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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

Events

June 6, 2014 – June 7, 2014

FANCY BOOK LEARNIN’

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FANCY BOOK LEARNIN’
at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
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XZX (chicago)
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TEENAGE STRANGLER (minneapolis)
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MERRIE CHERRY
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KAIONI
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ZOE LIGON
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with resident DJ TIMOTHY ALLEN LIVING kicking off your month of PRIDE! If you’ve been following the ignorant-assed conversations in your community happening on facebook, then you already know it’s time to LOG OFF and read a damn BOOK! And what better place to get one than the queerest book and art space in town, the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division???

 
9:00 Doors
 
10:00 Performances
 
$6 suggested donation
 
ALL AGES

 

 
 
 

Start: June 6, 2014 9:00 PM
End: June 7, 2014 1:00 AM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States
Cost: $6 suggested donation

June 5, 2014

Dennis Altman Discusses His New Book The End of the Homosexual? with Christopher Bram

Dennis Altman will discuss his new book The End of the Homosexual? and its links to his 1971 book Homosexual: Oppression and LiberationHe will be in discussion with author Christopher Bram.

 

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Dennis Altman is the son of Jewish refugees, and a writer and academic who first came to attention with the publication of his book Homosexual: Oppression & Liberation in 1972. This book, which has often been compared to Greer’s Female Eunuch and Singer’s Animal Liberation was the first serious analysis to emerge from the gay liberation movement, and was published in seven countries, with a readership which continues today. [In 2012 University of Queensland Press issued a fortieth anniversary edition, and an anthology based on the book, After Homosexual, was published in 2014]

Since then Altman has written eleven books, exploring sexuality, politics and their inter-relationship in Australia, the United States and now globally. These include The Homosexualization of America; AIDS and the New Puritanism; Rehearsals for Change; Gore Vidal’s America and Fifty First State?, as well as  a novel (The Comfort of Men) and memoirs (Defying Gravity). His book, Global Sex (Chicago U.P, 2001), has been translated into five languages, including Spanish, Turkish and Japanese. Most recently has co-edited Why Human Security Matters [Allen & Unwin] and his latest book, The End of the Homosexual? was published by UQP in August.

Altman is a Professorial Fellow in the Institute for Human Security at LaTrobe University in Melbourne. He was President of the AIDS Society of Asia and the Pacific (2001-5), and has been a member of the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society and a Board member of Oxfam Australia. In 2005 he was Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Harvard, and has been. He was listed by The Bulletin as one of the 100 most influential Australians ever [July 4 2006], and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia June 2008. In 2013 he was awarded the Simon and Gagnon Award for career contributions to the field of sociology of sexualities by the American Sociological Association’s Section on Sexualities.

 

Christopher Bram grew up in Kempsville, Virginia (outside Norfolk), where he was a paperboy and an Eagle Scout. He graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1974 (B.A. in English). He moved to New York City in 1978.

His nine novels range in subject matter from gay life in the 1970s to the career of a Victorian musical clairvoyant to the frantic world of theater people in contemporary New York. Fellow novelist Philip Gambone wrote of his work, “What is most impressive in Bram’s fiction is the psychological and emotional accuracy with which he portrays his characters. . . His novels are about ordinary gay people trying to be decent and good in a morally compromised world. He focuses on the often conflicting claims of friendship, family, love and desire; the ways good intentions can become confused and thwarted; and the ways we learn to be vulnerable and human.” Bram has written numerous articles and essays (a selection is included in Mapping the Territory). He has also written or co-written several screenplays, including two shorts directed by his partner, Draper Shreeve.

His novel Father of Frankenstein, about film director James Whale, was made into the movie Gods and Monsters starring Ian McKellenLynn Redgrave, and Brendan FraserBill Condon adapted the screenplay and directed. (Condon won an Academy Award for his adaptation.)

Bram was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2001. In May 2003, he received the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement. He lives in Greenwich Village and teaches at New York University.

 

 

 

Start: June 5, 2014 7:00 PM
End: June 5, 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

June 1, 2014

Book signing – Friend Grief and AIDS: Thirty Years of Burying Our Friends (2nd edition)

 

Brief talk and signing of the 2014 edition of the second book in Victoria Noe‘s Friend Grief series. Friend Grief and AIDS: Thirty Years of Burying Our Friends grew out of her involvement in Chicago’s AIDS community in the late 80s/early 90s. 25% of the sales (print and ebook) benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

 

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Victoria Noe began her career as a stage manager, director and administrator in addition to being a founding board member of the League of Chicago Theatres. She transferred her skills to raise money for arts, educational and AIDS service organizations, and later an award-winning sales consultant of children’s books. But after a concussion impacted her ability to continue in sales, she switched gears to keep a promise to a dying friend to write a book.

 

That book is now an award-winning series. The first three – Friend Grief and Anger: When Your Friend Dies and No One Gives A Damn; Friend Grief and AIDS: Thirty Years of Burying Our Friends and Friend Grief and 9/11: The Forgotten Mourners were published in 2013. The next book in the series, Friend Grief and the Military: Band of Friends, will be published on Memorial Day, 2014.

 

Noe is a member of Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLI), Chicago Writers Association and ACT UP/NY. Her freelance articles have appeared on numerous grief and writing blogs as well as Windy City TimesChicago Tribune and Huffington Post. Her website, www.FriendGrief.com, was named one of the top ten grief support websites in 2012. You can follow her on Twitter @Victoria_Noe.

 

 

 

Start: June 1, 2014 7:00 PM
End: June 1, 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: Free

May 31, 2014

Poetry Reading with D. Gilson, Aaron Smith, and Randall Mann

 
 

Join us for a special poetry reading with D. Gilson, Aaron Smith, and Randall Mann. Hosted by Lawrence Kaplun.

 
 

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D. Gilson is the author of two chapbooks; Brit-Lit (Sibling Rivalry Press) and Catch & Release (Seven Kitchens Press). His poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Indiana Review, Lambda Literary Review, Los Angeles Review & his book reviews appear on The Rumpus. He’s a Ph.D. student in American Literature & Culture at George Washington University, and lives in Washington DC.

 

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Aaron Smith is the author of two books of poems; Appetite, and Blue on Blue Ground (both published by University of Pittsburgh Press). His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Ecotone, Court Green, Gulf Coast, Witness, and other journals. He serves as Poetry Editor of Bloom, and teaches creative writing at Lesley University. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 

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Randall Mann is the author of three books of poems; Straight Razor (Persea Books), Breakfast with Thom Gunn (University of Chicago Press), and Complaint in the Garden. Booklist Magazine said, “readers would do well to recognize Mann’s place alongside poets like D. A. Powell, Marilyn Hacker, and Anne Sexton.” His poems have appeared in many journals including The Kenyon Review, Pleiades, Literary Imagination, Subtropics, Salmagundi, and Poetry Magazine, which recently awarded him the J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize. He lives in San Francisco.

 

 

 

 

 

Start: May 31, 2014 7:00 PM
End: May 31, 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

May 30, 2014

Passionate Commitments: The Lives of Anna Rochester and Grace Hutchins: Slide show, reading, and signing with Julia M. Allen

Passionate Commitments is a dual biography of Anna Rochester and Grace Hutchins, life partners and labor journalists who were instrumental in establishing and maintaining the Labor Research Association in New York City during the mid-20th century. Julia M. Allen will present a slide show detailing their lives and will read selected passages from the book. Passionate Commitments received the 2014 Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction, presented by the Publishing Triangle.

 

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Julia M. Allen is Professor Emerita of English at Sonoma State University in California.

Start: May 30, 2014 7:00 PM
End: May 30, 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: Free