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Aural Fixation: A Post-Pride Fiction Extravaganza

Sasson reading

  Ready for summer? We know we are. Please join us for an evening of sultry tales and sizzling yarns as authors VIET DINH (After Disasters), DENNIS NORRIS (“Food 4 THOT”), ERIC SASSON  (Admissions, Margins of Tolerance), and JONATHAN VATNER (Carnegie Hill) provide the aural delights. Your ears will never be the same.     [...]

Tue. Jun 26, 2018 7:00 PM


September 9, 2017

TELL 36: Past Lives


TELL is an evening of story telling from the mouths and minds of queers in NYC hosted by Drae Campbell at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division since February 2014.

Past Lives is the theme of the 36th installment of TELL.  Featuring Dusty Childers, Shannon Matesky, Reilly Owens, and F. Squire. 
$10 suggested donation to support the Bureau and the performers. No one turned away for lack of funds.


Drae Campbell

Drae Campbell is a writer, actor, director, story teller, dancer, and nightlife emcee. Drae has been featured on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and on stages all over NYC. Drae’s directing work has appeared in Iceland, NYC, Budapest and in the San Francisco Fringe Festival. The short film Drae wrote and starred in with Rebecca Drysdale, YOU MOVE ME won the Audience Award for Outstanding Narrative Short at OUTFEST 2010 and has been shown in festivals globally. Drae won the grand prize at the first annual San Miguel De Allende Storytelling Festival in Mexico. She once reigned as Miss LEZ and also got dubbed “the next lezzie comedian on the block” by AfterEllen.com for her comedic stylings on the interwebs. Campbell hosts and curates a monthly queer storytelling show called TELL at BGSQD. Check her out online!  www.draecampbell.com.



The only way Dusty Childers has found to keep things out of his mouth is to continue talking. Given a time frame, a mic and an audience has helped make his nonstop banter more productive, and (according to those he’s paid off) somewhat entertaining. Although not tax deductible, being an audience member of a show in which Dusty is performing surely is a charitable moment. Feel good about yourself, and clap if you can muster it.




Shannon Matesky is an actress, writer, director, producer and an organizer from Berkeley, California. She is creator and curator of Queer Abstract, a monthly performance series in Brooklyn. As an actress Shannon has performed with a range of theater companies including The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theater, and The Inconvenience. She has been featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, Nuyorican Poets Cafe and elsewhere. Shannon has produced campaigns and festivals across the United States, including the Brave New Voices International Teen Poetry Festival, Life is Living, and The Fly Honey Show. Shannon currently works with Urban Word NYC. For more information visit www.shannonmatesky.com



reilly owens

Reilly Owens is a Queer Trans Woman of Color and her pronouns are she/hers. She is a student at Queens College where she studies Anthropology. Reilly loves to converse with people and her life’s story is a series of many adventures, and meeting with many people and seeing opportunities for growth, either for herself or the people she works with. Her current journey sees her growing into her skin with self-confidence and love for those around her. FUN FACT: One of her favorite breakfasts is peanut butter, apple butter, and bananas on a English Muffin.




F. Squire is a new poetess and resident of Brooklyn, believes in the physical prowess of spoken word. Their first selected work, Hairstory, was published in Glitter & Grit (A Lambda Literary Award Winner). This year, they were Judge’s Choice Winner at the Funhouse Follies Cabaret and performed at LGBT Voices for Queens Pride Festival. Their motto is “Embrace Your Spectacle.”





Start: September 9, 2017 7:00 PM
End: September 9, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: (646) 358-1730
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the performers and the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

September 8, 2017

Book Launch for Mickey Aloisio’s ‘American Wildlife’


Join Mickey Aloisio as he presents and signs copies of his latest book, American Wildlife. There will be a conversation mediated by independent curator and writer, Efrem Zelony-Mindell with Aloisio about the work, starting at 7:30 and will open Q&A with the audience directly after.



American Wildlife is the outcome of a trip where Aloisio spent three months on the road photographing queer men and their communities across the country during the fall of 2016. During this time, he found his subjects by going to the different safe spaces of that particular area. Aloisio would then arrange to go to their home to create art with them as two collaborators.

Each book is a first edition copy of 100. The book is 90 pages, soft cover with a foreword by Efrem Zelony-Mindell. Each signed copy will be sold for $50 and a limited edition print sale (25) of the book + an 8×10 signed archival pigment print will also be available for $100.


mickey-aloisio-low-res-6 copy

Mickey Aloisio is an American born artist who is currently based in Queens, NY. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a concentration on photography in 2016. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Aloisio addresses ideas of sexuality, vulnerability and identity with an expressive and sincere approach.



Start: September 8, 2017 7:00 PM
End: September 8, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
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.

September 6, 2017

OLNY Poly Movie Night: Sammy and Rosie Get Laid


Open Love NY presents Poly Movie Night, a FREE series of feature films that focus on the portrayal of consensual / ethical non-monogamy in cinema. This month we’ll be at our regular venue, the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division.
Please join us for Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987), directed by Stephen Frears, written by Hanif Kureishi, and starring Frances Barber, Ayub Khan-Din, Shashi Kapoor, Claire Bloom, Roland Gift, and Meera Syal.
We’ll meet at 6:30 pm at the Bureau (in room 210 of The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center at 208 West 13th Street) for pre-screening socializing and start the movie at 7 pm. The more people come, the more likely we’ll continue the event! The event is free, although a $10 suggested donation to help fund future events is much appreciated.
Synopsis: While their London neighborhood erupts with violence sparked by the police killing of a black woman, middle-class couple Sammy and Rosie cope with a visit from Sammy’s father Rafi, a former politician with an unsavory past. He disapproves of their friends and their open marriage. TW: suicide, torture. Running time: 1 hour 41 minutes.




Start: September 6, 2017 6:30 PM
End: September 6, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau and Open Love New York. No one turned away for lack of funds.

September 5, 2017

USS presents IWPS Qualifier !


Union Square Slam is returning with an IWPS qualifier.

IWPS is the Individual World Poetry Slam presented by PSi, in Spokane Washington this year October 11-14th.

There will be NO OPEN MIC.

Four rounds:
4 minute
1 minute
2 minute
3 minute

Sign-ups at 7pm SHARP

all ages // wheelchair accessible // admission $5-10





Start: September 5, 2017 7:00 PM
End: September 5, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested $5-10 donation

August 29, 2017

Bureau closed Sundays and Tuesdays in July and August


The Bureau will be closed on Sundays and Tuesdays in July and August. Our summer hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays, 1 to 7 PM.


Date: August 29, 2017