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Aural Fixation: A Post-Pride Fiction Extravaganza

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  Ready for summer? We know we are. Please join us for an evening of sultry tales and sizzling yarns as authors VIET DINH (After Disasters), DENNIS NORRIS (“Food 4 THOT”), ERIC SASSON  (Admissions, Margins of Tolerance), and JONATHAN VATNER (Carnegie Hill) provide the aural delights. Your ears will never be the same.     [...]

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February 28, 2014



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. Magic is the theme of the first installment of TELL.
Featuring special guests: Heather María Ács, Merrie Cherry, Mizz June, Foxy Squire, and Judy Yu.

This event is free. We will pass a hat on behalf of the performers.

The Bureau is not wheelchair accessible–up one flight of stairs.

The Bureau has a gender-neutral bathroom.

Heather María Ács is a performing artist, activist, curator, educator and high-femme troublemaker. Her work has been featured in festivals, theatres, galleries, conferences, and universities internationally.  She is the Co-Director of Heels on Wheels, a queer femme-inine spectrum, all genders performance group. Heather has worked with Mx. Justin Vivian Bond, Nao Bustamante, Lois Weaver, J. Ed Araiza (SITI Company), and Paula Pell (SNL). Film credits include Building No. 7, dir. Steven Soderbergh; blink, dir. Silas Howard; Sunset Stories (SXSW); and Michelle in Valencia (the movies): Chapter 9 based on the novel by Michelle Tea. Heather has worked as a teaching artist in NYC public schools for over a decade. heatheracs.comheelsonwheelsroadshow.com


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


Photo by Santiago Felipe

Photo by Santiago Felipe

Merrie Cherry reigns over the Brooklyn drag community with a sweet hand. She hosts, MCs, and plans events in the popping community and beyond. The creator of the Brooklyn Nightlife Awards she was set a new meaning of what is means to be a drag queen. With no plans to stop we can expect so much more from this cherry. Stay tuned!



Mizz June got her start in activism and musical theater. As a resident young artist at The Henry Street Settlement and, as a founding member of the youth activist group- FIERCE! She was the first black transwoman to be a guest cast member on “All My Children”. Her previous band, “Mizz June and the Housewives” was a “drag punk”/punk rock/pro-feminist band ala the Riot Grrl movement. She was a featured member of the video chorus for Theater Transgression/House of Yes’ trAntigone- A Genderqueered Act of Resistance and most recently “Lez Miz” (Dixon Place) and “These Pieces Won’t Fit/The Waldorf Hysteria” (Mix 26 Art and Film Festival). She will be featured in two soon to be released music videos. Justin Vivian Bond’s “The Golden Age of Hustlers” and Tamar-kali’s “Pearl”. She is currently working on her debut EP- release date TBA.


After completing the burlesque class series by  Deflouered ProductionsFoxy Squire gathered her wits and talent to begin performing. Though, she is a resident performer at Rivers of Honey Cabaret, she had performed both nationally and internationally in London, Connecticut, California, Philadelphia, and NYC.   Foxy’s first headliner performance was in May 2013 at the DC Gurly Show (Washington, DC). This year, she will be performing in Georgia (DragonCon) and North Carolina (Heavy Rebel Weekend). Her motto is EMBRACE YOUR SPECTACLE.  Now, she shares her love for deviant art and dark beauty through burlesque and performance art.


Judy Yu writes stories on the number 2 or 3 train from Brooklyn to Harlem, and advocates for LGBTQ youth in the youth justice system at the Juvenile Justice Project of the Correctional Association of NY. She has lived in New York for over 20 years and calls Brooklyn home. She has an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence and an MPH from Hunter.




Start: February 28, 2014 7:00 PM
End: February 28, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, 10002, United States

February 26, 2014

Dirty Looks NYC and Animal Shelter Present The Adventures of Sylvia Couski

We are proud to welcome Dirty Looks back to the Bureau!

Dirty Looks NYC and Animal Shelter are teaming up for a screening of Les intrigues de Sylvia Couski (The Adventures of Sylvia Couski), 1974 by Adolfo Arrieta. Editor of Animal Shelter Hedi El Kholti will introduce the film.

Suggested donation of $8 to cover film rental costs

Arrieta’s first feature stars famed Parisian transsexual, Marie France, and has been called “the first Parisien underground militant film.” The plot revolves around the ex-wife of a famous sculptor who convinces her lover to removed one of the sculptures of her ex-husband and replace it with a live model, on the eve of the show’s opening.

A small insert about Marie France (including a new introduction by Semiotext(e)’s Hedi El Kholti and two period interviews) will accompany the current issue of Animal Shelter, which features contributions by Tisa Bryant, Michael Carroll, Jean Eustache, Pierre Guyotat, Richard Hawkins, Guy Hocquenghem, Cookie Mueller, Grace Ndiritu, Dalia Rosetti, Heathcote Williams, Melissa Barrett, Robert Dewhurst, Tony Duvert, Iris Klein, Fernanda Laguna, Lodovico Pignatti Morano, Jean-Jacques Schuhl, Noura Wedell, Gary Lee Boas, Shannon Durbin, Matt Fishbeck, Kathryn Garcia, Mim Goodman, Peter Hujar, Eli Langer, Tracy Nakayama, Grace Ndiritu, Warren Neidich, A. L. Steiner. This issue is available at the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division.

 Animal Shelter





Start: February 26, 2014 8:30 PM
End: February 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: Suggested donation of $8 to cover film rental costs

February 21, 2014

Launch Party for Future Perfect

Join the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division in a celebration of the book we produced for our fundraiser last year: Future Perfect. Edited by Andrew Durbin and published by Publication Studio, Future Perfect includes contributions from

Penny Arcade
Felix Bernstein
Stephen Boyer
Lonely Christopher
Nicole Eisenman
Bad Grammar
Bruce Hainley
Ed Halter
Juliana Huxtable
Ted Kerr
Kevin Killian
Wayne Koestenbaum
Rachel Levitsky
Trisha Low
Stephen Motika
Eileen Myles
Tim Trace Peterson
Luther Price
Paul Mpagi Sepuya
Pamela Sneed 
Max Steele
Laurie Weeks 

If you donated $50 or more to the Bureau’s fundraiser and you selected Future Perfect as a perk we welcome you to claim your book at the event. Several of the contributors will be at the event, some of whom will read their contributions.

Andrew Durbin, Pamela Sneed, Max Steele, Juliana Huxtable, and Justin Allen of BDGRMMR (pronounced Bad Grammar) will read at 8 PM. Yulan Grant of BDGRMMR will screen her short film Black Atlantis—inspired by Allen’s poem The First Born of the Black Atlantis, which is included in Future Perfect alongside stills from Grant’s video. Brandon Owen, also of BDGRMMR, will DJ before and after the readings!


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

February 20, 2014

Emanuel Xavier Reads from Nefarious

The Bureau is pleased to welcome Emanuel Xavier, who will read from his most recent book of poetry, Nefarious (Queer Mojo, 2013).


Emanuel Xavier 500

Photograph by Sophia Wallace

Emanuel Xavier is an acclaimed writer–often referred to as one of the first openly gay Nuyorican poets and founder of contemporary “mariposa lit.” With heartfelt honesty and humor, Nefarious is a poetry collection that welcomes the reader into the second act of a former underage prostitute.

This book captures insights into his private world; relationships, heartbreaks, life as a spoken word artist, time spent with his cat, aging. With a dose of dark humor, Xavier’s pleasure in the written word and his passion makes this an engaging collection.

Featured guest David Iglesia will also share a few of his poems.



Start: February 20, 2014 7:00 PM
End: February 20, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

February 15, 2014

Undesirable Elements: New York City’s Gay Press Before Stonewall, 1960-1969: A Talk with Ben Miller

Undesirable Elements: New York City’s Gay Press Before Stonewall, 1960-1969

In July 1969, readers of the New York Mattachine Newsletter (put out by New York Mattachine, the city’s largest and oldest formal gay group) found five mimeographed sheets inserted into their copies of the magazine. Titled, “The Hairpin Drop Heard Around The World,” the article summarized the events of the Stonewall riots: the 1am bar bust, the accumulating crowd, and the decision to fight back, concluding with the following declaration: “Homosexuals are tired of waiting. After all, we can’t be put off with the old line that things will improve in the next generation and our children will lead better, happier lives. Most of us aren’t going to have children, and we have to struggle to make our own lives better. If the traditional means of winning reform cannot work in this age…then possibly the only place for those of us who care about reform is in the streets.”  How did the gay movement arrive at this point, and how did periodicals like the New York Mattachine Newsletter aid in the construction of physical communities and constitute communities in themselves? This talk will explore those questions by examining periodicals aimed at gay men in New York City during the 1960s, discussing how physique magazines cloaked their queer objectives while creating consumer communities, and how organizations used public and private periodicals to bolster physical communities and create communities of print.


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. 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 Historian, College Film and Media Studies, and the Chicago Journal of History; and his short fiction has appeared in Brio, Studio 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: February 15, 2014 7:00 PM
End: February 15, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States