Residency Unlimited.



Start: August 6, 2014 8:00 PM
End: August 6, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester Street, New York, NY, 10002, United States

August 1, 2014

TELL 5: Without a Net


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.

Without a Net is the theme of the fifth installment of TELL.


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Penny Arcade  aka Susana Ventura  occupies a unique position in the American counter-culture and the American avant-garde. She is an internationally respected writer, poet, and  she is one of the handful of artists who created contemporary text based Performance Art beginning in the 1980’s. She has continued to define Performance Art for nearly three decades, She is particularly known for her high content, complex, long form performance pieces. Her contributions to American experimental theatre began in her teens and she has left her mark on every decade from the 1960′s to the present. Her work has always focused on the human condition , on the other and the outsider, giving voice to those marginalized by society. Her decades long focus on creation of community and inclusion as the goals of performance and her efforts to use performance as a transformative act mark her as a true original. Many of her theatrical devices, not to mention her one liners , have passed into the mainstream. Her unique voice, marked by a great articulation of complex ideas still forming in the collective consciousness and her magnetic stage presence have given her mainstream career recognition far beyond America’s shores. In 2010 Semiotext(e) published a hard cover book on Penny Arcade’s Performance  work Bad Reputation.

www.pennyarcade.tv  pennyarcadenyc twitter  pennyarcadesuperstar FB


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. Check her out online and around town. www.draecampbell.com


Cecilia Gentili

Cecilia Gentili is a Trans-Latina originally from Argentina by way of Miami. She is currently the Trans* Health Program Coordinator at APICHA community health center. Cecilia has worked at the Gender Identity Project at the LGBT Center since 2011, as a volunteer, intern, and now consultant, facilitating groups, organizing, and working on prevention, harm reduction and self-empowerment, focusing mostly on undocumented Trans-Latinas, a reality she lived for many years. Ms Gentili is also a board member of “Transbodies” a nonprofit organization about to published a trans-resources guide book for trans-folks. She received her education at the National University of Rosario in Music studies and worked as a music teacher for special needs children.


Rosa Jurjevics

Rosa Jurjevics is a writer, multimedia specialist, and product of New York City. Currently the owner/principal of the tiny-but-mighty Big Creature Media, Jurjevics spends most days editing video, animating critters, and removing (live-action) cats from the desk.



Elsa Waithe is a 26 year old comedian from Norfolk, Va. She’s a 3x winner of the ViRginia Beach Funnybone’s Clash of the Comics. Comedian, Actor, Motivational Speaker, Epicenter of every awesome party, and Inventor of the Nike Swoosh.







Start: August 1, 2014 7:00 PM
End: August 1, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester Street, New York, NY, 10002, United States
Cost: Free

July 31, 2014

A Reading and Discussion with Mark Zubro

Mark Zubro is the author of 28 novels:

25 gay mysteries –

13 – in the Tom and Scott series

11 – in the Paul Turner series

1 – stand alone thriller – Foolproof

1 – gay young adult mystery

2 – in a gay science fiction series


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When not writing he spends his time reading, napping, and eating chocolate




Start: July 31, 2014 7:00 PM
End: July 31, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester Street, New York, NY, 10002, United States