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


June 12, 2018

Closed for exhibition installation


The Bureau will be closed to install the exhibition Cast of Characters on Tuesday, June 12th, Wednesday, June 13th, and Thursday, June 14th. We are regularly closed on Mondays.

We will resume regular hours on Friday, June 15th:

Tuesdays-Sundays, 1 to 7 PM

Summer Hours (July & August): Wednesdays-Saturdays, 1 to 7 PM


We apologize for the inconvenience, but when you see the exhibition we’re sure you’ll agree that it’s worth it!

Cast of Characters
An Immersive Exhibition by Liz Collins
June 14 – September 16, 2018
Download the press release for Cast of Characters.

Donors reception
Thursday, June 14, 2018, 6-9 PM
(for donors of $85 or more to Cast of Characters Kickstarter campaign)

Public opening reception:
Friday, June 15, 2018, 6-9 PM
RSVP required for Public Opening Reception.
This event is free, but donations to support the Bureau’s work are much appreciated!






Date: June 12, 2018

June 10, 2018

Indolent Books Pride Poetry Reading

Join Indolent Books for a celebration of Queer Pride with readings by Risa Denenberg, Kay Gabriel, Jason SchneidermanGrey Vild, and Jayson P. Smith.
Risa Denenberg is the author of three chapbooks and three full-length collections of poetry, including “Whirlwind @ Lesbos” (Headmistress Press, 2016) and “slight faith” (MoonPath Press, 2018). She currently lives a quiet life on the Olympic peninsula in Washington State. A member of ACTUP NY and a volunteer at the Community Health Project from 1987-1995, she worked for many years as a nurse practitioner in HIV/AIDS and end-of-life care. She is co-founder and editor at Headmistress Press, a publisher of LBT poetry. Online at risadenenberg.weebly.com.
Kay Gabriel is the author of Elegy Department Spring (BOAAT Press, 2017), finalist for the 2016 BOAAT chapbook prize selected by Richard Siken. She is one-fifth of Negative Press, a gay Marxist poetry collective, and co-edits Vetch: A Journal of Trans Poetry and Poetics. Find her recent and forthcoming writing in Lambda Literary Poetry Spotlight, Salvage, TAGVVERK, Tripwire, The Believer and
elsewhere. Twitter: @unit01barbie.
Grey Vild is a Queer Art Mentorship & Brooklyn Poets fellow. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Them, Fault, Elderly, Vetch, and Winter Tangerine. He is beginning his MFA at Rutgers University and is working on his first collection of poems, The M4T Files.
Jason Schneiderman is the author of Primary Source (Red Hen Press 2016), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Prize; Striking Surface (Ashland Poetry Press 2010), winner of the Richard Snyder Prize, and Sublimation Point (Four Way Books 2004), a Stahlecker Selection. He edited the anthology Queer: A Reader for Writers (Oxford University Press 2015). His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and he has received He fellowships from Yaddo, The Fine Arts Work Center, and The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, as well as the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America. He is Poetry Editor of the Bellevue Literary Review, and Associate Editor of Painted Bride Quarterly. He is an Associate Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York.
Jayson P Smith is a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Their work appears in publications such as West Branch, 92Y, Gulf Coast, Nepantla, Vinyl, fields magazine, & The Offing. Jayson has received previous support from The Poetry Project, The Conversation Literary Festival, Callaloo, & Millay Colony for the Arts. Jayson currently lives/works in Brooklyn as founder of NOMAD Reading Series and a Spark House teaching artist.

Start: June 10, 2018 3:00 PM
End: June 10, 2018 4:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to support the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

June 9, 2018

TELL 45: Lost and Found


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 since February 2014.

Lost and Found is the theme for the 45th installment of TELL. Featuring Maybe Burke, Thomas Dolan, Ronnie Mae Painter, and Melissa Rocha.

$10 suggested donation to support the Bureau and the performers. No one turned away for lack of funds.


Drae Campbell

Drae Campbell is a writer, actor, director, story teller, dancer, and nightlife emcee. 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 with Rebecca Drysdale, YOU MOVE ME won the Audience Award for Outstanding Narrative Short at OUTFEST 2010 and has been shown in festivals globally. Drae won the grand prize at the first annual San Miguel De Allende Storytelling Festival in Mexico. She once reigned as Miss LEZ and also got dubbed “the next lezzie comedian on the block” by AfterEllen.com for her comedic stylings on the interwebs. Campbell hosts and curates a monthly queer storytelling show called TELL at BGSQD. Check her out online!  www.draecampbell.com.



Maybe Burke























Maybe Burke is a New York based theatre artist and trans advocate interested in telling the stories that haven’t been told. They are excited by new material that can honestly and realistically portray marginalized groups of people. They have worked with Joe’s Pub, Cherry Lane Theatre, Ars Nova, La Mama, HERE Arts Center, The Flea, The Duplex, and more. Maybe is a co-curator of the Trans Theatre Festival at The Brick and the founder of The Trans Literacy Project. Artistic Associate, Honest Accomplice Theatre. BA Directing, Pace University. maybeburke.com @believeinmaybe


Thomas dolan_TELL










Thomas Dolan is a Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies at George Washington University, focusing on Middle Eastern diaspora and race. A recent recipient of the Calouste Gulbenkian Global Excellence Scholarship, Thomas’ research has also been supported by the Institute for Middle East Studies, Dr. Philip M. Kayal Fund for Arab American Research, Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, Bentley Historical Library Bordin-Gillette Fellowship, Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom and the Armenian General Benevolent Union. He is an alumnus of NYU, the New School’s Institute for Critical Social Inquiry, and Yale University. Last semester, Thomas was a visiting researcher at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, and has recently published in Huffington PostMuftah, and HowlRound. Prior to returning to graduate school, Thomas performed and produced work at Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Studio 54, among others.





























A native New Yorker born and raised in Astoria, Queens, Ronnie Mae Painter is a Brooklyn-based artist who’s primary media are painting on canvas and works on paper. She is also a published author and poet. Her literary works can be found in the anthology “Are Italians White”, edited by Jennifer Guglielmo and Salvatore Salerno. Painter’s experiences growing up as a woman of African-American and Italian-American biracial descent during the 1970s are transcended through both her visual and literary works in energetic movements and a shouting tone.


melissa rocha_tell

Melissa Rocha is a brooklyn based comic. She’s very nice and is looking forward to spending the evening with you.






Start: June 9, 2018 7:00 PM
End: June 9, 2018 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: (646) 358-1730
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the performers and the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

June 8, 2018

On Euphoria: A closing celebration with Jarrett Key, Anuradha Golder, and Marco DaSilva

For the closing of Marco DaSilva‘s solo exhibition No Reason To Be Careful, please join us on Friday, June 8th, for an evening of performance and celebration at the Bureau in response to the notion of Euphoria. With performance pieces by Jarrett Key, Marco DaSilva and music by Anuradha Golder.
Marco DaSilva‘s No Reason To Be Careful remains on view at the Bureau until Sunday, June 10th.
Jarrett Key was born in Seale, AL. Key attended Brown University where they studied Theater Arts and Public Policy. Since moving to New York, Key has been featured in exhibitions and residencies at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts, La MaMaGalleria, The Columbus Museum, Gallery 67, Swiss House/MGLC, Galerija Kresija, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, Caelum Gallery, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Outlet Fine Art, Former Pfizer Pharmaceutical Factory, Secret Dungeon, La Maison D’Art, Shanghai Theater Academy, and East Meet West Gallery. Key has work is in the collections of the Schomburg Center, MoMa Library, The Metropolitan Museum of ArtLibrary, among other institutions. The HAIR PAINTING series has been featured at the Studio Museum in Harlem and Harlem Arts Festival in Marcus Garvey Park, as well on television: SLAY TV, and CBS 2 NYC. Key will be moving back to Providence to pursue an MFA in Painting at RISD.
Anuradha Golder is a Bronx-based, Bangladeshi-born DJ, curator, playwright, organizer, and zine-maker. Sonically, she plays around with Afro-diasporic and indigenous-to-the-Americas instrument samples. She has performed with the Buenos-Aires political arts collective Hiedrah as well as their sister group Salviatek in Montevideo. Golder also spearheads the multi-lingual Club Etiquette zine, which focuses on issues both broad and trivial that rise in nightlife and set tangible guidelines practiced at their accompanying parties. She has a BFA in Theatre with a concentration in Playwriting from Barnard College.
Marco DaSilva is a native New Yorker whose symbol-based paintings explore hybridity through the intersections of his Brazilian-American, queer identity and manic experience. He has exhibited works at The Brecht Forum, IMAGE Gallery, Heath Gallery, The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art among many others. Last year he was a NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur fellow and is currently a Visual Arts fellow for Queer Art Mentorship’s 2017-2018 cycle. He creates work at his studio in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Marco has a BFA in Painting and Drawing from SUNY New Paltz.

While in the waiting room at Bellevue Hospital in his manic state, DaSilva was extremely hyper and had an unlimited supply of uninhibited energy. While listening to his party playlist through big headphones, he danced uncontrollably, sweating non-stop for hours while everyone sat and stared. In this state he felt like a star, and loved every moment of it. DaSilva will recreate this manic dance in the waiting room at the Bureau. While he will be listen to his own music, the audience will listen to an audio recording of his self- published manic book of poetry, My Quaint Struggle. These poems were mini- epiphanies DaSilva had and wrote down in this euphoric state when he did not sleep for four days straight.


Start: June 8, 2018 7:00 PM
End: June 8, 2018 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to support the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

June 7, 2018

Book launch of Patrick E. Horrigan’s novel PENNSYLVANIA STATION


A party and reading to mark the publication of the novel PENNSYLVANIA STATION (Lethe Press) by Patrick E. Horrigan

Copies of Pennsylvania Station are available for purchase at the Bureau. To reserve a copy please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you!


Photograph by Frank Marando

Photograph by Frank Marando


























Born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania, Patrick E. Horrigan is the author of the novel PORTRAITS AT AN EXHIBITION (Lethe Press), about a young man’s search for the meaning of life amid a gallery of old master portraits. PORTRAITS won the Dana Award for fiction as well as the Mary Lynn Kotz Art-in-Literature Award, sponsored by the Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He is also the author of WIDESCREEN DREAMS: GROWING UP GAY AT THE MOVIES (University of Wisconsin Press), an analysis of several popular films from the 1960s and 70s. He has written artists’ catalogue essays for Thion’s LIMI-TATE: DRAWINGS OF LIFE AND DREAMS (cueB Gallery, London) and Ernesto Pujol’s LOSS OF FAITH (Galeria Ramis Barquet, New York). His essay “The Inner Life of Ordinary People” appears in Anthony Enns’ and Christopher R. Smit’s SCREENING DISABILITY: ESSAYS ON CINEMA AND DISABILITY (University Press of America). His play MESSAGES FOR GARY, composed entirely of answering machine messages received by the activist and socialist scholar Gary Lucek, was a critically-acclaimed hit of the Third Annual New York International Fringe Festival. With his husband, the actor and writer Eduardo Leanez, he co-wrote the solo show YOU ARE CONFUSED! about the relationship between a gay Venezuelan boy and his charismatic mother. He and Mr. Leanez are the hosts of ACTORS WITH ACCENTS, a recurring variety show on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Winner of Long Island University’s David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching, he is Associate Professor of English at LIU Brooklyn. He lives in Manhattan.


Book cover design by Franco La Russa, aka Thion




Start: June 7, 2018 7:00 PM
End: June 7, 2018 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to support the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.