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Girl Tales Live Reading and 2nd Season Fundraiser!

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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

Events

June 29, 2014

QP@QD: Drae Campbell Hosts a Queer Pride Party at Queer Division

Tired of the crowds and corporate-sponsored floats at the Pride March? Come celebrate Pride on the Lower East Side at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division! Join Mistress of Ceremonies Drae Campbell and a smart and sexy crew of performers for a day of festivities surrounded by a stimulating array of queer books, zines, and art works.

 

Featuring performances by:

Kaitlyn Holland

Lady Quesa’Dilla

Shane Shane

Max Steele

Elsa Waithe
 
Who thrives 500

At 4 PMHanna Exel of the Queer Crisis Collective will be discussing the rainbow flag intervention that is based at the Bureau this week. For more info visit
 
www.queercrisis.tumblr.com
 
and http://helixqpn.tumblr.com/collectives.
 
Stickers of the flag are available at the Bureau with a purchase
 
 
How Much?

Option 1: $20 (includes unlimited drinks: mimosas, beer, wine)

OR

Option 2: $5 suggested donation (drinks available at cash bar, $5 each)
Both options guarantee you hours of entertainment in a queer oasis!

 

The Bureau is up 10 stairs and is not wheelchair accessible. We are happy to provide assistance to anyone who requests it–please contact us in advance at contact@bgsqd.com.

A gender-neutral bathroom is available at the Bureau.

 

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

 

 

Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn Holland is toy designer/lesbian comedian that can be spotted around the bushwick comedy scene. She’s throwing a benefit comedy show for breast cancer on june 24 at 8pm, The Titacular Extravaganza. Tickets are only 10 dollars and all proceeds go to the avon walk for breast cancer. She would love to see you all come.

 

 

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.

 

 

Shane Shane

Shane Shane is the gay dance music project of Shane O’Neill.  He tours constantly and has shared the stage with such acts as Kool KeithHar Mar Superstar, and Big Freedia.

He also plays in a band called Screamin’ Cyn Cyn & The Pons and occasionally does drag under the name Anita Lane Bryant.

He recently moved to Brooklyn where he likes to sew hideous costumes and eat mayonnaise-based salads.

He has a cat named Wanda and is so totally super gay.

 

 

Max Steele

Max Steele is a performer and writer living in Brooklyn. He has presented work at Dixon Place, the New Museum, Deitch Projects, BAM, Joe’s Pub, Envoy Enterprises, PPOW Gallery, UPenn’s Kelly Writers’ House, the Afterglow Festival and the Queens Museum of Art. He writes the psychedelic porno poetry zine Scorcher, and his writing has been featured in Dossier Journal, Spank, East Village Boys, Birdsong, Vice, Noisey, and Best Gay Stories 2014. He has been an Artist in Residence at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange since 2012.

 

Elsa

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: June 29, 2014 4:00 PM
End: June 29, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States
Cost: Option 1: $20 (includes unlimited drinks: mimosas, beer, wine) OR Option 2: $5 suggested donation (drinks available at cash bar, $5 each) Both options guarantee you hours of entertainment in a queer oasis!

June 27, 2014

Gays in The Great War Lance Ringel reads from his novel Flower of Iowa

Writer Lance Ringel will read selections from his newly-released epic novel Flower of Iowa, a saga about World War I France in 1918 and two young soldiers – one from America, the other British – who unexpectedly find love together behind the battle lines. Chuck Muckle will sing songs from the period that appear in the book. In a Q&A afterwards, Ringel will examine the history of homosexuality in World War I.

The book is published as an e-book only and is available for purchase on the book’s site.

 

Reception at 7

Reading at 7:30

Suggested donation of $5 (No one will be turned away for lack of funds)

Beer, wine, and sparkling water will be available at a cash bar. Light snacks will also be available.

 

LanceRingel

A journalist and writer for four decades, Lance Ringel has penned five novels and three plays. As editor of the Weekend section of the Taconic Newspapers in the Hudson Valley from 1996 to 1998, Ringel wrote theater and film reviews and maintained a weekly column. He served as Assistant Commissioner of Human Rights under New York Governor Mario Cuomo. Ringel currently resides in Poughkeepsie, New York, with his spouse of 37 years, actor-composer Chuck Muckle. Flower of Iowa is his first published work.

 

 

 

Start: June 27, 2014 7:00 PM
End: June 27, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York , NY, 10002, United States
Cost: $5 suggested donation--no one turned away for lack of funds

June 25, 2014

Something Way More Awesome: Trans Poets Perform

A night of performance from a gaggle of sensational trans poets, featuring:
 
Phoenix Nastasha Russell
 
EC Crandall (and friends)
 
Charles Theonia
 
Paco Buenasnoches
 
Andy Eye
 
Cat Fitzpatrick
 
Charli Cleland
 
Mya Byrne
 
Kay Ulanday Barrett
 
J Mase III
 
Olympia Perez

 

 

Start: June 25, 2014 7:00 PM
End: June 25, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

June 21, 2014

Best Bi Short Stories–Book Release Party

Best Bi Short Stories: Bisexual Fiction, edited by Sheela Lambert, is the first book of its kind, a literary anthology bringing together the very finest representations of bisexuality in fiction. This anthology offers a smorgasbord of genres that show bi characters through their own unique prism. Tonight’s reading will include:

 

Cecilia Tan: Dragon’s Daughter -speculative fiction

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Sheela Lambert: Memory Lane -contemporary fiction

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Kate Dureé: Companions -historical fiction-Medieval England

KateDurré

 

J.R. Yussuf: Face to Face -contemporary fiction

JRYussuf

 

Florence Ivy: The Lottery -magical realism

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Ann Herendeen: Pride/Prejudice -historical fiction-Regency England

AnnHerendeen

 

 

 

 

 

Start: June 21, 2014 7:00 PM
End: June 21, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

June 20, 2014

Cut the Haters: a Showcase by Papercut Press

In celebration of NYC Pride, Papercut Press is bringing together five queer artists who are bucking the system and creating their own ways to share their stories and art. The night marks the launch of the second edition of Max Schnuer‘s Estuaries #1, a hand-crafted comic book about the Staten Island Farm Colony, a former poorhouse that’s now a complex of ruins in New York City’s “forgotten borough.” Schnuer is joined by Acker Award winner Rami Shamir, the author of TRAIN TO POKIPSE, as well as writers Jillian McManemin and Francesca Normille and singer songwriter Frances Rex.

 

 

 

 

 

Start: June 20, 2014 7:00 PM
End: June 20, 2014 11:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States