Our Next Event

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


July 13, 2013

Queer Film Summer Camp: Jarman’s Sebastiane, Presented by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge will introduce Derek Jarman‘s Sebastiane (1976), the second film in the Queer Film Summer Camp series, presented by the Bureau and Peter Hargrove (see below).

IMDB page for Sebastiane

The cultural engineer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge is an avant-garde anti-hero whose remarkable body of underground work reminds us that when you believe something, artistic integrity demands that you live by it too. In 2007 h/er partner Lady Jaye BREYER dropped h/er body. Since that time Genesis continues to represent the amalgam BREYER P-ORRIDGE in the material “world” and Lady Jaye represents the amalgam BREYER P-ORRIDGE in the immaterial “world” creating an ongoing interdimensional collaboration. Their work documents the physical alterations s/he and the late Lady Jaye, endured within their project Pandrogeny, about re-union and re-solution of male and female to a perfecting hermaphroditic state. Genesis is one of the most rigorous and relentless agents of the postwar Anglo-American vanguard, interrogating the meaning and substance of identity in a peerless half-century program of willful reincarnation and shape-shifting. Embracing the body as not simply the vessel but the site of the avant-garde impulse, BREYER P-ORRIDGE has reinvented and reintroduced h/erself again and again—as Fluxus pioneer, groundbreaking performance artist, inventor of industrial music, “wrecker of civilization,” essayist and theoretician, and, most recently, as pandrogyne.



The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division and Peter M. Hargrove, President of Hargrove Entertainment, Inc., proudly present Queer Film Summer Camp, a series devoted to queer films, or films viewed queerly. Queer Film Summer Camp will take place at the Bureau on the nine consecutive Saturday evenings in July and August. An exciting array of film critics and historians along with other queer and queer-friendly NYC-based arts professionals will introduce each film with a brief lecture.

Suggested donation of $10
Drinks will be served at 7 PM
The introductory lectures will begin at 8 PM

Start: July 13, 2013 7:00 PM
End: July 13, 2013 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

Come out and celebrate the launch of The OUTspoken Collection!

The OUTspoken Collection collaborates with queer artists to create products that playfully subvert the words/slander/euphemisms that coalesce into an [often-false] identity for men who have sex with men.  In short, we undefine ourselves.
Our first product is a tank top created by Minneapolis-based artist, Joe Sinness, based on Faggot.  The illustration is his interpretation of the traditional meaning of the word juxtaposed with its modern, hate-filled connotation.  Sinness’s expresses multiple levels of meaning through the arrangement objects found in the word’s history and combines them with gay ephemera (flowers, sex toys, etc).  Also, it looks really bad ass.
Wear your tank if you have one, purchase one at www.outspokencollection.com , or buy one at the event!




Start: July 13, 2013 4:00 PM
End: July 13, 2013 6:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

July 12, 2013

Katrina del Mar – Shorts, presented by Strange Loop Gallery

Sweating Gasoline, reaching for a match – Katrina del Mar

Katrina del Mar’s defiantly queer videos offer an exuberant, hyper-stylized sexuality, an unapologetic feminist voice, and often guerilla-style production tactics.

She uses her Lower East Side friends and lovers as punk heroines; and within her girl gang movies a world of strictly female population.

Katrina triumphs in the underground, revels in the grit and lathers on the beauty in these short films.


On Friday July 12th

Strange Loop Gallery will be hosting 40 minutes of short films – event starts at 7pm

suggested donation $6


Start: July 12, 2013 7:00 PM
End: July 12, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

July 11, 2013

NYC Book Launch for Thomas Glave’s Among the Bloodpeople: Politics and Flesh

Thomas Glave will read from his new book Among the Bloodpeople: Politics and Flesh (Akashic Books, 2013). Glave will be introduced by author David McConnell, who will moderate the discussion following the reading.


Thomas Glave has been admired for his unique style and exploration of taboo, politically volatile topics. The award-winning author’s new collection, Among the Bloodpeople, contains all the power and daring of his earlier writing but ventures even further into the political, the personal, and the secret.

Each essay in the volume reveals a passionate commitment to social justice and human truth. Whether confronting Jamaica’s prime minister on antigay bigotry, contemplating the risks and seductions of “outlawed” sex, exploring a world of octopuses and men performing somersaults in the Caribbean Sea, or challenging repressive tactics employed at the University of Cambridge, Glave expresses the observations of a global citizen with the voice of a poet.

With an introduction by Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa.

“A profound compassion for racial and sexual minorities, the oppressed, and the colonized, informs [Glave’s] searing, beautifully evocative collection of essays . . . He captures the languor and seductiveness of Jamaica . . . A graceful and original stylist, Glave highlights the marginalized—calling on the descendants of people who toiled for the Empire as slaves and colonial subjects to never forget their past, and, in effect, to those who profit from that past to acknowledge their complicity. Ultimately, his work is critical, yet filled with generosity and compassion.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review




David McConnell is the author of the acclaimed novels The Silver Hearted (a finalist for Lambda and Ferro-Grumley awards) and Firebrat. His short fiction and journalism have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, including the Literary Review (UK), Granta, and Prospect magazine (UK). He is the former cochair of the Lambda Literary Foundation, and lives in New York City. McConnell’s most recent book is American Honor Killings: Desire and Rage Among Men (2013), an investigation of recent murders of gay men in the U.S.


Start: July 11, 2013 7:00 PM
End: July 11, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

July 10, 2013

Celebration of Annie Lanzillotto’s Schistsong

Book blast party & reading for Annie Lanzillotto‘s book of poems, Schistsong with introduction by Rosette Imperato. Come toast the book.

Annie is joined by special guests: Emily Kunkel, Rose Imperato on Sax.

Members of Annie’s class, LITERARY OUTLAWS FOR LIBERATION, will also read.


will be available




by Annie Rachele Lanzillotto

An urban songline of New York. From the author
of the memoir L is for Lion, comes a panegyric of
the geology of Manhattan. ese poems glitter.
Manhattan schist is rendered as a template for the
skyline and characters of New York. Grit and stardust
collide in this debut collection of poetry and song.
e book begins with the bright re ective quality of
Mica and ends with the gentri ed vision of the city
where “New York is nine millions doors, and you have
not one key.” In between are stories of urban icons:
iceman, sh peddler, heart butcher, meter maid, San
Gennaro, the magic of grandmothers’ hands, the
vision of the oldest living tree in the city, immigrants
who fell out windows and died in explosions, Italian
phrases that link the essence of the sun to a rose to a
heart, crushed tomatoes, sunsets, supermarkets, the
glory of hot tar, the lessons of marines and lesbians.
You will learn history and geology, Italian American
heroes, and spiritual imperatives, through the syllables
of this one poet’s soul.


“Stunning in its originality, Annie Lanzillotto’s poetic voice is musical, energetic, wise, and compassionate. In Schistsong, Annie Lanzillotto creates a rhythmic love letter to New York with vivid, evocative poems that showcase unforgettable people, while encompassing history, science, geography, medicine, and geology.”

– MARIA FAMÀ, Author of Mystics in the Family, and Looking For Cover


Schistsong, Annie Lanzillotto’s astounding collection of poems is big and dense and speaks in a New York accent forged in the bedrock that predates the history of this great city, the metamorphic rock that is older than New York, older than Italy, many millions of years old. ‘Find your inner schist,’ your bedrock, this poet urges. Sprinkled with liberal handfuls of shiny mica, these poems are meant to kick and stomp and make sure you know they’re here. They come direct from the ‘heel of the boot’ as it was planted in the Bronx, New York.”

– ROSETTE CAPOTORTO, Author of Popbeads, and Bronx Italian


“A cacophony of bold urban verse, where we hear the barking fish vendors and shaky war veterans, the bitter iceworkers and lustful dykes looming on the docks. Lanzillotto’s witty slang cuts over the traffic, it whistles, sings; this is her testimony of a place and time where L’America beckons out immigrant Bronx soul windows, where words and rhythms are constructed of that glittering truth that makes the concrete mountains of Manhattan possible –schistpoetry!”

–TIM Z. HERNANDEZ, American Book Award winning poet and novelist, Author of Natural Takeover of Small Things


“Lanzillotto’s words’ skin can be tough as the leather used by immigrant shoemakers, and ring metallically as her father’s iceman tongs. At the core of it all is the tenderness of ripe, fresh crushed tomatoes. A seasoned performer as well as poet, Lanzillotto’s poetry appeals to the ear as well as the eye, intellect, and heart. These poems, all 15,164 words of them, are without a doubt among the finest I’ve ever read from any literary era.”

–ROSEMARY PETRACCA CAPPELLO, Poet, Writer, and Editor of Philadelphia Poets



Start: July 10, 2013 7:00 PM
End: July 10, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States