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Trans/Queer/Woman: Theory and Politics

Christina Quarles, Grounded By Tha Side of Yew, 2017 copy

  The Bureau is excited to partner with the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research to bring you: Trans/Queer/Woman: Theory and Politics Instructor: Sophie Lewis The course will meet at the Bureau on Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, and 31, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM Transfeminine lives are often seen as having, in and of themselves, political [...]

Wed. Jul 24, 2019 6:30 PM

Events

December 10, 2013

Bureau offsite event: Perry Halkitis presents his new book The AIDS Generation at the Center

Join the Bureau for a presentation by Perry Halkitis of his new book The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience at the Second Tuesday Lecture Series at the LGBT Center. The Bureau will sell copies of the book before and after the presentation.

The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience examines the strategies for survival and coping employed by these HIV-positive gay men, who together constitute the first generation of long-term survivors of the disease. Through interviews conducted by the author, it narrates the stories of gay men who have survived since the early days of the epidemic; documents and delineates the strategies and behaviors enacted by men of this generation to survive it; and examines the extent to which these approaches to survival inform and are informed by the broad body of literature on resilience and health.

The stories and strategies detailed here, all used to combat the profound physical, emotional, and social challenges faced by those in the crosshairs of the AIDS epidemic, provide a gateway for understanding how individuals cope with chronic and life-threatening diseases. Halkitis takes readers on a journey of first-hand data collection (the interviews themselves), the popular culture representations of these phenomena, and his own experiences as one of the men of the AIDS generation.

This riveting account will be of interest to health practitioners and historians throughout the clinical and social sciences — or to anyone with an interest in this important chapter in social history.

Perry Halkitis

Perry N. Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH is Professor of Applied Psychology and Public Health (Steinhardt School), and Population Health (Langone School of Medicine), Director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies, and Associate Dean (Global Institute of Public Health) at New York University. Dr. Halkitis’ program of research examines the intersection between the HIV epidemic, drug abuse, and mental health burden in LGBT populations, and he is well known as one of the nation’s leading experts on substance use and HIV behavioral research. Dr. Halkitis hold degrees in psychology, education, and public health.

For more information about the evening click here.

The Second Tuesday Lecture Series is the longest running program at The LGBT Center. Since 1985, more than 140 speakers have made presentations in the arts, academia, and politics. Speakers representing every major cultural award, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Grammy Award, the Academy Award (The Oscars), Broadway’s Tony Awards, the Lambda Literary Award, and the National Book Award, as well as the UK Booker Literary Award, have made presentations. Through this program, Larry Kramer spoke about the plight of the AIDS Crisis in March 1987, thus beginning ACT-UP, the largest direct action AIDS organization in the world.

 

 

 

Start: December 10, 2013 6:30 PM
End: December 10, 2013 8:00 PM
Venue: The LGBT Center
Phone: 212 620 7310
Address:
208 West 13th Street, New York , NY, 10011, United States

December 9, 2013

Opening Reception for Queen of Hearts, an Exhibition of Photographs by Quito Ziegler

Queen of Hearts
Q.Z. @ the Bureau

December 9, 2013
Opening reception 6 to 9 PM
Slideshow + stories at 7:30
December 19th
reading + zine release party

 

QZ Queen of Hearts 2

 

After one year of photography and three years of wandering, pieces of this hermit work are now beginning to surface.

Darkly glam and quietly intense, The Queen of Hearts, Quito’s upcoming book of photography and writings, is set in the nightclubs and fire escapes of Brooklyn before dawn.

The images were shot over one year, 2010/11, as a collection of queer artists and performers coalesced in the dark–contributing to the cultural explosion we are living through now. Relying on the moon and the disco ball for light, the images are grainy and seductive, dreamy and tender. B&W prints were subsequently hand-painted, hand-sewn, and are presented in hand-made frames.

The writings attempt to articulate the wordlessly complicated evolution from person to tranimal and the lessons one learns in the process. The writings and layered prints were carefully constructed in shadowy corners and private haunts of Brooklyn and Berlin, Vermont and Tennessee.
A limited-edition zine will be released in conjunction with this exhibition on the evening of Thursday, December 19th.

 

 

Quito Ziegler

Quito Ziegler is an urban faerie, a radical tranimal, an activist pirate explorer of worlds. Quito is known for their moonlight beach parties, Pony adventures and producing the occasional art/performance/community happening like the Forest of the Future (2013) or the MIXploratorium (2011). This spring they will be organizing an intergenerational mentorship program with the queer youth at Sylvia’s Place.

 

 

 

Start: December 9, 2013 6:00 PM
End: December 9, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

December 2, 2013

POZ – a fundraiser for {Your Name Here} A Queer Theater and Bureau of General Services-Queer DIvision

Come support {Your Name Here} A Queer Theater Company and the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, two of the most exciting institutions in the Queer NYC scene, by attending a star-studded reading of a new play: POZ, by Michael Aman and directed by Michael Bush.

The star studded cast is to include: Veanne Cox, Christian Coulson, Penny Fuller, Randy Harrison, Lou Liberatore, and Jay Rogers. The reading will be directed by Michael Bush.

 

According to press notes, POZ concerns “a young man in 2003 with tuberculosis discovers that if he was HIV+ he would be covered by insurance for chemo.  He meets an HIV+ man with the idea of being infected.  The play examines an unconventional love between the two men and an odd family of characters, each dealing with their own demons: an aging actress who struggles with asthma, an eccentric woman who speaks with angels, a middle aged flamboyant queen with a dying father, and a young man who died of AIDS early in the health crisis.“

 

The Playroom Theater is located at 151 West 46th Street, 8th Floor.

 

Tickets are a suggested donation of $20 and can be purchased in advance at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/517519.

 

For more information on the companies please visit {Your Name Here} - www.yournamehereqtc.org
and Bureau of General Services-Queer Division - www.bgsqd.com

 

CONTACT- Jeremy Bohmstein  jeremy@yournamehereqtc.org   908-227-907

 

 

 

 

 

Start: December 2, 2013 8:00 PM
End: December 2, 2013 10:00 PM
Venue: The Playroom Theater
Phone: 212 967 8278
Address:
151 West 46th Street, 8th Floor, NY, NY, 10036, United States
Cost: $20

November 23, 2013

Book launch for Dominick Reading for Filth

Dominick Reading for Filth
Live Transcripts 2007-9

Written by Ask Dominick.
Art work by Scott Hug, Paul Gellman, Carlo Uranus,
Damani Moyd, Miguel Libarnes, and Alice O’Malley.
Cover art by Gio Black Peter.
Edited by Dale Corvino.

Available at the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division.

An illustrated chapbook, a collection of transcripts from staged public readings performed by Dominick, a former kept boy and escort. The readings took place in New York City beginning in 2007 at the now-defunct Rapture Café. His appearances were part of the weekly series ‘Dean Johnson’s Reading for Filth: Queer Writers Reading about Sex’ with contributors Edmund White, Eileen Myles, Craig Seymour, and Mike Albo. The readings are tales from the life, drawn from the diaries Dominick kept when he embarked on a career as a full-time escort, serving the greater NYC metro area. Also included: a reminiscence of his kept boy existence with his Sugar Daddy, the late English society decorator Stuart Greet; and his tribute, on the occasion of his untimely death, to downtown legend and queercore rocker Dean Johnson, the founder of the series. The readings are lurid and frank confessions of a sexual outlaw, and trace a heat map of desire through the vast field of longing that is New York City. Dominick is a Brooklyn-born Italian. He spent his twenties as the kept boy to an aristocratic British decorator of some renown. In the wake of his Sugar Daddy’s alcohol related death, he was left a modest fortune that fueled his own addiction. In recovery, he embarked on a career as a full-time escort, an effort to redeem his kept boy past. After a busy three years, he retired from escorting to take a management position in real estate, where the art of the sell is supreme. He now writes the ‘Ask Dominick’ posts on blog.rentboy.com for their audience of 30,000 subscribers, offering escorts and clients alike advice drawn from the diary he kept while escorting. He’s a frequent presence at the Red Umbrella Diaries, a series of live readings from people who have tangled with the sex industry. Dominick has appeared on Dan Savage’s podcast and is a guest contributor to Savage’s beloved ‘Savage Love’ column. His writing appears in the Anthology Prose & Lore, a publication of the Red Umbrella Project, and the 2013 Soft Skull Press Anthology Johns, Marks, Tricks and Chickenhawks, edited by David Henry Sterry. He lives in Hell’s Kitchen and most enjoys long hikes in the city and the wilds, and body surfing in the ocean.

74 pages. Paperback. Color cover, B&W interior. US Retail $9.00
ISBN-10: 1490467025 ISBN-13: 978-1490467023

Available at the Bureau.

For reviewer copies and wholesale inquiries: askDominick@gmail.com

Start: November 23, 2013 7:00 PM
End: November 23, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

November 22, 2013

Book launch for The Seventh Pleiade, by Andrew J. Peters

Description of The Seventh Pleiade (Bold Strokes Books, 2013):

Atlantis is besieged by violent storms, tremors, and a barbarian army. For sixteen-year-old Aerander, it’s a calamitous backdrop to his Panegyris, where boys are feted for their passage to manhood.

Amid a secret web of romances among the celebrants, Aerander’s cousin Dam goes missing with two boys. With the kingdom in crisis, no one suspects the High Priest Zazamoukh, though Aerander uncovers a conspiracy to barter boys for dark spiritual power. Aerander’s proof—an underground vault that disappears in the morning—brings shame on his family and charges of lunacy. The only way for Aerander to regain his honor is to prove what really happened to the missing boys.

Tracking Dam leads Aerander on a terrifying and fantastical journey. He spots a star that hasn’t been seen for centuries. He uncovers a legend about an ancient race of men who hid below the earth. And traveling to an underground world, he learns about matters even more urgent than the missing boys. The world aboveground is changing, and he will have to clear a path for the kingdom’s survival.

AJ Peters

Andrew J. Peters likes retold stories with a subversive twist, particularly when that twist turns heteronormativity on its head. The Seventh Pleiade, the story of a gay teen who becomes a hero during the last days of Atlantis, is his first novel. A 2011 Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow, Andrew has written short fiction for numerous publications. He lives in New York City with his partner and their cat, Chloë.
Photo Credit: Larry Black

 

 

 

Start: November 22, 2013 8:30 PM
End: November 22, 2013 10:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States