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  In 2017, European artist duo Fleur Pierets and her wife, Julian Boom, came up with the idea for a performance art project in which they would get married in every country that had legalized same-sex marriage (22 when they started the project, now 28) After four countries, Julian was diagnosed with brain cancer and [...]

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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
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
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

November 21, 2013

Queerocracy Monthly Meeting

This month QUEEROCRACY will host a meeting that interactively attempts to map out the diverse overlapping ways in which we respond to HIV/AIDS through the use of imagery. We hope that these conversations and art-related activities facilitated throughout the night will lead us to conceive of how we can produce our own unique AIDS iconography.

Each meeting QROC will be teaming up with a new organization or individual within NYC AIDS activism to workshop with meeting attendees creative and alternative ways of participating actively in the movement to end HIV criminalization and related issues. The meetings will be hands on and will allow anyone attending to leave the meeting with a task and project at hand to stay connected and as involved as they feel comfortable and capable

The group/individual we will be workshopping with this month is: THEODORE KERR 

Canadian born Theodore Kerr, is a New York based writer, artist and organizer. He works with Visual AIDS, a non profit which supports artists living with HIV/AIDS, and uses art to tell the world that AIDS is NOT OVER.


QUEEROCRACY is an activist organization cultivating the leadership of queer folks and people living with HIV/AIDS in NYC. Through direct action organizing, membership led advocacy campaigns, educational trainings and political art and media we challenge and fight back against the existing structures that thrive on the punishment of positive and queer folks. QUEEROCRACY is dedicated to ending the AIDS crisis and the stigma, discrimination and criminalization that fuel its existence.




Start: November 21, 2013 7:00 PM
End: November 21, 2013 7:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

November 18, 2013

The Bureau On Hand at Situational Junta #2: An Unlikely Diplomatic Alliance

The Bureau will be on hand to sell books at the second installation of Situational Junta: An Unlikely Diplomatic Alliance

Location: The Bowery Arts + Science at The Bowery Poetry Club

308 Bowery, between Bleecker and Houston

Dates: Mondays, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16

The second Situational Junta, on Monday, November 18, will feature:

Emcee: DW Gibson (of the Kristiania Collective)

Main Dish: Lee Ann Norman’s ‘This is Our House: On music, memory, and the politics of culture’

Time: 6-8pm


{Each evening begins with a happy hour from 6pm to 7pm, and a live radio broadcast from 7-8pm.}



The United States Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) and the Associação Espaço Cultural Lanchonete (aka Lanchonete) are taking over Bowery Poetry for a series of evening encounters and exchanges, one part happy hour and the other part radio talk show… shaken, stirred, and served straight up on the airwaves! For three evenings this Fall, Situational Junta poses a simple question: If artists are empowered to innovate on a large enough scale to interrupt the status quo, what would that look like?

Antonio Gramsci wrote that “The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.” Situational Junta convenes a cast of unlikely midwives to cross borders and spark whimsy as they search for workarounds (or gambiarra) to the present condition and stoke a hunger for something new. Equal parts salon, happening, cabaret, and fireside chat, Situational Junta is a mash-up of ideas and forms building new alliances and bridging Bowery Poetry’s past to the future.

Description: Each evening is designed as a radio talk show, hosted by an emcee, and featuring a main guest or guests. In addition to their interview-conversation or performance, guests may prompt the audience to speak amongst themselves as music takes over the broadcast. A rotating, intergenerational, interdisciplinary cast of characters round out the hour through a tightly choreographed sequence of commentary, artist work, news flashes, and ‘commercial breaks’. People and projects emerge in unlikely proximity. Music, ideas, and drinks flow and the evening culminates with a soapbox open mic that invites audience members to join the broadcast. The <<main dish>> is surrounded by a sequence of newsflashes, ‘commercial breaks’, and urgent interventions by a retinue of creative schemers and artful dreamers.


Start: November 18, 2013 6:00 PM
End: November 18, 2013 8:00 PM
Venue: The Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery, New York, NY, 10012, United States
Cost: $10

November 15, 2013 – November 16, 2013

The Bureau’s 1st Birthday!

On November 15, 2012 the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division was born at Strange Loop Gallery. Let us now celebrate the first anniversary of this momentous event! Following the book signing with Tom Bianchi please stick around for the party! Featuring performances by Buzz Slutzky and Stephen Boyer at 9. And then we will dance to DJ Dandylion‘s beats!


Buzz Slutzky

Buzz Slutzky is a Brooklyn-based artist, writer, and curator. Buzz works in a range of media, particularly in drawing, video, and performance. They are a former Curator of the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, and currently work as a student and Research Assistant in the Parsons MFA Fine Arts program. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Buzz’s work has been shown at La Mama’s SQUIRTS: New Voices in Queer Performance, The MIX NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival, Dixon Place, and Ed. Varie Gallery. Their projects have been written about by Artforum.com, The Huffington Post, TimeOut NY, and NEXT Magazine. Buzz’s collaboration with LJ Roberts The Queer Houses of Brooklyn is the permanent collection of the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.


Stephen Boyer, photograph by Amos Mac

Stephen Boyer, photograph by Amos Mac

Stephen Boyer is a writer, performer, curator, painter, activist, etc…. best known for working in porn, working to compile the Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology, and for their novel Parasite, available at the Bureau. Form more Stpehn, visit Stephen’s blog Minor Progression.



DJ Dandylion

Visit Dandylion’s website spintuition.com




Start: November 15, 2013 9:00 PM
End: November 16, 2013 12:00 AM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States