Our Next Event

Meryl Meisler’s SASSY ’70s


  Meryl Meisler, with camera in hand, documented the process of her coming out and exploring LGBTQ NY communities during the 1970s. She’ll be sharing her images and stories of Disco, nightlife, Fire Island, and self portraits from her book Purgatory & Paradise SASSY ‘70s Suburbia & The City.   Copies of Purgatory & Paradise SASSY [...]

Thu. Dec 13, 2018 7:00 PM


March 13, 2014

Screening of Gay Sex in the 70s followed by Q & A with Director Joseph Lovett

Gay Sex in the 70s is a stunning visual document of New York during the decade of gay liberation and sexual abandon following Stonewall and before the outbreak of AIDS. Gay men cruised the streets, frequented gay bars, and, of course, had loads and loads of sex everywhere. But only 12 years after Stonewall, AIDS brought this unprecedented era of sexual Freedom to a close.

Lovett expertly mixes archival footage and interviews with those who lived through the times, including author/activist Larry Kramer, photographer Tom Bianchi, and the former business manager of the St. Marks Baths. From Greenwich Village to the Fire Island Pines, Gay Sex in the 70s celebrates a city and an era with the unbridled joy that characterized the decade, while at the same time offering a sobering reminder of the AIDS crisis that followed.

The DVD of Gay Sex in the 70s is available for purchase at the Bureau.



Joseph Lovett

Joseph Lovett is an award-winning filmmaker, whose films have informed, engaged and inspired people into action. After working at ABC News 20/20 for ten years as director/producer, Joe founded the company in 1989. During the 1990s, Joe produced, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and ABC, In A New Light prime time specials, a 5-year AIDS awareness campaign that flooded the CDC’s AIDS hotline with an unprecedented number of calls. In 2001, Joe won a Peabody Award and received an Emmy nomination for writing, producing and directing HBO’s Cancer: Evolution to Revolution. The film was the focus of a national public health campaign, which described it as “150 minutes of television that could save your life” and launched a national conversation about coping, treating and learning to live with the realities of cancer. His highly acclaimed feature, Gay Sex in the 70s, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, was released theatrically in over 25 cities, and broadcast on the Sundance Channel in 2007. Joe’s latest film, Going Blind, and its Outreach Campaign, Going Blind and Going Forward, have ignited a global movement of individuals, grassroots organizations and medical professionals sponsoring screenings to raise awareness and to improve access to vision enhancement services. Other broadcast films Joe has directed and/or produced include The Way Home, a one-hour special on forgiveness for the Hallmark Channel; State of Denial, a film on the AIDS crisis in South Africa; and Too Hot Not to Handle, an HBO film on Global Warming. Over the years, Joe has been honored with numerous awards from advocacy organizations, including the AIDS Leadership Award, the Christopher Award, and the Kitty Carlisle Hart Award.





Start: March 13, 2014 7:00 PM
End: March 13, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, 10002, United States

March 12, 2014


Based on personal interviews with Mary Ann Zielonko

A Staged Reading to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Death of Kitty Genovese

38 WITNESSED HER DEATH, I WITNESSED HER LOVE: THE LONELY SECRET OF MARY ANN ZIELONKO (Kitty Genovese Story) written and performed by LuLu LoLo is a four part/three character drama in which LuLu portrays “The Chorus of 38”; the New York Times City Editor A.M. Rosenthal recalling the murder and the Times headline story; Winston Moseley testifying at his trial which convicted him of the murder; and Kitty’s lover Mary Ann Zielonko reminiscing after 40 years of silence about gay life in New York in the 60’s, her life with Kitty, the murder, the trial, and its aftermath

Fifty years ago on March 13, 1964, Kitty Genovese was brutally murdered in Kew Gardens, Queens, NY. Forty years later it was revealed that Kitty was a lesbian and living with her lover Mary Ann Zielonko at the time of her death. At the time of Kitty’s murder, the New York Times reported that 38 people witnessed her being attacked in three separate incidents—38 people heard her cries for help—And not one person called the police or came to her aid. Her death and the silence of the witnesses became a worldwide symbol of the apathy of the modern city.

In 2004, LuLu LoLo was granted an interview with Mary Ann Zielonko which LuLu developed \into the “Mary Ann Monologue” that was first performed at the Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival in Columbus, Ohio in 2004. Due to popular demand, LuLu in 2006 developed this monologue into a one-act play to include a portrayal of The New York Times Editor, A.M. Rosenthal, and Kitty’s murderer Winston Moseley. In 2009 LuLu incorporated choreography by Jody Oberfelder and her dance company into the production which was performed at The New York International Fringe Festival. Mary Ann Zielonko attended the first performance of this production.

Quotes from reviews:
“The performance that steals your heart…I was moved to tears…”. Bill Kaiser, On the Purple Circuit

”This deeply affecting play features performance artist LoLo as multi-character monologist in the brilliant Anna Deveare Smith vein…” Eva Yaa Asantewaa Infinite Bodyblogspot.com

“This is riveting theater, with intensity and passion..” Elizabeth Ahlfors www.curtainup.com

LuLu LoLo is a playwright/actor, international performance artist, and multi-disciplinary artist. LuLu has written and performed seven one-person plays Off-Broadway highlighting her Italian immigrant family heritage, her passion for historical research and social justice especially as pertaining to the dramatic struggle of women in New York City’s past on such subjects as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire; the lesbian lover of murder victim Kitty Genovese; the murder of Helen Jewett; women who fought in the Civil War disguised as men; and Aaron Burr’s tragic relationship with his daughter Theodosia Burr Alston. Her latest play portrayed the shameful treatment of the women consigned to the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland. LuLu recently performed on 14th Street for Art in Odd Places as “Loretta the Telephone Operator” in “Remembrance of Phone Numbers Past“ attempting to connect passers-by on the street with the earliest phone numbers they remember. LuLu’s current projects are “Obits” a play based on lives revealed in obituaries, and a book based on the letters written to the late controversial East Harlem Congressman Vito Marcantonio. LuLu was a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Writer in Residence, and has been named a 2013 Blade of Grass Fellow, www.abladeofgrass.org


LuLu LoLa’s fan page on Facebook




Start: March 12, 2014 7:00 PM
End: March 12, 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 8, 2014

The Values Perform at the Bureau

The Values

This fresh Brooklyn-based rock band wants to open your eyes to stellar music. Hailing from China, Nashville, and Los Angeles, the three-piece band sweeps sizzling dance tracks into sultry ballads and electrifying blues. Let your heart skip over the sidewalk. Damocles, drama queens, everyone’s invited! The Values are your friends!








Start: March 8, 2014 8:00 PM
End: March 8, 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 6, 2014

Images from a Different Path

Join photographer Efrain John Gonzalez for a presentation of 30 years of his photography, a slideshow of his photographs of the golden era of the Meat Packing District’s gay and fetish scenes. The presentation draws from an incredible collection of images from the Hellfire Press archives. Come and relive a hidden past.


Efrain John Gonzalez is a photographer who’s talents with a camera bend to the unusual, the erotic, the unique, the wild and slightly crazy, from the world of body modifications to the universe of radical S&M, from sensual beauty of the flesh, to raw sexual desires. An internationally published photographer who for the past 30 years has been seeking real life images that tell a story of people finding the path to their souls, finding their bliss, with piercing, branding, cuttings, tattoos, latex, implants, leather, and a whole lot of radical sex and sexuality. He has traveled from coast to coast to find images of people exploring their limits, discovering and living with their own self-defined cultural tribes of beauty, pleasure, joy, and self-realization. People who take the forbidden, and turn it into an empowering statement of their own.  People who see their bodies as a blank canvas, and allow their imaginations and dreams to come to life upon a living canvas. Whether that canvas be painted with ink, pierced and molded by blade, or covered in latex and leather of colors that would put the peacock to shame


Much of his photographic imagery was taken at events such as Living in leather (Portland, Chicago), The Fetish Factor (East Village), the SMACK parties, Wigstock (Tompkins Square), The Eulenspiegel Society (New York City), Mayday (Seattle), The Black Rose (Washington D.C). The Power Exchange, and The Fetish Fantasy Flea market (Boston).  Some of his work has been compared to that of other famous photographers, such as Robert Mapplethorpe, and Helmut Newton, but he prefers to see his work more in the light of such photographers as Weegee, W. Eugene Smith, and Erich Salomon. Their dedication and artistry allowed them to use the camera to capture the living core of human experiences.


What the artist tries to tell us through his lens is the idea that these forms of radical play and alternate cultures are not the symptom of some bizarre mental illness, not anti-social behavior, or a sign of society disintegrating into degeneracy that it has so long been perceived to be by those who fail or refuse to understand or accept it, but that these cultures are a natural outreach of the curious and an exploration of the self by those chosen few who’s inner voices dare them to walk down forbidden paths to seek an inner truth.


Photograph: Efrain John Gonzalez. Beautiful Francis working the old West Side Highway. Circa 1986. Photo from the Hellfire Press Archive.



Start: March 6, 2014 7:00 PM
End: March 6, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

February 28, 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. Magic is the theme of the first installment of TELL.
Featuring special guests: Heather María Ács, Merrie Cherry, Mizz June, Foxy Squire, and Judy Yu.

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.

Heather María Ács is a performing artist, activist, curator, educator and high-femme troublemaker. Her work has been featured in festivals, theatres, galleries, conferences, and universities internationally.  She is the Co-Director of Heels on Wheels, a queer femme-inine spectrum, all genders performance group. Heather has worked with Mx. Justin Vivian Bond, Nao Bustamante, Lois Weaver, J. Ed Araiza (SITI Company), and Paula Pell (SNL). Film credits include Building No. 7, dir. Steven Soderbergh; blink, dir. Silas Howard; Sunset Stories (SXSW); and Michelle in Valencia (the movies): Chapter 9 based on the novel by Michelle Tea. Heather has worked as a teaching artist in NYC public schools for over a decade. heatheracs.comheelsonwheelsroadshow.com


Drae Campbell
Drae Campbell is a writer, actor, director, story teller, dancer, and nightlife emcee. Besides winning the 2011 Miss LEZ title, Drae has been featured on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and on stages all over NYC. Drae’s directing work has appeared in Iceland, NYC, Budapest and in the San Francisco Fringe Festival. The short film Drae wrote and starred in, YOU MOVE ME won the Audience Award for Outstanding Narrative Short at OUTFEST 2010 and has been shown in fesivals globally. Drae was dubbed “the next lezzie comedian on the block” by AfterEllen.com for her comedic stylings on the interwebs. Campbell throws a monthly party in Brooklyn called PRIME. Check her out online and around town. www.draecampbell.com


Photo by Santiago Felipe

Photo by Santiago Felipe

Merrie Cherry reigns over the Brooklyn drag community with a sweet hand. She hosts, MCs, and plans events in the popping community and beyond. The creator of the Brooklyn Nightlife Awards she was set a new meaning of what is means to be a drag queen. With no plans to stop we can expect so much more from this cherry. Stay tuned!



Mizz June got her start in activism and musical theater. As a resident young artist at The Henry Street Settlement and, as a founding member of the youth activist group- FIERCE! She was the first black transwoman to be a guest cast member on “All My Children”. Her previous band, “Mizz June and the Housewives” was a “drag punk”/punk rock/pro-feminist band ala the Riot Grrl movement. She was a featured member of the video chorus for Theater Transgression/House of Yes’ trAntigone- A Genderqueered Act of Resistance and most recently “Lez Miz” (Dixon Place) and “These Pieces Won’t Fit/The Waldorf Hysteria” (Mix 26 Art and Film Festival). She will be featured in two soon to be released music videos. Justin Vivian Bond’s “The Golden Age of Hustlers” and Tamar-kali’s “Pearl”. She is currently working on her debut EP- release date TBA.


After completing the burlesque class series by  Deflouered ProductionsFoxy Squire gathered her wits and talent to begin performing. Though, she is a resident performer at Rivers of Honey Cabaret, she had performed both nationally and internationally in London, Connecticut, California, Philadelphia, and NYC.   Foxy’s first headliner performance was in May 2013 at the DC Gurly Show (Washington, DC). This year, she will be performing in Georgia (DragonCon) and North Carolina (Heavy Rebel Weekend). Her motto is EMBRACE YOUR SPECTACLE.  Now, she shares her love for deviant art and dark beauty through burlesque and performance art.


Judy Yu writes stories on the number 2 or 3 train from Brooklyn to Harlem, and advocates for LGBTQ youth in the youth justice system at the Juvenile Justice Project of the Correctional Association of NY. She has lived in New York for over 20 years and calls Brooklyn home. She has an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence and an MPH from Hunter.




Start: February 28, 2014 7:00 PM
End: February 28, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, 10002, United States