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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


March 23, 2014


TELL is an evening of story telling from the mouths and minds of queers in NYC hosted by Drae Campbell at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division.

Summer is the theme of the second installment of TELL.

Featuring special guests:

Camille Atkinson 
Susana Cook
Katrina del Mar
Marcus Hicks

This event is free. We will pass a hat on behalf of the performers.

The Bureau is not wheelchair accessible–up one flight of stairs.

The Bureau has a gender-neutral bathroom.

About the featured guests:



New York vocalist Camille Atkinson was born in the Midwest and raised in New Orleans. She preforms regularly in the New York area with rockNrollNsoul band Empire Beats , co-writing songs, and co-producing the monthly Juke Joint Revue at the Parkside Lounge with Mark Boquist. She’s become a popular hostess in the NY Burlesque scene, and is always looking to take It to the next level. She came in second this Year in Murray Hill’s Miss LEZ pageant and she wants to cook for you.



Born in Argentina, Susana Cook is a New York based performance artist who has been writing and producing original work for over 20 years. She has presented over 17 original plays in New York and around the world. Susana writes and directs all her shows and performs in them with her company . Her work is bold, cleverly tackling racism, homophobia and animal rights.  Her cast is comprised mostly of minority and queer women.  Her work has been presented in numerous performance spaces in New York City, including Dixon Place, PS. 122, W.O.W Cafe Theater, Ubu Rep, Theater for the New City, The Puffin Room and The Kitchen. She also performed internationally in Spain, France, India,  Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Canada and at several colleges and universities around the country.

Some of her latest  plays are : We Are Caligula, The Funeral of the Cow, The Homophobes, The Fury of the Gods, Homeland Insecurities,  The idiot King, The Values Horror Show, 100 Years of Attitude, Dykenstein, Hamletango, Prince of Butches, Gross National Product, Hot Tamale, Conga Guerrilla Forest, The Fraud, Butch Fashion Show in the Femme Auto Body Shop, Rats:The Fantasy of Extermination and Tango Lesbiango

Her work is archived at the Digital Video Library of The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics of New York University.



Photo by Daniel Jack Lyons

Photo by Daniel Jack Lyons

Katrina del Mar is a New York-based photographer, video artist, writer and award-winning film director. Her work has been described as “beautiful” exuding an “intimate chemistry” and also as “filth of the highest quality.” Katrina herself has been described as a “major league cutie,” “a wild woman,” “the Lesbian Russ Meyer,” and “apparently, the lesbian stepchild of Kenneth Anger.” Her solo exhibition GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS was presented in January 2013 at Participant Inc. in New York. Her solo exhibition, Gangs of New York was presented in 2010 at Wrong Weather Gallery in Porto, Portugal. Invited to teach at the University of the Arts in Bremen, Germany, she conducted the first ever “Queer Trash Feminist Film Workshop,” also in 2010. In 2012, she presented a series of films and photographs from the Golden Age of Performance Art (1988-2000 with Dona Ann McAdams, On the Edge of Society: Moments in Live Art, at Warehouse 9, Copenhagen, Denmark. Her work has shown at Deitch Projects, NY; Museum for Contemporary Art (CAPC), Bordeaux, France; American Fine Arts Company, NY; Binz 39, Zurich, Switzerland; Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Miami Light Project; P.S.122, NY; FabLab, Berlin; and the University of Cardiff, Wales.

Her first film, Gang Girls 2000, shot entirely on super 8mm film, received a four and a half star review in Film Threat magazine, among other glowing reviews, inviting comparisons to the legendary Kenneth Anger. The follow up, Surf Gang, about a gang of women surfers from Rockaway Beach, landed del Mar a fellowship in video from the New York Foundation for the Arts, “Best Experimental Film” from the Planet Out Short Movie Awards announced at the Sundance Film Festival 2006, and was screened at the Museum for Contemporary Art (CAPC), Bordeaux, France.

Her latest film project, Hell on Wheels Gang Girls Forever, completes the Girl Gang Trilogy and was the recipient of the 2010 Accolade Award of Merit. Recent screenings include Girl Gang Trilogy, Nightingale Cinema, co-presented by Chicago Underground Film Festival, 2012; Super 8 Film Portraits, curated by Stephanie Gray, Millennium Film Workshop, NY, 2012; Surf Gang (excerpt), Sound & Light, and winner of Juried Competition, Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA, 2012; Girl Gang Trilogy, Fringe Film Festival, London, UK, 2012; and Girl Gang Trilogy, Bio Paradis, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2012.



Marcus Hicks

Marcus Hicks is a designer/performer living in Brooklyn NY. Originally from Ca. SDNBrooklyn.com




Start: March 23, 2014 7:00 PM
End: March 23, 2014 11:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

Magnus Hirschfeld: The Origins of the Gay Liberation Movement with Author Ralf Dose

Join author Ralf Dose for a discussion of his new biography of Magnus Hirschfeld: Magnus Hirschfeld: The Origins of the Gay Liberation Movement. Ralf Dose illuminates Hirschfeld’s ground-breaking role in the gay liberation movement and explains some of his major theoretical concepts, which continue to influence our understanding of human sexuality and social justice today.


Ralf Dose is the co-founder and director of the Magnus-Hirschfeld-Gesellschaft (Magnus Hirschfeld Society) in Berlin. He writes widely on sex education, homosexuality, the gay movement, the history of sex research, and has lectured at the Berlin Free University and Hannover University.





Start: March 23, 2014 2:00 PM
End: March 23, 2014 3:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

March 22, 2014

An intimate evening of readings by Xeňa Stanislavovna Semjonová, Kevin Simmonds, and Joseph Whitt

The Bureau of General Services – Queer Division invites you to an intimate evening of readings by Xeňa Stanislavovna Semjonová, Kevin Simmonds, and Joseph Whitt.



Xeňa Stanislavovna Semjonová is a poet, artist, and a translator living in New York City. Originally from Slovakia, she has performed in venues such as Dixon Place, Bowery Poetry Club, The Poetry Project, RADAR, SPECTRUM NYC, Strange Maine, Happy Endings, GRRRLS on FILM, Nicholas Robinson Gallery, and others. She was selected as a 2013 Poets House Fellow, and was also the recipient of the 2013 QAM Fellowship. She is currently working on her first full-length novel entitled SHE, and is curator of the WHAT NOW audio anthology supported by the Jerome Foundation and the Raymond Federman Foundation of Experimental Fiction.


Kevin Simmonds is a writer and musician originally from New Orleans. His books include the full-length collections bend to it and Mad for Meat (both from Salmon Poetry), and the edited works Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality (Sibling Rivalry Press) and Ota Benga Under my Mother’s Roof (University of South Carolina). He has composed numerous musical works for voice and chamber ensemble, as well as for stage productions such as Emmett Till, a river and the Emmy Award-winning documentary HOPE: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica. A recipient of fellowships and commissions from Cave Canem, Creative Work Fund, Fulbright, the Pulitzer Center, San Francisco Arts Commission and the Edward Stanley Award from Prairie Schooner, he divides his time between Japan and San Francisco.


Originally from Alabama, Joseph Whitt is an artist, writer and independent curator living and working in New York City. His work has been presented at MOMA PS1, PPOW Gallery, Eyedrum, Deitch Projects, CRG Gallery, Envoy Enterprises, and Interstate Projects, and has been reviewed in The New York Times, Flash Art, and Sculpture. His writings have appeared in Art Papers, ArtUS, Useless Magazine and K48. He has released two chapbooks of poetry – 09.29.12 and Defriendings (both from T.M.I. Ltd.) – and is currently working on a third.


Publications by the authors will be available for purchase.

This event is free and open to the public.


Start: March 22, 2014 7:00 PM
End: March 22, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

March 21, 2014

Poetry Reading with Ocean Vuong, Jason Schneiderman, Amy King

The Bureau General Services—Queer Division is thrilled to host three award-winning poets, who bring beauty, emotional depth, intelligence, and honed craft to each of their works. Introductions by Lawrence Kaplun. This is a reading you don’t want to miss, so put it on your calendar today.


Ocean Vuong is the author of two chapbooks, BURNINGS, and NO (YesYesBooks, 2013). He is the recipient of fellowships from Kundiman, Poets House, and The Saltonstall Foundation. His poems have appeared in many journals including The Nation, Quarterly West, Passages North, Guernica, The Normal School, Denver Quarterly, Poetry Magazine, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the 2012 Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets.


Jason Schneiderman

Jason Schneiderman is the author of two books of poetry, SUBLIMATION POINT, and STRIKING SURFACE (Ashland Press, 2010). His poems and essays on contemporary poetry have appeared in many journals including American Poetry Review, Court Green, The Gay & Lesbian Review, Grand Street, Tin House, and Virginia Quarterly Review. He is an Assistant Professor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.


Amy King

Amy King is the author of five books of poetry, including I WANT TO MAKE YOU SAFE (Litmus Press, 2011) and THE MISSING MUSEUM (forthcoming, 2014). Her poems and prose have appeared in Boston Review, The Rumpus, and Poetry Magazine. She serves on the Executive Board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and teaches English and Creative Writing at SUNY-Nassau Community College.




Start: March 21, 2014 7:00 PM
End: March 21, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

March 19, 2014

Closets, Combat and Coming Out: A Reading, Signing, and Q&A With Author Rob Smith

Closets, Combat and Coming Out author Rob Smith will have brief remarks regarding the 11th anniversary of the Iraq War, and he will read from his new memoir. Signing and a Q&A afterwards. This event will be filmed for an upcoming docuseries. Attendees have the option not to appear on camera.


Rob Smith is an openly gay Iraq war veteran, journalist, lecturer, and LGBT Activist. He served for 5 years in the United States Army as an Infantryman, earning the Army Commendation Medal and Combat Infantry Badge. After graduating with honors from Syracuse University, he became a freelance journalist and opinion writer, with work published at Salon.com, Metro Weekly, The Advocate, CNN.com, and The Huffington Post among many others. In November 2010, he was arrested with 12 other LGBT military veterans and civilian activists at the front gates of the White House while protesting the U.S. Military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) law, which barred open military service by gays and lesbians. In December of that same year, he was an invited guest of President Barack Obama at the ceremony which saw the repeal of the discriminatory law be signed and put into effect.
Rob is a sought after lecturer on LGBT and diversity issues on college campuses and events across the country. He has lectured at Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt University, Hofstra University, Illinois College, and Buena Vista University among many others. In August of 2012, he made his literary debut in the anthology book For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Was Still Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out, and Coming Home, which won the 2012 American Library Association Stonewall Book Award and was recently nominated for the 2012 Lambda Literary Award for LGBT anthology. Closets, Combat, and Coming Out: Coming of Age as a Gay Man in the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Army is his first full-length work as a solo author.






Start: March 19, 2014 7:00 PM
End: March 19, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States