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Negative Press Reading + Launch

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  New year, new cultural horizon! Negative Press, a gay Marxist poetry collective, invites you to an evening of poems and other provocations.     Kay Gabriel is a minor internet personality.   Zachary LaMalfa is a minor internet personality.   David W. Pritchard is a minor internet personality.   A.B. Robinson is a minor [...]

Tue. Jan 2, 2018 7:00 PM

Events

December 17, 2016

Like A Virgin: Queer Nuns in the Renaissance

 

What was a lesbian who wanted to enjoy the company of women to do in the 1600s? Join a convent!
 

From cock-teasing nuns that toy with the emotions of the convent’s male visitors to cross-dressing nuns who become swash-buckling Spanish conquistadors while seducing women in South America, the stories Dr. Horacio Sierra shares in this presentation will change the way you think about nuns, feminism, and lesbianism in the seventeenth century.
 

This presentation uses movie clips, written excerpts, and humorous GIFs to demonstrate how the Catholic Church provided a safe haven for same-sex loving women in Renaissance England, Spain, and Mexico. Come learn how the convent was queered by real-life women such as Catalina de Erauso and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz as well the literary creations of William Shakespeare and Margaret Cavendish.
 

 
Dr. Horacio Sierra is an Assistant Professor of English at Bowie State University. His book Sanctified Subversives: Nuns in Early Modern English and Spanish Literature details the ways in which authors from both Protestant and Catholic nation-states used nuns and convents to explore ideas about womanhood, feminism, and queer sexuality.

 

 

 

Start: December 17, 2016 7:00 PM
End: December 17, 2016 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 benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

December 16, 2016

Vaczine Magazine #3 Release Event / Signing

Official launch of the annual Queer art & literary journal VACZINE Magazine

 

Broken Werd by VACZINE #3 guest editors Max Steele, Mike Albo, Pamela Sneed & Walt Cessna. There will be editions #1 – #100 / 500 of Vaczine Magazine #3 for sale. $20 each. The first 50 purchases come with a complimentary exclusive double sided signed poster by Gio Black Peter.

Event image: collage by Slava Mogutin for VACZINE

 

 

 

Start: December 16, 2016 7:00 PM
End: December 16, 2016 9:00 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 $5 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

December 15, 2016

TELL 30: FUCKERY

 

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.

FUCKERY is the theme of the thirtieth installment of TELL. Featuring m.b., Jose Rios, Alex Koones, and Teshale Nuer!

 

$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.

 

 

mariam bazeed
Having recently abandoned the sad sack of the corporate american dream for the deprivation and freedom of the freelance life, m.b. is an MFA student, editor, literary and commercial translator, events curator, singer, performance artist, cook, writer of fiction/poetry/memoir, and emerging insomniac. m.b. runs a monthly world-music and other performance series, has been the recipient of various writing and performance retreats and fellowships, has been a featured poet at the bowery poetry club for the-poet-in-new-york series, and has a varied and very weird performance history on the stages of carnegie hall, lincoln center, and symphony space, among others. m.b. is an alumnus of the helix queer performance network’s workshop “needing it” at bax/brooklyn arts exchange

 
 

 Jose Luis
At the young age of nine Jose Rios’s mother sat him down and gave him an extremely detailed talk about the birds and the bees. Today, Jose is a communication expert, sexual health educator, and body positivity activist spreading the message that fat people are having sex and skinny people need to get over it. Having moved from Phoenix, Arizona a year ago, Jose managed to get caught in an “accidental” sex part on his first night in New York City and there hasn’t been a dull moment since.

 
 

 alex koones
Alex Koones grew up working in New York kitchens and went on to Chef in some of the fancier ones such as The Breslin and Jean Georges. After years in professional kitchens, Alex left to put her experience towards building queer spaces. She is currently the founder and host of Babetown, a pop up supper club for queer women, trans and non binary people where she cooks up great food for a couple dozen queer babes every month.

 
 

Teshale
Teshale Nuer is a NYC-Based writer, performer, educator and over-Activist specializing in Holistic Coaching and Embodied Storytelling. Teshale’s work focuses cultivating joy, healing trauma, centering the self.​​

 
 
 
 

Start: December 15, 2016 7:00 PM
End: December 15, 2016 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: $10 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)

December 14, 2016

20Something Monthly Manhattan Meetup

 

If you are new to the city, recently out, just looking for friends, or whatever experiences brought you to us – we offer a safe space where we can mingle and talk about our experiences as an LGBT person in New York City. We recommend this 20Something Meetup to anyone who is looking for a more casual space to explore their sexual/gender identity. There will be light refreshments. Bring friends!

Suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Bureau and 20Something. No one turned away for lack of funds.

20Something is the largest social events organization for young lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in New York City, aged 21 to 30. We hold a monthly social, and two monthly icebreaker/discussion groups at the Brooklyn Pride Center and at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, the queer cultural center and bookstore on the second floor of The LGBT Community Center, in Manhattan. With more than 2,500 members, we engage young adults across all 5 boroughs with a safe, confidential, and respectful platform to meet other LGBT folk. Many of our members have made long lasting friendships, relationships, and have been connected to important LGBT services and resources. Whether you are new to the city, recently out, or just looking to make friends – 20Something offers a space for you to pave the way to your own adventures in New York City – and make living here a little easier. Become a member: meetup.com/20SomethingNYC

 

 

Start: December 14, 2016 8:00 PM
End: December 14, 2016 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: Suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Bureau and 20Something. No one turned away for lack of funds.

December 13, 2016

WOWPS Finals!! Chrysanthemum Tran!! Charlotte Abotsi!

 
WOWPS FINALS IS HERE!!! Come watch our top women and gnc poets battle it out to represent Union Square Slam in Dallas, TX this March!!
 
NOT TO MENTION: Our most stunning electric features, CHRYSANTHEMUM TRAN and CHARLOTTE ABOTSI, on their Rush Hour Poetry Collective Tour!!
 
Slammers:

!! Kearah Armonie !!
!! Ashley August !!
!! Carol Brown !!
!! Cecily Schuler !!
!! Taylor Steele !!
 
$5 // All Ages // Wheelchair Accessible
 
WOWPS is:
 
a) an acronym for Women of the World World Poetry Slam
b) one of three national poetry slam events put on annually by Poetry Slam, Inc.
c) held in Dallas, TX from March 15-18th, 2017
Union Square Slam WOWPS Qualifier rules:
 
Qualified competitors are poets who are female assigned or identified individuals who are PSi members and are 18+ or 21+ years of age, depending on the Host City. This includes gender non-conforming individuals.
 
5 poets // 4 rounds
 
2 min (all)
1 min (all)
(Break for Feature)
4 min (top 3)
3 min (top 3)
 
Cumulative score wins the Union Square Slam Representative spot to WOWPS in Dallas!!
About our Features:
 
Chrysanthemum Tran is an emerging queer and transfeminine Vietnamese American poet and teaching artist in Providence by way of Oklahoma City. In 2016, they became the first trans woman finalist of the Women of the World Poetry Slam. A three-time semifinalist at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, Chrysanthemum won “Best Poet” and “Best Poem” in 2016, and “Pushing the Art Forward” in 2015. A 2016 Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam champion and Pink Door Fellow, Chrysanthemum is a two-time member of the Providence national slam team and coaches the Providence youth slam team. Above all, they enjoy seasoning their cast iron skillet & avoiding the comments section.
 
 
A former Youth Grand Slam Champion, Charlotte Abotsi has taken on a directorship role at her home venue, the Providence Poetry Slam. There, she serves as a youth director, booking coordinator, and slam master. She has competed in several international slams, and most recently placed in the top 20 at the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam. She 1/2 of The Rush Hour Poetry Tour Collective, a collective demanding intersectionality at every avenue. Her poems have been written about in The Huffington Post and Mic.com. Her favorite typo is misspelling ‘live’ as ‘love’. She is a poet and writer who loves in Providence and is trying very, very hard.

 

 

 

Start: December 13, 2016 7:00 PM
End: December 13, 2016 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