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Events

February 19, 2017

Queer Collage Party

 

The Queer Collage Party is back! This will be our fifth Queer Collage Party at the Bureau. We provide the glue sticks and scissors, you provide the pictures and paper/cardboard. Everyone who attends should bring at least one magazine or book or a bunch of pictures that you’ll contribute to the group. Each person can make their own collage(s), or team up with others! You can keep your own collage(s), but don’t expect to walk away with your magazine intact! The spirit here is fun and sharing. Attend for part or all of the afternoon. You are encouraged but not required to bring a little snack to share — chips, tangerines, grapes, hummus, whatever.

Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: February 19, 2017 3:00 PM
End: February 19, 2017 6:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
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.

February 18, 2017

TELL 31: Black History Month Edition: EVERYTHING

 

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.

EVERYTHING is the theme of the thirty-first installment of TELL, the Black History Month Edition. Featuring Robin Cloud, Marcus Hicks, Meliq Karim, and Dorian S.!

 

$10 suggested donation – 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.

 

 

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Robin Cloud is a New York City-based TV host, comedian, and writer.  She is the host of BK Live, a daily show that showcases Brooklyn’s art, culture, and political scenes. She has been featured in Diva Magazine, GO magazine’s “Top 100 Women We Love,” Time Out New York’s “Quote of the Week”, and the Washington Post. Her festival appearances include the Women in Comedy, Ohio Lesbian, Fresh Fruit, Emerging Artists, and Hot! Festivals. Frequently booked to be the Master of Ceremonies, she is proud to have teamed up with fantastic artists and organizations such as the Hetrick-Martin Institute, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, NYC Pride, Mr. Murray Hill, Toshi Reagon, Doria Roberts and many more!As a college speaker, Robin tours the country with her talk “Accept Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself” which aims to inspire audiences to transform their fears into acts of courage. She is thrilled to be represented by OUTmedia and The Contemporary Issues Agency.

 

Marcus Hicks

Marcus Hicks is a Brooklyn based designer, tailor and humorist. Born and raised in Bakersfield, CA, Hicks studied Black Studies at San Francisco State University before moving to New York to start a career in fashion.

 

 

MELIQ

Meliq Karim or ‘Mel August’ is a black, Afro-Caribbean, bigender photographer and activist. They currently attend St. John’s University and study sociology and photography. Their main points of interest lie in black trans and queer activism, Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latinix visibility, and photographing the Pan-African Diaspora in and around NYC.

 

 

DORIAN

Dorian S. is an ex suburban teen who spends most of his time teaching yoga, reading, playing with cats, commuting, pondering US health care, and making playlists. He has always loved a good story and is just happy to be (here).”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: February 18, 2017 7:00 PM
End: February 18, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)

February 17, 2017

Fire!! and the Young Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance

 

Join longtime activist, scholar of African American studies, and friend of the Bureau James Wright for a discussion of FIRE!! and the Young Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance.

 

In 1926, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Wallace Thurman, Aaron Douglas, Richard Bruce Nugent, Gwendolyn Bennett, and John P. Davis created the first and only issue of the black literary journal FIRE!!, which included Nugent’s explicitly gay poem “Smoke, Lilies and Jade.” Wright will discuss FIRE!! in the context of the Harlem Renaissance, and we will screen Brother to Brother (2005, written and directed by Rodney Evans, 90 minutes), a dramatic film about the life and times of Bruce Nugent.

 

James Wright has organized events at the Bureau exploring the lives and works of James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry. Refreshments will be served and materials relating to FIRE!! and Bruce Nugent will be distributed at the event.

 

 

 

Start: February 17, 2017 7:00 PM
End: February 17, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau and the Audre Lorde Project. No one turned away for lack of funds.

February 16, 2017

CopWatch/HateWatch Training

 

CopWatch is an effective and legal tool for empowering communities, ending police misconduct, unprofessional behavior, and discrimination. You have the right to observe and record all police activities in public places. Learn how to exercise your rights safely and legally. Workshop will be taught by comedian and activist Elsa Waithe. Suggested donation of $5 to $10, but no one will be turned away.

 

Spread the word!!!

 

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“What to do if you’re stopped by the police”: a handy guide from the New York Civil Liberties Union. Print it out. Share it widely. Keep it with you. And you can find other “know your rights” cards (in English and Spanish) here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: February 16, 2017 7:00 PM
End: February 16, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $5 to $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

February 14, 2017

USS Presents the Joy Slam Fundraiser Featuring Taylor Steele

 

This Valentine’s Day, we’ve got a special night of poems for you!

6:30pm-7:30pm: Free Writing Workshop with I.S. Jones
7:30-8pm: Sign-ups and Socialize
8pm-8:30pm: Joy Slam sign-ups (sign up limited to 6)
8:30pm-9:30pm: Feature: Taylor Steele

All ages // Wheelchair Accessible // $5

About the Slam:
5 poets / 3 rounds / 3 minutes per poem

Theme on Joy:

There is a lot we have to mourn: the direction our country is heading, heartbreak, capitalism, lost edges, not being Rihanna enough, shitty bosses, etc etc etc.

Tonight, let’s honor our love/hurt/grief/peace. Let’s celebrate life.
ABOUT THE FEATURE:

Taylor Steele is a Bronx-born, Brooklyn-based writer and performer. Her work can be found at such esteemed publications as Apogee Journal, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, Rogue Agent, Blackberry: a Magazine, and more. Her chapbook “Dirty.Mouth.Kiss” is available on Pizza Pi Press. Taylor has written for The Body is Not an Apology and Drunken Boat Journal and is a content writer for Philadelphia Printworks. An internationally ranked spoken word artist, she has been featured by Huffington Post, Brooklyn Poets, Button Poetry and is a 2016 Pushcart Nominee. Most importantly, Taylor is a triple-Taurus who believes in the power of art to change, shape, and heal.

 

 

 

 

 

Start: February 14, 2017 6:30 PM
End: February 14, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $5