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Fighting for Trans Lives: Mizz June’s War Call


  There’s no getting around it, the current political climate is a battleground. Add rising murders of Transgender women (specifically, Transwomen of color) to the already increasing issues being faced by the TLGBQ community, and it’s no wonder a song like War Call was created.   War Call, the debut single and music video from [...]

Tue. Nov 20, 2018 7:30 PM


July 31, 2014

Opening of the Exhibition En,leak’in/ment Four/For/4/Fore 5/Five Wa’heeks & Other Men’chin;able Sight/Site-Specific Tran’sss-actions

Opening of the exhibition En,leak’in/ment Four/For/4/Fore 5/Five Wa’heeks & Other Men’chin;able Sight/Site-Specific Tran’sss-actions.

Emory Sight has, until now, worked exclusively with accidental audiences and businessMEN. While arranging flowers they tug on their hair in the hopes of guilt free sleep.

En,leak’in/ment Four/For/4/Fore 5/Five Wa’heeks & Other Men’chin;able Sight/Site-Specific Tran’sss-actions is in diverted spaces — not/knot in diverted places.

The exhibition will run through Sunday, September 7th.






Start: July 31, 2014 1:00 PM
End: July 31, 2014 2:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester Street, New York, NY, 10002, United States

July 30, 2014

regarding JEF+KEV//SIM: a Happening @ BGSQD

An interactive and delusional commercial for the upcoming premiere of the play JEF+KEV//SIM. About Dahmer, midwestern queer traumas, and meth-fueled seropositivity sorcery, this happening gives a glimpse into the interconnected stories JEF+KEV//SIM presents. A pair of complimentary tickets will be rewarded to one lucky person for the intragalactic premiere of JEF+KEV//SIM. Written and performed by Randal Barnett.



Randal Barnett is an actor and artist from the Pacific Northwest. He is sometimes called RJ.




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

July 18, 2014

Emanuel Xavier hosts an evening with Studs

Studs: Gay Erotic Fiction

Edited by Richard Labonte, foreword by Emanuel Xavier


The event will feature contributors:

Charlie Vazquez

Lee Houck

Sam J. Miller

Emanuel Xavier


Rough and surly, smooth and sultry, or quick and raw — however you like it, you’ll find it in Studs, 20 of the hottest and best-written man-to-man sex stories to appear in print this year. In “Underground Operator” two men on a nearly empty subway platform indulge in rough, anonymous sex that lets them momentarily forget the stifling summer heat. “Donuts to Demons” finds a self-described “rock-n-roll artfag” searching for a lover “as patient and gifted and generous as he advertised on Craigslist.”


Charlie Vázquez is a writer and freelance editor, as well as the director of the Bronx Writers Center and New York City coordinator for Puerto Rico’s Festival de la Palabra. He is the CCO of Editorial Trance, an e-publishing platform, and is currently working on a novel and accompanying short stories set in the Puerto Rican terror/suspense genre.


Lee Houck was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and, in 2014, celebrates 16 years of living in New York City. His poems, essays, interviews and stories have appeared online and in print in the US, France and Australia, and in three limited-edition chapbooks. His debut novel, Yield, was the winner of Project QueerLit 2008, and was published by Kensington Books in 2010. More at www.LeeHouck.com


Sam J. Miller is a writer and a community organizer. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Lightspeed, Shimmer, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons, The Minnesota Review, and The Rumpus, among others. He is a graduate of the 2012 Clarion Writer’s Workshop, a 2014 nominee for the Shirley Jackson Award, and the co-editor of Horror After 9/11, an anthology published by the University of Texas Press. Visit him at www.samjmiller.com


Emanuel Xavier is author of the poetry collections Nefarious, Pier Queen, Americano: Growing up Gay and Latino in the U.S.A., If Jesus Were Gay & other poems and the novel, Christ Like. An LGBT History Month Icon, he also edited the anthologies Me No Habla With Acento- Contemporary Latino Poetry and Mariposas: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry. He appeared twice on HBO’s Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry and continues to perform regularly throughout the country and around the world as a spoken word poet. He selected finalists and wrote the foreword for Studs. www.emanuelxavier.com




Start: July 18, 2014 7:00 PM
End: July 18, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester Street, New York, NY, 10002, United States

July 17, 2014

Poetry Reading with Greg Wrenn, Billy Merrell, & Paul Legault

Three emerging gay poets will read from their latest collections: Greg Wrenn (Centaur), Billy Merrell (Talking in the Dark), and Paul Legault (The Other Poems and The Emily Dickinson Reader).

 Greg Wrenn

Greg Wrenn is the author of Centaur (The University of Wisconsin Press, 2013).  A Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, he has received the Brittingham Prize in Poetry and a Stegner Fellowship.  His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Best American Poetry 2014The American Poetry Review,  Kenyon Review, The New Republic, and elsewhere He is currently working on a book of linked essays about coral reefs, the impermanence of beauty, and human destiny.  (gregwrenn.com)
Billy Merrell is the author of Talking in the Dark, a poetry memoir (Scholastic, 2003), and co-editor of The Full Spectrum: A New Generation of Writing about GLBTQ, and Other Identities (Knopf, 2006), which received a Lambda Literary Award. Merrell also writes for children, and is a contributor to Spirit Animals: Tales of the Great Beasts, part of the New York Times bestselling series. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Find him online at www.talkinginthedark.com.
Paul Legault is the author of three books of poetry: The Madeleine Poems (Omnidawn 2010), The Other Poems (Fence, 2011), and The Emily Dickinson Reader (McSweeney’s, 2012). He co-edits Telephone Books, an imprint of Nightboat Books focused on works of radical translation. Currently he is a Writer in Residence at Washington University in St. Louis, and can be found here: www.theotherpaul.com.


Start: July 17, 2014 7:00 PM
End: July 17, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester Street, New York, NY, 10002, United States

July 16, 2014

Author Leslie L. Smith Reads from and Speaks about his new book Sally Field Can Play the Transsexual

Author Leslie L. Smith will read from and speak about his new book Sally Field Can Play the Transsexual

A serio-comic tale of sex, loss, redemption and pharmaceuticals in the modern AIDS era, Leslie L. Smith’s Sally Field is a coming-of-age story about one lost soul on a journey to find himself and his community.

But it’s also a saga about the last 25 years of gay and AIDS culture. A volume of bruising honesty and heartfelt emotion, Smith’s novel takes an unflinching look at difficult questions: safer sex, barebacking, personal responsibility, current treatments — and why HIV has once more become a rising threat among gay men.



Leslie L. Smith received his MA in Educational Theater and a BA in Creative Writing, both at New York University.

His 1997 film “David Searching,” starring Anthony Rapp, Camryn Manheim, and Julie Halston, was screened at more than 65 film festivals across the world and also had a British release. “David Searching” now belongs to the permanent collection at the Outfest Legacy Project/UCLA film archive. A New York City theatre producer, Smith is a member of the League of Off-Broadway Theaters and Producers and previously served on the Administration Committee for the Lucille Lortel Awards.

Smith is the editor of “Leaving The Rest: Gay Men On Alcoholism, Addiction, And Sobriety,” available from Magnus/Riverdale Avenue Books. He has written for numerous publications, including Premiere, Movieline, OUT, POZ magazine and The Advocate.

The author divides his time between New York City and the Jersey Shore.

Start: July 16, 2014 7:00 PM
End: July 16, 2014 8:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester Street, New York, NY, 10002, United States