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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


July 13, 2014

Bureau Book Club 1: Martin Duberman’s Stonewall


The Bureau Book Club is a home for freewheeling discussion about the books and the issues that captivate us. Inspired by the conversations that break out after so many of the Bureau’s more formal events, we’ll have a one-hour session each month about a different work of fiction or non-fiction. Buy the book from the Bureau and get a 10% discount. Come prepared with a favorite quote. The Book Club discussions will be moderated by Ben Miller.

This month’s book, inspired by Pride and by the thought-provoking Helix stickers being given out with all the Bureau’s books this month, will be Martin Duberman’s Stonewall. A work of history that explodes preconceived notions of how history must be written, this captivating and novelistic work tells the life stories of six of the key actors at the Stonewall Rebellion.

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.


Start: July 13, 2014 7:00 PM
End: July 13, 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 12, 2014

DEADLINE: Works-in-Progress from Cutting-edge Queer Artists JULY EDITION: Sabrina Chap, Rachel Kerry, Ted Kerr, and Betsy Housten

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.

Ariel “Speedwagon” Federow will be your host this evening, presenting a very special book report sponsored by the Bureau.

Sabrina Chap will be performing the second half of her electric guitar radio musical, ‘Postcards from Nevermore’, visually scored by a projection from Anna Hovhannessian.

Betsy Housten will be reading a piece from her upcoming zine about queerness, quick fixes and questionable

Rachel Kerry will be performing The Heart Demands a Superhero Vogue Battle, A fierce spoken word/movement piece performed in spandex, masks, and at least 2 capes.



Ariel “Speedwagon” Federow‘s work has been seen on Broadway, Lafayette, Houston, Chrystie, Fulton, N 6th, and other streets and avenue in NYC and beyond. Her stories, slideshows and slapstick have been seen places like LaMama ETC, Dixon Place, the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics, Pussy Faggot, and Hey Queen! Company member: the Ballez and Butch Burlesque.

Deemed, ‘Rousing!’ by the New Yorker, Sabrina Chap is a writer, musician, cabaret artist and all around dilettante. Her latest album, the anthemic queer bonanza ‘We Are the Parade’ was deemed, ‘Joyous’ by the Advocate. She also edited the book, ‘Live Through This- On Creativity and Self-Destruction’, now with an intro by Amanda Palmer and essays by Nan Goldin, bell hooks, Swoon, Kate Bornstein and more. sabrinachap.com

Anna Hovhannessian is a filmmaker and editor. TV credits include a lot of sensationalistic murder shows and some talk show nonsense. Her film credits include in the documentaries ‘Bully’ (Tribeca premiere), ‘She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry’ (Boston Independent Film) and the short film ‘Happy Hour’. Her performance videography was featured in the dance production of ‘Echoes and Dreams’ (NYC Fringe Festival).

Betsy Housten is a Brooklyn-based queer femme writer, zinester, massage therapist, herbal medicine maker, tarot reader and astrology nerd. Her work can be read in such places as Hoax zine, Soon Quarterly and We’ll Never Have Paris, and has been seen at such places as Bluestockings, St Marks Books, Pete’s Candy Store and the How I Learned series. She most recently published issue 7 of her zine You Know Better.


Rachel Kerry is a director, writer, and designer interested in innovative, transmedia storytelling. She hosts the monthly East Village variety show Pop Culture Fondue! and is the artistic mastermind behind theatre/video company Brain Melt Consortium. Her work emphasizes devised movement, immersive environments, and the exploration of popular culture. Very often, her work features girls making out.



Start: July 12, 2014 7:30 PM
End: July 12, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester Street, New York, NY, 10002, United States
Cost: Free

July 11, 2014

THE LATINA GURLESQUE: Monica McClure, Lucas de Lima, and Jennifer Tamayo


Who let this “new grrly, grotesque, burlesque” poetics leak out of the border in a divine ooze of caliente pink?

Monica McClure’s debut collection, Tender Data, will be published by Birds, LLC this year. She is the author of the chapbooks, Mood Swing, from Snacks Press and Mala, forthcoming from Poor Claudia. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Tin House, Jubilat, Fence, The Los Angeles Review, The Lit Review, Lambda Literary Review’s Spotlight Series, The Awl, Spork and elsewhere. She curates Atlas, a collaboration series of visual artists and poets, and lives in New York City.

Lucas de Lima was born in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. He is the author of Wet Land (Action Books, 2014) and the chapbooks Ghostlines (Radioactive Moat) and Terraputa (forthcoming from Birds of Lace). A contributor to Montevidayo, he pursues doctoral studies in Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jennifer BARRRRFFFF Tamayo is a New York-based performance artist, writer, and activist. She is the author of three collections of art and writing, most recently YOU DA ONE (Coconut Books, 2014). JT lives in Brooklyn and serves as the Managing Editor of Futurepoem.



Start: July 11, 2014 7:30 PM
End: July 11, 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 9, 2014

David Pratt and Rafe Haze Read

David Pratt reads from his sexy comic novel Looking After Joey. Rafe Haze reads from his hot (in more ways than one) new mystery, The Next.



David Pratt is the author of two novels, Looking After Joey (Wilde City) and Lambda Literary Award-winner Bob the Book (Chelsea Station) and a short story collection, My Movie, (Chelsea Station) He has directed and performed his work for the theater in New York City at the Cornelia Street Cafe, Dixon Place, HERE Arts Center, the Flea and the NY International Fringe Festival. David was the first American director of work by Canadian playwright John Mighton. He is currently working on two more novels and a novella for young people.


Rafe Haze Photo

Rafe Haze was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and lives on the west side of New York City. Having worked for the legal compliance industry, fashion industry, music industry, art industry, and flesh industry (the most interesting people on earth have), his most life-changing employment was teaching Meisner Technique of Acting. He wrote himself out of one whopping funk with his debut novel The Next, and is ecstatically thankful for the entire, messy, beautiful cadence.

Rafe refuses to be handcuffed to one discipline only: he writes classical music for orchestra and small ensemble, country music songs, musical theater, plays, screenplays, and digs two-stepping, line dancing, and West Coast Swinging. Be it words, notes, or movement, the emotional origin, schlep, and endpoints are equally compelling and satisfying.

Rafe is grafeful to his twin brother (the straight one) who continues to make the slicing through this rambling, thorny life worthwhile.




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

July 2, 2014

ITNA PRESS Summer Readings

An evening of reading performances by ITNA PRESS authors Slava Mogutin, Christopher Stoddard, and Prix de Flore winner Bruce Benderson (also reading on behalf of La JohnJoseph).

ITNA PRESS is a Brooklyn-based company dedicated to publishing honest works of American literature deemed too provocative for the mainstream.



Photograph by Michael Stipe

Photograph by Michael Stipe

Slava Mogutin is the author of two monographs of photography published in the US and seven books of writings in Russian. His artwork has been exhibited internationally and featured in a wide range of publications, including i-DFlash ArtDazed & ConfusedL’Uomo VogueStern, and The New York TimesFood Chain is his first book in English.


Photograph by Leon Csernohlavek

Photograph by Leon Csernohlavek

La JohnJoseph is the author of the critically acclaimed solo memoir play Boy in a Dress. He’s performed at MOMA, the Royal Opera House, and across Europe, the US and the Middle East. He’s been published in The Gay Times Book of Short StoriesBird SongP.S. I Love YouFat Zine, and 21st Century Queer Artists Identify ThemselvesEverything Must Go is his first novel.


Photograph by Daniel Moss

Photograph by Daniel Moss

Christopher Stoddard is the founder of ITNA PRESS and the author of White, Christian (Spuyten Duyvil, 2010), chosen by the American Library Association for their 2012 list of commendable LGBT literature. His writing has also been published by Lambda Literary and Go Deeper Press. Limiters is his second novel.


Bruce Benderson

Bruce Benderson is a novelist, essayist and translator whose most well-known book, The Romanian: Story of an Obsession, was awarded the prestigious Prix de Flore in its French edition. Other publications include the essay collection Sex and Isolation, the novels Pacific Agony and User, and the story collection Pretending to Say No. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Libération and many other American and French publications. He regularly translates books from the French. His new book, Urban Gothic: The Collected Stories, is forthcoming from ITNA PRESS.







Start: July 2, 2014 7:00 PM
End: July 2, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States