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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


November 23, 2017 – November 24, 2017

The Center and the Bureau closed for Thanksgiving, November 23 and 24

The Bureau will be closed on Thursday, November


Center offices and programs will be closed and the building will open at 5 p.m. for regularly scheduled meetings on both November 23rd and 24th. Check The Center calendar for details.

Start: November 23, 2017
End: November 24, 2017

November 19, 2017

Anti-Fascist Book Club Reads Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower


A reading group for those fighting fascism!

Hopefully our readings will inspire thoughtful and informed activism.

Join us for our fourth meeting on Sunday, November 19, from 1:30 to 3:30 PM. We will discuss Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower.

Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower is available for purchase at the Bureau. Please support the Bureau and purchase your copy from us. Thanks!

In our first meeting in April we discussed the first 100 pages of Hannah Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism.

In our second meeting in May we discussed James Baldwin’s Going to Meet the Man.

In our third meeting in July we discussed Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

Questions? Ideas for future readings?
Write to Grey Vild: greyvild@gmail.com




Start: November 19, 2017 1:30 PM
End: November 19, 2017 3:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
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.

November 17, 2017

MOMENTUM! 5 Years and Counting! A Birthday Party and Fundraiser for the Bureau!


Join the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division to celebrate our 5th birthday!


MOMENTUM: 5 Years and Counting! will begin at 6 PM with an hour-long reception followed by a variety show MC’d by actor, entertainer, and former Miss LEZ Drae Campbell, and featuring author/blogger Jeremiah Moss (Vanishing New York: How A Great City Lost Its Soul); poet, writer, and performer Pamela Sneed; comedian, activist, and instructor Elsa Waithe; drag performer Lady Quesa’Dilla; and burlesque performer and porn star Chris Harder. DJ Viva Ruiz will bring guests to the dance floor for the final hour and a half!

Raffle prizes! Food! Drink! Dancing! Performances! Fun!

Tickets are only $25.

Purchase tickets


Flyer Design: Paul Moreno


Big thanks to our donors!

Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Saxelby Cheese Mongers


Raffle prizes include:

T-shirts and other goodies from Tom of Finland Store

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1 pair of tickets to Sasha Velour’s Nightgowns on New Year’s Eve!


2 pairs of tickets to Chris Harder’s Porn to Be a STAR!

Porn to be a Star Chris Harder



Performers and Readers:

Drae Campbell 500

Drae Campbell is an actor, storyteller, curator and all around entertainer. She received a BFA in Theater from the University of The Arts in Philadelphia. She’s been spotted on IFC.Com, Conan. Refinery29 and in numerous films.  Some theater credits include: Only You Can Prevent Wildfires, Ricochet Collective, Non-Consensual Relationships With Ghosts, La Mama, My Old Man, Dixon Place, Oph3lia at HERE.  She appeared as a radical lesbian in Taylor Mac’s 24 Decade History Of Popular Music at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Drae once reigned as Miss LEZ and she hosts and curates a live monthly storytelling show called TELL at BGSQD.




Viva Ruiz

Viva Ruiz is a queer big mouth.



Photo by Christopher Schulz

Photo by Christopher Schulz

Jeremiah Moss, creator of the award-winning blog Vanishing New York, and author of Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul, is the pen name of Griffin Hansbury. His writing on the city has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Daily News, and online for The New Yorker and The Paris Review. As Hansbury, he is the author of The Nostalgist, a novel, and works as a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City.



Photo by Patricia Silva

Photo by Patricia Silva

Pamela Sneed is a New York-based poet, writer and performer. She is author of Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom Than Slavery, KONG and Other Works and a chaplet, Gift by Belladonna. She has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Time Out, Bomb, VIBE, and on the cover of New York Magazine. She has appeared in Art Forum, The Huffington Post and Hyperallergic. In 2017, She was a Visiting Critic at Yale and Columbia University. She is a Visiting Professor at Columbia University’s School of the Arts for 2017/18. She is online faculty at Chicago’s School of the Art Institute teaching Human Rights and Writing Art and has also been a Visiting Artist at SAIC in the MFA summer low-res program. She has performed at the Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Poetry Project, NYU and Pratt Universities, Smack Mellon Gallery,  The High Line, and was an artist- in- residence at Pratt University, Denniston Hill and Poet-Linc, Lincoln Center Education. She directed a final showcase at Lincoln Center Atrium. Her collage work appeared in Avram Finklestein’s FOUND at The Leslie Lohman Museum in 2017. Her work appears in Nikki Giovanni’s, “The 100 Best African American Poets.” Her forthcoming chapbook, Sweet Dreams, will be published by Belladonna in February 2018.



Elsa Waithe

Elsa Waithe is a comedian, activist, and instructor from Norfolk, VA. Now residing in Brooklyn, NY, Elsa’s comedy is a mix of lighthearted but critical jabs at attitudes and issues around homosexuality and race, but her 2 favorite topics are weed and herself.

She’s been featured on NPR’s This American Life, hosted the monthly comedy show “Affirmative Laughter” at The Experiment Comedy Gallery, and now teaches stand-up comedy to teen girls with Gold Comedy #ComedyForGirls.



Photo by: Alonzo Maciel. Wig by: Steven Perfidia Kirkham

Photo by: Alonzo Maciel. Wig by: Steven Perfidia Kirkham

Lady Quesa’Dilla



Photo by David Ayllon

Photo by David Ayllon

Chris Harder is a New York male burlesque performer, writer, and porn star. Known as “The Raunchy Romeo of Burlesque,” Harder has toured his solo burlesque performances throughout the US as well as Europe including shows in London, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, and Stockholm. Harder was named “Best of the Naked City” by the Village Voice (2011) and also crowned “Best International Male Performer” at the 2011 World Burlesque Games, London. Recently, Chris Harder was one of the American Headliners for the 2017 Helsinki Burlesque Festival and also a featured burlesque performer at the 2017 World Buskers Festival, New Zealand. Harder is also the writer and producer of the Nasty Drew and That Harder Boy series, New York. Find out more and #getHarder at www.HarderBurlesque.com and @HarderBurlesque on Instagram and Twitter.


Why donate to the Bureau?

The Bureau is a vital, unique queer space in New York City. Visitors find themselves surrounded by LGBTQ books and publications by and about our community, whether they are new or treasured classics, well-known or obscure and difficult to find. From Audre Lorde and James Baldwin to Michelle Tea and Brontez Purnell, from the latest books on transgender youth and intersex activism to contemporary gay manga and fantastical polygender coloring books, visitors encounter an array of LGBTQ books and publications that they will not find anywhere else. With new work that we receive directly from zine makers and small independent presses, visitors always discover new friends.

The Bureau hosts over 200 events every year, many of which would not otherwise find a venue. These are both community-driven events such as book-discussion groups, activist strategizing meetings, and writing workshops, as well as book launches by both well-known and emerging authors and poets. Additionally, the Bureau hosts at least 5 exhibitions yearly: both solo and group exhibitions of art works as well as activist materials. The Bureau has collaborated with organizations such as Visual AIDS and Fire Island Artist Residency, as well as with veterans of The Lesbian Avengers activist group and activists fighting police violence against people of color to bring you provocative and inspiring exhibitions year round.

At 5 years and counting, we want to improve and enhance the experience of visiting the Bureau and attending our events and exhibitions. The Bureau needs new, sturdier bookshelves, new audio-visual equipment, cushioned seating, and office equipment that will facilitate our work for the community. The members of our community who share their work in our space and our guests deserve a high-functioning and comfortable venue.

Please donate to the Bureau to help us improve your experience of our space, our events, and our exhibitions so that we can serve you as we’ve always envisioned. As always, thank you for your support!

CLICK HERE to set-up a recurring monthly donation or to make a one-time donation.

One of the best ways to support the Bureau is by setting up a recurring monthly donation of any amount. This enables us to have a stable and reliable source of funds to cover operating costs, keep our inventory fresh, and address the needs of the project as they arise. Thank you for your support!


Start: November 17, 2017 6:00 PM
End: November 17, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $25

November 16, 2017

Opening Reception for Getting Lost in Oneself (PrOceSS)-Adriana Varella


Join us at the Opening Reception for Getting Lost in Oneself (PrOceSS)-Adriana Varella

Performance by Raquel Maveck (QueefCore-music) at 7 PM


Getting Lost in Oneself (PrOceSS)-Adriana Varella is on view at the Bureau from November 16, 2017 through January 14, 2018  Sunday, January 21, 2018.


Artist’s statement:

Seventeen years ago I left Brazil to San Francisco and after NYC, as my work started being the object of censorship. Today a number of progressive and queer shows are being shut down as extreme alt-right conservative groups gain strength in Brazil and worldwide. This exhibition is a protest against repression and censorship. 

About the works in Getting Lost in Oneself (PrOceSS):

In Cracks in Civilized Landscapes an experimental-video-performance, where we challenge architecture as patriarchal authority. In this work, Adriana Varella and her girlfriend are filmed having sex in a number of public, and somewhat “sacred” spaces: church, castle, museum, bank and other monuments such as Rio de Janeiro’s City Council, the Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, the Military Fortress of Urca, Rio se Janeiro, the Eiffel Tower, Paris, etc etc . As we fuck, we attempt to subvert their sacred, heroic and sexist dimension. We infiltrate these buildings to decipher the oppressive power beyond their formal aspect and use sex as a revolutionary process of desecration. In New configurations for queer families Orion proposes a debate that defies normative concepts of family (as a reductive model of authoritarian state) as they play with images of polygamy and orgies. Orion also presents Barricades, in which they defy the police state as they steal NYPD barricades and transform them into art objects. In Manhattan Bridge, Jack and David collect trans man images from the internet and bring them to life in a large scale painting with the Manhattan Bridge walking pass in the background.



Adriana Varella will talk with curator Denise Carvalho and the artist: January 11th, 7 PM



Start: November 16, 2017 6:00 PM
End: November 16, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States

November 15, 2017

Debut Poetry Book Launch and Reading: The Carnival of Affection by Philip F. Clark. Featuring poet David J. Bauman


Philip F. Clark and David J. Bauman will read from their current published work and works in progress. Refreshments will be served. The poets will sign copies of their books for sale at the close of the event.


Philip F Clark

PHILIP F. CLARK, a native New Yorker, received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing/Poetry at City College, New York, in 2016, where he is currently an Adjunct Lecturer in English. He was the graduate editor of The Promethean Literary Journal. His poetry has been published in Assaracus Journal of Gay Poetry, The Good Men Project, “Between: New Gay Poetry, published by Chelsea Station Editions, The HIV HERE AND NOW Project, and most recently, Transition: Poems In the Aftermath, published by Indolent Press. His poetry reviews and interviews have been published in Lambda Literary. His blog The Poet’s Grin can be seen at https://philipfclark.wordpress.com His current debut volume of poetry The Carnival of Affection, is published by Sibling Rivalry Press. It was a winner of the Jerome Lowell De Jur Award for Poetry in 2016.



David Bauman

DAVID J. BAUMAN has recently published work in 2 Bridges Review, Barely South Review, and Yellow Chair Review. His poems have also been published in journals and magazines such as San Pedro River Review, Blue Hour, Contemporary American Voices, and T(OUR). He is a recipient of the Richard Savidge Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets and Bloomsburg University. David’s chapbook Moons, Roads, and Rivers will be published in November of 2017 by Finishing Line Press. When he is not writing and publishing poems, David manages a small branch library in the Wilkes-Barre area, where he is the Editor of Word Fountain, the Literary Magazine of the Osterhout Free Library.





Start: November 15, 2017 7:00 PM
End: November 15, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States