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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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March 24, 2017

Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism


A reading and discussion on resistance movements past and present, and the special role of LGBTQ movements in American radicalism, by L.A. Kauffman, author of the new book, DIRECT ACTION.

As Americans take to the streets in record numbers to resist the presidency of Donald Trump, L.A. Kauffman’s timely, trenchant history of protest offers unique insights into how past movements have won victories in times of crisis and backlash and how they can be most effective today.

This deeply researched account, twenty-five years in the making, traces the evolution of disruptive protest since the Sixties to tell a larger story about the reshaping of the American left. Kauffman, a longtime grassroots organizer, examines how movements from ACT UP to Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter have used disruptive tactics to catalyze change despite long odds. The book highlights the centrality of feminist and queer organizers to the creation of a vibrant, decentralized tradition of resistance and activism.

Kauffman’s lively and elegant history is propelled by hundreds of candid interviews conducted over a span of decades. Direct Action showcases the voices of key players in an array of movements – environmentalist, anti-nuclear, anti-apartheid, feminist, LGBTQ, anti-globalization, racial-justice, anti-war, and more – across an era when American politics shifted to the right, and a constellation of decentralized issue- and identity-based movements supplanted the older ideal of a single, unified left.

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

L.A. Kauffman has spent more than 30 years immersed in radical movements, as an organizer, strategist, journalist, and observer.




Start: March 24, 2017 7:00 PM
End: March 24, 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.

March 21, 2017

Union Square Slam presents Natasha Hooper and our Last Open Slam


Union Square Slam is delighted to host, all the way from San Diego, nationally-ranked poet and goddess of grace, NATASHA HOOPER!!

AND! It’s your very last chance to qualify for Union Square Slam’s Finals Stage on April 18th. Get down here and sign up early!

6:30pm: Free Writing Workshop w/ IS Jones
7:30pm Sign-ups and Socialize
8:00pm: Slam and Feature

All Ages // Wheelchair Accessible
Suggested Donation $5-$10

About our Feature:

In a short period of time, Natasha Hooper has made her mark on the spoken word community, performing on various stages across the country, spanning from California to New York. She ‘s performed with the likes of Jasmine Mans at the infamous Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C. and competed in the largest individual poetry competition, the Individual World Poetry Slam, ranking among the top 25. A force to be reckoned with, Natasha holds the record in San Diego for the most consecutive slam wins in a single season. Recently, she also became a driving force in helping her slam team, San Diego Poetry SLAM, become the #2 team in the nation during her first trip to the National Poetry Slam in Decatur, GA.





Start: March 21, 2017 6:30 PM
End: March 21, 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 Donation $3-$10 (all proceeds go to supporting the Bureau and sending USS reps to national events)

March 14, 2017

USS presents Raena Shirali and David Winter


Union Square Slam is thrilled to host a lively open mic, and dynamic duo Raena Shirali and David Winter!!

6:30pm: Free Writing Workshop
7:30pm: Sign-Ups and Socialize
8:00pm: Open Mic
9:00pm: Feature — Raena Shirali and David Winter

// All Ages // Wheelchair Accessible //

Suggested Donation $3-$10
(all proceeds go to supporting the Bureau and sending USS reps to national events)

About our Feature:

Raena Shirali’s collection, GILT, fiercely unveils its first generation, East Indian speakers’ reconciliation of her identity as it engages with and critiques both Indian and American culture’s treatment and expectations of women. David Winter’s chapbook Safe House, and his current manuscript Archived Light, explore how queer and raced bodies live and love in a violent world. By performing their poems in conversation with each other, these two poets pose questions such as: How do we discern safe space from violence in drag? How can fragmentation and lyric explore our unknowable selves, lovers, heritages? How do we reconcile the personal body with the political, the self with its surrounding cultures? How can violence be music, and music be violent? How does communication fail us; how then, can silence (of lovers, families, cultures, nations) be a source of trauma? And can such silences be reclaimed as spaces for meditation or healing?

Indian American poet Raena Shirali’s first book, GILT, is forthcoming in 2017 with YesYes Books, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Blackbird, Crazyhorse, Four Way Review, Indiana Review, Muzzle Magazine, Ninth Letter, and many more. She received her MFA from The Ohio State University. Her honors include a 2016 Pushcart Prize, the 2016 Cosmonauts Avenue Prize, recognition as a finalist for the 2016 Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Prize, the 2014 Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, recognition as a finalist for the 2014 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and a “Discovery” / Boston Review Poetry Prize in 2013. She will be the Spring 2017 Philip Roth Resident at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University, and currently serves as a poetry reader for Muzzle Magazine.


David Winter wrote the chapbook Safe House (Thrush Press, 2013), and is currently working on a full-length manuscript entitled Archived Light, which has been a semi-finalist for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award and a finalist for the May Swenson Poetry Award. From 2010-2012 David led creative writing workshops with NYC non-profits in locations such as the LGBT Community Center, the 14th Street Y, Riker’s Island, and PS 279. More recently, he has received an MFA from The Ohio State University, a 2016 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, and a 2016-18 Stadler Fellowship from Bucknell University. David’s poems appear in publications such as The Baffler, Day One, Four Way Review, Muzzle, Ninth Letter, The Offing, and For Some Time Now: Performance Poets of New York City.




Start: March 14, 2017 6:30 PM
End: March 14, 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 Donation $3-$10 (all proceeds go to supporting the Bureau and sending USS reps to national events)

March 14, 2017 – March 19, 2017

Join the Bureau at the New York Live Arts Live Ideas Festival: Mx’d Messages


The Bureau will have a pop-up shop at the Live Ideas Festival, Mx’d Messages, in the lobby of New York Live Arts, March 14—19.

Curated by Mx Justin Vivian Bond

Trans-genre artist Mx Justin Vivian Bond curates a series examining the idea of a world without binaries–across gender, politics, theology, sensory perception and race.

Richard Move and MoveOpolis!, kick off the festival with the world premiere of XXYY and a special performance celebrating the 20th anniversary of Martha@…

Mx’d Messages continues March 14-19 with a keynote conversation, lunch time reading series, an afternoon film program curated by Dirty Looks, Happy Hour panel discussions on trans-theology, afrofuturism, activism and social justice, caregiving and choral workshops, Prime Time genre bending performance events including the TEAM’s RoosevElvis (Re_MX’D), Mx Bond’s House of Whimsy and more, and ends with a queer punk rock dance party.

Live Ideas is an annual humanities festival of arts and ideas, exploring the ideas, controversies and thinking informing a different bodily-oriented theme each time out. Past festivals have included The Worlds of Oliver Sacks, James Baldwin, This Time!, SKY-Force and Wisdom in America Today, curated by Laurie Anderson, andMENA/Future-Cultural Transformations in the Middle East North Africa Region.





219 West 19th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues

NY, NY 10011






Start: March 14, 2017
End: March 19, 2017
Venue: New York Live Arts
Phone: 212.691.6500
219 W 19th Street, New York, NY, 10011, United States

March 11, 2017

TELL 32: Dating


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.

DATING is the theme of the thirty-second installment of TELL. Featuring Micah Brown, Katie Liederman, and Shane O’Neill.


$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.




Micah Brown is a non binary NYC native and self-proclaimed wise guy who works as a barista in NoLita, and is never short of stories or perspective. With an emphasis on Spotify playlist-based self care, he’s been navigating adulthood and neurodivergence without any major injuries (so far).



Katie L_TELL

Katie Liedermanis a writer, playwright and director whose next play, about a sordid love affair between a magician and a saxophone player opens August 2017. She also hosts a monthly travel storytelling event at Metropolitan called TRIPS and you should come talk to her after the show if you have a story to tell.



Shane O’Neill is a writer, performer, video maker, and homosexual living in Brooklyn, NY. His writing and videos have been featured on The New York Times website, Refinery29, and ArtNews New York. He and his work have appeared onstage at Joe’s Pub, the LaMama Theater, the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, and at too many gay bars and queer DIY party spaces to list here. He has toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe via his musical persona Shane Shane. “Jane Johnson for the Stay At Home Shopper,” an original musical he wrote with Jill Pangallo, recently debuted at the OUTsider festival in Austin, TX. You can see him in New York City at his monthly comedy/variety shows “Tonight’s Special with Shane Shane” and “S.U.C.K. (Stand Up Comedy Klub).” He has a boyfriend named Dusty, a cat named Wanda, and a lovely family–both chosen and by blood–in the Great Midwest, all of whom he loves a great deal.







Start: March 11, 2017 7:00 PM
End: March 11, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
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.