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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 16, 2017

CopWatch/HateWatch Training

 

CopWatch is an effective and legal tool for empowering communities, ending police misconduct, unprofessional behavior, and discrimination. You have the right to observe and record all police activities in public places. Learn how to exercise your rights safely and legally. Workshop will be taught by comedian and activist Elsa Waithe. Suggested donation of $5 to $10, but no one will be turned away.

 

Spread the word!!!

 

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“What to do if you’re stopped by the police”: a handy guide from the New York Civil Liberties Union. Print it out. Share it widely. Keep it with you. And you can find other “know your rights” cards (in English and Spanish) here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: February 16, 2017 7:00 PM
End: February 16, 2017 9:00 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 $5 to $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

February 14, 2017

USS Presents the Joy Slam Fundraiser Featuring Taylor Steele

 

This Valentine’s Day, we’ve got a special night of poems for you!

6:30pm-7:30pm: Free Writing Workshop with I.S. Jones
7:30-8pm: Sign-ups and Socialize
8pm-8:30pm: Joy Slam sign-ups (sign up limited to 6)
8:30pm-9:30pm: Feature: Taylor Steele

All ages // Wheelchair Accessible // $5

About the Slam:
5 poets / 3 rounds / 3 minutes per poem

Theme on Joy:

There is a lot we have to mourn: the direction our country is heading, heartbreak, capitalism, lost edges, not being Rihanna enough, shitty bosses, etc etc etc.

Tonight, let’s honor our love/hurt/grief/peace. Let’s celebrate life.
ABOUT THE FEATURE:

Taylor Steele is a Bronx-born, Brooklyn-based writer and performer. Her work can be found at such esteemed publications as Apogee Journal, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, Rogue Agent, Blackberry: a Magazine, and more. Her chapbook “Dirty.Mouth.Kiss” is available on Pizza Pi Press. Taylor has written for The Body is Not an Apology and Drunken Boat Journal and is a content writer for Philadelphia Printworks. An internationally ranked spoken word artist, she has been featured by Huffington Post, Brooklyn Poets, Button Poetry and is a 2016 Pushcart Nominee. Most importantly, Taylor is a triple-Taurus who believes in the power of art to change, shape, and heal.

 

 

 

 

 

Start: February 14, 2017 6:30 PM
End: February 14, 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 12, 2017

A Thin Bright Line: A Conversation About Queer Historical Fiction

 

Lucy Jane Bledsoe (A THIN BRIGHT LINE) and Sarah Schulman (THE COSMOPOLITANS) will converse about their queer historical novels. Bledsoe’s novel tells the true story of her aunt and namesake, a woman who, as a lesbian, worked at a highly classified government job during the McCarthy Era and Civil Rights Movement. Schulman’s novel takes place in 1950s Greenwich Village and spins the complex friendship between a black, gay actor and a white secretary.

 

Praise for A Thin Bright Line:

“Gripping historical fiction.” – Alison Bechdel

“An engaging and moving novel about an unforgettable character.” – Rabih Alameddine

“Poignant in both its conception and execution.” – Lillian Faderman

“Literary page-turner.” – Patrick Ryan

“In this ingenious hybrid of fact and fiction, a fine novelist uses her storytelling skills to recover the lost life of a favorite aunt.” – Christopher Bram

“It triumphs as an intimate and humane evocation of day-to-day life under inhumane circumstances.” - New York Times Book Review
 
“Gripping historical fiction about queer life at the height of the Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement.” - Alison Bechdel
“A stirring and deeply felt story.” - Kirkus Reviews
“Empowering and bold…Bledsoe injects life and dimension through her often stunning dialogue. With heart and zest, the author depicts Lucybelle’s slice of life as both pleasant and harrowing.” - Publishers Weekly
“Bledsoe’s novel is an absolute wonder. Combining a McCullers-like facility in letting her settings tell half the story with characterization and dialogue worthy of Harper Lee, Bledsoe dives deep into the life of her protagonist…A Thin Bright Linewill help widen the metaphorical crack in the chains that bind those who are outside of societal norms.” - New York Journal of Books
“Berkeley author Lucy Jane Bledsoe shows the sexy side of the 1950s in her new novel, A Thin Bright Line.” - San Francisco Chronicle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: February 12, 2017 5:00 PM
End: February 12, 2017 7:00 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. No one turned away for lack of funds.

February 11, 2017

SISSY THAT SHOP: a really queer pop up gigarama

 

5 creative and independent artisan makers of New York City come together to represent their unique brands of clothing, jewelry, zines and more!

 

On the roster we’ll have clothing by Tyler Wallach Studio, custom lighters by THE CLOUT CLUB, jewelry and jocks by Ten Yards Clothing and ZINES by Raw Meat.

 
 
 
 
 

Start: February 11, 2017 1:00 PM
End: February 11, 2017 7:00 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

February 10, 2017

CopWatch/HateWatch Training

CopWatch is an effective and legal tool for empowering communities, ending police misconduct, unprofessional behavior, and discrimination. You have the right to observe and record all police activities in public places. Learn how to exercise your rights safely and legally. Workshop will be taught by comedian and activist Elsa Waithe. Suggested donation of $5 to $10, but no one will be turned away. The Bureau will host another CopWatch training on Thursday, February 16th, at 7 PM. Spread the word!!!

Start: February 10, 2017 7:00 PM
End: February 10, 2017 9:00 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 $5 to $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.