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Rob Redding on race & losing his boyfriend to gun violence

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  Nationally syndicated talk host Rob Redding talks about his autobiography “Out Loud” which recounts how losing his first boyfriend to gun violence forced him out of the closet. “Out loud” is a story of race and sexuality that has been called “shocking” by CBS Radio. “Out loud” is available exclusively at his website ReddingNewsReview.com. Following [...]

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June 6, 2013

Opening Reception for Goodyn Green’s Catalog

Strange Loop Gallery and the Bureau of General Services–Queer Division proudly present Catalog, an exhibition of photographs by Goodyn Green. Curated by Claire Fleury and Alesia Exum, Strange Loop Gallery.

Goodyn Green was born in Denmark and lives and works in Berlin, where she gets her inspiration from the queer scene. It’s mostly there she finds her models.
The Catalog is presented by Bend Over Magazine and was first published in November 2011. It consist of nude photos of queer women inspired by poses as seen in gay magazines. Copies of The Catalog are available for purchase at the Bureau.

June 6-30
Opening June 6th , 6-9pm
with special guest Diana Joy performing!

“Diana Joy is a gypsy eurotrash beast with the intention of ruling the world in style via ritualistic music video and performance”.

Diana Joy
Start: June 6, 2013 6:00 PM
End: June 6, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Strange Loop Gallery/Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
27 Orchard St., NY, NY, 10002, United States

June 5, 2013

Comic Artists Annie Mok and Brendan Leach in conversation with Brad Pearson

Comic Artists Annie Mok and Brendan Leach share their work and engage in a short conversation moderated by Brad Pearson of Brokelyn & Terrorvision

“Annie Mok is bursting with ideas”
- Rob Clough, The Comics Journal / High-Low

Annie Mok reads recent comics from Frank Santoro’s online magazine Comics Workbook and elsewhere, that center around the body, memory, sexuality, and trans identity. She sells Risograph-printed comics and digital prints, such as Jim Henson bio comic Stitching Together, and American Illustration 2012 Archive selection Annie Mok Draws James Joyce. A Q&A and signing follow the reading.

anniemakesstories.com | anniemok.tumblr.com | @HeyAnnieMok on twitter / Instagram

Brendan Leach makes comics and illustrations. In 2010, Brendan received an MFA in Illustration from The School of Visual Arts.

His comic, The Pterodactyl Hunters (in the Gilded City) won the “Outstanding Comic” Ignatz Award in 2012. It was also selected for inclusion in Best American Comics 2011, published by Houghton Mifflin, and awarded a Xeric Foundation grant in 2010. His illustrations have been recognized by The Society of Illustrators and 3×3 magazine. The Pterodactyl Hunters (in the Gilded City) is distributed by Top Shelf Comics in the US and published by Ca et La in France.

His graphic novel, Iron Bound, will be published September 2013 by Secret Acres.



Start: June 5, 2013 7:00 PM
End: June 5, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

June 4, 2013


Start: June 4, 2013 11:00 AM
End: June 4, 2013 7:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

June 2, 2013

Bi Lines VI: A Multi-Arts Celebration of Bisexual Writing & Bisexual Book Awards

The Bureau will be on-hand to sell books at Bi Lines VI: A Multi-Arts Celebration of Bisexual Writing & Bisexual Book Awards at Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 E. 3rd St. between Aves. B-C

6:30 Book Signings
7 Bi Lines Program & Awards
9:30 Book Signings
10 After Party

Bisexual book authors of 2012 read from their works.
Inaugural Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony: winners are announced!
Plus live music, tattoo photography & after-party!

Host: Sheela Lambert, Founder Bi Writers Association
Author Readings:
Annette LapointeWhitetail Shooting Gallery
Basil PapademosMount Royal
Donnelle McGeeShine
Ellen Kushner,Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction
Erynn Rowan LaurieFireflies at Absolute Zero
James Earl Hardy (B Boy Blues Series), Can You Feel What I’m Saying?
Janet Hardy (The Ethical Slut), Girlfag
Kelli DunhamMy Awesome Place: The Autobiography of Cheryl B
Vincent MeissTio Jorge
Art: Efrain GonzalezInk & Steel: slideshow of his tattoo & piercing photography
Musicians: Rorie Kelly, Ben Silver 

Tickets $10: in advance at www.nuyorican.org or at the door
Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 E. 3rd St. between Aves. B-C 10009
Questions? info@biwriters.org or 917-583-1797 www.biwriters.org
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Start: June 2, 2013 6:30 PM
End: June 2, 2013 11:00 PM
Venue: Nuyorican Poets Cafe
Phone: 917-583-1797
236 E. 3rd St. between Aves. B-C, New York, 10009, United States
Cost: $10

June 1, 2013

Readings by Lambda Literary Award Finalists

The Bureau is proud to host an evening of readings by ten of this year’s finalists for Lambda Literary Awards.

Lambda Finalist Covers

The following finalists will read:

  • Ryka Aoki (Seasonal Velocities, Transgender Nonfiction, a contributor to two other Lambda finalists: The Collection: Short Fiction From The Transgender Vanguard, edited by Tom Léger and Riley MacLeod, nominated for Transgender Fiction, and  to Transfeminist Perspectives in and beyond Transgender and Gender Studies, edited by Anne Enke, nominated for Transgender Nonfiction); 
  • Tom Cardamone (Green Thumb,  LGBT Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror);
  • Red Durkin (contributor to The Collection); 
  • Adam Halwitz (contributor to The Collection)
  • Stephen S. Mills (He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices, Gay Poetry);
  • Casey Plett  (contributor to The Collection);
  • Carter Sickels (The Evening Hour, LGBT Debut Fiction, and contributor to The Collection); 
  • Rae Spoon (First Spring Grass Fire, Transgender Fiction);
  • William Sterling Walker (Desire: Tales of New Orleans, LGBT Debut Fiction); 
  • Barry Webster (The Lava in My Bones, Gay General Fiction).


Author biographies

Ryka Aoki

Ryka Aoki is a writer, performer, and educator who has been honored by the California State Senate for her “extraordinary commitment to free speech and artistic expression, as well as the visibility and well-being of Transgender people.” She is the author of Seasonal Velocities (Trans-Genre Press, 2012). Her chapbook, Sometimes Too Hot the Eye of Heaven Shines (RADAR Publications) won the 2010 Eli Coppola Chapbook Contest. Ryka has as an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University and is the recipient of a University Award from the Academy of American Poets. She is a professor of English at Santa Monica College. www.rykaryka.com


Tom Cardamone‘s edgy weird fiction has earned him two spots as a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Publishers Weekly wrote of his novella, Green Thumb: “evocative prose and detailed settings to capture the hypnotic rhythms of the sea, then takes a darker, more erotic and psychedelic turn….” His newest book is Pacific Rimming from Chelsea Station Editions.


Red Durkin headshot

Red Durkin is the managing editor of PrettyQueer.com. She has toured with the Tranny Roadshow and is a member of the Fully Functional Cabaret. Her novel Ready, Amy, Fire, will be released by Topside Press in 2013.


Adam Halwitz is a student and writing tutor at Marlboro College (Marlboro, VT), and an occasional editor for the magazine Teen Ink. He’s very happy to be living in the Vermont woods, where he takes lots of night hikes and sees many stars. He likes monster mythology, deciduous trees, pedantry, and not discussing his trans status with cis people. “Power Out” is his first piece of published fiction.



Stephen S. Mills earned his MFA from Florida State University. His poems have appeared in The Antioch Review, The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, PANK Literary Magazine, The New York Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review, Knockout, Poetic Voices Without Borders 2, Assaracus, and others. He is also the winner of the 2008 Gival Press Oscar Wilde Poetry Award. His first book, He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices, is out from Sibling Rivalry Press. He lives in Harlem. Website: http://www.stephensmills.com/


Casey Plett HeadShot
Casey Plett grew up a kid in Manitoba and a teenager in Oregon. She wrote a column on her first year of transitioning for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and has been published in Line Zero, Anomalous Press, and Cavalier Literary Couture. She is writing a book.
Carter Sickels headshot
Carter Sickels is the author of the novel The Evening Hour (Bloomsbury, 2012). He has been awarded scholarships to Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the MacDowell Colony, and VCCA. Carter received his MFA in Fiction at Penn State and a MA in Folklore at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has taught creative writing classes at IPRC, Gotham Writers’ Workshop, and Hugo House. Carter lives in Portland, Oregon.
Photo: JJ Levine

Photo: JJ Levine

Rae Spoon is a transgender musician/writer/workshop facilitator originally from Calgary, Canada. Rae has been nominated for a Polaris Prize, toured internationally, and released six solo albums. They were published in the Arsenal Pulp anthology Persistence and composed the instrumental score for the National Film Board film Dead Man. Rae will soon be the subject of a National Film Board documentary. Rae lives in Montreal.
Photo by Lenora Gim

Photo by Lenora Gim

William Sterling Walker’s collection of short stories, Desire: Tales of New Orleans, is a Lambda Literary finalist in Debut Fiction.  His stories have been anthologized in Best American Gay Fiction 2 and the Lambda Award–winning Fresh Men: New Voices in Gay Fiction, after first appearing in modern wordsHarrington Gay Men’s Fiction Quarterly, and The James White Review. His nonfiction account of coming out appeared in the anthology Boys Like Us: Gay Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stories. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Brooklyn College. A native of New Orleans, he now resides in Brooklyn, with his spouse, the artist Jeffrey Dreiblatt.
Photo: Maxime Tremblay

Photo: Maxime Tremblay

Barry Webster‘s first book, The Sound of All Flesh (Porcupine’s Quill), won the ReLit Award for best short-story collection in 2005. In addition to the Lambda Literary Award, The Lava in My Bones was shortlisted for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction. Originally from Toronto, he currently lives in East Montreal.
Start: June 1, 2013 7:00 PM
End: June 1, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States