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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


May 2, 2014

(dis)Assembly: Eileen Myles…Jennifer Natalya Fink…Iris Cushing

Three queer women writers of various genres read from their latest, taking apart and putting together an image of the world around them.

Moving between revelry in the parts, words, objects that piece together and the ultimate looming vision of the completed puzzle, these writers play with language in a way that gets to a sense of “reality” both within and beyond the words of their respective texts.

Eileen Myles is an poet and writer who has produced more than twenty volumes of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, libretti, plays, and performance pieces over the last three  decades. In 2012, she publishedSnowflake/different streets, a combination of two distinct poetry collections in one binding. Also in 2012, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship to complete Afterglow, which gives both a real and fantastic account of a dog’s life.
Jennifer Natalya Fink is a mother of a hilarious and brilliant six-year-old girl, a professor of English at Georgetown University, a literacy activist, and an all-around hell-raiser. She is the author of three award-winning novels, The MIKVAH QUEEN, BURN, and V, and a short-story collection, THIRTEEN FUGUES.

Iris Cushing is the author of Wyoming, winner of the 2013 Furniture Press Poetry Prize. She lives in New York and is an editor at Argos Books and Circumference: Poetry in Translation.



Start: May 2, 2014 7:00 PM
End: May 2, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

May 1, 2014

Kristiania Presents: The Queer Gaze

Please join us for the first public event of Kristiania, an international anarcho-literary collective of politically minded writers. This will be a conversation around the subjects of queerness and subjectivity featuring the exciting authors and thinkers:


Samuel R. Delany

Ana Božičević

Saeed Jones

Trace Peterson


Moderated by Lonely Christopher

More on Kristiania: www.kristiania.org



Samuel R. Delany is the author of numerous science fiction books including, Dhalgren and Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand, as well as the best-selling nonfiction study Times Square Red, Times Square Blue and the memoir The Motion of Light In Water. His latest novel is Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders. He lives in New York City and teaches at Temple University. The Lambda Book Report chose Delany as one of the fifty most significant men and women of the past hundred years to change our concept of gayness; he is a recipient of the William Whitehead Memorial Award for a lifetime’s contribution to lesbian and gay literature; and, after winning four Nebula Awards and two Hugo awards over the course of his career, The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named him the 2013 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master.


Ana Božičević was born in Croatia in 1977 and emigrated to New York when she was nineteen. Her book of poems, Stars of the Night Commute (Tarpaulin Sky Press) and Rise in the Fall (Birds, LLC), were finalists for the 2010 and 2013 Lambda Literary Award. She completed her MFA at Hunter College and is now a PhD Candidate in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY, where she helps run the Annual Chapbook Festival, Lost&Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, and the Transculturations Seminar. In Fall 2010, The Feminist Press honored her as one of their 40 Under 40: The Future of Feminism award recipients. Her translation of Zvonko Karanovi ́c’s Snow on Fire was awarded the PEN American Center/NYSCA grant. The anthology of translations The Day Lady Gaga Died: An Anthology of Newer New York Poets she co-edited with Željko Miti ́c appeared in Serbia in Fall 2011.


Saeed Jones is the author of the chapbook When the Only Light is Fire (2011, Sibling Rivalry Press) and the forthcoming poetry collection Prelude to Bruise (2014, Coffee House Press). His work has appeared in Best Gay Stories 2013GuernicaEbony MagazineThe RumpusHayden’s Ferry Review, and West Branchamong other publications. Jones received his MFA in Creative Writing at Rutgers University – Newark and is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and Queer / Arts / Mentors. He works as the editor of Buzzfeed LGBT and lives in Brooklyn.


Trace Peterson’s two favorite things are sex and literary criticism. Author of the poetry book Since I Moved In(Chax Press) and numerous chapbooks of poems, she is also Editor / Publisher of EOAGH, co-editor of the new anthology Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books) which is a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award this year, and co-editor of the forthcoming Gil Ott: Collected Writings(Chax Press). From 2009-2012, she curated the TENDENCIES: Poetics & Practice series inspired by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick at CUNY Graduate Center in NYC, where she is currently a Ph.D. Candidate.


Lonely Christopher is a poet and filmmaker. He is the author of the poetry collection Death & Disaster Series (Monk Books, 2014) and the short story collection The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse, which was a 2011 selection of Dennis Cooper’s Little House on the Bowery imprint of Akashic Books. His plays have been produced in New York City and China. He wrote and directed the feature film MOM (Cavazos Films, 2013) and his stories have been adapted for the screen in Canada and France. He lives in Brooklyn and is the programming director for the Kristiania Collective.


Start: May 1, 2014 7:00 PM
End: May 1, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

April 30, 2014

“Children of the Brain:” Harry Hay’s Life, Theory, and Activism, 1953-1964. A talk by Ben Miller

Harry Hay’s life is typically presented in two chunks: the first covers his founding of the Mattachine Society, from approximately 1948 to his exit in 1953; the second, his involvement with and co-founding of the Radical Faeries in the 1970s and 1980s. Very little has been written about the time in between. While Hay’s biography spends only twenty-odd pages discussing the middle period of his life, new research demonstrates the importance of this period in his theory and activism, and the uniqueness of his ideas about identity and politics. Between 1953 and 1955, Hay fell into a deep political, emotional, and theoretical paralysis, as demonstrated by his withdrawal from homophile activism, unstable and dependent relationship with hat designer Jørn Kamgren, and often difficult-to-decipher and circular research notes. This paralysis was unlocked by developments in his research and theory. Fueled by research and an until-now unknown affair with a Tewa Native American man, Hay proposed a new social role for homophiles based on Native American traditions, in which they were responsible for producing intellectual and cultural capital and contributing to social development.

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. He is the 2014 winner of New York University’s Bessie and Louis Levy Prize for Excellence in American History, and the recipient of the Steffi Berne Research Scholarship in the Humanities from the same institution. 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 HistorianCollege Film and Media Studies, and the Chicago Journal of History; and his short fiction has appeared in BrioStudio 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.

Photo: Harry Hay in Carmel, 1958. San Francisco Public Library Gay and Lesbian Center.



Start: April 30, 2014 7:00 PM
End: April 30, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

April 29, 2014

26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Finalist Reading at Leslie + Lohman Museum of Lesbian and Gay Art

The Bureau will sell books that have been nominated for Lambda Literary Awards at the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Finalist Reading at Leslie + Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.


Confirmed readers: Michael Klein, Cory Silverberg, Bushra Rehman, Larry Benjamin, Jane Hoppen, Richard Bowes, Jerry Rosco, Donna Minkowitz, Kathleen Warnock, Angelo Nikolopoulos, Jaime Woo, R. Erica Doyle, Stephen Mills, Roberta Degnore, Perry Halkitis, Annie Lanzillotto, Hilton Als, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Suzanne Parker, Alysia Abbott, Dominic Ambrose, Wally Lamb, Nell Stark, Ann Pellegrini, and Imogen Binnie.


For a complete list of the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Finalists click here.





Start: April 29, 2014 6:00 PM
End: April 29, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Leslie + Lohman Musuem of Gay and Lesbian Art
Phone: (212) 431-2609
26 Wooster Street, New York, NY, 10013, United States

April 26, 2014

Queers Got Talent Show: A Benefit for Queer Detainee Empowerment Project

Come check out some of the hottest, most talented queers in NYC! Local burlesque dancers, musicians, filmmakers, and comedians will present short works in this fun-filled evening. Emceed by Drae Campbell and featuring fabulous raffle prizes from Trouble Films, Metropolitan Bar, The Pleasure Chest, Third Root Community Health Center, Tres Belle Petite Medi-Spa, Birds of Lace Press, and more! Awesome queer books plus wine and beer will all be available for sale! $5-$10 sliding scale admission fee benefits the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP) www.qdep.org. Email teresatheo@gmail.com for more information.

Confirmed performers:

Foxie Squire (burlesque)
Krissy Mahan (filmmaker)
Rose Hips (burlesque)
Ghostcat  (musician)
Velvet Kensington (burlesque)
Elsa Waithe  (comedian)
Jz Bich (burlesque)
Anna/Kate with Jayne Quan (musicians)
LeoVana (drag)
Michelle Brotman (musician)
Teresa Michele (burlesque)






Start: April 26, 2014 7:30 PM
End: April 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: $5-$10 suggested donation