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Lucy Jane Bledsoe and Christopher Bram in Conversation: Storytelling and Community

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  Launching her new novel, THE EVOLUTION OF LOVE, Lucy Jane Bledsoe will be in conversation with Christopher Bram. They’ll discuss how communities function in crisis, and the role of storytelling in shaping community and culture, with a queer twist on all of the above.   Copies of The Evolution of Love are available for [...]

Sun. Jun 3, 2018 5:00 PM

Events

October 11, 2017

Gender-fluidly Yours: an Evening of Queer Non-binary Non-Fiction with Hida Viloria & Jeffrey Marsh

 
Non-binary pioneers Hida Viloria and Jeffrey Marsh will discuss and read from their respective books, Born Both: An Intersex Life (Hida Viloria, Hachette Books) and How to Be You (Jeffrey Marsh, Penguin Random House), with a Q & A to follow.
 
Born Both: An Intersex Life and How to Be You 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!
 
 
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Hida Viloria is a Latinx writer and LGBTQIA activist in the vanguard of bringing intersex and non-binary issues to human rights organizations as a consultant (United Nations, Human Rights Watch and Lambda Legal), and to the masses as a frequent television and radio guest (Oprah, 20/20, NPR, BBC…) and one of the most extensively published writers in the field (HuffPost, The Daily Beast, The Advocate, The NY Times, Ms….). Hida spearheaded the first global call by and for intersex human rights, was the first openly intersex person invited to speak at the UN, and is a leader in the fight for non-binary gender recognition with the non-profit s/he founded, the Intersex Campaign for Equality, and as the recipient of the second intersex birth certificate in the U.S.. This spring, s/he was interviewed by Rolling Stone, Psychology Today, and NPR about her memoir Born Both: An Intersex Life (Hachette Books), which was selected as one of People’s best new books and praised by The NY Times, The Washington Post, and more, and is the first book by an intersex author published by a Big 5 publisher.
 
 
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Jeffrey Marsh, author of ‘How to Be You’ from Penguin Random House, is an LGBTQ activist and icon whose message of inclusion and acceptance has amassed over 300 MILLION views on social media. Named ‘Viner of the Year’ by CBS, Jeffrey has 500k+ fans on their social channels, and is the creator of the global trends #NoTimeToHateMyself and #DontSayThatsSoGay. Jeffrey is a regular contributor, writer, and on-air host for Snapchat Stories, Facebook Live, O Magazine, Oprah.com, TIME.com, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Mashable, and Mom.me, to name a few. Other notable achievements include Jeffrey as social media ambassador/correspondent for MTV/LOGO, VH1, GLSEN, GLAAD and PFLAG. As a fashion model, Jeffrey changed the garment industry by becoming the first gender non-binary bride in a bridal gown lookbook. Jeffrey is the first non-binary author with Penguin Random House, and the first multi-hyphenate talent to use ‘they/them’ pronouns (as opposed to he/she/his/her’). Jeffrey’s fans are updated regularly on their self-acceptance fan club app, available in the Apple App Store and Google Play, and Jeffrey will soon be seen as the fashion model for their own line of genderfluid clothing.

 
 
 
 
 

Start: October 11, 2017 7:00 PM
End: October 11, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

October 10, 2017

How to Unsilence the Silenced: Karen Tintori’s Unto the Daughters: The Legacy of an Honor Killing in a Sicilian-American Family

 
Karen Tintori, author of Unto the Daughters: The Legacy of an Honor Killing in a Sicilian-American Family, reads and shares research techniques in how to exhume tragic family stories. Annie Lanzillotto hosts and runs the Q & A.

 

“Nearly every family has a skeleton in the closet, an ancestor who sins against custom and tradition and pays a double price–ostracism or worse at the time, and obliteration from the memory of succeeding generations. Few of these transgressors paid a higher price than Frances Costa, who was brutally murdered by her own brothers in a 1919 Sicilian honor killing in Detroit. And fewer yet have had a more tenacious successor than Frances’ great niece, Karen Tintori, who refused to allow the truth to remain forgotten. This is a book for anyone who shares the conviction that all history, in the end, is family history.” — Frank Viviano, author of “Blood Washes Blood”

 

Copies of Unto the Daughters 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!

 

Karen Tintori is an American author of fiction and nonfiction. Her books cover a wide range of human experience, from the mysteries of the Kabbalah to the lives of Italian American immigrants. Her books include: “Unto the Daughters: the legacy of an honor killing in a Sicilian American Family,” and “Trapped, the 1909 Cherry Mine Disaster.” She writes both as a solo author and in collaboration with New York Times best-selling author Jill Gregory with whom she wrote: “The Book of Names,” and “The Illumination,” among others. For more info: www.karentintori.com
 
 
Annie Rachele Lanzillotto is the author of “L is for Lion: an Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Mfemoir” and the book of poetry “Schistsong.” Forthcoming in March is Annie’s double book: “Hard Candy: caregiving, mourning and stagelight” and “Pitch Roll Yaw.” As a singer/songwriter, Annie’s albums include: “Blue Pill,” “Swampjuice: Yankee With a Southern Peasant Soul,” “Never Argue With a Jackass,” “Carry My Coffee.” For more info: www.annielanzillotto.com

 
 
 

Start: October 10, 2017 7:00 PM
End: October 10, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

October 8, 2017

AUTO ROBO ECO: Readings

 
AUTO ROBO ECO is a reading for an informal group of writers and artists of various genres writing into the question of selfhood in context. Many of us are interested in thinking through experience as a way to discover or contextualize theory, politics, community, marginalization, body, philosophy, literature, family narratives, art history, transness, queerness, comedy, illness, identity, immigration, feminism, sexuality, and performance. Our little group is celebrating one year of dinners and workshops and processy check ins, and are excited to share what we’ve made. We will be reading a selection of our work.
 
 
Andrew Blevins is a writer from North Georgia. His essays have been featured in Real Life, The Point, n+1 online, and Crazyhorse. But he might be reading some fiction. He said for me to tell you, “Hey.”
 
 
Jacqueline Feldman is a writer living in New York who also works in artificial intelligence. She has contributed most recently to The New Yorker online, Real Life, and The White Review. Her research interests include the architecture of precariousness in Paris and psychological development and gender as they pertain to bots.
 
 
Jess Goldschmidt writes for performance and also nonfiction. She lives in Glendale, CA and Brooklyn, NY. jessgoldschmidt.com
 
 
Ethan Philbrick is a writer and composer. He recently completed a dissertation at the department of Performance Studies at NYU entitled Group Work and his compositions have been performed in New York at the Skirball Center, Grey Art Gallery, and Abrons Arts Center.
 
 
Chloé Rossetti is an artist, writer, performer, director, and sensuality educator. Their creative work lives at the intersection of ecology, collectivism, agency, pleasure, rewilding, sensuality, and love. They are a staff writer for Luna Luna magazine, and have written for Huffpost, RENDER, artforum.com, The Brooklyn Rail, and The American Reader. chloerossetti.com
 
 
Buzz Slutzky is an artist, writer, and curator whose practice incorporates drawing, painting, sculpture, performance, and video. Their visual art and writing often play between autobiographical and historical content, often comedically. Buzzslutzky.com
 
 
A note on the event image:
This is an illustration of Patricia Highsmith by Buzz Slutzky related to their memoir, which uses The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith as a backdrop to the narrative.
 
 
 
 

Start: October 8, 2017 6:30 PM
End: October 8, 2017 8:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau and the readers. No one turned away for lack of funds.

October 4, 2017

OLNY Poly Movie Night: Wild Side

 

Open Love NY presents Poly Movie Night, a FREE series of feature films that focus on the portrayal of consensual / ethical non-monogamy in cinema. This month we’ll be at our regular venue, the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division.
 
Please join us for Wild Side (2004), directed by Sébastien Lifshitz and starring Stéphanie Michelini, Yasmine Belmadi, and Edouard Nikitine.
 
We’ll meet at 6:30 pm at the Bureau (in room 210 of The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center at 208 West 13th Street) for pre-screening socializing and start the movie at 7 pm. The more people come, the more likely we’ll continue the event! The event is free, although a $10 suggested donation to help fund future events is much appreciated.
 
Synopsis: Stéphanie, who is transgender, and her lovers Djamel and Mikhail survive in Paris by sex work and dishwashing. When Stéphanie learns that her mother is ill, the three of them travel to her childhood village to care for her and examine the past. Running time: 1 hour 33 minutes. In French and Russian with English subtitles.

 

 

 

 

 

Start: October 4, 2017 6:30 PM
End: October 4, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau and Open Love New York. No one turned away for lack of funds.

September 30, 2017

In An Object, Love Is The Subject, or: Caregiver Caretaker

 

Please join us for a reading in honor of artist Jared Buckhiester’s solo show of drawings at the Bureau, Love Me Tender.
 

Featuring Masha Tupitsyn, Jeffrey Berg, and Jameson Fitzpatrick.

Hosted and mc’d by Charity Coleman.

 

An event commemorating longing, desire, affection, and yes, love.

Reading begins shortly after 5 pm.

 

Jeffery Berg grew up in Six Mile, South Carolina and Lynchburg, Virginia. He received an MFA from NYU. His poems have appeared in Impossible ArchetypeEl Balazo Press, glitterMOB, the Leveler, and Court Green. A Virginia Center of the Creative Arts fellow, Jeffery lives in Brooklyn and blogs at jdbrecords.

 

Masha Tupitsyn is a writer, critic, and multi-media artist. She is the author of books like Love DogLACONIA: 1,200 Tweets on Film, and Beauty Talk & Monsters. In 2015, she made Love Sounds, a 24-hour audio-essay and history of love in English-speaking cinema, which concluded an immaterial trilogy. She recently completed the first installment–the 1970s–of her new durational film, DECADES, on the history of sound and score in cinema. She teaches film and literature at The New School.

 

Jameson Fitzpatrick’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, Poetry, and elsewhere. A 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Fellow in Poetry, he is the author of the chapbook Morrisroe: Erasures (89plus/LUMA Publications) and teaches writing at NYU.

 

 

Event image: Photograph by Garry Winogrand

 
 

 

Start: September 30, 2017 5:00 PM
End: September 30, 2017 7:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.