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  New year, new cultural horizon! Negative Press, a gay Marxist poetry collective, invites you to an evening of poems and other provocations.     Kay Gabriel is a minor internet personality.   Zachary LaMalfa is a minor internet personality.   David W. Pritchard is a minor internet personality.   A.B. Robinson is a minor [...]

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October 19, 2017

In the Province of the Gods: Kenny Fries and Matthew Gallaway


Kenny Fries, who was born missing bones in his legs, travelled to Japan to explore how the Japanese view people with disabilities. In Japan, he discovered (it’s almost a rumor) a god with a disability, although whether he’s Shinto or Buddhist is unclear. Fries returned to Japan a second time, but before arriving, he is diagnosed with HIV.

Fries’s HIV diagnosis shakes up all of his assumptions about Japan, the body, and mortality and he is propelled to a new understanding of how to live with the constant knowledge of impermanence and threat of loss.  In the end, not only was Japan the right place to discover a culture unlike his own, but Japan was also the perfect place to learn how to re-conceive and re-enter his life.

Author Matthew Gallaway joins Fries in conversation.


Copies of Kenny Fries’s In the Province of the Gods and In the Gardens of Japan are available for purchase at the Bureau. To reserve a copy please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you!

This event is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin Press.


Photo by Michael R. Dekker

Photo by Michael R. Dekker

Kenny Fries is the author of, most recently, In the Province of the Gods, as well as Body, Remember: A Memoir and The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin’s Theory, winner of the Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights. He is the editor of Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out and author of the libretto for The Memory Stone, an opera commissioned by Houston Grand Opera.


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Matthew Gallaway 
is the author of #gods – described by Lambda Literary as “epic” and “riveting” – and The Metropolis Case, which was praised by the New York Times for being “driven by exuberance and morbidity, fatalism and erotic energy.” He lives in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City with his partner and four cats.


Start: October 19, 2017 7:00 PM
End: October 19, 2017 8:30 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.

October 14, 2017

TELL 37: HalloQween


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.

Dusty Childers is the special guest host of TELL 37!

HalloQween is the theme of the 37th installment of TELL. Featuring Katharine Case, Poison Eve, and Princess Flicky.
$10 suggested donation to support the Bureau and the performers. No one turned away for lack of funds.


Dusty Tell 37

Dusty Childers (Dusty Tea Shoulders/ @duddylynn) directs, dramaturges, conjures costumes, speaks their truth in front of audiences, drags it up periodically, and instructs the future via the classroom. Childers’ body and body of work have graced the likes of Joe’s Pub, Abrons, The Whitney, Dixon Place, BAM, La Mama, the Soho Playhouse, Sid Gold’s Request Room, NY Live Arts, Irving Plaza, House of Yes, BAM, The Mix Festival, Bureau of General Services Queer Division, The Edinborough Fringe Festival and St. Ann’s Warehouse. He has worked with Justin Sayre, Taylor Mac, Heather Acs, Mister Wallace, Big Dipper, Miguel Gutierrez, Silas Howard, World Famous *BOB* and Amber Martin (among others).




Katharine Case started publishing an anarcho-feminist zine at the age of 14 in Phoenix. She has used writing as her primary tool for stirring shit up ever since. She moved to San Francisco in her 20s where she did regular readings at rancid bars as the token feminist party girl columnist for the seminal punk magazine, Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll. She currently resides in New York, where she’s spent the last ten years teaching English at a public school where she helps complicated kids find their own voices.



Poison Eve

Poison Eve:
Creator, Destroyer, Shredder and petty thief. Boylesque, draglesque, performance art and puppeteer. A rare carnivorous night-blooming lily – flaunting neither falsies nor realies, this downtown stalwart has performed in Blacklips Performance Cult, the Jackie 60 factory, and such spaces as the Wild Project, PS122, HERE, Howl!, St. Ann’s Warehouse, the Guggenheim, and (remarkably) both The Cock and The Hole!




Princess Flicky aka Hollywood South aka Cape Middleton aka Courtney Love Kardashian reigns over Ptown and Nola throwing the most lavish shindigs thru out the continental USA. Currently owns a Blackberry, former Sidekick 2 owner. Mother to little Willie Nelson (puppy) and favors all shades of pink and denim Loves vodka and good lighting




Start: October 14, 2017 7:00 PM
End: October 14, 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: $10 suggested donation to benefit the performers and the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

October 13, 2017

XXO Reading featuring DJ Ashtrae & all his Friends


The Triple Love Reading series (XXO) began as a dirty dream in a twisted era. It celebrates the ways poets struggle with and make out the world. It also aspires to mix different communities in NYC. XXO is funded in part by the Greater Los Angeles Cotton Candy Fortune.



DJ Ashtrae

In the summer of 2016, DJ Ashtrae (Joshua Escobar) graduated from the Master of Fine Art program at Bard College where he was the Dean’s Fellow in Writing, as well as the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a Merit Fellow. His first collection, Caljforkya Voltage, winner of 2017 No, Dear/Small Anchor Press Chapbook Competition, launched this September. He is a CantoMundo fellow. He lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn with dj lil piñata. IG: djashtrae17.



 Carina del Valle Schorske

Carina del Valle Schorske is a poet, essayist, and Spanish language translator at large in New York City. Her work has appeared at the Los Angeles Review of Books, the New Yorker online, Lit Hub, Boston Review, New York Magazine, The Offing, Washington Square, and elsewhere. She recently won Gulf Coast’s 2016 Prize for her translations of the Puerto Rican poet Marigloria Palma. She is the happy recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, the MacDowell Colony, and Columbia University, where she is a doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature. carinadelvalleschorske.tumblr.com /Twitter: @fluentmundo / IG: @psycheandstupid



Maria Fernanda Snellings

María Fernanda Snellings is an award-winning poet from Washington, D.C. Her poems & translations have appeared in Luna Luna Magazine, The Wide Shore, Kweli Journal & elsewhere. In 2017, she received fellowships from Callaoo Writers Workshop and CantoMundo. María Fernanda is a Black-Ecuatoriana and a proponent of open-lingual space.



Omotara James

Omotara James writes and lives in New York City. Her poetry chapbook, Daughter Tongue, was selected by African Poetry Book Fund in collaboration with Akashic Books for the 2018 New Generation African Poets Box Set. Her work has appeared in The Recluse, Winter Tangerine, Cosmonauts Avenue and elsewhere. She is a 2017 Lambda Literary Fellow and has been awarded scholarships by the Home School and Cave Canem. Her awards include the Nancy P. Schnader Academy of American Poets Award. Her debut full length collection, Mama Wata is forthcoming from CCM press. Currently, she is an MFA candidate at NYU. www.omotarajames.com /@omotarajames (IG, twitter)



Mel Elberg

Mel Elberg is a cyclical homosexual garden variety poet at large.



Tanya Zamirouskaya

Tanya Zamirouskaya was born in Borisov, USSR, Soviet Belarus. Zamirouskaya writes surreal short stories about memory, ghosts, alienation and language deprivation. Her literary works have been published in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, where she worked as a journalist and music critic. She is the author of two short stories collections, Life Without Noise And Pain (2010, Moscow, AST Publishing House) and Sparrow River (2015, Moscow, AST Publishing House). She is currently attempting to write in English in order to study the effects of the language insufficiency on memory, narration, and representation. In 2017 Zamirouskaya finished her MFA in writing at Bard College. She lives in New York City.






Start: October 13, 2017 7:00 PM
End: October 13, 2017 9:00 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.

October 12, 2017

It Makes Me Whole


Please join us for an evening of films by artist Doug Ischar. In conjunction with his show of drawings at the Bureau, Love me Tender, Jared Buckhiester presents three of Ischar’s works BRB, Alone With You, and Tristes Tarzan. A new collaborative film by John Neff and Steve Reinke will be screened as an introduction to the program.

The screening will begin shortly after 7 pm.

Total Run Time 69min.


Image:  Still from Alone With You,


Since the early 1990s, Doug Ischar has worked in sound, video, and photography. His work has evolved from large-scale multimedia installations to single-channel videos that address issues surrounding gay identity, desire, and loss. Currently an associate professor of photography at the University of Illinois, Chicago, he has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa; Photographers Gallery, London; L.A.C.E., Los Angeles; and Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo.


John Neff is a Chicago based artist working with photography,  installation, and video.  His works have been shown at Artists Space, New York; Donald Young Gallery, Chicago; Golden Gallery, Chicago and New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; New York University’s Fales Library and Special Collections; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Neff is a founding curatorial board member of Chicago’s Iceberg Projects and codirector of the Ravenswood Elementary School Curatorial Practice Program. In 2016, he served as a consulting curator to the Chicago iteration of the traveling exhibition “Art AIDS America” at Alphawood Gallery. His co-edited volume Militant Eroticism: The Art+Positive Archives is forthcoming from Sternberg Press.


Steve Reinke is an artist and writer best known for his videos. His work is screened widely and is in several collections, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Pompidou (Paris), and the National Gallery (Ottawa).  Born in a village in northern Ontario, he is currently associate professor of Art Theory & Practice at Northwestern University. In the 1990′s he produced the ambitious omnibus The Hundred Videos (1996), and a book of his scripts, Everybody Loves Nothing: Scripts 1997-2005 was published by Coach House (Toronto). He has also co-edited several books, including By the Skin of Their Tongues: Artist Video Scripts (co-edited with Nelson Henricks, 1997),  Lux: A Decade of Artists’ Film and Video (with Tom Taylor, 2000), and The Sharpest Point: Animation at the End of Cinema (with Chris Gehman, 2005).








Start: October 12, 2017 7:00 PM
End: October 12, 2017 9:00 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.

October 11, 2017

Gender-fluidly Yours: an Evening of Queer Non-binary Non-Fiction with Hida Viloria & Jeffrey Marsh

Non-binary pioneers Hida Viloria and Jeffrey Marsh will discuss and read from their respective books, Born Both: An Intersex Life (Hida Viloria, Hachette Books) and How to Be You (Jeffrey Marsh, Penguin Random House), with a Q & A to follow.
Born Both: An Intersex Life and How to Be You are available for purchase at the Bureau. To reserve a copy please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you!
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Hida Viloria is a Latinx writer and LGBTQIA activist in the vanguard of bringing intersex and non-binary issues to human rights organizations as a consultant (United Nations, Human Rights Watch and Lambda Legal), and to the masses as a frequent television and radio guest (Oprah, 20/20, NPR, BBC…) and one of the most extensively published writers in the field (HuffPost, The Daily Beast, The Advocate, The NY Times, Ms….). Hida spearheaded the first global call by and for intersex human rights, was the first openly intersex person invited to speak at the UN, and is a leader in the fight for non-binary gender recognition with the non-profit s/he founded, the Intersex Campaign for Equality, and as the recipient of the second intersex birth certificate in the U.S.. This spring, s/he was interviewed by Rolling Stone, Psychology Today, and NPR about her memoir Born Both: An Intersex Life (Hachette Books), which was selected as one of People’s best new books and praised by The NY Times, The Washington Post, and more, and is the first book by an intersex author published by a Big 5 publisher.
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Jeffrey Marsh, author of ‘How to Be You’ from Penguin Random House, is an LGBTQ activist and icon whose message of inclusion and acceptance has amassed over 300 MILLION views on social media. Named ‘Viner of the Year’ by CBS, Jeffrey has 500k+ fans on their social channels, and is the creator of the global trends #NoTimeToHateMyself and #DontSayThatsSoGay. Jeffrey is a regular contributor, writer, and on-air host for Snapchat Stories, Facebook Live, O Magazine, Oprah.com, TIME.com, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Mashable, and Mom.me, to name a few. Other notable achievements include Jeffrey as social media ambassador/correspondent for MTV/LOGO, VH1, GLSEN, GLAAD and PFLAG. As a fashion model, Jeffrey changed the garment industry by becoming the first gender non-binary bride in a bridal gown lookbook. Jeffrey is the first non-binary author with Penguin Random House, and the first multi-hyphenate talent to use ‘they/them’ pronouns (as opposed to he/she/his/her’). Jeffrey’s fans are updated regularly on their self-acceptance fan club app, available in the Apple App Store and Google Play, and Jeffrey will soon be seen as the fashion model for their own line of genderfluid clothing.


Start: October 11, 2017 7:00 PM
End: October 11, 2017 9:00 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.