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We’re Still Here East Coast Launch Party!

Stacked Deck August 18

  Stacked Deck Press takes Manhattan! Come to the East Coast Launch Party for We’re Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division! Join Jeanne Thornton and Tara Madison Avery for trans comics and adult refreshments! Get your copy of this groundbreaking anthology at the Bureau! To reserve a copy [...]

Sat. Aug 18, 2018 8:00 PM


June 3, 2017

Book Launch for Jesse Harrod’s “Low Ropes Course”

Join us for a party to launch the first artist’s book from Philadelphia-based sculptor and installation artist Jesse Harrod, Low Ropes Course.

Low Ropes Jesse Harrod


We’ll hear some of the 70′s and 80′s-era music the book’s several conversations site as inspiration—and which form a distinctive mixtape bundled with the book! Jesse will be engaged in an open conversation with NYC-based artist Chris Bogia and curator Danny Orendorff. And of course we’ll have books for sale! “Low Ropes Course” from Publication Studio Hudson is saturated with Harrod’s vibrant and often riotous and politically charged art works—drawings, Macramé and paracord sculptures, and installation— with a generous spectra of both formal commentary and free-flowing dialogues with fellow artists working in the veins of craft, queerness, the Maximalism aesthetic, and feminist politics. Presented by Publication Studio Hudson.

Artist Jesse Harrod produces both large and mid-scale installations and sculptures out of what she calls “femmy detritus”: brash, colorful, and lowbrow materials – including sequins, fringe, and Sculpey – conventionally associated with hobby crafts and domesticity. Harrod has an MFA from the department of Fiber and Material Studies from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. She is currently the Head of Fibers & Material Studies at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia.


Danny Orendorff is an independent curator, writer, activist, and teacher living where ever he happens to be working now, ngers-crossed. His work explores the intersections of DIY and/or craft-oriented cultural produc- tion, histories of grassroots social-jus- tice activism, and theories of gender and sexuality. Orendorff’s curatorial projects have been presented by the DePaul Art Museum (Chicago, IL), SFCamerawork (San Francisco, CA), Charlotte Street Foundation (Kansas City, MO), The Center for Craft, Cre- ativity & Design (Asheville, NC),Three- walls (Chicago, IL) and Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), among others. Find him at DanDannyDaniel.com.


Chris Bogia was born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1977. He studied art at both New York University (BA 00’) and Yale University (MFA sculpture 04’). He has been showing is work in New York and Abroad for over 16 years. Bogia currently lives and works in Queens, New York. Chris Bogia is the co-founder of the Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR), the first LGBTQ artist residency program located in Cherry Grove, on Fire Island, NY. He teaches at both New York University and Bruce High Quality University. He was awarded both the Alice Kimball Traveling Fellowship and the Larry Kramer Initiative research grant for Lesbian and Gay studies from Yale University.





Start: June 3, 2017 7:00 PM
End: June 3, 2017 9:00 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.

June 2, 2017

Resist, Rebel, Transgress: Lesbian Avengers Susana Cook and Ana Simo


In conjunction with the Bureau’s current exhibition, The Lesbian Avengers: 25th Anniversary Exhibition:
Join us for a reading/performance of Susana Cook and Ana Simo, two former Avengers, who are capping off the “Resist, rebel, transgress” event series celebrating Lesbian Avengers 25 at the Bureau.


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!




Ana Simo is a New York writer and lesbian activist. Born in Cuba, she studied in France, where she also participated in early feminist and LGBT groups. In New York she began to write plays and co-founded the lesbian theater Medusa´s Revenge (1976-1980), the activist group The Lesbian Avengers (1992), the weekly public access cable program Dyke TV (1995), and in 2000, the groundbreaking publication, The Gully online magazine, offering queer views on everything.  Her New York Times-reviewed plays have been produced in such venues as PS 122, Theatre for the New City, INTAR Hispanic Arts Center and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. “How To Kill Her,” her short feature film with Ela Troyano, has been widely screened in festivals in the U.S. and abroad. A CD of her play The Opium War with music by Zeena Parkins was released by Roulette. Her novel Heartland is forthcoming from Restless Books.



Susana Cook

Susana Cook directs all her shows and performs in them with her company . Her work is bold and funny, cleverly tackling racism, homophobia and animal rights.  Her cast is comprised mostly of minority and queer women.  Her work has been presented in numerous performance spaces in New York City, including La Mama, Dixon Place, W.O.W Cafe Theater and The Kitchen. She also performed internationally in Spain, France, India,  Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador and Canada.

Some of her latest shows are : NON-Consensual Relationships with Ghosts, Samantha Ibarrola la mujer inexplicable, Conversations with Humans, We Are Caligula, The Funeral of the Cow, The Homophobes, The Fury of the Gods, Homeland Insecurities,  The idiot King, The Values Horror Show, 100 Years of Attitude, Dykenstein, Hamletango, Prince of Butches, Gross National Product, Hot Tamale, Conga Guerrilla Forest, The Fraud, Butch Fashion Show in the Femme Auto Body Shop, Rats:The Fantasy of Extermination and Tango Lesbiango

Her work is archived at the Digital Video Library of The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics of New York University.





Start: June 2, 2017 7:00 PM
End: June 2, 2017 9:00 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 $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.

June 1, 2017

Ghosts of St. Vincent’s Unleashed: A Sassy Séance

Celebrate the release of GHOSTS OF ST. VINCENT’S, a new book by Tom Eubanks, with music by JoJo Americo, special guest appearances, a GHOSTS OF ST. VINCENT’S slide show, a reading from the book, and an opportunity to share your memories of St. Vincent’s Hospital, the era that brought us together to fight AIDS–and the time that birthed a golden age of Manhattan nightlife: boy bar, The Pyramid, The Tunnel, The Roxy, Limelight, Mars, Palladium, Jackie 60, Sound Factory, and so many of yesterday’s parties.

With honesty, humor, and flights of historical fancy, GHOSTS OF ST. VINCENT’S tells the famed hospital’s story through the eyes of a man who spent the winter of 1995-96 on its 7th floor AIDS ward and survived just in time for the drug “cocktail” that saved so many lives.
Featuring appearances by indomitable icons–from Edna St. Vincent Millay to Robert Mapplethorpe, Sidney Lumet to Vito Russo, Ed Koch and The Ramones–GHOSTS OF ST. VINCENT’S explores coming out and coming back from the dead, gender fluidity and gentrification, the price of forgiveness, the cost of survival, and the ephemeral nature of New York City.

7:00 Music, mocktails, and mingling.
7:45 Reading from GHOSTS OF ST. VINCENT’S (with slideshow)
8:15 Share your memory of St. Vincent’s Hospital
Signed copies of the book will be available at the Bureau.
Follow @tomusphere on Instagram for more information.

Tom Eubanks lives in Upstate Manhattan.
GHOSTS OF ST. VINCENT’S is not his first book.
He hopes it’s not his last.
He’s not on Facebook. Feel free to Google for more.


Start: June 1, 2017 7:00 PM
End: June 1, 2017 9:00 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.

May 31, 2017

OLNY’s Poly Movie Night: Love Songs


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 the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division.

Please join us for Love Songs/Les Chansons d’Amour (2007), directed by Christophe Honoré and starring Ludivine Sagnier (Swimming Pool), Louis Garrel, and Clotilde Hesme.

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: Julie and Ismaël live together. Ismaël’s work colleague Alice sometimes joins them in bed. Julie isn’t sure she’s happy with the situation. Ismaël is sometimes jealous of Julie and Alice’s relationship. And they all sing about it. Running time: 1 hour 31 minutes. In French with English subtitles.




Start: May 31, 2017 6:30 PM
End: May 31, 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.

May 30, 2017

Union Square Slam Presents: OOMPA


*Mark your calendars: the last Tuesday of every month will feature a local musical performer.*
Tonight we have the helluv incomparable Oompa coming through. Prepare to unlearn whatever you thought you knew about hip hop and lyricism, cuz Oomp gon’ learn you real quick.
About our Show:

7:30pm: Sign-ups and Socialize
8:00pm: Open Mic (Music + Poetry Are Welcomed Here!)
8:45pm: Oompa

All Ages // Wheelchair Accessible
Open Mic // Suggested $5-10 donation
About our Feature:
Oompa is a nationally-renowned, boston-born, poet, educator, and lyricist who is forever representing the queer, black, orphaned, hood kids an’ nem. Oompa is the winner of the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam, and a finalist at the 2017 National Poetry Slam. Her work has been featured in Huffington Post, Allston Pudding, Mass Apparel, and KillerBoomBox among others. Oompa’s debut album, Nov. 3, was named one of Dig Boston’s Top 30 Local Albums of 2016, one of Allston Pudding’s Favorite albums of 2016, and her sound has compared to that of Lauryn Hill, J.Cole, and Talib Kweli. Most notably, she is her nephews’ favorite of all time. Currently based in Boston, MA, Oompa is an organizer, mentor, and coach, as well as a member of media brand and collective Hipstory, and co-slam master of The House House Slam.
Twitter: @oompoutloud
Instagram: @oompoutloud
Facebook: Oompa
Tumblr: oompoutloud.tumblr.com
E-mail: oompoutloud@gmail.com/booking.oompa@gmail.com Soundcloud: @oompoutloud




Start: May 30, 2017 7:30 PM
End: May 30, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested $5-10 donation