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  Come celebrate Elsa Waithe‘s 30th bday the only way she know how… WITH LAUGHTER!!! On May 25th @ 7pm, Bureau of General Services-Queer Division is gonna be packed as we ring in Elsa’s new decade with this hot lineup:   Beth Maria Margo Reiss Shelly Colman Sarah Hartshorne Norah Yahya Mamoudou N’Diaye   $10 [...]

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Events

May 12, 2017

Resist, Rebel, Transgress: Nothing Without Us Screening

 

In conjunction with the Bureau’s current exhibition, The Lesbian Avengers: 25th Anniversary Exhibition:

Friday, May 12  7 p.m. Lesbian Avengers 25 event series, “Resist, Rebel, Transgress.” A screening of the powerful film, Nothing Without Us, by Harriet Hirshorn and Mary Patierno about women fighting AIDS worldwide.

Nothing Without Us is the first and only documentary telling the story of the inspiring women at the forefront of the global AIDS movement. Combining archival footage and interviews with female activists, scientists and scholars in the US and Africa, “Nothing Without Us: The Women who Will End AIDS” reveals how women not only shaped grassroots groups like ACT-UP in the U.S., but have also played essential roles in HIV prevention and the treatment access movement throughout sub-Saharan Africa. The film explores the unaddressed dynamics that keep women around the world at risk of HIV, while introducing the remarkable women who have the answers to ending this 30-year old pandemic.

 

The Lesbian Avengers: 25th Anniversary Exhibition is on view at the Bureau through June 4, 2017.

We did it, and we’ll do it again! A multimedia activist exhibit celebrating the Lesbian Avengers, formed 25 years ago during another surge of hardcore misogyny, and anti-gay, white Nationalist hate. Includes still photos, flyers, posters, slide shows, and video. Were you there? We welcome your participation. This mobile exhibit won’t take on its final form until late April. In June, it will begin to pop up all over the country. Including a neighborhood near you!

 

Related upcoming event:

Friday, June 2 7 p.m. Lesbian Avengers 25 event series, “Resist, Rebel, Transgress” in co-operation with Lambda Literary. Includes Lesbian Avengers and writers, Susana Cook, Ana Simo (co-founder), and others.

 

 

 

 

Start: May 12, 2017 7:00 PM
End: May 12, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $5 to $10 to benefit both the traveling exhibition The Lesbian Avengers: 25th Anniversary Exhibition and the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

May 11, 2017

Get Healthy: improving LGBT health through film

 

The 2015 short film, Vanessa Goes to the Doctor, turned LGBT cultural competence training on its head, changing the way healthcare providers understand and treat their LGBT patients all in 8 entertaining minutes. Please come to a special screening of Vanessa and a fundraising kickoff for the production of three more films for this important and potentially life-saving film series.
Meet the filmmakers who will talk about why they used this approach and learn about what they plan to do in continuing this series.
 
Reception 7 PM

Screening 7:30 PM

 

liz margolies, LCSW is the founder and executive director of the National LGBT Cancer Network. She produced this video, along with filmsfornonprofits.org, as part of a larger cultural competence training curriculum for health and human services providers, presenting it at hospitals, organizations and conferences across the country. In 2014, liz was chosen as one of the OUT100 for her work.

 

 

 

 

Start: May 11, 2017 7:00 PM
End: May 11, 2017 8:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
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.

May 10, 2017

Undercover Girl: The Lesbian Informant Who Helped the FBI Bring Down the Communist Party

 
Join us for the launch of Undercover Girl: The Lesbian Informant Who Helped the FBI Bring Down the Communist Party, by Lisa E. Davis.
 

This is not the story of a bad lesbian. This is the story of a bad system and a terrible moment in American history we call “the McCarthy era.” The American Left never recovered. Our focus is Angela Calomiris (1916-95), a Village photographer well paid by the FBI to spy on the New York Photo League and the American Communist Party (1942-49). We know about her because she broke her cover to testify at the first Smith Act trial (1949) of the Party leadership accused of “conspiracy to advocate the overthrow of the US gov’t by force and violence.” They went to prison while Angela became a Red Scare celebrity with a (ghost-written) book about her patriotic service, then tried to get a big-time job in photography out of the FBI. She later retreated to Provincetown where she owned several properties–Angel’s Landing was one–and kept her previous career as an informant a deep, dark secret. A selection of vintage photos accompanies this presentation.
 
Lisa E Davis has lived in Greenwich Village for many years. Her latest book is “Undercover Girl: The Lesbian FBI Informant Who Helped the FBI Bring Down the Communist Party.” Her novel “Under the Mink,” a film noir tale of gay and lesbian entertainers in mob-owned Village nightclubs of the 1940s, was re-issued in 2015, and has been optioned for a TV series/film. With a PhD in Comparative Literature, Davis taught for years in SUNY and CUNY, published numerous essays, and lectured widely on New World and European literary topics. High points in her career include meeting Fidel Castro and almost drowning in the Colorado River.

 

 

 
 
 

Start: May 10, 2017 7:00 PM
End: May 10, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
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.

May 6, 2017

Dandy Darkly’s Six Hundred and Sixty-Six Tales of Sex and Death! A Book Launch

 

NYC’s maestro of the macabre is dragging his tawdry tales of sex and death from the stage and on to the page. Dandy Darkly will be on hand at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division to sell some books, sign some books and do a selected reading of tales from his brand new book, and to kick off his upcoming USA tour.

Dandy Darkly’s Six Hundred and Sixty-Six Tales of Sex and Death! (Volume One) is a collection of short stories from Dandy’s critically acclaimed, queer storytelling shows. The book also features illustrations by Dandy Darkly. The shindig kicks off at 7pm with a reading of Dandy’s favorite tales at 8pm.

 

Dandy Darkly lives in Brooklyn, New York with his husband and cats. “The Homer of the 21st century” (Washington Square News), Dandy is an emergent queer performance artist and cabaret storyteller. He has performed internationally at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the London Horror Festival and the historic Royal Vauxhall Tavern. The East Village is Dandy’s playground, with annual shows at Under St. Marks, the Queerly Festival and Dixon Place. His critically acclaimed work has been described as “fantastical fairytale horror, equal parts Tennessee Williams, Edgar Allen Poe and Bruce La Bruce” (Time Out) and “a cross between Pam Ayres, Liberace and Tales from the Crypt.” (The Scotsman). This “decidedly wicked storyteller” (New York Times) is “simply one of the most thoughtful, hilarious and harrowing queer talents at work today.” (Scotsgay Magazine).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: May 6, 2017 7:00 PM
End: May 6, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
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.

May 5, 2017

David Pratt’s Wallaçonia, Reading & Signing with guest Don Weise

 

David Pratt reads from his new young adult novel, Wallaçonia. Following the reading, independent editor Don Weise will join Pratt in a discussion of the process of writing and editing queer young adult novels.

Copies of Wallaçonia will be available for purchase at the event.
To reserve a copy of Wallaçonia, please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com.

 

David Pratt author pic

David Pratt is the author of the novels Bob the Book (Lambda Literary Award winner) and Looking After Joey. His short stories are collected in the volume My Movie. He has performed worked for the stage in New York City at HERE, Dixon Place, the Cornelia Street Cafe and in the New York International Fringe Festival. He lives in Michigan.

 
 

Don Weise has more than twenty years publishing experience, the majority of which has been devoted to LGBT literature. Don was named by Publishers Weekly as an industry “Change Maker” and listed among Out Magazine’s “100 Most Intriguing Gay Men and Lesbians” of the year. Weise is currently the founder/publisher of the LGBT press Querelle Books.
 

 

 

Start: May 5, 2017 7:00 PM
End: May 5, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States