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Fighting for Trans Lives: Mizz June’s War Call


  There’s no getting around it, the current political climate is a battleground. Add rising murders of Transgender women (specifically, Transwomen of color) to the already increasing issues being faced by the TLGBQ community, and it’s no wonder a song like War Call was created.   War Call, the debut single and music video from [...]

Tue. Nov 20, 2018 7:30 PM


November 15, 2017

Debut Poetry Book Launch and Reading: The Carnival of Affection by Philip F. Clark. Featuring poet David J. Bauman


Philip F. Clark and David J. Bauman will read from their current published work and works in progress. Refreshments will be served. The poets will sign copies of their books for sale at the close of the event.


Philip F Clark

PHILIP F. CLARK, a native New Yorker, received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing/Poetry at City College, New York, in 2016, where he is currently an Adjunct Lecturer in English. He was the graduate editor of The Promethean Literary Journal. His poetry has been published in Assaracus Journal of Gay Poetry, The Good Men Project, “Between: New Gay Poetry, published by Chelsea Station Editions, The HIV HERE AND NOW Project, and most recently, Transition: Poems In the Aftermath, published by Indolent Press. His poetry reviews and interviews have been published in Lambda Literary. His blog The Poet’s Grin can be seen at https://philipfclark.wordpress.com His current debut volume of poetry The Carnival of Affection, is published by Sibling Rivalry Press. It was a winner of the Jerome Lowell De Jur Award for Poetry in 2016.



David Bauman

DAVID J. BAUMAN has recently published work in 2 Bridges Review, Barely South Review, and Yellow Chair Review. His poems have also been published in journals and magazines such as San Pedro River Review, Blue Hour, Contemporary American Voices, and T(OUR). He is a recipient of the Richard Savidge Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets and Bloomsburg University. David’s chapbook Moons, Roads, and Rivers will be published in November of 2017 by Finishing Line Press. When he is not writing and publishing poems, David manages a small branch library in the Wilkes-Barre area, where he is the Editor of Word Fountain, the Literary Magazine of the Osterhout Free Library.





Start: November 15, 2017 7:00 PM
End: November 15, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States

November 11, 2017

TELL 38: Overcome


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.

Overcome is the theme of the 38th installment of TELL.  Featuring Thomas March, Ali Lemer, Rosie Frascella, Simba Sandra Yangala, and Mariel Reyes.
$10 suggested donation to support the Bureau and the performers. 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.


thomas march_tell

Originally from Springfield, IL, Thomas March is a poet, teacher and critic based in New York City. Aftermath, his first poetry collection, was selected by Joan Larkin for The Word Works Hilary Tham Capital Collection and will appear in Spring 2018. His poetry has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, The Good Men Project, Pleiades, and Public Pool, among others. His reviews and essays have appeared in The Believer, The Huffington Post, and New Letters. With painter Valerie Mendelson, he is the co-creator of A Good Mixer, a textual-visual hybrid project based on a 1933 bartender’s guide of the same name; it will have gallery previews beginning in early 2018. Appearing regularly in Lambda Literary Review, his poetry column, “Appreciations,” offers appreciative close readings of excellent poems from recent collections by LGBTQ poets. A past recipient of the Norma Millay Ellis Fellowship in Poetry, from the Millay Colony for the Arts, he has also received an Artist/Writer grant from The Vermont Studio Center. In recent years, he has written and performed monologues at a number of venues in New York City, including Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub, The Peoples Improv Theater, and Sid Gold’s Request Room. Twitter: @realthomasmarch, Web: www.thomasmarch.org



Ali Lemer is a writer and editor and the author of numerous guidebooks and travel articles for companies such as Thomas Cook and Lonely Planet, as well as the co-editor of Joyful Strains: Making Australia Home (2013, Affirm Press). She’s also been a radio DJ, a roller derby announcer, a tech support assistant, a first-year English teacher, a desktop publisher and a waiter, so her mother is still waiting for her to settle down and find a good job already.

rosie F_TELL

Rosie Frascella is a teacher activist and queer mama. She is a core member of the New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE) and a 12th grade English teacher.




Simba Sandra Yangala was born in Zaire (currently the Democratic Republic of Congo). She is a performing artist, choreographer, playwright, actress, dancer and educator. She studied Liberal Arts at LaGuardia Community College and Social Sciences at the College of New Rochelle. She is the founder and Artistic Director of her performing arts company JungleDom Network in which she founded the Kamutshima Dance Troupe.

As a daughter of Africa, she is committed to creating a greater awareness and appreciation of African culture, the performing arts and particularly, female performing artists. Simba has a special gift of emphasizing with children from her over 10 years experience of working as an ethics educator. She imbues them with confidence and strives to teach the importance of community. With her generous heart and enthusiasm for the arts she has already nurtured a generation of children through the Ethics for Children program at Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture. Tapping into her breadth of experience working with children, she has also taught drama with the Young Peoples Theater, is an assistant teacher with Education in Dance and thought African Dance with Arts East New York. At Play Kids she taught African Dance, French Sing-a-Long and Folk Sing-a-Long for children and also African Dance for adults.

Sitting down with her sisters, brothers and cousins, before bedtime as a child, Simba enjoyed story time by many family members including her maternal grandfather. That cherished valuable time of her childhood later influenced her own talent as a wonderful story teller. She has been in many of Susana Cook’s plays and performing and producing off-Broadway theater since 2004. Catch her in her next wave of performances or caring and dancing with children.



While somewhat of a shy performer and storyteller, Mariel Reyes has written & produced works for some of your favorite experimental theater spaces in NYC (Dixon Place, Brooklyn Arts Exchange) and has also appeared on screen in the film “Appropriate Behaviour” which premiered at Sundance in 2014.



Start: November 11, 2017 7:00 PM
End: November 11, 2017 9:30 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: $10 suggested donation to benefit the performers and the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

November 10, 2017

John Hanning reads from his book Unfortunate Male


Join us on Friday evening for a special performance by artist John Hanning. The lights will go out at 7:30. Seating is limited – Do not miss this! A special edition of the artist book is available, 25 copies.

Unfortunate Male chronicles John Hanning‘s diagnosis with AIDS with his medical records, photographs and memory text. Hanning’s book is a meditation on memory. Why do we remember some things and not others? Do memories sustain us or ruin us? Is it possible to rewrite or reenact memories? How do photographs and medical forms – relics of sorts – facilitate or challenge our ability to remember and tell stories?

John Hanning is a Brooklyn based artist and writer. He connects places and ideas – pictorially and conceptually, composing his personal iconography as he traces his life to the present. He is the author of Unfortunate Male.


Photograph by Michael McFadden. @mcfaddenphoto








Start: November 10, 2017 7:00 PM
End: November 10, 2017 9:30 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.

The Center opens at 5 PM on Veteran’s Day


The Center will open at 5 PM on Veteran’s Day, Friday, November 10.

The Bureau will open at 6 PM for our 7 PM event: John Hanning reads from his book Unfortunate Male

Start: November 10, 2017 5:00 PM
End: November 10, 2017 5:00 PM

November 8, 2017

OLNY Poly Movie Night: Frida


Open Love NY presents Poly Movie Night, a FREE series of feature films that focus on the portrayal of consensual / ethical non-monogamy in cinema. This month we’ll be at our regular venue, the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division.
Please join us for Frida (2002), directed by Julie Taymor and starring Salma Hayek and Alfred Molina.

We’ll meet at 6:30 pm at the Bureau (in room 210 of The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center at 208 West 13th Street) for pre-screening socializing and start the movie at 7 pm. The more people come, the more likely we’ll continue the event! The event is free, although a $10 suggested donation to help fund future events is much appreciated.

Synopsis: Despite illness, injury, and life-long pain, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo lived a full and extraordinary life. She and her husband, painter Diego Rivera, both had many other relationships over the course of their marriage. Frida’s doctor told her that Diego “has never been, nor ever will be, monogamous.” Running time: 2 hours 3 minutes.






Start: November 8, 2017 6:30 PM
End: November 8, 2017 9:30 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 and Open Love New York. No one turned away for lack of funds.