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TELL: Queer Stories w/ Drae Campbell | Podcast Launch Party

TELL Podcast

  Celebrate the official launch of BRIC’s new queer storytelling podcast TELL. Join host Drae Campbell at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center for refreshments and an evening of storytelling with guests Elsa Waithe, Ryan Haddad, Brian Vines, and Becca Blackwell! TELL is a podcast that serves queer [...]

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April 20, 2019

TELL 53: 420


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.

420 is the theme of the 53rd installment of TELL. Featuring stories by  Renair Amin, Cara Francis, Joey Kipp, and  Arianne “Bozo” Lombardi.

$10 suggested donation to support the Bureau and the performers. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Photograph by Grace Chu

Photograph by Grace Chu























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 the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division. Check her out online!  www.draecampbell.com.

























Becoming a vessel of healing wasn’t an easy process for the Pink Love Specialist, Renair Amin. The person she is today has survived addiction, family tragedy, sexual assault, depression, grief, divorce, religious trauma and domestic violence. From those experiences, Renair penned four books – Mental Silhouette, Domestically Cursed, Pit Crew: How to Survive a Spiritual Pit Stop and Come with Me, Love: A 21-Day Journey into the Song of Solomon for couples. A life and relationship coach, she has also had the privilege of speaking across the nation helping others find Pink Love in their lives. In 2018, she was given the esteem honor of being named “Miss Full-Figured USA Miss Congeniality.” Renair just completed her Doctor of Ministry degree from New York Theological Seminary and is excited to walk down the aisle in May 2019.

















Cara Francis is a writer, performer and a comedian. An ensemble member of The New York Neo-Futurists from 2008-2017, she designed and performed in The Complete and Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill, Vol 1 and 2 and The Soup Show. Her installation work includes “Stand” (Brooklyn Museum, IPA), “Remote” (Trouw, Amsterdam, NE, New Museum, New York for AUNTSisdance, First Person View, The Knockdown Center) and “Happy To See You” (Print Screen Festival, Tel Aviv, Automata Arts, Collapsable Hole, Dixon Place, The Wild Project). She regularly writes and performs original music as Fantasy Grandma (Bushwig, NY Comedy Festival at Carolines, Catch Performance Series). She is currently writing Dugout, a queer musical adaptation of A League Of Their Own as well as writing, directing and producing a series of short films with Julian Klepper about the people of New York City.



Joey Kipp





















Joey Kipp is an NYC Dancer and performer.





















Arianne “Bozo” Lombardi is a queer visual artist and musician from the Bronx. She is in the process of organizing her own songs into EP format, as she has spent her last 3 years primarily performing with local Bronx band “Brooks Thomas.” By daytime she is a bartender, and by side job she is a free-lance locksmith.









Start: April 20, 2019 7:00 PM
End: April 20, 2019 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
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.

April 13, 2019

Turn dreams into stories! Myths, Magic & Imagination


Author and founder of Jaguar Luna Cultural Arts Collective, C. Huilo C. will talk about creating your own personal mythos and how the stories that come from this can influence how well we are treated in both the queer and the hetero worlds. In an evening in conversation with Stonewall-legacy author Perry Brass, Huilo will share their experiences living queerly within the majestic complexity of Mexico and Costa Rica. Huilo’s adventures in Latin America led to their writing and illustrating Tales of a Jaguar Magician – a new queer mythology. Huilo and Perry will talk about queer folk as the keepers of magic and healing and why are we feared? What is really behind our own magical side that few people talk about? How can we move from being tolerated to being celebrated as an integral and necessary part of a healthy society? Books and original illustrations will be available for sale and autographing.


c huilo c author photo














Mythologist, visionary and full-spectrum artist, C. Huilo C. has published 5 books, art films, numerous art installations, experimental theatre presentations, is the founder of an arts & ecology center in Central America, owner of Teatro Jaguar Luna, Jaguar Moon Press, and leads an earth-ark reforestation project in Southern Costa Rica.








perry brass author photo c huilo c






















Activist, poet, and author Perry Brass has published 19 books, was a member of the Gay Liberation Front and co-editor of Come Out!, world’s first gay liberation newspaper, and co-founded the Gay Men’s Health Project Clinic, first clinic for gay men on the East Coast, now operating as Callen-Lorde Community Health Services, and the Rainbow Book Fair, the largest lgbt book event in the U.S.






Start: April 13, 2019 7:00 PM
End: April 13, 2019 8:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Social Sculpture for Individual Goals


Social Sculpture for Individual Goals is an opportunity to check in with others about your personal goals.

The way it works is very simple: A group of individuals gathers together, and, depending on how many individuals are present, together we decide on a specific amount of time that each person will be allotted to speak to the group about their personal goals. We ask for one person to volunteer as a timekeeper, and that person keeps track of time, letting the person who is speaking know when they have one minute remaining, and when their time is up.

As each one of us takes our turn to speak, the group listens quietly and gives us an opportunity to speak from the heart about our personal goals. This process of personal goal-related sharing can go in many different directions, and each person who speaks is welcome to use this time in whatever way feels most helpful to them. This process provides an opportunity for the speaker to sort out their thoughts, to gain clarity around personal goals, to share setbacks and successes, and to be accountable to others. As we listen to others, it is an opportunity for us to practice deep listening and to receive inspiration from others.

While this is not an overly rule-bound process, we do ask that attendees keep the following guidelines in mind:

- When it is someone else’s turn to speak, others in the group do not interrupt or query that person. We allow the person who is speaking to have ‘the stage’ to themself during their turn.

- During your own turn, keep the focus on yourself, and do not give feedback to others who have already spoken (note: it is okay to reference something someone else said, for example, something that inspired you–as long as you are mentioning it in relation to your own goals and your own process).

- Nobody is required to share. It is okay to attend and just listen to others, without sharing anything yourself. Also, it is okay if someone wants to speak for less than their allotted time.

- Please keep in mind that this is an open community forum; therefore, information that attendees choose to share is not considered confidential or anonymous.

This project is a collaboration between the Bureau and Ben G. Adams, a psychologist and artist whose work focuses on approaching tropes of personal and social transformation as art forms. The term ‘social sculpture’ was originally developed by 20th century conceptual artist Joseph Beuys in reference to the idea that all human beings are artists, and that all aspects of life can be approached as art forms. Ben’s previous work includes an art book and dieting system titled The Creative Process Diet, mixed media works in printmaking and sculpture, and another (currently ongoing) iteration of Social Sculpture for Individual Goals developed in collaboration with the Religious Society of Friends of Truth (a.k.a. ‘Quakers’) beginning in January 2017.


There is no required cost to attend Social Sculpture for Individual Goals, which is being very generously sponsored by the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, an independent organization that is operated entirely by volunteers. During the meeting we will pass around a bowl so that everyone who attends will receive an opportunity to make a voluntary donation to support the Bureau. The suggested donation is $10, and we ask attendees to be as generous as possible in their support of the Bureau, which generously sponsors Social Sculpture for Individual Goals and many other community-building projects.




Start: April 13, 2019 11:00 AM
End: April 13, 2019 1:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

April 12, 2019

Baby Gay at the Bureau with Pamela Sneed & Gail Thacker!


Claire Fleury and Alesia Exum Present BABY GAY at Bureau of General Services—Queer Division! Hosted by Dusty Childers!
Baby Gay is a night of Queer Stories centered around those early days of budding Queerness. This, our second installment, features the incredible line up of Pamela Sneed and Gail Thacker.
About Pamela Sneed:
Pamela Sneed is a New York-based poet, writer, performer and emerging visual artist. 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 for 3 consecutive years. She has performed at the Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Poetry Project, NYU and Pratt Universities, Smack Mellon Gallery, The High Line, Performa, Danspace, The Bessies, Performance Space, Joe’s Pub, The Public Theater, SMFA, BRIC and was an artist- in- residence at Pratt University, Denniston Hill and Poet-Linc, Lincoln Center Education.
About Gail Thacker:
Gail has been exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art; Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporáneo (CGAC), Spain; Boston University’s Stone Gallery, Daniel Cooney Fine Arts, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, Howl and Grey Art Gallery in New York, and others. Gail’s Polaroid work is in numerous collections such as The Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA), Museum of the City of New York, the Fotomuseum Winterthur (Switzerland), CGAC (Spain), The New York Public Library, and The Polaroid Collection (Massachusetts). Publications, not including press-include Between the Sun and the Moon Gail Thacker’s Polaroids (City University of New York),The Polaroid Book (Taschen), Mark Dirt (Paper Chase Press), Tabboo! The Art of Stephen Tashjian (Damiani), There Was A Sense of Family; The Friends of Mark Morrisroe (Moderne Kunst Nürnbergsa), Gail Thacker Fugitive Moments (Howl) and Frontiers Journal of Women Studies (University of Nebraska Press).




Start: April 12, 2019 7:00 PM
End: April 12, 2019 8:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

April 11, 2019

Book Launch & Party for Victoria Noe’s Fag Hags, Divas and Moms


A book launch and party to mark the publication of Fag Hags, Divas and Moms: The Legacy of Straight Women in the AIDS Community by Victoria Noe.
The history of the AIDS epidemic has largely been told from the perspective of gay men: their losses, their struggles, and contributions. But what about women – in particular, straight women? Not just Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Diana, but thousands whose accomplishments have never been recognized?
Drawing on personal interviews and archival research, Fag Hags, Divas and Moms: The Legacy of Straight Women in the AIDS Community is the first book to share the stories of women around the world, throughout the epidemic. Victoria Noe assures their place in women’s history, for their determination to educate and advocate, to end the epidemic once and for all.
She will be in conversation with one of the women in the book, Krishna Stone.

Victoria Noe is an award-winning Chicago author, speaker and activist. In 2006, she promised a dying friend that she’d write her first book about people grieving the death of a friend. That book turned into six-book series, including Friend Grief and AIDS: Thirty Years of Burying Our Friends. Her essay “Long-Term Survivor” won the 2015 Christopher Hewitt Award from A&U Magazine. She is a member of ACT UP/NY since 2013 and sits on the planning committee for the Chicago AIDS Garden.


Krishna Stone, one of the women featured in the book, is the Director of Community Relations for GMHC, where she has been a valuable staff member for over 25 years. In 2017, she served as a grand marshal for the NYC Pride March and will be honored next month with the Sam Ciccone Community Service Award from GOAL NY.

Start: April 11, 2019 7:00 PM
End: April 11, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.