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June 1, 2017

Ghosts of St. Vincent’s Unleashed: A Sassy Séance

 
Celebrate the release of GHOSTS OF ST. VINCENT’S, a new book by Tom Eubanks, with music by JoJo Americo, special guest appearances, a GHOSTS OF ST. VINCENT’S slide show, a reading from the book, and an opportunity to share your memories of St. Vincent’s Hospital, the era that brought us together to fight AIDS–and the time that birthed a golden age of Manhattan nightlife: boy bar, The Pyramid, The Tunnel, The Roxy, Limelight, Mars, Palladium, Jackie 60, Sound Factory, and so many of yesterday’s parties.
 

With honesty, humor, and flights of historical fancy, GHOSTS OF ST. VINCENT’S tells the famed hospital’s story through the eyes of a man who spent the winter of 1995-96 on its 7th floor AIDS ward and survived just in time for the drug “cocktail” that saved so many lives.
 
Featuring appearances by indomitable icons–from Edna St. Vincent Millay to Robert Mapplethorpe, Sidney Lumet to Vito Russo, Ed Koch and The Ramones–GHOSTS OF ST. VINCENT’S explores coming out and coming back from the dead, gender fluidity and gentrification, the price of forgiveness, the cost of survival, and the ephemeral nature of New York City.

 
7:00 Music, mocktails, and mingling.
7:45 Reading from GHOSTS OF ST. VINCENT’S (with slideshow)
8:15 Share your memory of St. Vincent’s Hospital
 
Signed copies of the book will be available at the Bureau.
 
Follow @tomusphere on Instagram for more information.

 
Tom Eubanks lives in Upstate Manhattan.
GHOSTS OF ST. VINCENT’S is not his first book.
He hopes it’s not his last.
He’s not on Facebook. Feel free to Google for more.
 

 
 
 

Start: June 1, 2017 7:00 PM
End: June 1, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
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.

May 31, 2017

OLNY’s Poly Movie Night: Love Songs

 

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 the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division.

Please join us for Love Songs/Les Chansons d’Amour (2007), directed by Christophe Honoré and starring Ludivine Sagnier (Swimming Pool), Louis Garrel, and Clotilde Hesme.

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: Julie and Ismaël live together. Ismaël’s work colleague Alice sometimes joins them in bed. Julie isn’t sure she’s happy with the situation. Ismaël is sometimes jealous of Julie and Alice’s relationship. And they all sing about it. Running time: 1 hour 31 minutes. In French with English subtitles.

 

 

 

Start: May 31, 2017 6:30 PM
End: May 31, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
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.

May 30, 2017

Union Square Slam Presents: OOMPA

 

*Mark your calendars: the last Tuesday of every month will feature a local musical performer.*
 
Tonight we have the helluv incomparable Oompa coming through. Prepare to unlearn whatever you thought you knew about hip hop and lyricism, cuz Oomp gon’ learn you real quick.
 
About our Show:

7:30pm: Sign-ups and Socialize
8:00pm: Open Mic (Music + Poetry Are Welcomed Here!)
8:45pm: Oompa

All Ages // Wheelchair Accessible
Open Mic // Suggested $5-10 donation
About our Feature:
 
 
Oompa is a nationally-renowned, boston-born, poet, educator, and lyricist who is forever representing the queer, black, orphaned, hood kids an’ nem. Oompa is the winner of the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam, and a finalist at the 2017 National Poetry Slam. Her work has been featured in Huffington Post, Allston Pudding, Mass Apparel, and KillerBoomBox among others. Oompa’s debut album, Nov. 3, was named one of Dig Boston’s Top 30 Local Albums of 2016, one of Allston Pudding’s Favorite albums of 2016, and her sound has compared to that of Lauryn Hill, J.Cole, and Talib Kweli. Most notably, she is her nephews’ favorite of all time. Currently based in Boston, MA, Oompa is an organizer, mentor, and coach, as well as a member of media brand and collective Hipstory, and co-slam master of The House House Slam.
 
Twitter: @oompoutloud
Instagram: @oompoutloud
Facebook: Oompa
Tumblr: oompoutloud.tumblr.com
E-mail: oompoutloud@gmail.com/booking.oompa@gmail.com Soundcloud: @oompoutloud

 

 

 
 

Start: May 30, 2017 7:30 PM
End: May 30, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested $5-10 donation

May 28, 2017

Anti-Fascist Book Club Reads James Baldwin’s Going to Meet the Man

 

A reading group for those fighting fascism!

Hopefully our readings will inspire thoughtful and informed activism.

 

Join us for our second meeting on Sunday, May 28th, from 2 to 4 PM. We will discuss James Baldwin’s Going to Meet the Man. (Hint: if you don’t have time to read the whole thing just read the title piece!)
 
In our first meeting in April we discussed the first 100 pages of Hannah Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism.
 
James Baldwin’s Going to Meet the Man is available at the Bureau—please support the Bureau by purchasing your copy from us. Thank you!
 
Questions? Ideas for future readings?
Write to Grey Vild: greyvild@gmail.com
 
 
 
 

Start: May 28, 2017 2:00 PM
End: May 28, 2017 4:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
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.

May 25, 2017

Queer, There, and Everywhere: Book Launch & Reading

 

Start celebrating Pride early this year! Join activist Sarah Prager to hear incredible stories from her new queer history book, Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World, out on May 23 from HarperCollins. After a reading, Sarah will answer your questions and sign copies of the book. Copies will be available for sale.

Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds. Free for ages 18 and under!

“Queer, There, and Everywhere is so conversational, fast paced, and infused with pop culture sensibilities that it tricks you into forgetting it’s a series of (incredibly timely) biographies. An absolute must-read for people interested in their queer forebears, or for anyone who doesn’t already know the majesty of Elagabalus, Empress of Rome.”
—Meredith Russo, author of Stonewall Award-winner If I Was Your Girl

“Accessible, irreverent, and meticulously researched, at times heartbreaking and just as often wildly funny, this stunningly diverse survey of queer histories is a nourishing and inspiring addition to our arsenal of queer possibilities. Should be required reading for all of us, queer or not.”
—Sarah McCarry, author of the LAMBDA Award-nominated About a Girl

“Sarah Prager does the impossible: she takes several millennia of complicated history and makes it accessible and fun. Prager tells us twenty-three fascinating stories, some of them new twists on familiar ones (like Abraham Lincoln) as well as ones about figures that history has nearly forgotten, mixing light-hearted humor with impeccable scholarship so that the reader keeps turning the page to see ‘what’s next.’ In short, Prager combines fun and facts to present an unforgettable overview of two thousand years of queer history.”
–Kevin Jennings, Founder of GLSEN, and Former Assistant Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Education, and author of Becoming Visible: A Reader in Gay and Lesbian History for High School & College Students

 

prager headshot

Sarah Prager began her life as an activist when she came out at the age of 14. Since then, queer history has been her passion. In 2013 she launched the free mobile app Quist, which provides daily queer history stories to thousands of people around the world. Last year she became a mom and lives with her wife and daughter in Connecticut. This week her second baby was born – Her first book – Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World.

 

 
 

 

Start: May 25, 2017 7:00 PM
End: May 25, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
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. Free for ages 18 and under!