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  Come celebrate Elsa Waithe‘s 30th bday the only way she know how… WITH LAUGHTER!!! On May 25th @ 7pm, Bureau of General Services-Queer Division is gonna be packed as we ring in Elsa’s new decade with this hot lineup:   Beth Maria Margo Reiss Shelly Colman Sarah Hartshorne Norah Yahya Mamoudou N’Diaye   $10 [...]

Fri. May 25, 2018 7:00 PM

Events

May 13, 2018

Annie Lanzillotto & Erica Cardwell Read

 
Pride Comes Early! Annie Rachele Lanzillotto reads from her new double book “Hard Candy” and “Pitch Roll Yaw.” Erica Cardwell reads new work. Special guests include: Gabriella Belfiglio, Clare Ultimo, Rosette Capotorto, Zhaleh Afshar.
 
 

Annie Rachele Lanzillotto is the author of the books: Hard Candy: Caregiving, Mourning, and Stage Light and Pitch, Roll, Yaw (Guernica World Editons 2018); L is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Memoir (SUNY Albany Press 2013, LAMBDA Literary Award Finalist); and Schistsong, poems, (Bordighera Press 2013.) Lanzillotto is the singer/songwriter of the albums: Never Argue With a Jackass (2017); Swampjuice: Yankee with a Southern Peasant Soul (2016), Carry My Coffee (2012), Eleven Recitations (2011); and Blue Pill (2010.) For more info on her books, audiobooks, albums, films, and performance works, visit www.annielanzillotto.com.

 
 

Erica Cardwell is a writer and radical educator based in New York. Her writing has appeared in Hyperallergic, The Believer, Rewire, and forthcoming for Green Mountain Review. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and was awarded a nonfiction fellowship from the Lambda Literary Foundation in 2015. She teaches English and Literature at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Erica lives in Brooklyn with her partner and their turtle, Smiley Mousa.

 
 
 
 

Start: May 13, 2018 4:00 PM
End: May 13, 2018 5:30 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.

May 12, 2018

TELL 44: Intimacy

 

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.

Intimacy is the theme for the 44th installment of TELL. Featuring Darlinda Just Darlinda, Mieke Dee, Sarah Fonseca, and Dylan Stephen Levers.

$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.

 

 

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The Village Voice calls DARLINDA JUST DARLINDA a “Mastermind of Bizarre Extravaganza” and she has been working as a Burlesque Performer Performance Artist and Producer since 2004 locally (NYC) and internationally (Australia, China, Finland, Germany, France, England, Canada, and most of the USA including Alaska!) Darlinda is one half of the Burlesque duo The Schlep Sisters, co producing such shows as The 11th Annual Menorah Horah and The Burning Bush vs. The Second Coming. Darlinda has produced shows, The New York Times calls “shockingly explicit.” Darlinda has also performed Off Broadway and on television; she performed with Taylor Mac in The Lily’s Revenge (Obie), The 29th Annual Roots of American Music Festival at Lincoln Center,Celebrate Brooklyn and 24 Decades of Popular Music (Obie). She can be found on television, in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and The Other F Word Series. She’s lectured for Yale’s infamous Sex Week. She’s made performance art with her year long “life as art” projects Year in Dance and Year in Rainbow and is co-founder of LadyBox Theater currently creating Untitled Rainbow Project. Darlinda is a current faculty member at the New York School of Burlesque and also teaches internationally. The Sundance Channel made Darlinda a “Top 10 Badass Burlesque Babe,” she was voted in the Top 50 International Burlesque Industry Figures of 2011-2014! Darlinda is the recipient of the Golden Pastie Award for The Most Innovative and Creative and The first ever Brooklyn Nightlife Award Winner for Best Burlesque!  USA Today says “It’s hard to top Darlinda.”

 

 

Mieke Dee

Mieke Dee

 
 

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Sarah Fonseca is a publicly-educated writer who lives in New York City via the Georgia foothills. Her essays, criticism, filthy ideas, and their overlapping iterations have appeared in Best Lesbian Erotica 2018, The Lambda Literary Review, Math Magazine, Posture Magazine, and Slate. She’s currently working on a series of essays on women and strength pursuits.

 
 

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Dylan Stephen Levers is an NYC-based filmmaker. His film “this is a film about Tom and Maddy.” was a Vimeo staff pick and can be seen on Short of the Week and NoBudge.com. Short shorts, his collection of minute-long films, can be seen at https://vimeo.com/shortshorts.
 

 

 

 

 

Start: May 12, 2018 7:00 PM
End: May 12, 2018 9:30 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 performers and the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

May 10, 2018

Indie Presses Evening: Find Out How to Publish Your Book

 

Indie Presses Evening: Find Out How to Publish Your Book

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 7 pm

Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, room 210 in The LGBT Community Center, 208 W 13th Street, New York, NY

Participating Presses: Gaudy Boy, Indolent Books, Poets Wear Prada, and Querelle Press

 

Indie publishers and editors speak about the exciting diversity of their presses and publications. They also read from representative published works of LGBT interest. The talks are followed by Q&A. Come and find out more about the writing and publishing scene.

 

 

Indolent Books publishes work by underrepresented voices writing innovative, provocative, and risky poetry addressing urgent racial, social, and economic justice themes. Indolent was founded in 2015 by Michael Broder, who now serves as board treasurer and managing editor. In 2017 the press became an imprint of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity Indolent Arts Foundation.

 

Querelle Press is an independent LGBT book publisher whose mission is to celebrate and challenge how we view our lives as LGBT people. Querelle’s namesake is Jean Genet’s bold and distinctive novel, and the press aspires to publish in the book’s outspoken spirit. Under the guidance of publisher and editor Don Weise, and in partnership with writer and philanthropist Chuck Forester, Querelle publishes two new titles per year.

 

Have you had your poetry today? Get your brain fuel from Poets Wear Prada. Publishing beautifully designed volumes of well-crafted poetry—and now, fiction—you want to read, since October 2006. Founded by former Wall Street banker Roxanne Hoffman with her late husband, retired Hollywood agent Herbert Fuerst. John “Jack” Edward Cooper took over for Herb as co-editor from October 2011. Based in Hoboken, New Jersey with European office in Salazac, France.

 

From Latin gaudium meaning joy, Gaudy Boy publishes books and media that delight readers and listeners with the various powers of art. Helmed by publisher Jee Leong Koh and managing editor Kimberley Lim, Gaudy Boy brings literary works by authors of Asian heritage to the attention of an American audience. We publish poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction of exceptional merit.

 

 

Start: May 10, 2018 7:00 PM
End: May 10, 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.

May 4, 2018

Wo Chan, Lonely Christopher, Rami Karim, & Emji Saint Spero!

 

Emji Saint Spero is in town from Oakland, which is more than enough reason to throw a Spring Thing at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division! Wo Chan, Lonely Christopher, and Rami Karim join the celebration.

 

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Wo Chan is a nonbinary drag performer and poet based in Brooklyn. They are the recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation of Arts, Kundiman, and the Asian American Writers Workshop. Their writing centers on personal narratives of immigration, race, and gender in text and stage performance. They are a standing member of Brooklyn-based drag/burlesque collective Switch N’ Play and currently an MFA candidate in Poetry at New York University.

 

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Lonely Christopher is the author of the poetry collections Death & Disaster Series (Monk Books, 2014) and The Resignation (Roof Books, forthcoming 2018). His short story collection The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse was a 2011 selection of Dennis Cooper’s Little House on the Bowery imprint of Akashic Books and his first novel, THERE, was published by The Writers’ Collective of Kristiania in 2017. His plays have been presented in Canada, China, and the United States. His film credits include several international shorts and the feature MOM, which he wrote and directed. He lives in Brooklyn.

 

Rami

Rami Karim is a writer and artist living in Brooklyn. They are a 2017 Margins Fellow at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and graduate of the Brooklyn College Creative Writing MFA, where they received the Rose Goldstein, Himan Brown, and Carole Lainoff awards in writing. Their work has appeared in The Brooklyn Review, Apogee, Makhzin, The Margins, and Tagvverk, among others, and they are the author of Smile & Nod (Wendy’s Subway, 2018).

 

Emji

Emji Saint Spero is a queer performance artist and writer living in Oakland. They are an editor at Timeless, Infinite Light and the author of almost any shit will do. Their work occupies a hybrid space between poetry and prose, weaving together somatic ritual, performance, and collaborative experimentation. They work closely with other writers and artists, stretching the potential of creative intimacies, sociality, and the poetics of relation. They are currently working on the Exhaustion trilogy, a series of books obsessed with exploring and challenging Jose Muñoz’s notion that “utopia exists in the quotidian.”
 
 
 
 

Start: May 4, 2018 7:00 PM
End: May 4, 2018 9:30 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.

May 3, 2018

Lyle Ashton Harris: Today I Shall Judge Nothing that Occurs

 

Please join us Thursday, May 3 to celebrate Lyle Ashton Harris’ monograph Today I Shall Judge Nothing that Occurs with an evening of conversation with Lyle Ashton Harris, Thomas Allen Harris, and Alex Fialho.

 

Throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, a radical cultural scene emerged across the globe, finding expression in the galleries, nightclubs, and bedrooms of New York, London, Los Angeles, and Rome. In Lyle Ashton Harris: Today I Shall Judge Nothing That Occurs, the artist’s archive of 35mm Ektachrome images are presented alongside journal entries and recollections by additional contributors coalescing in a presentation of what Harris has described as “ephemeral moments and emblematic figures… against a backdrop of seismic shifts in the art world, the emergence of multiculturalism, the second wave of AIDS activism, and incipient globalization.” The Ektachrome Archive “constructs collective and private narratives to comment on identity, desire, sexuality, and loss” and was included in the 2017 Whitney Biennial.
 

Copies of Today I Shall Judge Nothing that Occurs (Aperture Foundation, 2017) 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!

 

 

For more than two decades Lyle Ashton Harris has cultivated a diverse artistic practice ranging from photographic media, collage, installation and performance. His work explores intersections between the personal and the political, examining the impact of ethnicity, gender and desire on the contemporary social and cultural dynamic. Known for his self-portraits and use of pop culture icons (such as Billie Holiday and Michael Jackson), Harris teases the viewers’ perceptions and expectations, resignifying cultural cursors and recalibrating the familiar with the extraordinary. Harris has exhibited work widely, including at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York) and The Whitney Museum of American Art (New York) among many others, as well as at international biennials (São Paulo, 2016; Busan, 2008; Venice, 2007; Seville, 2006; Gwangju, 2000). His work is represented in the permanent collections of major museums, most recently The Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2014 Harris joined the Board of Trustees of the American Academy in Rome and was recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize by the High Museum of Art (Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.). In 2016 he was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and was appointed a trustee of the Tiffany Foundation. Having studied at Wesleyan University, the California Institute of the Arts, and the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, Harris is currently an Associate Professor of Art and Art Education at New York University.
 

 

Born in the Bronx and raised in New York City and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Thomas Allen Harris began his career as a photographer before producing for public television, for which he received several awards including two Emmy nominations (in 1991) for his work as a staff producer at WNET (New York’s PBS affiliate) on THE ELEVENTH HOUR. Harris is a recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including a 2015 NAACP Image Award, United States Artist Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, Rockefeller Fellowship, A Blade of Grass Fellow as well as a Tribeca Film Institute’s Nelson Mandela Award. Harris has taught, written and lectured widely on media.<
Harris is the founder and President of Chimpanzee Productions, a company dedicated to producing unique audio-visual experiences that illuminate the Human Condition and the search for identity, family, and spirituality. Chimpanzee’s innovative and award-winning films have received critical acclaim at International film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, FESPACO, Outfest, Flaherty and Cape Town and have been broadcast on PBS, the Sundance Channel, ARTE, as well as CBC, Swedish Broadcasting Network and New Zealand Television. In addition, Harris’ videos and installations have been featured at museums and galleries including the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Biennial, Corcoran Gallery, Reina Sophia, London Institute of the Arts and the Gwangju Biennale. He has held positions as Associate Professor of Media Arts at the University of California San Diego, and Visiting Professor of Film and New Media at Sarah Lawrence College.
 

 

Alex Fialho is a curator and arts writer based in New York City. He is a frequent contributor to Artforum, and Programs Director at Visual AIDS, where he facilitates projects around both the history and immediacy of the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic, with particular stakes intervening against recent widespread whitewashing of HIV/AIDS cultural narratives.
Fialho has worked closely with Lyle Ashton Harris and Thomas Allen Harris in multiple capacities. In the context of Visual AIDS’ Day With(out) Art programs, Fialho collaborated to commission new short videos from the artists: Lyle Ashton Harris’ Selections from the Ektachrome Archive was featured in Day With(out) Art 2014 ALTERNATE ENDINGS and Thomas Allen Harris’ About Face: The Evolution of a Black Producer was featured in Day With(out) Art 2017 ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS, curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett. Fialho’s 6 hour oral history with Lyle Ashton Harris will be included in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art’s “Visual Art & The AIDS Epidemic Oral History Project” and Fialho covered Lyle Ashton Harris’ Today I Shall Judge Nothing That Occurs: Selections from the Eckachrome Archive for Bookforum. Lyle Ashton Harris and Thomas Allen Harris will be honored alongside Steed Taylor with the Visual AIDS Vanguard Award on May 21, 2018.

 

 

 

 

Start: May 3, 2018 6:30 PM
End: May 3, 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.