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Trans/Queer/Woman: Theory and Politics

Christina Quarles, Grounded By Tha Side of Yew, 2017 copy

  The Bureau is excited to partner with the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research to bring you: Trans/Queer/Woman: Theory and Politics Instructor: Sophie Lewis The course will meet at the Bureau on Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, and 31, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM Transfeminine lives are often seen as having, in and of themselves, political [...]

Wed. Jul 24, 2019 6:30 PM

Events

June 30, 2019

Bureau closed for Pride! See you at the Queer Liberation March and Rally!

 

The Bureau will be closed on Pride Sunday, June 30th. Please join us at the Queer Liberation March and Rally!

From the Reclaim Pride Coalition website:

The Queer Liberation March is a people’s political march—no corporate floats, and no police in our march. Please see our statement on Why We March. We honor the powerful legacy of the Stonewall Rebellion by highlighting the most marginalized members of our community, as we commit to addressing the ongoing struggles that we face.

Retracing the steps of the original Christopher Street Liberation Day March of 1970, the Reclaim Pride Coalition will gather in Sheridan Square, march all the way up 6th Avenue, and end with a rally in Central Park’s Great Lawn.

Everyone is welcome to join the march at any point. No pre-registration or wristbands are required.

We will gather on 7th Ave south of Christopher Street before stepping off at 9:30am.

We will march one block up 7th Avenue, take a right on West 10th Street over to 6th Avenue and then all the way up 6th Avenue into Central Park.

There will be a midpoint gathering in Bryant Park at 11am where we encourage folks who cannot make the early step off to join the march.

You can join the march at any point by stepping off of the sidewalks into the streets anywhere north of West 23rd Street on 6th Ave. (Below this point it might not be possible due to street blocking for the HOP Pride Parade).

The march will end with a Rally in Central Park’s Great Lawn with disability access on the corner of East 85th Street & 5th Ave. You are welcome to join us here.

Click here for details about accessibility, what to bring and what not to bring and other important information.

 

 

 

Date: June 30, 2019

June 29, 2019

World Pride impac+NYC Book-Signing

 

Join QGBT men from around the world for our book signing event at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division from 1-3 PM on Saturday June 29.
 
Kaz Senju – Shinjuku Story
Matthew Papa – Songs to the Siren
Michael Craft – Sweet Tooth
Michael McFadden – Borderlands
 
 
Impac+ NYC is a social community of queer, gay, bi, and trans men living with HIV that meet for weekly happy hours, monthly dinners, brunches, picnics, river cruises, and more!

 

 

 

 

 

Start: June 29, 2019 1:00 PM
End: June 29, 2019 3:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States

June 27, 2019

Enby Spoken Histories: Storytelling Event

 
Celebrating Queer Excellence Through Storytelling!
 
Enby Spoken Histories is an archival storytelling project that aims to record, preserve, and amplify the rich, diverse stories of individuals whose genders don’t fall within the binary. We have partnered with StoryCorps to build a longstanding, historical archive at the Library of Congress. We hope our stories educate and normalize both our humanity and our existence. By creating space through storytelling, we aim to continue building safer spaces for TGNC folks to thrive!
 
There is a distinct and severe lack of information, research, and representation in literature—academic or otherwise—detailing transgender lives and identities. Even moreso, there is an absence of nonbinary recognition in recorded material. Seeing this need for documentation of non-binary livelihoods, we have partnered with StoryCorps to build a longstanding, historical archive at the Library of Congress. This is groundbreaking!!! Our content is being recognized by an official archival space that doesn’t normally pay notice to queer, let alone non-binary, experiences.
 
We would like to invite people of all identities to join us in honoring some of the stories that have been shared so far. Enby Spoken Histories is a developing project that started as a passion project and is now taking shape as a larger oral history collection. Come honor the stories we have cultivated, along with the live talks from our community members.
 
This is especially important right now as we fight the attempted erasure of our community.
 
Join us while we share some of the stories we have recorded with StoryCorps.
 
Special Guests: Lexie Bean, Nicole Sgarlato, Bobby Sanchez, and more!
 
ALL IDENTITIES WELCOME!!!
 
 
 

 

 

Start: June 27, 2019 7:00 PM
End: June 27, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

June 26, 2019

Tired Selena: A Performance by Sebastián Castro Niculescu

 

How, and where, do we remember sites of queer/trans history? Which bars are memorialized in history and which are bulldozed over? Fifty years on from the inceptive Stonewall Riots, do we sometimes get tired of remembering? Is this okay? In this performance, we will perform a dual kind-of mourning, for Selena and for the Midtown bar Sally’s. Selena, the Tejana pop star, performed her legendary last performance at the Houston Astrodome in 1995. And Sally’s Hideaway & Sally’s II, bars situated around Times Square and populated largely by trans women of color, are reported to have existed, in different locations, from 1986 to 1997. What do these two events and spaces have to do with each other, if anything? Moving within the possibilities and difficulties of remembering each, this performance proposes a space for fatigue, joy, exhaustion, desire – and all their messy complications.

 

Presented on the occasion of Y’all Better Quiet Down, a joint exhibition at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division and the Leslie-Lohman Museum, curated by Jeanne Vaccaro and Nelson Santos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: June 26, 2019 7:00 PM
End: June 26, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

June 25, 2019

The Melting Queen NY Launch

 

Please join Bruce Cinnamon to celebrate the publication of his debut novel, THE MELTING QUEEN.
 

About THE MELTING QUEEN:
 
Every year since 1904, when the ice breaks up on the North Saskatchewan River, Edmonton has crowned a Melting Queen—a woman who presides over the Melting Day spring carnival and who must keep the city’s spirits up over the following winter. But this year, something has changed: a genderfluid ex-frat brother called River Runson is named as Melting Queen. As River’s reign upends the city’s century-old traditions, Edmonton tears itself in two, with progressive and reactionary factions fighting a war for Edmonton’s soul. Ultimately, River must uncover the hidden history of Melting Day, forcing Edmonton to confront the dark underbelly of its traditions and leading the city into a new chapter in its history. Balancing satire with compassion, Bruce Cinnamon’s debut novel combines history and magic to weave a splendid future-looking tale.
 

 

Copies of The Melting Queen are available for purchase at the Bureau. To reserve a copy please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you!
 

 

Bruce Cinnamon was born in Edmonton and grew up just downstream in Fort Saskatchewan, along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. He holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Alberta and a Master of Global Affairs from the University of Toronto. His favourite authors and literary influences include Garth Nix, Haruki Murakami, Jorge Luis Borges, Rachel Carson, Thomas King, Tomson Highway, and Italo Calvino. THE MELTING QUEEN is his first novel and is a part of the Nunatak First Fiction series.

 

 

 
 

Start: June 25, 2019 7:00 PM
End: June 25, 2019 8:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.