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Rob Redding on race & losing his boyfriend to gun violence

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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 [...]

Thu. Feb 22, 2018 7:00 PM

Events

January 26, 2018

Affirmative Laughter Returns

 

Host Elsa Waithe is bringing some of NYC’s funniest non-straight non-White non-cis male comedians together for a night dedicated to diversity and hilarity.

 

This Month:
Jes Tom
Sydnee Washington
Wanjiko Eke
David Bradley Isenberg
+MORE!

 

The Bureau will host Affirmative Laughter on the last Friday of every month.

 

 

 

 

Start: January 26, 2018 7:00 PM
End: January 26, 2018 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: (646) 358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau and Affirmative Laughter. No one turned away for lack of funds.

January 25, 2018

Opening reception for MARK JOHN SMITH’S – MAN MANY MEN

 

MARK JOHN SMITH’S – MAN MANY MEN

January 25th – March 18th 2018

Opening reception on Thursday, January 25th, 6-9 PM

*Bring a pen – this work needs defacing.

The Bureau of General Services – Queer Division is proud to present Man Many Men, a solo exhibition of new works by artist Mark John Smith.

Download Press Release here.

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In a series of new interactive and immersive works, Smith questions the conflicting lexicon of the everyday in relation to spaces of intimacy. His work explores the manner in which prejudice and bias are enacted through the self – via both high and low relief implementations of façade.

Man Many Men is comprised of elements imported from the entertainment industries, inviting visitors to employ all senses in an experiential tapestry that fuses language, gesture and identity. This is a body of work that hurts, sleeps, cries, fucks, exhales, sucks, breathes, sees.

On February 15, join Smith for a walk-through of the exhibition. Why not snuggle down as we invite you to embed yourself in the creation of new confessional and constructed narratives? There’s always a need for a ‘duvet day’.

 

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In support of Man Many Men, Mark presents Blue Blue Balls, an intimate and jarring publication featuring images and text lifted from within the artist’s personal devices. The book features an accompanying essay by Matt Whitman – artist filmmaker and faculty at Parsons School of Design.

“We become complicit in a kind of ‘Freudian slip’. Smith slowly points us outside of the safe assumptions built within language and toward something a bit more sinister. The mistake, in its innocence and earnestness is, in fact, a reminder of our role as viewer and violence of assumption.”

Copies of the book will be available at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division for the duration of the artist’s show.
 
 
Mark John Smith is a British artist based in Brooklyn, New York. He holds an MFA in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design and BA Hons Degrees in Fine Art and Art History from The University for the Creative Arts in the United Kingdom. Mark is a founding member of Franklin Collective and currently serves on the advisory board of Rutgers University’s Design Thinking program. Last year Mark exhibited with Franklin Collective at Petzel Gallery, Manhattan, NY in group show WE NEED TO TALK…. In November 2017, Mark launched JML50, The Reading Room 2017, and The Placards 2017, new publicly commissioned works currently on view at the Jefferson Market branch of the New York Public Library. In mid-2018, a feature length documentary following his work on JML50 will be released.

 

 

 

Start: January 25, 2018 6:00 PM
End: January 25, 2018 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: (646) 358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States

January 20, 2018

Ron Amato & Models Discuss His Photo Book “THE BOX”

 
Join fine art photographer and Fashion Institute of Technology Associate Professor of Photography Ron Amato for a brief presentation of his striking, sexy, and sensual book of male nudes, The Box.

 
Following Amato’s presentation, he and several of the models featured in The Box will answer questions, and Amato will sign copies of the book.
 

To reserve a copy of the book please contact the Bureau at contact@bgsqd.com.

 
 
Ron Amato is an full-time Associate Professor of Photography at New York City’s FIT (The Fashion Institute of Technology), where he has been for the last 12 years, 6 of which as the Chairperson of the Photography Department.
 
He has exhibited extensively in the US and internationally, been published in a number of anthologies and photographed for fitness and sports magazines, including Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness and Sports Illustrated. He lives in Brooklyn with his husband Seth and their two Fox Terriers, Ben and Zeb. Visit Amato’s classy, but NSFW website at www.ronamato.com.
 

 

 
 

Start: January 20, 2018 7:00 PM
End: January 20, 2018 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: (646) 358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

January 19, 2018

Queer Sex Magic 101

 

If sex is sacred, your body is a temple. Join writer, witch and tarot reader Ashley Young for an evening of learning how to worship It! This workshop provides hands on tools on how to incorporate magic into queer sex practices. From creating altars with candles and crystals, using divination such as tarot and developing sex rituals, participants will examine how to call on spiritual practice to enhance one’s queer relationship with themselves and others. This workshop will also look at alternative relationships and sex practices such as polyamory and kink.
 

Space is limited to 20 participants. The $10 fee will be shared equally between the instructor and the Bureau.

Tickets:
https://www.artful.ly/store/events/14193

 

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Ashley Young is a Black Queer genderqueer (pronouns they/them/their) writer, teacher, witch and tarot reader. They are a spirituous, pagan and Santeria practioner reading cards through their small business Black Unicorn Tarot and in house at Catland Books in Brooklyn, NY. They identify as a polyamorous, kinky, Dominant Mama switch. Their work has been published in three anthologies and several online journals on topics such as POC LGBTQ issues, mental illness, sex/body positivity and more. Ashley lives in Brooklyn with a fellow witch and two sweet, wild cats.

 

 

 

Start: January 19, 2018 7:00 PM
End: January 19, 2018 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: (646) 358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 (link to tickets in description)

January 14, 2018

‘Queer City: A Reader’ book launch & ‘Queer City’ film screening

 

Bodies that listen, dance, resist, manifest and become visible in our contemporary city. Bodies that dance the sounds of funk music, rap, samba, voguing, waacking, among other sonic styles of contestation, resistance and struggle. Through talks, dinners, experiences and exchanges, a city seeks to discuss how we live, work, share and survive the different LGBT + stories and realities… and how we understand all this through a queer, intersectional and non-normative lens?
 

The mini-documentary Cidade Queer – Queer City, directed by Danila Bustamante takes the name of a 2016 site-specific, collective curatorial process in São Paulo, Brazil. The overall process, film, and related publication, Queer City: A Reader were organized by Lanchonete.org, ArtsEverywhere/Musagetes, EXPLODE! and many other partners. Queer City: A Reader contains an account of the site-specific program in São Paulo, but also invites other contributors at the intersection of the contemporary city and queer thought. The Reader is one of the first books out of Publication Studio São Paulo (in partnership w/ Publication Studio Guelph housed at the Musagetes/ArtsEverywhere office).
 

Copies of Queer City: A Reader will be available for purchase at the event for $20.

To reserve a copy of Queer City: A Reader please write to the Bureau at contact@bgsqd.com.

 
https://publication-studio.myshopify.com/products/queer-city-a-reader
 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opTx-OShKvI
 

Event image: photograph from Pato Hebert‘s Ataqueridas series
 

Lanchonete.org is an artist-led, cultural platform focused on how people live and work in, navigate and share the contemporary city with the Center of São Paulo as our outlook. It gets its name from the ubiquitous lunch counters—convivial, fluorescent-lit, open-walled, laborious, points of commerce—that populate almost every street corner. Lanchonete.org is about the issues that big cities face, the different forms of ‘urban power’, and the Right to the City, but not insomuch as to define these constructs…rather to stretch the platform as far as is necessary to consider diverse viewpoints. Lanchonete.org takes its cue from French philosopher and sociologist Henri Lefebvre’s Le Droit à la ville (1968), or one that “demand[s] a transformed and renewed access to urban life.”

 
 

 

 

 

Start: January 14, 2018 4:00 PM
End: January 14, 2018 6:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: (646) 358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.