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A Better World: the Queer Comics of L. Nichols and Kevin Czap

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  Artists L. Nichols and Kevin Czap read from their latest comics about finding your way home and making a better world. L Nichols, now a celebrated multi-disciplinary artist, engineer and father of two, was born in small town, rural Louisiana, assigned female and raised by conservative Christians. Flocks is his memoir of that childhood, [...]

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Events

February 23, 2018

Affirmative Laughter: Black Comedy Month

 

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

Featuring:

Dara Jemmott
Whitney Chanel Clark
Dave Lester
Chanel Ali

 

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

 

 

 

 

Start: February 23, 2018 7:00 PM
End: February 23, 2018 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: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau and Affirmative Laughter performers. No one turned away for lack of funds.

February 22, 2018

Rob Redding on race & losing his boyfriend to gun violence

 

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 Rob’s talk he will be joined in conversation by Terry Roethlein of Gays Against Guns.
 
 

Professor Robert Redding is a 20+ year veteran talk broadcaster with listeners in more than 20 states. Professor Redding is author of nine best-selling books and multiple musical compositions. His biography “Out Loud” has been called “shocking” by CBS and ranked No. 2 on Amazon.com. The former Washington, D,C, journalist is the founder of ReddingNewsReview.com, one of the oldest black news website, where “Out Loud” may be purchased. Born and raised in Atlanta, he has been covered by top newspapers all over the globe – The Guardian, Libération and the Washington Post. His visual artwork has also appeared in Art News, AM New York, Chelsea Now, Express and Gay City newspapers. He has been studied by the communication school at Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium in 2014; a dissertation for Florida State University in 2007 and is currently being studied at the University of Missouri. He teaches at Pace University.

 
 
 
 

Start: February 22, 2018 7:00 PM
End: February 22, 2018 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: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

February 15, 2018

Duvet Day

 

Join artist Mark John Smith for a walk-through of his solo exhibition Man Many Men, on view at the Bureau through March 18, and a book signing of the accompanying publication Blue Blue Balls.

*Bring a pen – this work needs defacing.

Snuggle down with Mark as we invite you to immerse yourself in the creation of new confessional and constructed narratives. Mark’s practice calls for your voice to be added to an ever evolving, collaborative tapestry as archive. There’s always a need for a ‘duvet day’.

Think Felix. Think Tracey. Think Robert.
They miss you.

 

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: February 15, 2018 7:00 PM
End: February 15, 2018 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

February 10, 2018

TELL 41: Ghosts

 

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.

Ghosts is the theme of the 41st installment of TELL.  Featuring Moira Cutler, Mieke Dee, Lulwana Mulalu, and Dorian S.

$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.

 

Moira Cutler

Moira Cutler has a lot of stories and has had more than her share of adventures. She’s travelled a bunch, done crazy things, and trusted many strangers. Moira has done a bunch of acting for Susana Cook and her own obscure little shows.

 

Mieke Dee

Mieke Dee 

 

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Lulwama Mulalu is a lover of words, a Pisces, a queer poet and singer-songwriter from the small county of Botswana, in Southern Africa. Her name means to make good and she believes that everything happens for a reason. Lulu is a senior currently studying Psychology and Drama, with voice somewhere in the eclectic mix at Bennington College, VT. She enjoys spelling colour with a U and is the biggest Ellen DeGeneres fan in the world. No really, it borders on being an obsession.

 

DORIAN

Dorian S. is an ex suburban teen who spends most of his time teaching yoga, reading, playing with cats, commuting, pondering US health care, and making playlists. He has always loved a good story and is just happy to be (here).”

 

 

Start: February 10, 2018 7:00 PM
End: February 10, 2018 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: $10 suggested donation to benefit the performers and the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

February 7, 2018

OLNY Poly Movie Night: Futurama: The Beast With a Billion Backs

 

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 Futurama: The Beast With a Billion Backs (2008), written by Matt Groening and directed by Peter Avanzino and starring Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, and Stephen Hawking.

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: 1000 years in the future, Philip J. Fry (originally from the year 1999 when he accidentally froze himself), feeling distraught after a break up with his polyamorous girlfriend, launches himself into the anomaly, a rip in the fabric of the universe. Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes. Animated.

 

 

 

 

 

Start: February 7, 2018 6:30 PM
End: February 7, 2018 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.