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Scissoring Publication Extravaganza!


  This month SCISSORING is officially released by Dramatists Play Service and we want to celebrate its publication with a gathering and small series of readings from the play. Join us for a spirited celebration of queer lady lit & love–plus donuts!   Copies of Scissoring will soon be available for purchase at the Bureau. [...]

Sat. Feb 23, 2019 7:00 PM


February 22, 2013

Comedians Paul Hallasy, Sandy Ehlers, and Alex Batcha perform at the Bureau

Paul Hallasy is a New York City-based comedian, writer, actor and singer. He performs regularly in New York City and has performed at clubs and colleges across the United States and around the world. A favorite of both gay and straight audiences, he was recently named one of “7 Funny LGBT Comics You Shouldn’t Have Missed” by The Advocate and has given gay travel advice to the travel web site Gridskipper. He has also appeared on such TV shows as the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s “Connect with Mark Kelley” and is the author of a book called New York Trilogy.

Sandy Ehlers is brassy, sassy and gassy with an upcoming one-woman show of the same name and just like baseball and Sinatra she hails from the one square mile of Hoboken, NJ. Please give it up for Sandy Ehlers.

Born and raised on a horse farm in New Jersey, or as he calls it, The Italian Section of Kentucky, Alex Batcha brings his unique experiences and point of view to the stage.  He can be found performing all over New York City and the tri-state area, and is a regular on weekly radio show Watson and Watson.

Start: February 22, 2013 7:00 PM
End: February 22, 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

February 17, 2013

Sassafras Lowrey reads from hir novel Roving Pack

In conjunction with Samantha Box’s exhibition of photographs of homeless queer youth in NYC, InvisibleSassafras Lowrey will read from hir novel Roving Pack.

Sassafras Lowrey is an internationally award-winning author, artist, and educator. Sassafras is the editor of the two time American Library Association honored, and Lambda Literary Finalist Kicked Out anthology (www.KickedOutAnthology.com), which brought together the voices of current and former homeless LGBTQ youth. Sassafras’ highly anticipated American Library Association honored debut novel Roving Pack (www.RovingPack.com) was released in autumn 2012. Roving Pack is set in an underground world of homeless queer teens searching for community, identity and connection amidst chaos. Sassafras is also the editor of Leather Ever After an anthology of BDSM fairy tale retellings to be released in early 2013. Sassafras regularly lectures and facilitates LGBTQ storytelling workshops at homeless shelters, colleges, conferences and community groups across the country and believes in the transformative power of storytelling for marginalized queer communities. Sassafras lives in Brooklyn with hir family. To learn more about Sassafras and hir work, visit www.SassafrasLowrey.com

Roving Pack
Called “Political, raucous, dark, and totally engrossing” by Lambda Literary and “a guiding light in the darkness of the false binary illusion of gender we’ve been too lazy to address” by the Huffington Post, Roving Pack, the debut novel by award winning queer author Sassafras Lowrey, is set in an underground world of homeless queer teens. Readers follow the daily life of Click, a straight-edge transgender kid searching for community, identity, and connection amidst chaos. As the stories unfold, we meet a pack of newly sober gender rebels creating art, families and drama in dilapidated punk houses across Portland, Oregon circa 2002. Roving Pack offers fast-paced in-your-face accounts of leather, sex, hormones, house parties, and protests. But, when gender fluidity takes an unexpected turn, the pack is sent reeling.

Kicked Out
In the U.S., 40% of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer(LGBTQ). Kicked Out brings together the voices of current and former homeless LGBTQ youth and tells the forgotten stories of some of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens. Diverse contributors share stories of survival and abuse with poignant accounts of the sanctuary of community and the power of creating chosen families. Kicked Out also highlights the nuanced perspectives of national organizations, regional agencies, This anthology, introduced by Judy Shepard, gives voice to the voiceless and challenges the stereotypical face of homelessness. To learn more, visit us online at KickedOutAnthology.com.

Start: February 17, 2013 7:00 PM
End: February 17, 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

February 16, 2013

Readings by Sally Bellerose and Hilary Sloin

Sally Bellerose is author of The Girls Club, Bywater Books. The manuscript won the Bywater Prize, The Rick Demarinis Award, the Writers at Work Award and an NEA Fellowship. Excerpts have been published in Sinister WisdomThe SunThe Best of Writers at WorkCutthroat, and Quarterly West.
Bellerose’s current project is a short story collection Fishwives which features old women behaving badly. The title story won first place in Saints and Sinners fiction contest.
Bellerose writes about class, sex, illness, absurdity, and lately, growing old.
Also a poet, she loves to mess with rhythm, rhyme, and awkward emotion – in her work.
Please visit her at http://sallybellerose.wordpress.com/

Hilary Sloin began her writing career as a playwright in the 80s. Her plays, which were mostly gay-themed and fairly subversive, were widely produced in the U.S. Lust and Pity was given main stage productions at the Westbank Café in NY, Theatre Rhinoceros in San Francisco, Alice B. Theatre in Seattle, Bailiwick Theatre in Chicago, and others. Other plays were produced in LA and at Smith College and received readings in NY. After a time, she switched to essays and short fiction, publishing in many small journals and anthologies and attending a number of residencies. Art on Fire was her first attempt at a novel and it took a long time to write. It garnered many accolades, including the bizarre honor of being mistakenly awarded prizes for non-fiction; there were those in the industry who wanted to publish it, thinking it was a biography, which, crazy as it is, attests to the success of the book’s intention. Sloin has recently completed a collection of short fiction entitled The Cure for Unhappiness and is currently at work on a manuscript about selling antiques, Pimpin’ the Frontier. When she isn’t writing she is usually refinishing or restoring antiques.

Start: February 16, 2013 7:00 AM
End: February 16, 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

February 15, 2013


The thought of Valentine’s Day getting you down? Us too. 
Around this season of love, NYC splits into two decisive camps: 

1.The candy-lovin’, heart-on-the-sleeve wearin’, de-thorned rose givin’, lacy craft makin torch holders of hetero-romance.

2. The angry, spiteful, lonely, depressed, vengeful cynics who say “Fuck love. pass me that Dario Argento dvd”. 

What about the rest of us? Those of us who think love is something worth celebrating, but frankly, don’t want to be icky and boring about it? 
This year In the Flesh and Visual AIDS invite you to take part in LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN: Romance Starts at Home. The International Community of Women Living with HIV‘s initiative is a weeklong celebration of positive women where you are encouraged to show your love for positive women, or if you are positive, how you will love yourself better.

On February 15th, In the Flesh’s monthly reading series will be devoted to positive women + allies and their stories on love. 

Come join us at The Bureau!

Start: February 15, 2013 7:00 PM
End: February 15, 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

February 14, 2013

Vladimir Cajkovac on Posters Addressing the AIDS Crisis

Vladimir Čajkovac, a curator from Zagreb, Croatia, will speak about his eighteen-month project in Dresden, where he works as a research fellow at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum on the project AIDS as a Global Media Event: An intercultural comparison of posters and their imagery, culminating in an exhibition and a series of related talks. Čajkovac’s residency in New York for the month of February is co-sponsored by Residency Unlimited and Visual AIDS.  

The website of the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum describes the project AIDS as a Global Media Event: An intercultural comparison of posters and their imagery and the related fellowship awarded to Vladimir Čajkovac in the following terms.

AIDS has radically transformed the world and become the focus of interdisciplinary study and research from a medical, cultural and media-historical perspective. Over the past 30 years, the German Hygiene Museum in Dresden has collected numerous items – predominantly posters – which have been used in the media campaign to combat the epidemic. It is the world’s largest collection of AIDS posters with over 9,000 specimens from 100 countries. As important media documents of our times, they convey traditional values and new attitudes concerning safe sex, homosexuality, discrimination, the desire for love, the solidarity with the afflicted and the fear of death. The images and visual composition of the posters offer insights into behavioral patterns, self-images and models of the 21st century, which the fellow from the United States, Eastern Europe or an African country will investigate by means of intercultural image analysis. He or she will be responsible for researching the concrete political, economic, aesthetic and social conditions in which the posters were created, and for interviewing the designers to learn more about the wishes and desires of the target group. Step by step, the fellow will build an international network and create a keyword catalogue which can serve as the basis for further research of the poster collection.

Start: February 14, 2013 7:00 PM
End: February 14, 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