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Stacked Deck August 18

  Stacked Deck Press takes Manhattan! Come to the East Coast Launch Party for We’re Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division! Join Jeanne Thornton and Tara Madison Avery for trans comics and adult refreshments! Get your copy of this groundbreaking anthology at the Bureau! To reserve a copy [...]

Sat. Aug 18, 2018 8:00 PM


February 14, 2014

Anal Magazine at the Bureau

Ricardo Velmor of Anal Magazine is visiting NYC from Mexico City, and the Bureau is happy to welcome him. Ricardo will talk about Anal Magazine and the work that they do in Mexico at 8 PM.

Anal Magazine is a printed publication addressed to the gay male community that is interested in getting to know art, design, photography, literature, fashion, eroticism, and many other Mexican and international creative expressions. This magazine is about the work of artists who experiment with masculinity in a wide threshold. Our main goal is to create a solid, intelligent yet appealing magazine for all our readers. The publication coexists with exhibitions, videoart shows and parties within the whole Anal universe.

Anal Magazine Vol. 2
In this second issue we feature a text by Pedro Brizuela about the psychological implications of group sex; an essay by Pável Granados that deals with the subtle homoerotic speech in Mexican boleros music; a story by Rob Morris; an interview to Gerardo Delgado, founder and film director in Mecos Films, the only mainstream Mexican gay porn company; an essay about the work of Japanese shunga artist Gengoroh Tagame; image portfolios of work by artists Tony Solís, SUPERM (Brian Kenny & Slava Mogutin), Héctor Belloc; and erotica by Christian Castañeda. Plus an intervention by Carlos Amorales made specially for the magazine.
96 full color pages. Texts in English and Spanish.

Anal Magazine Vol. 3
Features a fiction by writer and publisher Alfredo Núñez Lanz; an interview by Clarisse Mérigeot & Pauline Magnenant to Alan Charlesworth about his series of a “bear” community; an essay about the work of General Idea and their retrospective solo show at Musée D’art Moderne in Paris; poetry by Sergio Téllez-Pon; image portfolios by painter Taner Ceylan, videoartist Ricardo Nicolayevsky and photographers Omar Gámez and Rick Castro. Our classic “Chico Anal” erotica series + an illustrated story by Dino Vanko and Ricardo Velmor.
96 full color pages. Texts in English and Spanish.

Anal Magazine Vol. 4
Our newest issue comes in a numbered and certified edition of only 1000 copies. It features and essay by Alfredo Nuñez Lanz about the work of Japanese Samurai Era writer Ihara Saikaku with two of his texts in full version, both illustrated by Hideki Koh; a fictional story by Wenceslao Bruciaga; art portfolios by artists David Romero, Rafa Esparza and Luis Marquez Romay; more “Chico Anal” series than in any other issue; a “Colour Me” porn and a Frotispiece specially made for this issue with guys from an open call.
96 full color pages. Texts in English and Spanish.





Start: February 14, 2014 7:00 PM
End: February 14, 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 12, 2014

Perry Halkitis and Guests Present The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience

Join us for a presentation by Perry Halkitis of his new book The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and ResilienceHalkitis will be joined by five of the men he interviewed for this book: Jim Alba, Erik Bartley, Sean McKenna, Lee Raines, and Steve Schalchlin. After the presentation, the author and the five interviewees will engage the audience in discussion.

The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience examines the strategies for survival and coping employed by these HIV-positive gay men, who together constitute the first generation of long-term survivors of the disease. Through interviews conducted by the author, it narrates the stories of gay men who have survived since the early days of the epidemic; documents and delineates the strategies and behaviors enacted by men of this generation to survive it; and examines the extent to which these approaches to survival inform and are informed by the broad body of literature on resilience and health.

The stories and strategies detailed here, all used to combat the profound physical, emotional, and social challenges faced by those in the crosshairs of the AIDS epidemic, provide a gateway for understanding how individuals cope with chronic and life-threatening diseases. Halkitis takes readers on a journey of first-hand data collection (the interviews themselves), the popular culture representations of these phenomena, and his own experiences as one of the men of the AIDS generation.

This riveting account will be of interest to health practitioners and historians throughout the clinical and social sciences — or to anyone with an interest in this important chapter in social history.

The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience is available at the Bureau.


Perry Halkitis

Perry N. Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH is Professor of Applied Psychology and Public Health (Steinhardt School), and Population Health (Langone School of Medicine), Director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies, and Associate Dean (Global Institute of Public Health) at New York University. Dr. Halkitis’ program of research examines the intersection between the HIV epidemic, drug abuse, and mental health burden in LGBT populations, and he is well known as one of the nation’s leading experts on substance use and HIV behavioral research. Dr. Halkitis hold degrees in psychology, education, and public health.




Start: February 12, 2014 7:00 PM
End: February 12, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, 10002, United States

February 11, 2014

Dictionary: Featuring Amanda Davidson, Dia Felix, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Nick Comilla, Norhan Hassan, Oki Sogumi, Sophy Naess, and Tennessee Jones

Dictionary is a reading/performance/film/whatever-yr-medium showcase curated by Stephen Boyer, hosted by the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division. This month Amanda Davidson, Dia Felix, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Nick Comilla, Norhan Hassan, Oki Sogumi (skyping in from the Bay Area), Sophy Naess, and Tennessee Jones will be sharing work.

Dictionary will begin promptly at 8pm, but the bookstore will be open all day so come early, warm up, grab a drink, browse for a new book and save yourself a seat!

Amanda Davidson never knew how much she could love one small dog. partedinthemiddle.wordpress.com.

Dia Felix is a writer and filmmaker. Areas of interest include romance, celebrity, obsession, decadence, 2013, and rock and roll. She has written for many blogs and online channels and self-published some number of booklettes. Her novel “Nochita” will be published through City Lights/Sister Spit in early 2014. She is founder and editor of “Personality Press.”
Felix has worked for many museums and arts institutions as a digital media producer, with a particular emphasis in exploring the desires and obsessions which drive extraodinary creative accomplishments.
She also works with young people as a filmmaking instructor and mentor.
Born and raised in Southern California, Felix now lives mostly in New York.

Kaitlyn Greenidge is a writer based in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in American Short Fiction, The Believer, At Length Magazine, Green Mountains Review, The Feminist Wire, Out History, and Afrobeat Journal among other places. She was a 2011 Visiting Emerging Writer at Johnson State College in Johnson, Vermont and is currently an Artist in Residence at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace. She is also an editor at the Tottenville Review. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and she has received scholarships to Breadloaf Writers’ Conference. Her interview with Victor LaValle can be found in McSweeney’s Press’s Always Apprentices: The Believer Magazine Presents Twenty-Two Interviews Between Writers.

Nick Comilla: Born on a military base turned ghost town in Rome, NY, Nick Comilla currently lives in NYC. His poems have appeared in Assaracus, Poetry is Dead, Lambda Literary and HOMO Magazine. He is a poetry/fiction MFA student at The New School where he is currently working on his first book project, Ghosts of Montreal.

Norhan Hassan, a problem child. She goes to the New School for politics and urban design. She makes pamphlets and zines for the streets. She uses performance and writing to further a dialogue about social reproduction and the process of feminizing the body for different forms of labor.

oki sogumi (b. Seoul, South Korea) watches k-dramas, writes into small white boxes on the internet, and stays warm in the Bay Area. Her poems have appeared in Claudius App, Hi Zero, and LIES Journal. She is currently working on something like a novel.

Sophy Naess is a painter and diarist based in New York. Her publications are available at Printed Matter and sophynaess.com. She was a 2013 artist in residence at the Shandaken Project.

Tennessee Jones is the author of the Lambda Literary Award nominated collection Deliver Me From Nowhere, a “cover” of Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska. He is the recipient of awards from the Jacob K. Javits Foundation, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation and Hunter College, where he received his MFA in Fiction in 2010. He was also the George Bennett Fellow (Writer in Residence) at Philips Exeter Academy 2010-11, and the Philip Roth Writer in Residence at Bucknell University (2013). His current novel in progress is about generational trauma in an Appalachian town known for two brutal incidents: the hanging of an elephant and the expulsion of its black population. He grew up in the hollers of East Tennessee and currently lives in Brooklyn.





Start: February 11, 2014 8:00 PM
End: February 11, 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 9, 2014

Poetry Reading with Claudia Cortese, Joy Ladin, Trace Peterson, and Grey Vild

Claudia Cortese, Joy Ladin, Trace Peterson, and Grey Vild share a love of poetry and each other that cannot be contained. They are thrilled to read their work together—please come be their beautiful audience.



Trace Peterson is author of Since I Moved In (Chax Press) and numerous chapbooks. The Editor/Publisher of EOAGH, she also recently co-edited the anthology Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books). She lives in Brooklyn.



Claudia Cortese’s poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2011, Blackbird, Crazyhorse, Kenyon Review Online, and Rattle, among others, and her essays and book reviews have appeared in Devil’s Lake, Mid-American Review, and Iowa Review. Her first book of poems—which explores trauma, myth, fairy tales, and girlhood—is currently traveling the land of book contests and has been a semifinalist for prizes from the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry, Persea Books, and the University of Wisconsin Press. A recipient of awards from RHINO Poetry, Baltimore Review, and Kent State University, Cortese lives and teaches in New Jersey.



Joy Ladin, Gottesman Professor of English at Yeshiva University, has published six books of poetry, including 2012′s The Definition of Joy, Forward Fives award winner Coming to Life, and Lambda Literary Award finalist Transmigration. Her memoir, Through the Door of Life:  A Jewish Journey Between Genders, was a 2012 National Jewish Book Award finalist. Her work has appeared in many periodicals, including American Poetry Review, Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, Parnassus: Poetry in Review, Southwest Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and North American Review, and has been recognized with a Fulbright Scholarship.



Grey Vild’s work has been best described as sitting in a closet, dittling itself, and, like, you know, frying baloney on a light bulb.






Start: February 9, 2014 7:00 PM
End: February 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

February 7, 2014

Opening Reception for Manorama – Collages & Drawings by René Smith

Manorama – Collages & Drawings by René Smith

Bureau of General Services—Queer Division

83A Hester St., between Orchard and Allen Sts.

NY, NY 10002

Friday, February 7th, through Sunday, March 30th Thursday, April 10th

Join us for a discussion with René Smith about her work on Sunday, March 30th, at 4 PM

Manorama Rene Smith small

“This body of work is a sincere ode to longing and the beauty of men’s bodies, but it also contains small jokes, ideas about history, and references to our relationship to photography. The project is about men’s bodies seen through a woman’s eyes – the woman’s gaze – the man’s body – the body as landscape with hills and valleys to roam. The collages are made from vintage magazines from the 60’s and 70’s – a time when the male nude in widely circulating publications was new, and the idea of a woman appreciating the male nude was radical.  The paintings and drawings are based on my own photographs of friends and professional models and take on the same subject – still fairly uncommon from a woman’s point of view.” René Smith


René Smith lives and works in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York. She was a Visiting Lecturer in Painting at Chiang Mai University in Thailand, and has also been an artist in residence at The Gil Society in Iceland and Vermont Studio Center. She has shown her work at The Bangkok Art & Culture Center, Koi Gallery (Bangkok), NoSpace Gallery (Bangkok), BKK Art House (Bangkok), The Chiang Mai University Art Museum (Thailand), and Aljira Contemporary Art Center (New Jersey). René Smith was born in Philadelphia and received her M.F.A. in Painting from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and Rome and her B.A. in Painting from Bennington College in Vermont. She teaches painting at St. Thomas Aquinas College.




Start: February 7, 2014 6:00 PM
End: February 7, 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