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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

Events

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
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested $5-10 donation

May 28, 2017

Anti-Fascist Book Club Reads James Baldwin’s Going to Meet the Man

 

A reading group for those fighting fascism!

Hopefully our readings will inspire thoughtful and informed activism.

 

Join us for our second meeting on Sunday, May 28th, from 2 to 4 PM. We will discuss James Baldwin’s Going to Meet the Man. (Hint: if you don’t have time to read the whole thing just read the title piece!)
 
In our first meeting in April we discussed the first 100 pages of Hannah Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism.
 
James Baldwin’s Going to Meet the Man is available at the Bureau—please support the Bureau by purchasing your copy from us. Thank you!
 
Questions? Ideas for future readings?
Write to Grey Vild: greyvild@gmail.com
 
 
 
 

Start: May 28, 2017 2:00 PM
End: May 28, 2017 4:00 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 25, 2017

Queer, There, and Everywhere: Book Launch & Reading

 

Start celebrating Pride early this year! Join activist Sarah Prager to hear incredible stories from her new queer history book, Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World, out on May 23 from HarperCollins. After a reading, Sarah will answer your questions and sign copies of the book. Copies will be available for sale.

Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds. Free for ages 18 and under!

“Queer, There, and Everywhere is so conversational, fast paced, and infused with pop culture sensibilities that it tricks you into forgetting it’s a series of (incredibly timely) biographies. An absolute must-read for people interested in their queer forebears, or for anyone who doesn’t already know the majesty of Elagabalus, Empress of Rome.”
—Meredith Russo, author of Stonewall Award-winner If I Was Your Girl

“Accessible, irreverent, and meticulously researched, at times heartbreaking and just as often wildly funny, this stunningly diverse survey of queer histories is a nourishing and inspiring addition to our arsenal of queer possibilities. Should be required reading for all of us, queer or not.”
—Sarah McCarry, author of the LAMBDA Award-nominated About a Girl

“Sarah Prager does the impossible: she takes several millennia of complicated history and makes it accessible and fun. Prager tells us twenty-three fascinating stories, some of them new twists on familiar ones (like Abraham Lincoln) as well as ones about figures that history has nearly forgotten, mixing light-hearted humor with impeccable scholarship so that the reader keeps turning the page to see ‘what’s next.’ In short, Prager combines fun and facts to present an unforgettable overview of two thousand years of queer history.”
–Kevin Jennings, Founder of GLSEN, and Former Assistant Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Education, and author of Becoming Visible: A Reader in Gay and Lesbian History for High School & College Students

 

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Sarah Prager began her life as an activist when she came out at the age of 14. Since then, queer history has been her passion. In 2013 she launched the free mobile app Quist, which provides daily queer history stories to thousands of people around the world. Last year she became a mom and lives with her wife and daughter in Connecticut. This week her second baby was born – Her first book – Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World.

 

 
 

 

Start: May 25, 2017 7:00 PM
End: May 25, 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. Free for ages 18 and under!

May 24, 2017

Queer Travelers’ Tales with Andrew Evans and Alden Jones

 
Join queer travel writers Andrew Evans and Alden Jones as they discuss their books The Black Penguin and The Blind Masseuse. Andrew Evans has completed more than thirty assignments for National Geographic, reporting from all seven continents, and Alden Jones has lived, worked, and traveled in more than forty countries. Reception, reading, discussion, Q&A session.

 
Reception 7 pm, presentation 7:30

 
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Andrew Evans lives in Washington, DC. and has completed more than thirty assignments for National Geographic, reporting from all seven continents. He has received two Lowell Thomas Awards from the Society of American Travel Writers, two Folio Awards, and two awards from the National Travel Journalism Association. He gained a worldwide following when he made a 12,000­mile journey by bus, from National Geographic headquarters in Washington all the way to Antarctica.
 
 
 
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Alden Jones lives in Boston and has traveled, worked, and lived in more than forty countries, including as a WorldTeach volunteer in Costa Rica, a program director in Cuba, and a professor with Semester at Sea. Her book The Blind Masseuse is now in paperback. It was a finalist for the best travel book award of the North American Travel Journalists Association, winner of the Bisexual Book Award for memoir, and was one of eight finalists for a PEN Award for the Art of the Essay.

 

 
 
 

Start: May 24, 2017 7:00 PM
End: May 24, 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 23, 2017

Save The Date: Tim “Toaster” Henderson (workshop and feature)

 

NEW YORK CITY, YOU LUCKY DUCKIES!!!

Nationally-acclaimed performance poet Tim “Toaster” Henderson is dropping in to host a writing workshop and feature at Union Square Slam!!

SAVE THE DATE: May 23rd, 2017

6:30pm: Writing Workshop w/ Toaster
7:30pm: sign-up and socialize
8:00pm: Feature and Show

Suggested Donation:
Workshop or Show: $5-$10
Workshop and Show: $10-$20

All Ages // Wheelchair Accessible

About our Feature:

Toaster, a performance poet, mural artist and musician, Toaster uses a kaleidoscope of artistic vision to create, express and teach. Toaster is an accomplished slam poet as well, competing for the Berkeley, Bay Area Unified and Mental Graffiti slam teams at the National Poetry Slam. Toaster was also crowned grand slam champion in Berkeley (2012) and Chicago (2016), ranking 9th in the world at the 2016 Individual Poetry Slam. He has been featured on many stages across North America including Lexus Versus and Flow, National Public Radio, and in front of the most cutthroat audiences of all – teenagers. Aside from pursuing his own craft, Toaster works in Chicago schools as a teaching artist for Young Chicago Authors, as well as facilitating his own workshops in elementary schools, high schools, universities and other educational settings. You can find Toaster’s work on youtube, in your local dive bar and by following him on social media:

Facebook- Facebook.com/ToasterPoetry
Twitter -hewhotoastsbrEd
Instagram – toastersmodernlife

 

Start: May 23, 2017 6:30 PM
End: May 23, 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: Suggested $5-10 donation