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March 23, 2014

Magnus Hirschfeld: The Origins of the Gay Liberation Movement with Author Ralf Dose

Join author Ralf Dose for a discussion of his new biography of Magnus Hirschfeld: Magnus Hirschfeld: The Origins of the Gay Liberation Movement. Ralf Dose illuminates Hirschfeld’s ground-breaking role in the gay liberation movement and explains some of his major theoretical concepts, which continue to influence our understanding of human sexuality and social justice today.


Ralf Dose is the co-founder and director of the Magnus-Hirschfeld-Gesellschaft (Magnus Hirschfeld Society) in Berlin. He writes widely on sex education, homosexuality, the gay movement, the history of sex research, and has lectured at the Berlin Free University and Hannover University.





Start: March 23, 2014 2:00 PM
End: March 23, 2014 3:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

March 22, 2014

An intimate evening of readings by Xeňa Stanislavovna Semjonová, Kevin Simmonds, and Joseph Whitt

The Bureau of General Services – Queer Division invites you to an intimate evening of readings by Xeňa Stanislavovna Semjonová, Kevin Simmonds, and Joseph Whitt.



Xeňa Stanislavovna Semjonová is a poet, artist, and a translator living in New York City. Originally from Slovakia, she has performed in venues such as Dixon Place, Bowery Poetry Club, The Poetry Project, RADAR, SPECTRUM NYC, Strange Maine, Happy Endings, GRRRLS on FILM, Nicholas Robinson Gallery, and others. She was selected as a 2013 Poets House Fellow, and was also the recipient of the 2013 QAM Fellowship. She is currently working on her first full-length novel entitled SHE, and is curator of the WHAT NOW audio anthology supported by the Jerome Foundation and the Raymond Federman Foundation of Experimental Fiction.


Kevin Simmonds is a writer and musician originally from New Orleans. His books include the full-length collections bend to it and Mad for Meat (both from Salmon Poetry), and the edited works Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality (Sibling Rivalry Press) and Ota Benga Under my Mother’s Roof (University of South Carolina). He has composed numerous musical works for voice and chamber ensemble, as well as for stage productions such as Emmett Till, a river and the Emmy Award-winning documentary HOPE: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica. A recipient of fellowships and commissions from Cave Canem, Creative Work Fund, Fulbright, the Pulitzer Center, San Francisco Arts Commission and the Edward Stanley Award from Prairie Schooner, he divides his time between Japan and San Francisco.


Originally from Alabama, Joseph Whitt is an artist, writer and independent curator living and working in New York City. His work has been presented at MOMA PS1, PPOW Gallery, Eyedrum, Deitch Projects, CRG Gallery, Envoy Enterprises, and Interstate Projects, and has been reviewed in The New York Times, Flash Art, and Sculpture. His writings have appeared in Art Papers, ArtUS, Useless Magazine and K48. He has released two chapbooks of poetry – 09.29.12 and Defriendings (both from T.M.I. Ltd.) – and is currently working on a third.


Publications by the authors will be available for purchase.

This event is free and open to the public.


Start: March 22, 2014 7:00 PM
End: March 22, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

March 21, 2014

Poetry Reading with Ocean Vuong, Jason Schneiderman, Amy King

The Bureau General Services—Queer Division is thrilled to host three award-winning poets, who bring beauty, emotional depth, intelligence, and honed craft to each of their works. Introductions by Lawrence Kaplun. This is a reading you don’t want to miss, so put it on your calendar today.


Ocean Vuong is the author of two chapbooks, BURNINGS, and NO (YesYesBooks, 2013). He is the recipient of fellowships from Kundiman, Poets House, and The Saltonstall Foundation. His poems have appeared in many journals including The Nation, Quarterly West, Passages North, Guernica, The Normal School, Denver Quarterly, Poetry Magazine, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the 2012 Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets.


Jason Schneiderman

Jason Schneiderman is the author of two books of poetry, SUBLIMATION POINT, and STRIKING SURFACE (Ashland Press, 2010). His poems and essays on contemporary poetry have appeared in many journals including American Poetry Review, Court Green, The Gay & Lesbian Review, Grand Street, Tin House, and Virginia Quarterly Review. He is an Assistant Professor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.


Amy King

Amy King is the author of five books of poetry, including I WANT TO MAKE YOU SAFE (Litmus Press, 2011) and THE MISSING MUSEUM (forthcoming, 2014). Her poems and prose have appeared in Boston Review, The Rumpus, and Poetry Magazine. She serves on the Executive Board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and teaches English and Creative Writing at SUNY-Nassau Community College.




Start: March 21, 2014 7:00 PM
End: March 21, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

March 19, 2014

Closets, Combat and Coming Out: A Reading, Signing, and Q&A With Author Rob Smith

Closets, Combat and Coming Out author Rob Smith will have brief remarks regarding the 11th anniversary of the Iraq War, and he will read from his new memoir. Signing and a Q&A afterwards. This event will be filmed for an upcoming docuseries. Attendees have the option not to appear on camera.


Rob Smith is an openly gay Iraq war veteran, journalist, lecturer, and LGBT Activist. He served for 5 years in the United States Army as an Infantryman, earning the Army Commendation Medal and Combat Infantry Badge. After graduating with honors from Syracuse University, he became a freelance journalist and opinion writer, with work published at Salon.com, Metro Weekly, The Advocate, CNN.com, and The Huffington Post among many others. In November 2010, he was arrested with 12 other LGBT military veterans and civilian activists at the front gates of the White House while protesting the U.S. Military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) law, which barred open military service by gays and lesbians. In December of that same year, he was an invited guest of President Barack Obama at the ceremony which saw the repeal of the discriminatory law be signed and put into effect.
Rob is a sought after lecturer on LGBT and diversity issues on college campuses and events across the country. He has lectured at Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt University, Hofstra University, Illinois College, and Buena Vista University among many others. In August of 2012, he made his literary debut in the anthology book For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Was Still Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out, and Coming Home, which won the 2012 American Library Association Stonewall Book Award and was recently nominated for the 2012 Lambda Literary Award for LGBT anthology. Closets, Combat, and Coming Out: Coming of Age as a Gay Man in the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Army is his first full-length work as a solo author.






Start: March 19, 2014 7:00 PM
End: March 19, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

March 17, 2014

Future Perfect Reading at The Brooklyn Community Pride Center

Join the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division at The Brooklyn Community Pride Center in a celebration of the Bureau’s book Future Perfect, edited by Andrew Durbin and published by Publication Studio.

Several of the contributors to Future Perfect will be at the event, some of whom will read their contributions, including Felix BernsteinTed KerrJustin Allen and Yulan Grant of BDGRMMR (pronounced BADGRAMMAR). Yulan’s work is a video that she’ll project while Justin reads the poem that inspired the video–both titled Black Atlantis.

The book Future Perfect will be available for purchase at the event. The cost is $26, and the proceeds go to supporting the Bureau’s work. Cash and credit card payments accepted.


Future Perfect includes contributions from:

Penny Arcade
Felix Bernstein
Stephen Boyer
Lonely Christopher
Nicole Eisenman
Bruce Hainley
Ed Halter
Juliana Huxtable
Ted Kerr
Kevin Killian
Wayne Koestenbaum
Rachel Levitsky
Trisha Low
Stephen Motika
Eileen Myles
Tim Trace Peterson
Luther Price
Paul Mpagi Sepuya
Pamela Sneed
Max Steele
Laurie Weeks





Start: March 17, 2014 6:30 PM
End: March 17, 2014 8:30 PM
Venue: Brooklyn Community Pride Center
Phone: 347 889 7719
4 MetroTech (Ground Floor), Brooklyn, NY, 11201, United States