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We’re Still Here East Coast Launch Party!

Stacked Deck August 18

  Stacked Deck Press takes Manhattan! Come to the East Coast Launch Party for We’re Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division! Join Jeanne Thornton and Tara Madison Avery for trans comics and adult refreshments! Get your copy of this groundbreaking anthology at the Bureau! To reserve a copy [...]

Sat. Aug 18, 2018 8:00 PM


April 26, 2014

Queers Got Talent Show: A Benefit for Queer Detainee Empowerment Project

Come check out some of the hottest, most talented queers in NYC! Local burlesque dancers, musicians, filmmakers, and comedians will present short works in this fun-filled evening. Emceed by Drae Campbell and featuring fabulous raffle prizes from Trouble Films, Metropolitan Bar, The Pleasure Chest, Third Root Community Health Center, Tres Belle Petite Medi-Spa, Birds of Lace Press, and more! Awesome queer books plus wine and beer will all be available for sale! $5-$10 sliding scale admission fee benefits the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP) www.qdep.org. Email teresatheo@gmail.com for more information.

Confirmed performers:

Foxie Squire (burlesque)
Krissy Mahan (filmmaker)
Rose Hips (burlesque)
Ghostcat  (musician)
Velvet Kensington (burlesque)
Elsa Waithe  (comedian)
Jz Bich (burlesque)
Anna/Kate with Jayne Quan (musicians)
LeoVana (drag)
Michelle Brotman (musician)
Teresa Michele (burlesque)






Start: April 26, 2014 7:30 PM
End: April 26, 2014 11:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States
Cost: $5-$10 suggested donation

Poetry Benefit for Queer Detainee Empowerment Project

Poets Stephen Boyer, Ariel Goldberg, and others will read their work in support of the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project.  Pay what you wish to donate at the door.



QDEP is an Alternative-to-Detention program for queer, trans, and HIV+ detainees, asylees, and their families in NYC and New Jersey.  QDEP supports folks in securing housing, food, education, travel, employment, healthcare, arts space, legal services, know-your-rights trainings, and community organizing.



For more information email  hanugent1@gmail.com




Start: April 26, 2014 4:00 PM
End: April 26, 2014 6:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States
Cost: $5-$10 suggested donation

April 25, 2014

TELL 3: Close Calls

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.

Close Calls is the theme of the third installment of TELL.

Featuring special guests:

Silas Howard

Greg Newton

Jade Payne

Lady Quesa’Dilla



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
 Lady Quesa

Lady Quesa’Dilla AKA Alejandro Rodríguez– 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”. He has performed in New York City, El Paso, Texas, and Chiapas, Mexico. 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 from The Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics.

Resides in Brooklyn.



Silas Howard

SILAS HOWARD began his career in degeneracy by playing music with the legendary punk band Tribe8.  Silas’s first feature film By Hook or By Crook, was a Sundance Film Festival premiere and five-time Best Feature winner. His documentary, What I Love About Dying, premiered at Sundance Film Festival and festivals internationally. Silas’s writing has been published in various anthologies and magazines. His second feature, Sunset Stories premiered at the SXSW film festival in 2012. Recently he directed Hudson Valley Ballers, a new webseries starring SNL veterans Paula Pell and James Anderson.



Greg Tell 3

Failed academic Greg Newton earned his BA at Hunter College, majoring in religion and minoring in art history. He completed his coursework and examinations for a PhD in art history at CUNY Graduate Center before leaving academia to co-found the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division with his partner Donnie Jochum. He taught art history and writing at Parsons for 8 years while working on his dissertation on monochrome painting. He continues to pursue his profound interest in passivity, emptiness, silence, withdrawal, refusal, erasure, failure, uselesness, and negativity in general at the Bureau.



Jade Payne

Jade Payne is a cosmic-mixed-race-diesel-femme, musician, and sound-sculptor/engineer. She plays guitar and electronic music in the two bands, Aye Nako and Holotropik. Jade enjoys geeking out about techy stuff, crystals, unknown pleasures, and the occult. She lives in Brooklyn with a chihuahua named Broccolini.




Start: April 25, 2014 7:00 PM
End: April 25, 2014 11:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

April 23, 2014

“Children and Fools:” Harry Hay and the Mattachine Society, 1930-1953. A talk by Ben Miller

It wasn’t until the 1980s that John D’Emilio, Jonathan Ned Katz, and other scholars (many working independently) began to exhume and bring to life the vital history of American homosexual and homophile movements before the Stonewall rebellion. All serious considerations of that history feature as a central player Harry Hay: activist, troublemaker, theorist, founder of the Mattachine Society and “father” of the American gay rights movements. This talk retells the story of the founding of the Mattachine Society – America’s first gay rights organization, which activist Harry Hay founded in Los Angeles – with an eye towards that history’s relevance to the ideological development of Gay, and by extension LGBTQ, rights in America. Original research conducted using Hay’s personal papers and the papers of the Mattachine Society shows that Hay used Marxist cultural theory to fuse elements of folk music, medieval fooling, and Native American religious and gender traditions into a gay identity that could serve as the basis for political activism, radically challenging existing gender and sexual norms in ways that are too often forgotten in the mainstream literature of LGBTQ history.

Ben Miller will present a second talk on Harry Hay on the following Wednesday, April 30th:

“Children of the Brain:” Harry Hay’s Life, Theory, and Activism, 1953-1964


Ben Miller is a New York-based writer and student of history. Current projects include thesis 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, and new short fiction influenced by his historical research. He is the 2014 winner of New York University’s Bessie and Louis Levy Prize for Excellence in American History, and the recipient of the Steffi Berne Research Scholarship in the Humanities from the same institution. His teachers in history and writing have included Linda Gordon, K. Kevyne Baar, Marcelle Clements, and Jonathan Safran Foer. His academic writing has appeared in HistorianCollege Film and Media Studies, and the Chicago Journal of History; and his short fiction has appeared in BrioStudio on the Square, and West 10th. He is editor or co-editor of several publications, co-founder of Squid Ink Magazine (launching soon), and serves on the communications committee of the New York City Anti-Violence Project. He tweets @benwritesthings.


Photo: Reunion of living Mattachine founders, 1980s. From left: Jim Gruber, Dale Jennings, Konrad Stevens, Harry Hay. (San Francisco Public Library, Gay and Lesbian Center.)


Start: April 23, 2014 7:00 PM
End: April 23, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

April 22, 2014

Michael Nava: Reading and Signing for CITY OF PALACES

Join Michael Nava for a reading and signing for his new novel City of Palaces

Please note: The Bureau is closed on Tuesdays, but we will open at 5:30 for this event, which will begin at 6:30.

Michael Nava, a third-generation Californian of Mexican descent, and the grandson of immigrants, was born in Sacramento. He was the first person in his family to attend college, graduating with a B.A. in history from the Colorado College.  He later received his law degree from Stanford University.

He began writing when he was 12 years old, around the same time he recognized that he was gay.  In his autobiographical essay Gardenland, a memoir of his childhood in the working-class Mexican neighborhood of the same name, he says he turned to writing because he was filled with words he was otherwise unable to express.

Until he was in his early twenties he studied and wrote poetry exclusively.  A selection of his poems was awarded the 1981 Chicano/Latino Literary Prize given annually by the University of California, Irvine. He began writing what became his first novel as a third year law student at Stanford.  That novel, The Little Death, was published in 1986 by Alyson Publications, a small gay press that accepted the book after 12 other publishers had rejected it.

The Little Death introduced readers to Henry Rios, a gay, Latino criminal defense lawyer based primarily in Los Angeles.  Six further Rios novels followed — Goldenboy (1988),  Howtown (1990),  The Hidden Law (1992),  The Death of Friends (1994),  The Burning Plain (1996), and Rag and Bone (2000).  Each new novel was greeted with wider and greater critical acclaim.  The books were awarded a total of six Lambda Literary Awards and in 2000 Nava was given the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement in gay and lesbian literature.  With Rage and Bone, Nava announced the end of his career as a mystery writer.

Beginning in 1995, Nava started researching a novel about the life of silent film star Ramon Novarro, a Mexican immigrant who came to Hollywood in 1915 after his family fled their homeland during the Mexican Revolution.  Novarro was one of the first generation of internationally famous movie stars, like Rudolph Valentino, Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin.  Nava was drawn to Novarro not only because of their shared ethnic heritage but also because it was an open secret in Hollywood that Novarro was gay.

At the same time, he became interested in the Yaquis, an Indian tribe that inhabited the northwest state of Sonora along the border with Arizona. In the late nineteeth century, the Mexico government began to forcibly evict the Yaquis from their ancient homeland, a lush river valley at the edge of the Sonoran desert, to make way for Mexican settlers.  But the Yaquis put up a fierce resistance and the Mexican government ultimately pursued a policy of extermination against the tribe that resulted in its virtual extinction.  Nava’s great-grandparents were among the few Yaquis who had survived by escaping to Arizona where his grandfather, Ramón, was born in 1905.

Eventually, these interests converged and he began to write a novel that would tell the story of the Mexican Revolution, the near-genocide of the Yaquis, and the rise of silent film.  Midway through his first draft, he recognized that this undertaking was too vast for a single book, so he conceived a series of novels called The Children of Eve, after the line in the Salve Regina addressed to Mary, the mother of Jesus:  “To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.”  The first novel in that series is The City of Palaces, which is set in Mexico City in the years before and at the beginning of the 1910 Mexican Revolution.

In addition to his novels, Nava has had a distinguished career as an appellate lawyer working primarily in the California court system including the California Supreme Court.  As a lawyer, he has been a tireless advocate for greater diversity in the legal profession.  A fuller biography of Michael Nava is available on Wikipedia. See also profile on glbtq.com

Nava is currently at work on the second book – as yet untitled –  in The Children of Eve series.





Start: April 22, 2014 6:30 PM
End: April 22, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States