Our Next Event

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


May 11, 2014

Black and Pink Letter Writing and Screening of ‘A Kiss for Gabriela’

Come join us in writing letters, postcards and words of encouragement to our queer and trans family incarcerated in New York state. Writing a letter, postcard, or sending a drawing is a great way to brighten someone’s week! B & P will provide pens, paper & answer all questions. At 8:30 we will be screening an amazing film called Um Beijo para Gabriela which is Portuguese for A Kiss For Gabriela. “Gabriela Leite is the first sex worker to run for Brazilian Congress. “A Kiss for Gabriela” tells the story of her 2010 campaign as she faces 822 opponents and challenges a male dominated political system to see if a sex worker, activist, wife, mother, and cultural icon since founding the clothing line, Daspu, can beat the odds and win the election.”



Black and Pink NYC is a chapter of the national queer prison abolition group Black and Pink, dedicated to supporting our queer & trans (Gender  and/or Sexual Minority) comrades, friends, and loved ones currently incarcerated. We aim to provide support work, advocacy and direct action for folks in prison, as well as host and facilitate events in the NYC area.




Start: May 11, 2014 7:30 PM
End: May 11, 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: Free

May 10, 2014

Bear Bards Read! NYC Book Launch for Hibernation, and other poems

Join us for a fun and fur-filled evening of hirsute literary pursuit for the premiere reading and book launch for the new bear poetry anthology, Hibernation, and other poems by bear bards. Bear down to listen up as an outstanding group of authors reads from the book as well as other poems. Time allowing, we will open the mic to anyone who wants to read their bear-themed verse. This free event will be hosted by editor Ron J. Suresha and features contributing authors Scott Hightower, Daniel Lewiston, Rocco Russo, Jordan M. Shu, Chris Vaccaro, and Emanuel Xavier.



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

May 9, 2014

NEWFANGLED 2: Robert Siek Introduces Joey De Jesus, Ryan Doyle May, & Roberto Montes

NEWFANGLED returns to the Bureau! Robert Siek introduces poets Joey De Jesus, Ryan Doyle May, & Roberto Montes for a night of poetry readings.



JOEY DE JESUS is originally from the Soundview neighborhood of the Bronx. He received his BA from Oberlin College and his MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. His work has appeared in The Cortland Review, Devil’s Lake, Dislocate, Guernica, Kin Poetry Journal, LUMINA, Rhino, Versal, and elsewhere. He recently moved to Harlem.




RYAN DOYLE MAY’s work has appeared in various journals and performances. He is the author of the chapbook The Anatomy of Gray (Corresponding Society Press) and acted as the lead in the short film August, which was selected for the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School and is currently finishing a novel. He lives in Brooklyn.




ROBERTO MONTES is the author of I DON’T KNOW DO YOU and “HOW TO BE SINCERE IN YOUR POETRY” WORKSHOP, which is now available in full at napuniversityonline.com. He lives in Queens.




ROBERT SIEK is a poet who lives in Brooklyn. He is the author of the chapbook Clubbed Kid, published in 2002 by the New School, and the full-length collection of poetry Purpose and Devil Piss, published by Sibling Rivalry Press in 2013.






Start: May 9, 2014 7:00 PM
End: May 9, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

May 6, 2014


Kate Fagan, a former Division 1 Basketball player and current ESPN writer, has written an honest and heartfelt memoir about coming out in sports.  She is teaming up with two major local organizations and a few big names in sports including former NFL player, Wade Davis.  Davis is the Executive Director of You Can Play Project and Nevin Caple, co-founder of Br{ache the Silence Campaign also played Division 1 Basketball.




Reappearing Act cover

The Reappearing Act: Coming Out as Gay on a College Basketball Team Led by Born Again Christians

It’s hard enough coming out, but playing basketball for a nationally ranked school and trying to figure out your sexual identity in the closeted and paranoid world of big-time college sports—that’s a challenge. In The Reappearing Act (Skyhorse Publishing; May 6, 2014) Kate Fagan tells her coming-of-age story about how she discovered her true self and slowly found the courage to live authentically.
Fagan’s love for basketball and for her religious teammates at the University of Colorado was tested by the gut-wrenching realization that she could no longer ignore the feelings of otherness inside her. In trying to blend in, Kate had created a hilariously incongruous world for herself in Boulder. Her best friends were part of Colorado’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes, where they ran weekly Bible studies and attended an Evangelical Free Church. For nearly a year, Kate joined them and learned all she could about Christianity—even holding their hands as they prayed for others “living a sinful lifestyle.” Each time the issue of homosexuality arose, she felt as if a neon sign appeared over her head, with a giant arrow pointed downward. During these prayer sessions, she would often keep her eyes open, looking around the circle at the closed eyelids of her friends, listening to the earnestness of their words.

Kate didn’t have a vocabulary for discussing who she really was and what she felt when she was younger; all she knew was that she had a secret. In The Reappearing Act, she brings the reader along for the ride as she slowly accepts her new reality and takes the first steps toward embracing her true self.


Kate Fagan
Kate Fagan is a columnist and feature writer for espnW, ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. She is also an in-studio contributor for The Word, a digital video segment that examines hot topics in sports. Previously, Fagan spent three seasons covering the 76ers for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Her work was cited in the anthology of Best American Sports Writing 2013, and she has also been featured on Longreads, a site that curates the best in long-form journalism and fiction. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Start: May 6, 2014 7:00 PM
End: May 6, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

May 3, 2014


Ectoplasm refers to a vomit-like substance produced by mediums during seances, supposedly as a manifestation of otherworldly spirits. For this performance salon and accompanying zine, we would like to use the phenomenon of ectoplasm as a way of thinking about the creation of the abject, what for Julia Kristeva constitutes that which has been discharged from the body, rendered excrement. How does the body function as a sight of transactions, of exits and entrances? In what ways is the abject haunted? What ghosts are coming out of you?



Start: May 3, 2014 8:00 PM
End: May 3, 2014 11:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States