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  Cultural defiance has maintained Queer identity, keeping alive a culture rich in creativity, zest, and courage. In today’s political and social environment, when LGBTQ rights and legitimacy are again under attack, Queer cultural defiance is a bulwark against forcing the community back into hiding.   On Sunday, May 20th, five acclaimed Queer writers—poets, playwrights [...]

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November 7, 2013

Tim Teeman presents his new book In Bed with Gore Vidal: Hustlers, Hollywood, and the Private World of an American Master

Gore Vidal, who died in July 2012, claimed there was no such thing as “gay,” only gay sexual acts. But what was the truth about his sex life and sexuality—and how did it affect and influence his writing and public life? In In Bed with Gore Vidal: Hustlers, Hollywood, and the Private World of an American Master, Tim Teeman interviews many of Vidal’s closest family and friends, including Claire Bloom and Susan Sarandon, as well as surveying Vidal’s own rich personal archive, to build a rounded portrait of who this lion of American letters really was away from the page.

Here, revealed for the first time, Teeman discovers the Hollywood stars Vidal slept with and the reality of his life with partner Howard Austen—and the hustlers they both enjoyed. Was Gore’s true love really a boy from prep school? Was he really, as he said, bisexual, and if so how close did he really get to marrying women, including Claire Bloom and Joanne Woodward? And if Vidal really was gay, why did he not want to say so – was it more personal than an intellectual objection to being defined? Did his own sex secrets underpin a legal fight with adversary William F. Buckley, still being played out after his death?

Much as Vidal fought against being categorized, Teeman shows how he also proved himself to be a pugnacious advocate for gay sexual freedom in his books, articles, and high-profile media appearances. Teeman also, for the first time, vividly and movingly evokes the final, painful and tragic years of Vidal’s life, as he descended into alcoholism and dementia, his death, and the bitter, contentious legacy he has left behind.


Michelangelo Signorile:
“Tim Teeman addresses some of the most fascinating questions about Gore Vidal, including how he identified himself. Was he gay? Bisexual? Why did he have a problem with the idea of sexual identity and with campaigning for equal rights? Teeman not only gives us lots of rich detail on Vidal’s life and loves, contrasting his private and public lives; he helps us to see how Vidal actually embraced being gay in unexpected ways. This is a timely and riveting account of a man who, perhaps unwittingly, contributed enormously to the movement for equal rights, as well as offering a blueprint for how LGBT people are viewed by others and view themselves.”

Tim Teeman: “How Gay Was Gore Vidal?” in The Daily Beast

Doug Ireland: rave review of In Bed With Gore Vidal in Gay City News

William J. Mann talks to Tim Teeman about Vidal’s sexuality in The Huffington Post



Tim Teeman is a journalist, author, and broadcaster.

For fourteen years he worked as an editor, feature writer, and interviewer for The Times of London, most recently as their US Correspondent, in which he covered stories like Hurricane Sandy and profiled many celebrities and public figures including Woody Allen, George Clooney, and Liza Minnelli. He was previously the paper’s Arts and Entertainment Editor.

Tim began his career as editor of Britain’s Pink Paper. He has also contributed to publications including ElleThe New StatesmanThe GuardianThe IndependentIndependent on SundayAttitude, and Time Out, and has appeared on BBC radio and TV, Channel 4 and Sky as a commentator on news events and popular culture.

His first book, In Bed With Gore Vidal: Hustlers, Hollywood and the Private World of an American Master, is published in November 2013.

He lives in New York City.

Picture of Tim Teeman by Juan Bastos




Start: November 7, 2013 7:00 PM
End: November 7, 2013 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

November 6, 2013

Remember the Upstairs Lounge: A Slideshow Talk by Skylar Fein

New Orleans-based artist Skylar Fein gives a slideshow talk on the 1973 fire that killed 32 patrons of the Upstairs Lounge, a gay bar in New Orleans.

On June 23, 1973, an arsonist set fire to a New Orleans gay bar with everyone inside — 32 people died in what is still the biggest mass killing of queer people in US history. This Wednesday, artist Skylar Fein, visiting from New Orleans, will give a slideshow talk on a pivotal event in queer history that is still largely unknown. He’ll show crime scene photos that were considered too graphic for 1973 and have never been made public. And he’ll reveal who set the fire: a man who was never charged.

Skylar Fein (b. 1968, New York, NY) lives and works in New Orleans, LA. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at The Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; The New Orleans Museum of Art, LA; No Longer Empty Project, New York, NY; The Phoenix, New Orleans, LA; and Western Projects, Los Angeles, CA. Fein has been featured in numerous group exhibitions including The World According to New Orleans, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX; Deutsche Bank’s 60 Wall Gallery, Deutsche Bank, New York, NY; and Prospect.1 Biennial, New Orleans, LA, among others. His work is included in many public and private collections including The Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL; The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, NY; The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; The Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans, LA and The Whitney Museum of America Art, New York, NY.

Skylar Fein’s exhibition, The Lincoln Bedroom, is currently on view at C24 Gallery through December 21st. C24 Gallery, 514 W. 24th St., every day from 10 am-6 pm (closed Sun-Mon).




Start: November 6, 2013 7:00 PM
End: November 6, 2013 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

November 3, 2013

Local Color: A Writing and Solo Performance Workshop with Thom Vernon

In town to perform The Drifts Live: the novel onstage at the United Solo Festival, queer, positive exiled writer/performer Thom Vernon (Seinfeld, Grace Under Fire, General Hospital, The Fugitive, etc.) leads a two hour writing/performance workshop. Using writing exercises and performance techniques, the workshop will mine town secrets, local legends, old wives tales and all the things said, and not said, to create short original solo pieces. Under the threat of erasure or rejection, these little ditties let us know just how far we can flaunt it before we get shut down. They tell what it is to be a man, a woman —or the ‘local color’. Participants might create a monologue, a scene, a song, a movement piece or some other trouble-making device. Includes a teaser performance and readings from The Drifts Live: the novel onstage at United Solo Festival, Nov. 6, 7 pm (thedriftslive.com) based on the novel The Drifts (Coach House Books, 2010) lauded by the Globe and Mail as “magnificent.” (The Drifts is available at the Bureau.)


As queers, activists, outsiders and outlaws we’ve often come up against town taboos, dirty little secrets, neighborhood gossip, warnings, unexplained events, song lyrics that shape how we can, or can not, live our lives. Everybody knows that boys don’t wear dresses, no one finds love in a park, that sissies get beat up after school and what happened to you-know-who when she got too big for her britches. Shape up and fly right or else. “Or else” means rejection, abandonment or violence. In this hands-on workshop, artists and explorers at any level will learn new ways to unlock and transform the ties that bind into creative writing and performance. Bring your photos, stories, unexplained events, local legends, song lyrics, things not/said that queered you, marked the line of trespass and/or changed your experience of who you are. Using his own work to demonstrate, Thom Vernon leads us through the minefield of erasure as we pick up writing and performance tools that any artist in any medium can use. A previous workshop participant appreciated, “Thom’s willingness to believe in my story—my ability to tell it. He didn’t treat me like an amateur. He helped me to care about writing.”


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Start: November 3, 2013 4:00 PM
End: November 3, 2013 6:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

November 2, 2013

Andrew Durbin Presents Rob Halpern, Melissa Buzzeo, and Ian Hatcher

ROB HALPERN is the author of several books of poetry, most recently Music for Porn (Nightboat 2013). Together with Taylor Brady, he also co-authored the book-length poem Snow Sensitive Skin, which has been reprinted by Displaced Press. Recent essays and translations appear in Chicago Review, Journal of Narrative Theory, and The Claudius App. Rob currently splits his time between San Francisco and Ypsilanti, Michigan.

MELISSA BUZZEO is the author of three full length books: What Began Us (Leon Works 2007), Face (Bookthug 2009) and For Want and Sound (Les Figues 2012). Her current work Chasm explores negation, the legacy of performance art, and the concept of the social body. She has taught at Brown, Iowa, and Naropa and currently teaches at Pratt Institute. She lives in Brooklyn.

IAN HATCHER is a text, sound, and code artist from Seattle USA. Recent poems have appeared in The Claudius App, Dear Sir,, LIT, and Web Conjunctions. Along with Amaranth Borsuk and Kate Durbin, he is co-author of the book/app Abra, forthcoming from the Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago. He is the primary composer and accompanist for the Moving Architects dance company. He lives in NYC, where he works a day job as a software developer.

Start: November 2, 2013 7:30 PM
End: November 2, 2013 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

October 30, 2013

QUEEROCRACY Monthly Meeting


Join QUEEROCRACY for its monthly meeting. Meetings are currently focused on organizing the Prevention vs. Prosecution Project.


QUEEROCRACY is an activist organization cultivating the leadership of queer folks and people living with HIV/AIDS in NYC. Through direct action organizing, membership led advocacy campaigns, educational trainings and political art and media we challenge and fight back against the existing structures that thrive on the punishment of positive and queer folks. QUEEROCRACY is dedicated to ending the AIDS crisis and the stigma, discrimination and criminalization that fuel its existence.


Start: October 30, 2013 7:00 PM
End: October 30, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 6464570859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States