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  There’s no getting around it, the current political climate is a battleground. Add rising murders of Transgender women (specifically, Transwomen of color) to the already increasing issues being faced by the TLGBQ community, and it’s no wonder a song like War Call was created.   War Call, the debut single and music video from [...]

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Events

October 11, 2018

Bespoke: Fall Fanfare Edition

 

BESPOKE: It’s ostentatious October! Join us for the resurrection of our most garish garments and frighteningly fashionable attire as Thursday, October 11 the Bureau features Sarah Schulman, Heather Lynn Johnson, and Yanyi at Bespoke, a bimonthly queer series where featured readers dress fun, fancy, or flirtatious, while supporting the Bureau and resisting fascism. This sinfully sartorial series presents fashionable femmes, dapper dykes, chic twinks, trendy trans* folk, & frothy FTMs. Featured writers are encouraged to suit up or dress down : readers’ choice.
 

Open mic readers (2 minutes each): whose name shall be drawn from the rainbow top hat this month? General attendees: which incredible edibles from Dylan’s Candy Bar will find their way to the insatiate maws of our deviant demimonde?
 

Your hosts are the trio Christina “CQ” Quintana (writer/ playwright/ dyke about town), Tim Murphy (longtime LGBTQ journalist, activist and author of the novel Christodora), Jerome Ellison Murphy (poet, critic and NYU Creative Writing Program administrator) who invite you to turn out in your Thursday best (dressing up is welcome & encouraged, not mandatory) every other month for drinks and chat before & after our reading.

 
 

Sarah Schulman is the 2018 recipient of the Publishing Triangle’s Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, for her renown as a novelist, nonfiction writer, playwright, screenwriter, and AIDS historian. Among her novels are The Cosmopolitans, The Child, and Rat Bohemia (winner of the 1996 Ferro-Grumley Award for Lesbian Fiction). Her works of nonfiction include Conflict Is Not Abuse (winner of last year’s Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction), The Gentrification of the Mind, and Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences. Schulman’s nineteenth book, the novel Maggie Terry, will be published in September 2018 by the Feminist Press. She serves on a number of advisory boards including Jewish Voice for Peace, Research on the Israeli/American Alliance, and Claudia Rankine’s Racial Imaginary Institute. Schulman has received Guggenheim in playwriting, a Fulbright in Judaic studies, and two American Library Association Stonewall Awards. A fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University, she is distinguished professor of the humanities at CUNY/College of Staten Island.

 
 

Heather Lynn Johnson is a poet, photographer and a performance artist living in Brooklyn. She is the author of The Survival Guide For Queer Black Youth (Inpatient Press, 2017) and the 2017 literary fellow for the Queer|Art|Mentorship program. Johnson’s work is characterized by its lyricism and cultural critique. Her formal approach to the narrative, whether visual or poetic, is distinguished by her willingness to lay bare her own existence. Johnson received an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her BA from Columbia College Chicago both in Photography.

 
 

Yanyi is a poet and critic. In 2018, he won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, awarded by Carl Phillips, for his first book, The Year of Blue Water (Yale University Press 2019). Currently, he is an associate editor at Foundry and an MFA candidate at New York University. He formerly served as Director of Technology and Design at The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, senior editor at Nat. Brut, and curatorial assistant at The Poetry Project. He is the recipient of fellowships from Asian American Writers Workshop and Poets House. Find his recent work in VIDA, Reservoir, and Memorious.

 
 

 

 

Start: October 11, 2018 7:00 PM
End: October 11, 2018 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.

October 7, 2018

From Self-Harm to Self-Discovery: A Workshop

 
In this workshop, lesbian twins Marissa LaRocca (bestselling author of Starving in Search of Me: A Coming-of-Age Story of Overcoming an Eating Disorder and Finding Self-Acceptance) and Kristy LaRocca, LGBTQ+ therapist and founder of Live Your Truth Counseling, share about their own personal experiences with self-harm, and how they transformed those experiences into self-awareness and healing others.
 
The twins will discuss some of the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community, as well as some tips for managing anxiety, overcoming denial, and living authentically.
 
We ask that participants bring a pen and a journal to the event, as we will be doing a few optional writing exercises in addition to a group share.
 
 

Please arrive by 2:45 PM at latest, so that we can close the door and begin the workshop promptly at 3 PM. Thank you!

 

The Bureau will be closed during the workshop: 3 to 4 PM.

 
 

Marissa LaRocca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marissa LaRocca is the bestselling author of Starving in Search of Me: A Coming-of-Age Story of Overcoming an Eating Disorder and Finding Self-Acceptance (Mango, 2018). She is an award-winning writer, speaker, LGBTQ activist, and YouTube personality. Additionally, Marissa is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, having received her training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and she’s a contributing educator for The Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s upcoming Emotional Eating Course. Marissa’s work has been featured in Go Magazine, on Glam.com, and on Topic.com. To find out more, visit marissalarocca.com.

 

 

 

 Kristy LaRocca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kristy LaRocca, MA, LMHC is an integrative therapist and founder of Live Your Truth Counseling located in New York City. She completed her internship at the Institute for Human Identity, one of NYC’s leading training programs for LGBTQ-affirmative psychotherapy, and has served the queer community as a Staff Therapist and Coordinator of the Intern Training Program there for several years. Kristy received her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Brooklyn College and has taught psychology courses as an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn College.

 

 

 

 

Start: October 7, 2018 3:00 PM
End: October 7, 2018 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.

October 6, 2018

Physique Pictorial Volume 46 Release Party

 
Come celebrate the release of Physique Pictorial, photographer Bob Mizer’s art journal that fought censorship laws back in the day — and freed up the nude male physique throughout American culture.
 
The new Physique Pictorial relaunched last year and you can help us celebrate the release of the latest volume with The Bob Mizer Foundation and the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division.
 
Come and meet Physique Pictorial’s spokesperson, Ross Collab, who is hosting the event in the incredible space that is the Bureau. Enjoy queer art, conversation, drinks, music, vintage Bob Mizer films, and even a chance to win a copy of the new Physique Pictorial V46!
 
 
 
 

Start: October 6, 2018 6:00 PM
End: October 6, 2018 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.

October 5, 2018

We Will Be Known Forever by the Tracks We Leave

 
A special evening celebrating the legacy of actor, director, producer, mentor, muse and original member of The Cockettes, Rumi Missabu.
 
 
Rumi Missabu the subject of the new documentary RUMINATIONS has been in everything from Disney (Blackbeard’s Ghost) to soft-core porn (Elevator Girls in Bondage).
 
 
 
 

Start: October 5, 2018 7:00 PM
End: October 5, 2018 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.

October 4, 2018

Print Edition Launch by Artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya

 

Join The Robert Giard Foundation on Thursday, October 4th, for the launch of a limited print edition by artist and Foundation board member Paul Mpagi Sepuya, to benefit the Robert Giard Foundation Fellowship Program for photographers and filmmakers.
 
The FREE event will include a raffle ($20/ticket) for one of the prints. Purchase raffle tickets in advance or in person at the event. Raffle to be drawn at 7:30 p.m. at the October 4th event.
 
Prints from the edition can be purchased for $1000 each at the event or online at
 
https://www.nycharities.org/events/EventLevels.aspx?etid=10827

 

All proceeds go to support the future of the Robert Giard Foundation Fellowship for photographers and filmmakers.
 
Please join the Board of the Robert Giard Foundation and our host, the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, in room 210 of The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, from 6 – 8 p.m. for drinks and an introduction to the history and importance of Giard’s work, the exceptional Giard Fellowship, and the impact of the fellowship on the LGBTQ community.
 
Where:
Bureau of General Services-Queer Division
 
The Bureau is located in room 210 of
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
208 West 13th Street.
NY, NY 10011
 
When: 6 – 8:30 p.m, raffle at 7:30 pm.
 
Tickets:
 
1) Free RSVP
2) $20 tickets include one raffle for the benefit print, unlimited amount can be purchased per person.
 
For questions and information on purchasing an edition, email robertgiardfoundtion@gmail.com.
 
About the Robert Giard Foundation Fellowship:

The Robert Giard Foundation established the Robert Giard Fellowship in cooperation with the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) at the City University of New York Graduate Center in 2008. The award of $7,500, given annually, supports an emerging, early- or mid-career artist from any country working in photography, photo-based media, video, or moving image, including short-form film or video.. This award supports a directed project, one that is new or continuing and that addresses issues of sexuality, gender, or LGBTQ identity. For information on guidelines, application procedures, and the next deadline, see How To Apply
 

About the artist:

Paul Mpagi Sepuya (b. 1982, San Bernardino, CA) is a Los Angeles-based artist working in photography. His work emerged within the queer zine scene of the 2000s, and was most recently shown in “Being: New Photography 2018” at the Museum of Modern Art. His work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim Museums, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, among others. Sepuya is currently visiting artist faculty at California Institute of the Arts and has been on the board of the Robert Giard Foundation since 2009.
 
Title of work: Mirror Study, 2017, archival pigment print, 11 x 13 inches (paper size 19 x 21), Edition of 20 with 2 APs.

 

 

 
 

Start: October 4, 2018 6:00 PM
End: October 4, 2018 8:30 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: FREE