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Girl Tales Live Reading and 2nd Season Fundraiser!

Girl Tales - FINAL-M

Who? You and the kids in your life! What? A live reading of The Literate Mermaid by Christina Quintana, and a fundraiser for a second season! We’ll have a silent auction of a bunch of goodies, face painting by Maggie Allen, a coloring station and a feminist photo booth! Where? Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ [...]

Sun. Nov 18, 2018 3:00 PM


September 16, 2017

Becoming Your Inner Black Cat: Writing the Surrealist Memoir


We’ll meet for a 2-hour workshop where we’ll generate new work, experiment with genre (How could magical realism or surrealist elements help us tell a difficult story? What ARE the boundaries between fact and fiction?) and structure, take writing we’ve already drafted or new writing through thought-provoking revision stations, and break ourselves out of any worn-out limits. Bring something you’ve been working on or just show up with your computer–or pen and paper.
This workshop is open to writers of all experience levels! Limited to 20 participants. RSVP by emailing wren@feministpress.org by September 1st.


Ariel Gore is the author of nine previous books of fiction and nonfiction and is the founding editor of Hip Mama. She’s won an American Alternative Press Award, a Rainbow Award, and a New Mexico-Arizona Book Award. Her stories and articles have appeared in Psychology Today, The Rumpus, Ms., Salon, and elsewhere. She lives in Oakland and Santa Fe and teaches online at Ariel Gore’s School for Wayward Writers, literarykitchen.com.


Start: September 16, 2017 11:00 AM
End: September 16, 2017 1:00 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.

September 15, 2017

Opening Reception for Jared Buckhiester: Love Me Tender


The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division is proud to present Jared Buckhiester: Love Me Tender. Spanning the last decade, Love Me Tender surveys Jared Buckhiester’s exploration of conflicted desires and the American archetypes that anchor them. Curated by David Getsy, this exhibition presents a selection inclusive of the artist’s varied and emotionally-invested approach to the medium of drawing. A catalogue including an essay by the curator will accompany the exhibition. Additionally, writer and poet Charity Coleman will present an evening of readings on September 30th, and Jared Buckhiester will present and screen the films of Doug Ischar on October 12th.

Jared Buckhiester: Love Me Tender will be on view at the Bureau September 15—November 12, 2017.

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Jared Buckhiester is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in New York City. He has a BFA in photo from Pratt and an MFA in Sculpture from Bard College.  Jared makes everything but painting, combining biographical psychosexual material with the ever-present narratives of political violence. Jared has had exhibitions at Envoy Enterprises; Feature Inc.; Gallerie Du Jour, Paris; Thomas Rehbein, Cologne; and at The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in Lille France. Jared has been the recipient of awards from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, The Albert K Murray Foundation, and The Dedalus Foundation for the Arts.  http://www.jaredbuckhiester.com
David J. Getsy is the Goldabelle McComb Finn Distinguished Professor of Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  He writes about queer and transgender strategies in modern and contemporary art and in art history’s methodologies.  He has published seven books, most recently Abstract Bodies: Sixties Sculpture in the Expanded Field of Gender (Yale, 2015) and the anthology of artists’ writings, Queer (MIT, 2016).  His current projects involve archive-based recoveries of queer and genderqueer performance practices from the 1970s.  He is currently completing a book on Scott Burton’s queer postminimalism and performance in the 1970s and, for the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, curating the first retrospective of costume and performance artist Stephen Varble.  http://www.saic.edu/~dgetsy.

Start: September 15, 2017 6:00 PM
End: September 15, 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

September 14, 2017

Red Hen Press Presents: Judy Grahn & More!


Red Hen Press authors t’ai freedom ford, Celeste Gainey, Dean Kostos, Heather Aimee O’Neill, Jason Schneiderman in celebration of Hanging On Our Own Bones, the new poetry collection from LGBTQ and feminist icon/activist Judy Grahn.


Judy Grahn is a poet, writer, and social theorist. She currently serves as Research Faculty for the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California. She is former director of Women’s Spirituality MA and Creative Inquiry MFA programs at New College of California. Her books include love belongs to those who do the feeling (Red Hen Press, 2008), Blood, Bread, and Roses (Beacon Press, 1994), Edward the Dyke and Other Poems (The Women’s Press Collective, 1971), and Hanging On Our Own Bones (forthcoming from Red Hen Press, 2017).


t’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher, Cave Canem Fellow, and Pushcart Prize nominee. She received her MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College. In 2014, she was the winner of The Feminist Wire’s inaugural poetry contest judged by Evie Shocklee and is a 2015 Center for Fiction Fellow. She won the 2015 To the Lighthouse Poetry Prize from A Room of Her Own Foundation (AROHO). Her fiction has appeared in Black Ivy, The Brooklyn Review, Bronx Biannual, and Kweli, and her poetry has appeared in Drunken Boat, Sinister Wisdom, No, Dear, The African American Review, and more. Her first poetry collection, how to get over, will be released by Red Hen Press in the spring of 2017.


Celeste Gainey is the author of the poetry collection, the GAFFER, from Arktoi Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press. Her chapbook, In the land of speculation & seismography (Seven Kitchens Press, 2011), was runner-up for the 2010 Robin Becker Prize. Graduating with a BFA in Film & Television from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, as well as earning an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Carlow University, Gainey was the first woman to be admitted to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) as a gaffer, and has spent many years working with light in film and architecture.


Dean Kostos’s collections include Rivering (Spuyten Duyvil, 2012), Last Supper of the Senses (Spuyten Dyvil, 2005), The Sentence That Ends with a Comma (Painted Leaf Press, 1999), and Celestial Rust (Red Dust, 1994). He edited Mama’s Boy and Pomegranate Seeds. His work has appeared in leading journals: Boulevard, Chelsea, Cimarron Review, Cincinnati Review, Southwest Review, Western Humanities Review, and on Oxygen.com. Having taught at Wesleyan, The Gallatin School, and The City University of New York, he also wrote a libretto for Voices of Ascension, and his poem, “Subway Silk,” was translated into a short film by Jill Clark. He is also author of This Is Not a Skyscraper (Red Hen Press, 2015).


Heather Aimee O’Neill is a co-author of Obliterations, written with Jessica Piazza (Red Hen Press, 2016). She teaches writing at CUNY Hunter College and is the assistant director for the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, one of New York City’s most prominent writing workshop organizations.


Jason Schneiderman was born in San Antonio, Texas, but was raised around the United States and Western Europe. He holds BAs in English and Russian from the University of Maryland, an MFA from BYU, and a PhD from the Graduate Center of CUNY. He is the author of two previous collections of poems: Sublimation Point (Four Way Books, 2004) and Striking Surface (Ashland Poetry Press, 2010), winner of the Richard Snyder Prize. He is also the editor of the anthology Queer: A Reader for Writers (Oxford University Press, 2015). His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish Poetry, Verse Daily, The Poetry Review, and The Penguin Book of the Sonnet. Schneiderman has received Fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Yaddo, and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and is the recipient of the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America. He is an Assistant Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and lives in Brooklyn with his husband, Michael Broder.





Start: September 14, 2017 7:00 PM
End: September 14, 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.

September 9, 2017

TELL 36: Past Lives


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.

Past Lives is the theme of the 36th installment of TELL.  Featuring Dusty Childers, Shannon Matesky, Reilly Owens, and F. Squire. 
$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.



The only way Dusty Childers has found to keep things out of his mouth is to continue talking. Given a time frame, a mic and an audience has helped make his nonstop banter more productive, and (according to those he’s paid off) somewhat entertaining. Although not tax deductible, being an audience member of a show in which Dusty is performing surely is a charitable moment. Feel good about yourself, and clap if you can muster it.




Shannon Matesky is an actress, writer, director, producer and an organizer from Berkeley, California. She is creator and curator of Queer Abstract, a monthly performance series in Brooklyn. As an actress Shannon has performed with a range of theater companies including The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theater, and The Inconvenience. She has been featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, Nuyorican Poets Cafe and elsewhere. Shannon has produced campaigns and festivals across the United States, including the Brave New Voices International Teen Poetry Festival, Life is Living, and The Fly Honey Show. Shannon currently works with Urban Word NYC. For more information visit www.shannonmatesky.com



reilly owens

Reilly Owens is a Queer Trans Woman of Color and her pronouns are she/hers. She is a student at Queens College where she studies Anthropology. Reilly loves to converse with people and her life’s story is a series of many adventures, and meeting with many people and seeing opportunities for growth, either for herself or the people she works with. Her current journey sees her growing into her skin with self-confidence and love for those around her. FUN FACT: One of her favorite breakfasts is peanut butter, apple butter, and bananas on a English Muffin.




F. Squire is a new poetess and resident of Brooklyn, believes in the physical prowess of spoken word. Their first selected work, Hairstory, was published in Glitter & Grit (A Lambda Literary Award Winner). This year, they were Judge’s Choice Winner at the Funhouse Follies Cabaret and performed at LGBT Voices for Queens Pride Festival. Their motto is “Embrace Your Spectacle.”





Start: September 9, 2017 7:00 PM
End: September 9, 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.

September 8, 2017

Book Launch for Mickey Aloisio’s ‘American Wildlife’


Join Mickey Aloisio as he presents and signs copies of his latest book, American Wildlife. There will be a conversation mediated by independent curator and writer, Efrem Zelony-Mindell with Aloisio about the work, starting at 7:30 and will open Q&A with the audience directly after.



American Wildlife is the outcome of a trip where Aloisio spent three months on the road photographing queer men and their communities across the country during the fall of 2016. During this time, he found his subjects by going to the different safe spaces of that particular area. Aloisio would then arrange to go to their home to create art with them as two collaborators.

Each book is a first edition copy of 100. The book is 90 pages, soft cover with a foreword by Efrem Zelony-Mindell. Each signed copy will be sold for $50 and a limited edition print sale (25) of the book + an 8×10 signed archival pigment print will also be available for $100.


mickey-aloisio-low-res-6 copy

Mickey Aloisio is an American born artist who is currently based in Queens, NY. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a concentration on photography in 2016. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Aloisio addresses ideas of sexuality, vulnerability and identity with an expressive and sincere approach.



Start: September 8, 2017 7:00 PM
End: September 8, 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.