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Proximity: Words + Visions gathers poets, performance artists, & scholars sharing work focused on bodies, unravelings, de/stabilizations, intersections, mis/communications, & the mutability of binaries & borders. Hang out & bring all your selves. Featuring: Chia-Lun Chang, Miguel Gutierrez, Tiara Roxanne, and xtian w. Reception: 7:00 Event: 7:30 Suggested Donation: $10, but no one turned away [...]

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Events

June 9, 2017

Since I Laid My Burden Down NYC Launch

 

Join author Brontez Purnell for a dynamic reading from his debut novel SINCE I LAID MY BURDEN DOWN with q&a at the best bookstore in town (according to The Feminist Press, but who are we to disagree?), Bureau of General Services-Queer Division! With special guests Joseph Whitt and William Johnson!
 
About Since I Laid My Burden Down:

DeShawn lives a high, creative, and promiscuous life in San Francisco. But when he’s called back to his cramped Alabama hometown for his uncle’s funeral, he’s hit by flashbacks of handsome, doomed neighbors and sweltering Sunday services. Amidst prickly reminders of his childhood, DeShawn ponders family, church, and the men in his life, prompting the question: Who deserves love? A raw, funny, and uninhibited stumble down memory lane, Brontez Purnell’s debut novel explores how one man’s early sexual and artistic escapades grow into a life.

 

“Brontez Purnell is foul-mouthed and evil. Be warned: this book will make you cackle out loud like you’ve got the Devil inside you then it will break your heart. Be careful where you read it. BUT DO READ IT.” —Justin Vivian Bond

 

To reserve a copy of Since I Laid My Burden Down and/or Johnny Would You Love Me If My Dick Were Bigger (just re-issued by The Feminist Press) please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com.

 

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Brontez Purnell is author of Johnny Would You Love Me If My Dick Were Bigger and the cult zine Fag School, frontman for his band the Younger Lovers, and founder and choreographer of the Brontez Purnell Dance Company. He lives in Oakland, California.

 
 
Joseph Whitt is an artist, writer, and independent curator living and working in New York City. He has performed at MoMA PS1, PPOW, Dixon Place, Eyebeam, Deitch Projects, Envoy Enterprises, and other venues of note. His writings have appeared in Art Papers, ArtUS, Useless Magazine, K48; and his work has been reviewed by The New York Times and Sculpture. He has released five chapbooks of poetry and is currently working on a sixth.
 
 
William Johnson is the Program Director for Lambda Literary, an organization dedicated to promoting LGBTQ literature. He is a contributing arts and culture writer for CrushFanazine and the publisher of Mary Literary, a literary journal dedicated to showcasing queer/gay writings of artistic merit.
 

 
 

 

Start: June 9, 2017 7:00 PM
End: June 9, 2017 8:30 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.

June 8, 2017

Opening Reception: Policing Gender

 

Policing Gender is an installation of photographs and audio created by artist Lorenzo Triburgo. The photographs in Policing Gender are abstract metaphors on absence and imprisonment and the audio component is a compilation of voices of LGBTQ prisoners with whom the artist has been writing on a long-term basis.

Policing Gender will be on view at the Bureau from June 8 through September 10, 2017

 

In Policing Gender, as in his previous body of work Transportraits, Triburgo employs visual connotations of landscape and portrait photography to cast a critical lens on notions of the “Natural” and the politics of queer representation, this time in service of prison abolition as a crucial queer issue.

 

In his art works Lorenzo Triburgo consistently confronts the overlapping ideas of American identity, authenticity, and photography’s critical role in framing and constructing our understanding of identity and reality.

His series, Transportraits, has been exhibited widely in major cities across the United States, Europe and Asia and won first place in the gender category in the international photography competition, the Pride Photo Award in 2012. He was awarded a Project Grant through the Regional Arts and Culture Council of Portland, OR for his current project Policing Gender that examines mass incarceration from a queer perspective. Triburgo exhibits this project at learning institutions throughout the U.S. and hosts workshops regarding the radical, transformative act of becoming a pen pal with community members behind bars.

Triburgo has work in the permanent collection at the Portland Art Museum and has been published and written about in various web and print journals including PDN, Slate, The Huffington Post, and the website for The Transgender Studies Reader 2, edited by Susan Stryker and Aren Aizura, and published by Routledge. He holds a BA from New York University in Photography and Gender Studies and an MFA in Photography and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts. He lives and works in NYC.

 

 

Exhibition-related programs:

 

TELL 35: Policing Gender

Saturday, June 10th, 7—9 PM

TELL is an evening of storytelling from the mouths and minds of queers in NYC hosted by Drae Campbell at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division since February 2014. In conjunction with the exhibition, Policing Gender will serve as the theme of TELL 35. This special edition of TELL will feature stories of justice, resistance, love, and friendship from formerly incarcerated LGBTQ folks, prison abolition activists, and queers impacted by “policing gender.”

 

Envisioning Our Future

Thursday, September 7th, 6:30—8:30 PM

A panel of experts from a spectrum of perspectives will discuss prison abolition as a political imperative to LGBTQ activism. Panelists will discuss immediate and future abolitionist goals, tangible strategies for resistance, and hope in the vision of a different future.  

 

 

 

 

Start: June 8, 2017 6:00 PM
End: June 8, 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

June 7, 2017

In Talks: Queering Mainstream Media & Creating Art That Matters

 
 
Sawyer DeVuyst, Lia Clay, & Sean Santiago will be presenting their work in a series of artist talks, followed by a discussion about queering mainstream media and continuing to make art that matters during this volatile time in history.
 
Between these three artist, they’ve worked with some heavy-hitting names in fashion, publishing and advertising: Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Barney’s, Thinx, Out Magazine, Candy Magazine, New York Times, MiLK Makeup and HBO Vice.
 
What is it like to work with such major companies as an out trans person? What can be done to open up the playing field for more trans and gender non-conforming folks to do similar work? Join us Thursday, June 7 at 7pm for a great night of stories of lived personal experiences of these trans and genderqueer media makers followed by a Q&A.
 
 
Sean Santiago is a photographer, writer and stylist whose work parses gender through the lenses of style and beauty. The founder of Cakeboy, he can be found in various corners of the internet stanning for Kristen Stewart and sharing way too many selfies. Follow his work at @sean_santiago.
 
 
Lia Clay is a transgender portrait and fashion photographer, currently working in New York City. Her work focuses on intersectionality, and portraying trans stories from a trans perspective. Lia’s work presents deeply saturated images with an abandonment of retouching, portraying raw portraiture of peers, ex lovers, and personal muses. Follow her work at @liaclay.
 
 
Sawyer DeVuyst is a visual artist, model and actor whose work aspires to empower and humanize otherized communities through visibility and storytelling. You may have seen his work for Thinx in the NYC subway or San Francisco BART, in a music video for A Great Big World, on HBO Vice, for Barney’s, in the Wythe Hotel or daily on instagram as @sawyermine. 
 
 
 

Start: June 7, 2017 7:00 PM
End: June 7, 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.

June 6, 2017

USS presents the poetry of John Paul Davis

 

We are so excited to have John Paul Davis read his poems for you from his latest collection Crown Prince of Rabbits, published by Great Weather for Media. We are also having a fabulous open mic.

6:30pm: Writing Workshop Itiola Jones
7:30pm: sign-up and socialize
8:00pm: Feature and Show

Suggested Donation: $5
All Ages // Wheelchair Accessible

Heres more about John Paul Davis and his great book:

JOHN PAUL DAVIS was born in Durham, North Carolina, and has lived in Chicago, San Francisco, Ohio, and New York City. He is a graduate of East Carolina University and DePaul University. His writing has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Word Riot, The Journal, MUZZLE Magazine, RATTLE, Four Way Review, and Bat City Review. He is a former poetry editor for Em Literary and Bestiary Magazine. He helped run or host numerous poetry and variety shows including Page Meets Stage and The Encyclopedia Show. John Paul lives with his wife in New York City, where he works as a web developer, makes music and visual art, and writes poems. Crown Prince of Rabbits is his first book of poetry. Check out the digital album for Crown Prince of Rabbits on Bandcamp.

In Crown Prince of Rabbits, John Paul Davis unravels poetic self-portraits, breaking the spine of love and the language of serrated relationships. He shines the moon in his face to capture every angle, which not always flatters, but digs at the roots and rot of endings. This is a book that will feel like a novel, with upheavals and road trips (with music). His exit signs ask questions that even the reader can/should ponder. This is a book to drink with whiskey or strong coffee. This is a book that will leave you meditating on why it is we give our feelings away.

 

 

 

Start: June 6, 2017 6:30 PM
End: June 6, 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

June 4, 2017

CopWatch/HateWatch Training

 

CopWatch is an effective and legal tool for empowering communities, ending police misconduct, unprofessional behavior, and discrimination. You have the right to observe and record all police activities in public places. Learn how to exercise your rights safely and legally. Workshop will be taught by comedian and activist Elsa Waithe. Suggested donation of $5 to $10, but no one will be turned away.

 

Spread the word!!!

 

Know your rights image

“What to do if you’re stopped by the police”: a handy guide from the New York Civil Liberties Union. Print it out. Share it widely. Keep it with you. And you can find other “know your rights” cards (in English and Spanish) here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: June 4, 2017 6:00 PM
End: June 4, 2017 8:00 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 donation of $5 to $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.