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Scissoring Publication Extravaganza!

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  This month SCISSORING is officially released by Dramatists Play Service and we want to celebrate its publication with a gathering and small series of readings from the play. Join us for a spirited celebration of queer lady lit & love–plus donuts!   Copies of Scissoring will soon be available for purchase at the Bureau. [...]

Sat. Feb 23, 2019 7:00 PM

Events

November 18, 2018

Girl Tales Live Reading and 2nd Season Fundraiser!

Who? You and the kids in your life!

What? A live reading of The Literate Mermaid by Christina Quintana, and a fundraiser for a second season! We’ll have a silent auction of a bunch of goodies, face painting by Maggie Allen, a coloring station and a feminist photo booth!

Where? Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center 208 West 13th Street Room 210 NY, NY 10011

When? Sunday, November 18th @ 3pm

Why? Girl Tales is a podcast featuring reimagined fairytales. Damsels in distress? Princesses in need of protection? You won’t find those here. The girls in our stories take control of their own destinies, turning your favorite fairytales into exciting new adventures.


Girl Tales offers a feminist twist on classic fairytales, fables, and myths. With energetic voice actors and professional sound design, these radio plays burst to life at the touch of a button.

We’ve just ended out first season and have reached over 10,000 listeners all around the world. We want to celebrate that with you and make sure we’re ready to get a second season up and running! Will you join us? Will you help us?

Cost: The Bureau is donating our space for this event because we believe in Girl Tales! If you are able to support the Bureau with a donation we would very much appreciate it! But no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

 

Start: November 18, 2018 3:00 PM
End: November 18, 2018 6:00 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.

November 17, 2018

TELL 48: EXTRA

 

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.

EXTRA is the theme for the 48th installment of TELL, guest-hosted by Melissa Rocah. Featuring Glo Butler, Maya EilamRyan Houlihan, Sammie James, and Rachel Kaly.

 

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

 

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Melissa Rocha is a Brooklyn based comic with a performance art background. She’s been on the scene for about three years producing her own shows and entertaining at venues such as: Club Cumming, Union Hall, Gotham Comedy Club, & Littlefield. Most recently, she’s come on as a producer & comic for Savage Comedy— a weekly show that’s been successfully running for four years. She’s currently working on her first film: How’s My Lipstick?— featuring an all women & queer people of color crew. She’s cried on stage three times this year. :) t: @melisshious ig: @melsideponytail

 

 

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Glo Butler says: originally from Charleston, South Carolina. Started comedy in DC then moved to Brooklyn, NY where I reside currently. I’ve been featured on on Wendy Williams, timeout Magazines “LGBTQ POC We’re obsessed with right now.”
I currently host/ Produce 2 shows in Brooklyn, and I also have a webseries “Glo in the City”(featured on IMDb, funny or Die, and YouTube). I have performed all over the country.

 


MayaEilam

Maya Eilam is ready when you are. She is a karaoke regular, facilitates freeform vocalization, and believes no sounds are out of bounds.

 

 

RyanHoulihan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Houlihan is a comedian, writer, and fake ginger from New York. He’s worked on the shows Billy on the Street, Difficult People, and at Teen Vogue. You can stream his podcast “Tomorrow” if you want another loud gay person in your life.

 

 

SammieJames

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sammie James is a comedian and story teller from New Jersey. She is host and producer of the LGBT showcase Queerly Comedic and The Uncomfortable comedy show. Sammie performs all over the tri state area and is soon to be your favorite disabled, nerdy, butch trans woman in comedy.

 

 

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Rachel Kaly (she/they) is a queer NYC-based comedian, and writer. She is a contributing writer for ClickHole and has studied at the Annoyance Theater, Second City, and at UCB as a diversity scholar. She’s performed at all those venues, plus Joe’s Pub, iO, and Union Hall and whatever da fuk else will convince you she’s legit. She performs regularly with Ladies Who Ranch and hosts her own show, “The Ellen Show But Violent” every month. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2017, and founded the Absurd Comedy Collective in 2016 in an effort to make more inclusive spaces for marginalized comics.
twitter: @rachel_kaly / ig: @rachel.kaly / www: rachelkaly.com

 

 

Start: November 17, 2018 7:00 PM
End: November 17, 2018 9:30 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: $10 suggested donation to benefit the performers and the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Office Hours Poetry Workshop Craft Class with Yanyi

 

Office Hours Poetry Workshop  presents: “The Seat of Sensation: Concession as Pleasure and Memory”– a FREE craft class and reading with author Yanyi.

The craft class takes place from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. A public reading with Yanyi and members of the Office Hours Workshop will follow from 1:30 PM-2:30 PM.

Spaces for the craft class are limited to 15 persons so please RSVP in advance to sarahmariesala@gmail.com and include your full name, relationship to writing, and a brief bio.

 

The Seat of Sensation: Confession as Pleasure and Memory
In this workshop, you will be asked to write for your life, your life being time, your body, and the practice of noticing pleasure, a communication with the self. Through generative exercises, we will write through the senses and then practice writing with and toward desire through memory. You will need something to write with and on.

 

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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. His work was most recently published in LA Review of Books and The Margins. Find him at yanyiii.com.

 

Office Hours Poetry Workshop provides post-MFA poets access to continued support for manuscript-development and everyday writing. The workshop culminates in a public reading each fall and spring to showcase sizzling new work. We welcome all poets, especially people of color, LGBTQ+, and those who are woman-identified. Our name derives from our side hustle. Many of us are freelance, adjunct instructors, who continue to thrive in the margins of academia.

 

 

 

 

 

Start: November 17, 2018 11:00 AM
End: November 17, 2018 2:30 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

November 11, 2018

Book launch and reading: The Pr0n Series

 

Gay comedy fetish writer Mark Boyd will read from one of his latest stories, The Collared Master, and share a free book sampler with several of the stories in his forthcoming Pr0n Series collection. Comedian James Angelo will MC and share his humorous take on navigating the gay fetish scene.

 

Mark Boyd is a writer who regularly publishes in European fetish magazine Alphatribe. His comedy fetish fiction has been shared at events like Folsom Europe in Berlin and he has performed his work around the globe in cities like Barcelona.
 
 
 
 

Start: November 11, 2018 3:00 PM
End: November 11, 2018 4:30 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: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

November 10, 2018

Trans Figured Reading and Signing with Brian Belovitch

 
Brian Belovitch shares his true story of life as a gender outlier and his dramatic journey through the jungle of gender identity in Trans Figured: My Journey from Boy to Girl to Woman to Man. Brian has the rare distinction of coming out three times: first as a queer teenager; second as a glamorous transgender woman named Tish, and later, Natalia Gervais; and finally as an HIV-positive gay man surviving the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. His book is a no-holds-barred memoir of a chaotic era and his candid journey through identity. He will be reading selected passages from the book as well as signing copies.
 
Copies of Trans Figured 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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Brian Belovitch is a former editor at People magazine. A 2000 GLAAD award nominee for his play Boys Don’t Wear Lipstick, Belovitch is a founder of Queer Stages, an LGBT-themed dramatic series, and a guest storyteller with the Generations Project. Belovitch is currently in a master’s program for mental health counseling at Hunter College. Today he works as an addiction professional and lives in Brooklyn with his husband of fifteen years.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Start: November 10, 2018 7:00 PM
End: November 10, 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.