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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 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

May 31, 2013

Punks take it down a few notches: Benefit show for Brooklyn Transcore

Brooklyn Transcore is a collective of Trans and Queer artists and musicians in, arguably, the most popular of NYC ‘outer boroughs’. BKTC seeks to increase exposure of trans and queer musicians and issues through shows, zines, and recordings. This show is a benefit to support Brooklyn Transcore’s stage on this years Punk Island, and all day punk music festival on Staten Island on June 22nd, sponsored by Make Music New York, and curated by ABC No Rio.

Performances by:

Shomi Noise is a DJ, musician, zine writer, and a self–proclaimed music nerd who is heavily influenced by Riot Grrrl, D.I.Y., and Queercore sounds of the 90s. She plays guitar and sings and has been part of a few queer grrrl punk bands in the past. Shomi is currently working on her solo singer/songwriter material and completing the 4th volume of her zine titled “Building Up Emotional Muscles”, which narrates some of her lived experiences based on the intersectionality of culture, race, class, sexuality and punk rock. Shomi is deeply committed to spreading the message of empowerment, social justice, and community building.

Lior (Music was my first gay lover)
Music Was My First Gay Lover is Lior singing some queer blues with a guitar, so we can all have some feelings together. He has a strong preference for chewy cookies.

Mal Blum

Emma Caterine
Punk electronic witch summons the music of Baphomet through an ancient deer skull.

Start: May 31, 2013 7:00 PM
End: May 31, 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
Cost: Donation

May 30, 2013

Christopher Rawlins presents his new book, Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction



“The injustice of Horace Gifford’s early death was compounded by the fact that his important contribution to American domestic architecture of the 1960’s and 70’s has been overlooked by history. No one can bring Gifford back, but Christopher Rawlins emphatically corrects the second injustice by telling the story of Gifford in this important book, at once a work of architectural and social history.”

Paul Goldberger, Architecture critic for Vanity Fair and author of Why Architecture Matters


“Rawlins deftly melds biography, architectural criticism and social history to provide a rich portrait of Horace Gifford, and a vivid explanation of how the architect’s design aesthetic contributed to the formation of modern gay culture.  This is a meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated volume that deserves a very wide audience.”Charles Kaiser, author of The Gay Metropolis


“Finally, a treatise on one of the most important, if overlooked, voices in Modern domestic architecture…It is thoughtful and provocative, balancing Gifford’s formal proclivities with his social ones. And it couldn’t be better timed…Gifford’s architecture is simple yet rich…In short, it is the model for the future: sustainable, aspirational, and fun.”Charles Renfro, Diller Scofidio + Renfro


“The sophistication, spaciousness, and graciousness of Gifford’s houses of the 1960’s and 70’s are a revelation.”Terence Riley, architect and curator


“Christopher Rawlins’ excellent book follows Gifford’s exploration of Modernism’s possibilities, a journey that was both deeply personal and a reflection of his times. He is proof that American Modernism wasn’t a single austere style after all; it gave a public voice to a surprising range of communities and ideas.”Alan Hess, author of Julius Shulman: Palm Springs and Oscar Niemayer Houses.


Fire Island Modernist presents the moving and enlightening story of an unknown chapter of modernism that flourished on Fire Island at mid-century, especially in the gay community of the Pines…Rawlins’ compelling account interweaves the story of the people, the place, and the houses, revealing the many ways in which they were intertwined, and elevates Gifford to his rightful place in the pantheon of great American modernists.”Andrea Truppin, Editor-in-Chief, Modernism magazine


“Horace Gifford, the subject of this gorgeous book, was taken by the plague, like so many. But Rawlins’ detailed research and beautiful writing resurrects the remarkable life and immense talent of an architect who once told a client ‘You will now have 20 closets to come out of’…A great read, beautifully published.”Sean Strub, activist and founder of POZ magazine


“Tracing Horace Gifford’s path from the beaches of Florida to those of Fire Island, juxtaposing gay sexual liberation with ecological sensibilities, this book is a wide-ranging cultural history. Christopher Rawlins conveys the poignancy of Gifford’s life and the exuberant yet simple delight of his architecture.”–Gwendolyn Wright, Columbia University, author of USA:  Modern Architectures in History, and co-host of PBS’ History Detectives.



Start: May 30, 2013 7:00 PM
End: May 30, 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

May 29, 2013

Queer Lives in Print: A Call to Authorship

Author and educator Hal W. Lanse, PhD (The Rainbow Curriculum) continues his popular series of writing workshops. Whether you want to publish professionally or just write and share your work with a small community of friends, this group is for you. Dr. Hal will provide writing prompts that will jolt your imagination and inspire written pieces about your rich set of personal experiences. For those of you who are interested, Dr. Hal is looking for new and undiscovered authors for his imprint Queer Street Books, Inc. But you need not have professional aspirations to join the group.

Bring a writing instrument (pen and notebook, laptop, whatever).

Suggested donation: $10 – but come even if you can’t pay. There will be a discrete box at the front of the shop for those who can afford to donate. Proceeds are divided between the teacher and BGSQD

Start: May 29, 2013 7:00 PM
End: May 29, 2013 8:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

May 25, 2013

The Book as Exhibition: Contributors to At the Same Time and Others

Join artists from the artists book At the Same Time, the curators of Strange Loop Gallery, and others for an informal discussion about “the book as an exhibition.” Details to come.

At the Same Time is a self-published photography book by six artists: Steven Beckly and Dylan MacNeil (Toronto, Canada), Ted Kerr and Zachary Ayotte (Brooklyn, NY), and Colin Quinn and Oisín Share (Manchester, UK). Drawing and expanding on a variety of photographic traditions, the collaboration explores the nature and development of their romantic relationships from three different parts of the world. Private exchanges emerging from domestic, romantic, and sexual dimensions of their relationships are openly explored, uncovering a collection of personal narratives and intimate realities.

Geographically separated, the artists have developed independently, only to discover each other on Flickr, a photo-sharing website. The similarities in the subject matter and its treatment suggest something that exists beyond traditional borders. As the title suggests, the collection reveals a common stream of consciousness, a simultaneous creation. The collaboration documents and details the evolutions of their lives as couples over the past three years.

Published: Edmonton, Canada: T. Kerr. 2012
Edition of 500
Unsigned and Numbered
Available at the Bureau

Start: May 25, 2013 3:00 PM
End: May 25, 2013 5:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States