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Proximity: Words + Visions gathers poets, performance artists, & scholars sharing work focused on bodies, unravelings, de/stabilizations, intersections, mis/communications, & the mutability of binaries & borders. Hang out & bring all your selves. Featuring: Chia-Lun Chang, Miguel Gutierrez, Tiara Roxanne, and xtian w. Reception: 7:00 Event: 7:30 Suggested Donation: $10, but no one turned away [...]

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Events

May 11, 2017

Get Healthy: improving LGBT health through film

 

The 2015 short film, Vanessa Goes to the Doctor, turned LGBT cultural competence training on its head, changing the way healthcare providers understand and treat their LGBT patients all in 8 entertaining minutes. Please come to a special screening of Vanessa and a fundraising kickoff for the production of three more films for this important and potentially life-saving film series.
Meet the filmmakers who will talk about why they used this approach and learn about what they plan to do in continuing this series.
 
Reception 7 PM

Screening 7:30 PM

 

liz margolies, LCSW is the founder and executive director of the National LGBT Cancer Network. She produced this video, along with filmsfornonprofits.org, as part of a larger cultural competence training curriculum for health and human services providers, presenting it at hospitals, organizations and conferences across the country. In 2014, liz was chosen as one of the OUT100 for her work.

 

 

 

 

Start: May 11, 2017 7:00 PM
End: May 11, 2017 8:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 646-358-1730
Address:
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.

May 10, 2017

Undercover Girl: The Lesbian Informant Who Helped the FBI Bring Down the Communist Party

 
Join us for the launch of Undercover Girl: The Lesbian Informant Who Helped the FBI Bring Down the Communist Party, by Lisa E. Davis.
 

This is not the story of a bad lesbian. This is the story of a bad system and a terrible moment in American history we call “the McCarthy era.” The American Left never recovered. Our focus is Angela Calomiris (1916-95), a Village photographer well paid by the FBI to spy on the New York Photo League and the American Communist Party (1942-49). We know about her because she broke her cover to testify at the first Smith Act trial (1949) of the Party leadership accused of “conspiracy to advocate the overthrow of the US gov’t by force and violence.” They went to prison while Angela became a Red Scare celebrity with a (ghost-written) book about her patriotic service, then tried to get a big-time job in photography out of the FBI. She later retreated to Provincetown where she owned several properties–Angel’s Landing was one–and kept her previous career as an informant a deep, dark secret. A selection of vintage photos accompanies this presentation.
 
Lisa E Davis has lived in Greenwich Village for many years. Her latest book is “Undercover Girl: The Lesbian FBI Informant Who Helped the FBI Bring Down the Communist Party.” Her novel “Under the Mink,” a film noir tale of gay and lesbian entertainers in mob-owned Village nightclubs of the 1940s, was re-issued in 2015, and has been optioned for a TV series/film. With a PhD in Comparative Literature, Davis taught for years in SUNY and CUNY, published numerous essays, and lectured widely on New World and European literary topics. High points in her career include meeting Fidel Castro and almost drowning in the Colorado River.

 

 

 
 
 

Start: May 10, 2017 7:00 PM
End: May 10, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 646-358-1730
Address:
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.

May 6, 2017

Dandy Darkly’s Six Hundred and Sixty-Six Tales of Sex and Death! A Book Launch

 

NYC’s maestro of the macabre is dragging his tawdry tales of sex and death from the stage and on to the page. Dandy Darkly will be on hand at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division to sell some books, sign some books and do a selected reading of tales from his brand new book, and to kick off his upcoming USA tour.

Dandy Darkly’s Six Hundred and Sixty-Six Tales of Sex and Death! (Volume One) is a collection of short stories from Dandy’s critically acclaimed, queer storytelling shows. The book also features illustrations by Dandy Darkly. The shindig kicks off at 7pm with a reading of Dandy’s favorite tales at 8pm.

 

Dandy Darkly lives in Brooklyn, New York with his husband and cats. “The Homer of the 21st century” (Washington Square News), Dandy is an emergent queer performance artist and cabaret storyteller. He has performed internationally at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the London Horror Festival and the historic Royal Vauxhall Tavern. The East Village is Dandy’s playground, with annual shows at Under St. Marks, the Queerly Festival and Dixon Place. His critically acclaimed work has been described as “fantastical fairytale horror, equal parts Tennessee Williams, Edgar Allen Poe and Bruce La Bruce” (Time Out) and “a cross between Pam Ayres, Liberace and Tales from the Crypt.” (The Scotsman). This “decidedly wicked storyteller” (New York Times) is “simply one of the most thoughtful, hilarious and harrowing queer talents at work today.” (Scotsgay Magazine).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: May 6, 2017 7:00 PM
End: May 6, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 646-358-1730
Address:
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.

May 5, 2017

David Pratt’s Wallaçonia, Reading & Signing with guest Don Weise

 

David Pratt reads from his new young adult novel, Wallaçonia. Following the reading, independent editor Don Weise will join Pratt in a discussion of the process of writing and editing queer young adult novels.

Copies of Wallaçonia will be available for purchase at the event.
To reserve a copy of Wallaçonia, please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com.

 

David Pratt author pic

David Pratt is the author of the novels Bob the Book (Lambda Literary Award winner) and Looking After Joey. His short stories are collected in the volume My Movie. He has performed worked for the stage in New York City at HERE, Dixon Place, the Cornelia Street Cafe and in the New York International Fringe Festival. He lives in Michigan.

 
 

Don Weise has more than twenty years publishing experience, the majority of which has been devoted to LGBT literature. Don was named by Publishers Weekly as an industry “Change Maker” and listed among Out Magazine’s “100 Most Intriguing Gay Men and Lesbians” of the year. Weise is currently the founder/publisher of the LGBT press Querelle Books.
 

 

 

Start: May 5, 2017 7:00 PM
End: May 5, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 646-358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States

May 4, 2017

Transgender Children & Youth, Book Launch & Talk, with Elijah Nealy

 

Join us to celebrate the publication of Transgender Children & Youth: Cultivating Pride and Joy with Families (W. W. Norton, 2017), by Elijah C. Nealy.
 
Dr. Nealy, a therapist and former deputy executive director of New York City’s LGBT Community Center, and himself a trans man, has written the first-ever comprehensive guide to understanding, supporting, and welcoming trans kids. Covering everything from family life to school and mental health issues, as well as the physical, social, and emotional aspects of transition, this book is full of best practices to support trans kids.
 
The reception begins at 7, with a talk by Dr. Nealy at 7:30pm, followed by a Q&A. Copies of the book will be available for sale.
 

Elijah C. Nealy, PhD, M.Div., LCSW has worked extensively with LGBTQ adolescents and adults in both pastoral and social service capacities for the past 25 years. Dr. Nealy taught fulltime at Columbia School of Social Work, currently is assistant professor of social work at the University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, and for 12 years served the LGBT Community Center in New York City, initially as Director of their adolescent and adult mental health programs and then as Deputy Director. His clinical practice has focused on transgender and gender diverse youth and their families. An openly identified transgender man, Dr. Nealy lives in West Hartford with his partner and is the proud father of three amazing young people.
 

 

 

 

Start: May 4, 2017 7:00 PM
End: May 4, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 646-358-1730
Address:
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.