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Rob Redding on race & losing his boyfriend to gun violence

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  Nationally syndicated talk host Rob Redding talks about his autobiography “Out Loud” which recounts how losing his first boyfriend to gun violence forced him out of the closet. “Out loud” is a story of race and sexuality that has been called “shocking” by CBS Radio. “Out loud” is available exclusively at his website ReddingNewsReview.com. Following [...]

Thu. Feb 22, 2018 7:00 PM

Events

February 22, 2017

Come Talk Some Moonlight! Meaning, Message, and Magic

 

Join Urban+Out for an intimate community conversation on Moonlight! One of the most important and innovative LGBT films in years, Moonlight has sparked lots of feelings and thoughts- come share yours!

We will delve deeper into key themes and perspectives through our discussion and closer readings of the extraordinary writing it has inspired, from deeply personal pieces on masculinity, sexuality, race, and redemption, to poignant explorations of 1980s Miami, Afro-Cuban identity, and music. We are putting together an online Moonlight Reader of articles and invite you to select articles/themes to explore and share during our discussion.

URBAN+OUT supports professional development, community empowerment, and cultural and civic
engagement.

URBAN+OUT engages, empowers, and supports diverse LGBTQ professionals of color to connect with, invest in, and contribute to each other, and all the communities in which we live.

 

 

 

Start: February 22, 2017 6:30 PM
End: February 22, 2017 8:30 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 $5 to $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

February 21, 2017

USS presents Nora Meiners and Open Slam #5

 

It’s that time of the month again! Time for our second-to-last chance to qualify for Union Square Slam Finals! Time to attend a free writing workshop to tighten up that poem you’ve been working on! Time to get your head and heart back on straight, with a little help from the wicked smaht Nora Meiners!

6:30pm-7:30pm: Free Writing Workshop
7:30pm – 8pm: Sign Ups.
8pm: First round of Slam
8:45pm: Feature
9:10 second and third rounds of slam

$5 // All Ages // Wheelchair Accessible

About our Feature:

Nora Meiners is mostly all ears and maybe some words. Which is to say she wants to read/hear your poems most! She has competed as a member of the 2013 Boston Poetry Slam, 2014 Lizard Lounge Poetry Slam National teams, and performed as a showcase poet on finals stage for the 2016 Individual World Poetry Slam in Flagstaff. She lives in Cambridge, MA.

About our Slam:

::Union Square Slam National Team Competition::

There are six opportunities to compete for the Union Square Slam National Team. The top two winners of each Open Slam have secured their spot in Finals.
Each open slam will :
consist of up to 8 poet competitors
have a 3 min time limit for each round with a 10-second grace period
will go from 8 in the first round to 5 in the second round and 3 in the third round (this is subject to change depending on the number of competitors that night — see below)
be scored cumulatively — the winner of the night will have the highest cumulative score from all three rounds.

Union Square Slam Nationals Qualifiers (Open Slams) are on the following dates:

September 20th
October 18th
November 15th
January 17th
February 21st
March 21st

Union Square Slam National Team Selection Finals will be held on April 18th.

The National Poetry Slam will be held in Denver, CO August 7-12th, 2017. All proceeds and donations to Union Square Slam go directly to funding travel, lodging and registration fees for representatives of Union Square Slam at national events.

In order to represent Union Square Slam at any National Competition, you must meet the following requirements:

Be 18 years old or older
Be an active member of PSI at the time of competition (register at www.poetryslam.com you cover your annual registration fee of $20 — questions? Talk to Cecily or the current slam manager)
Read, sign, and adhere to the PSI Code of Conduct
Participate in at least one Specialty Slam during the 2016-7 season. Specialty Slams include WOWPS qualifiers, Nerd Slams, Petty Slams, Iron Poet Slams, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

Start: February 21, 2017 6:30 PM
End: February 21, 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

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: (646) 358-1730
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.