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Events

May 5, 2017

David Pratt’s Wallaçonia, Reading & Signing with guest Don Weise

 

David Pratt reads from his new young adult novel, Wallaçonia. Following the reading, independent editor Don Weise will join Pratt in a discussion of the process of writing and editing queer young adult novels.

Copies of Wallaçonia will be available for purchase at the event.
To reserve a copy of Wallaçonia, please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com.

 

David Pratt author pic

David Pratt is the author of the novels Bob the Book (Lambda Literary Award winner) and Looking After Joey. His short stories are collected in the volume My Movie. He has performed worked for the stage in New York City at HERE, Dixon Place, the Cornelia Street Cafe and in the New York International Fringe Festival. He lives in Michigan.

 
 

Don Weise has more than twenty years publishing experience, the majority of which has been devoted to LGBT literature. Don was named by Publishers Weekly as an industry “Change Maker” and listed among Out Magazine’s “100 Most Intriguing Gay Men and Lesbians” of the year. Weise is currently the founder/publisher of the LGBT press Querelle Books.
 

 

 

Start: May 5, 2017 7:00 PM
End: May 5, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States

May 4, 2017

Transgender Children & Youth, Book Launch & Talk, with Elijah Nealy

 

Join us to celebrate the publication of Transgender Children & Youth: Cultivating Pride and Joy with Families (W. W. Norton, 2017), by Elijah C. Nealy.
 
Dr. Nealy, a therapist and former deputy executive director of New York City’s LGBT Community Center, and himself a trans man, has written the first-ever comprehensive guide to understanding, supporting, and welcoming trans kids. Covering everything from family life to school and mental health issues, as well as the physical, social, and emotional aspects of transition, this book is full of best practices to support trans kids.
 
The reception begins at 7, with a talk by Dr. Nealy at 7:30pm, followed by a Q&A. Copies of the book will be available for sale.
 

Elijah C. Nealy, PhD, M.Div., LCSW has worked extensively with LGBTQ adolescents and adults in both pastoral and social service capacities for the past 25 years. Dr. Nealy taught fulltime at Columbia School of Social Work, currently is assistant professor of social work at the University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, and for 12 years served the LGBT Community Center in New York City, initially as Director of their adolescent and adult mental health programs and then as Deputy Director. His clinical practice has focused on transgender and gender diverse youth and their families. An openly identified transgender man, Dr. Nealy lives in West Hartford with his partner and is the proud father of three amazing young people.
 

 

 

 

Start: May 4, 2017 7:00 PM
End: May 4, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
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.

April 30, 2017

Anti-Fascist Book Club

 

A reading group for those fighting fascism! We will begin with Hannah Arendt and James Baldwin and expand from there. Hopefully our readings will inspire thoughtful and informed activism.
 
For the first meeting we will be discussing the first 100 pages of Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism (available at the Bureau—please support the Bureau by purchasing your copy from us. Thank you!)

 

Questions? Write to Grey Vild: greyvild@gmail.com

 
 
 

Start: April 30, 2017 3:00 PM
End: April 30, 2017 5:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
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.

April 29, 2017

EOAGH Spring 2017 Launch!

 

EOAGH Spring 2017 Launch!

Featuring: Abigail Child, Kenyatta JP Garcia, Phoenix Nastasha Russell, Kerry Downey, Jay Lucero, Pazia Miller, and Isabelle Shallcross.

Hosted by Trace Peterson at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division

Saturday, April 29 at 7-9 PM,

Abigail Child is a media artist and writer who pushes the envelope of sound-image-text relations with humor, liveliness and complex “plangent, friable, nacreous, lambent, sinewy…and syncopated” montage. An award-winning filmmaker, Child is the author of six books of poetry, among them, A Motive for Mayhem, Scatter Matrix and her most recent MOUTH TO MOUTH, as well as a book of criticism, THIS IS CALLED MOVING: A Critical Poetics of Film (2005) from University of Alabama Press.

Kenyatta JP Garcia is the author of Slow Living (West Vine Press) and This Sentimental Education. They were raised in Brooklyn but currently live in Albany, NY. They spend their nights being paid to put boxes on shelves while their days are dedicated to dreaming.

Phoenix Nastasha Russell is an accomplished poet. Several of her poems have been published in art books like “Rivers of Emotion” and on websites like Poetry.com. She has performed her art work of words in all sorts of venues and has gotten the highest of acclaims. Nastasha’s art oft times incites gut wrenching laughter and at other times intense contemplation as she fires of verse after verse of spellbinding lexis. When she orates her art you can tell that she is truly in her element. Nastasha will entice you and delight you, just like her namesake she’s like a Phoenix taking flight on wings of searing light….her words will never disappoint cause you’ll know and feel just where she’s coming from.

Kerry Downey (born Fort Lauderdale, 1979) is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and teacher. Downey’s work explores how we interact with each other physically, psychologically, and socio-politically. Encompassing video, works on paper, writing, and performance, their work reimagines the possibilities and limitations of language, gender and intimacy. Their work has recently been exhibited at the Queens Museum, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, the Drawing Center, and Taylor Macklin. In 2015, Downey was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant. They hold a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Hunter College.

Jay Lucero aka Silverfemme is a senior at Hunter College. They were awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Award from Queensborough Community College. Jay is a poet, actor, and activist born and raised in NYC. They are a magical brown oddity that embodies no and all genders. Instagram: @silverfemme.

Pazia Miller is a queer poet and public school teacher living in Brooklyn. She is currently working on two different poetry collections, one of which is a long form confessional poem in blank verse. Her poetry lives in small corners of the internet and can be found on The Bridge.

Isabelle Shallcross (she/her) writes poems about the South, nature, and being a sad and problematic person under capitalism. Her favorite writers include Chris Kraus, Ross Gay, and Mira Gonzalez. She has received a scholarship to study poetry at the Bread Loaf School of English and is originally from Alabama.

 

 

 

Start: April 29, 2017 7:00 PM
End: April 29, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
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.

April 27, 2017

Vexilloids: a Protest Flag Workshop with LACTIC Incorporated, with support from Queer Threads

 
Join Randi Shandroski and Ickarus of LACTIC Incorporated at the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division on Thursday, April 27th from 6 ‘til 9PM for a workshop presenting the history of vexilloids which will conclude with the participants’ creation of their own.
 
Presented in collaboration with John Chaich, curator of the Queer Threads book and exhibition, in light of current events, LGBTQ Pride Month, and the March on Washington in June.
 
Textiles and materials will be provided although participants are strongly encouraged to bring some of their own fabrics. No prior sewing experience needed although highly recommended.

 
PLEASE NOTE:
This event is limited to 15 participants. Please RSVP via ickarus@lacticincorporated.com.
 
 
 

Start: April 27, 2017 6:00 PM
End: April 27, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
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.