Our Next Event

The Vagina Bible Talk and Book Signing

Vagina Bible 500 copy

  The Bureau is excited to host an evening of conversation bringing together Dr. Jen Gunter, author of The Vagina Bible (Kensington, 2019), and Amber Gavin of Abortion Access Front. Dr. Gunter is a “fact evangelist in the fake-news era” (The Cut) and with Ms. Gavin they will discuss language, propaganda, and misinformation in medicine. Copies [...]

Wed. Aug 28, 2019 7:00 PM


June 8, 2019

Living in this Queer Body Podcast Celebration with Morgan Bassichis / Cyree Johnson / Amelia Bande / Lee Relvas

Please join Living in this Queer Body Podcast host Asher Pandjiris in celebrating the podcast launch. We will have performances by Morgan Bassichis, Cyree JohnsonAmelia Bande, and Lee Relvas! Also, bring your hopes and dreams for the podcast and your queer bodies. We will assemble these hopes in queer ritual, generate a space to talk feelings and meet some past and future podcast interviewees.
LITQB seeks to embody and share the principles of intersectional, trans-affirming, gender nonconforming, and sex-worker affirming feminisms and support liberatory social movements.
Reception at 7 PM
Performances at 7:30 – 9pm
9-9:30 Mingle
















Morgan Bassichis is a comedic performer whose shows have been described as “out there” (by Morgan’s mother) and “super intense” (by Morgan). Recent performances include Klezmer for Beginners at Abrons Arts Center (2019), Damned If You Duet at the Kitchen (2018), More Protest Songs! at Danspace Project (2018), and The Faggots & Their Friends Between Revolutions: The Musical at the New Museum (2017). Morgan has presented work at The Whitney Biennial (2019), Hirshhorn Museum, MoMA PS1, the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Whitney Museum, and has received support from Art Matters, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Morgan lives in New York City, and has contributed writing to Artforum, Radical History Review, Captive Genders, and other anthologies.




cyree pic and bio












Cyrée Jarelle Johnson is a poet and librarian from Piscataway, New Jersey. SLINGSHOT, his debut book of poetry, will be published by Nightboat Books in September. Find Cyrée online at cyreejarellejohnson.com or @cyreejarelle on social media.




amelia bio
















Amelia Bande is a Brooklyn-based artist, writer and performer from Chile. Her solo and collaborative work has been shown at Artists Space, The Poetry Project, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, Adult Contemporary, Storm King Arts Center, Tang Museum, MoMA Library, MIX NYC, Abrons Arts Center, Participant Inc., BOFFO Performance Festival, and more. She has been an artist in residence at WORM Filmwerkplaats, The Shandaken Project and Yaddo. She was co-editor of Critical Correspondence, an online publication of Movement Research. Her chapbook The Clothes We Wear was published by Belladonna in 2017. Amelia also teaches Spanish at CUNY and NYU.  Amelia is a queer dyke, a writer, performer, music maker, teacher. I create live capsules of intimacy. Low-fi musicals. She performs alone and with others.



Lee Relvas

















Lee Relvas is an artist and writer living in New York.  She is a recipient of the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program award 2018-2019, and received the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant in 2016.  She has had recent solo exhibitions at Callicoon Fine Arts in New York and Artist Curated Projects in Los Angeles, and has also exhibited and performed at venues including The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, The Hammer Museum, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Various Small Fires, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and Art in General.





Start: June 8, 2019 7:00 PM
End: June 8, 2019 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation is $10-20 towards funding the production of the podcast and the work of 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: June 8, 2019 11:00 AM
End: June 8, 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.

June 5, 2019

OLNY Poly Movie Night: Lutine


Open Love NY presents Poly Movie Night, a FREE series of feature films that focus on the portrayal of consensual / ethical non-monogamy in cinema. This month we’ll be at our regular venue, the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division.


On June 5th, please join us for a viewing of Lutine (2016), a very self-referential docu-comedy about polyamory directed by and starring Isabelle Broué.


We’ll meet at 6:30 pm at the Bureau (in room 210 of The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center at 208 West 13th Street) for pre-screening socializing and start the movie at 7 pm. The event is free, although a $10 suggested donation to help fund future events is much appreciated.


Synopsis: Simultaneously a documentary about polyamory, a making-of the documentary, and a comedic fiction about the director’s life and loves, the project appears to be having an identity crisis while the characters (or are they the actors?) try to figure out what this polyamory thing is. Running time: 1 hour, 38 minutes. In French with English subtitles.





Start: June 5, 2019 6:30 PM
End: June 5, 2019 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau and Open Love New York. No one turned away for lack of funds.

June 4, 2019

NYC Gay Guys’ Book Club Discusses Joan Dempsey’s This Is How It Begins


NYC Gay Guys’ Book Club is a group of gay guys of all ages who meet the first Tuesday of every month. We usually meet at the Jefferson Market branch of the public library on 6th Avenue & West 10th Street, but we’ll meet at the Bureau while the library is being renovated. We read an eclectic range of books from classics to newly-released works. We don’t necessarily read books with a gay theme or characters and always open to suggestions. Very easy going; more social than academic. You don’t necessarily have to commit to coming every single month, just whenever your schedule or reading tastes permit.


On Tuesday, June  4th, we’ll discuss Joan Dempsey‘s This Is How It Begins.
Joan Dempsey‘s This Is How It Begins (and many other titles!) are available for purchase at the Bureau. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you for your support!


This event is free, but donations to support the Bureau are much appreciated!


Start: June 4, 2019 7:00 PM
End: June 4, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: This event is free, but donations to support the Bureau are much appreciated!

June 2, 2019

A Pre-Lambda Awards Reading of Queer Nonfiction


Join us for an afternoon reading of queer nonfiction before the Lambda Awards. Lesbian Memoir/Biography nominees Barrie Jean Borich (Apocalypse, Darling), Sandra Gail Lambert (A Certain Loneliness), and Zahra Patterson (Chronology) will read from their newly published books, and LGBTQ Nonfiction nominee Ria Brodell will present from their art book, Butch Heroes.


Copies of the nominated books will be available at the Bureau. To reserve copies please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com.

Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you for your support!



Barrie Jean Borich












Barrie Jean Borich is author of Apocalypse, Darling which PopMatters said “… soars and seems to live as a new form altogether. It’s poetry, a meditation on life as ‘the other,’ creative non-fiction, and abstract art.” Her memoir Body Geographic won a Lambda Literary Award and her book-length essay, My Lesbian Husband won the Stonewall Book Award. Borich teaches at DePaul University where she edits Slag Glass City, a journal of the urban essay arts.






















Ria Brodell is a non-binary trans artist, educator and author based in Boston. Their work addresses issues of gender identity, sexuality, religion and contemporary culture. Brodell attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Brodell has had solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, is a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, a recipient of an Artadia Award, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship and an SMFA Traveling Fellowship. Their work has appeared in the Guardian, ARTNews, The Boston Globe, the CUT and New American Paintings, among other publications. Brodell’s book, Butch Heroes, was released in 2018 via MIT Press.



Photo Credit- Adrianne Mathiowetz

Photo Credit- Adrianne Mathiowetz



























Sandra Gail Lambert is the author of the Lammy-nominated memoir A Certain Loneliness and a novel, The River’s Memory. She has upcoming work in The New York Times and has been published in The Paris Review, The Southern Review, Brevity, and LitHub. Lambert is the co-editor of the anthology Older Queer Voices: The Intimacy of Survival.












Zahra Patterson is a writer and educator. She is the author of Chronology (Ugly Duckling Presse 2018), which has been listed as a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. Her short pieces have been published in The Felt, Kalyani Magazine, and unbag (forthcoming). Her work includes the creation of Raw Fiction, a one-time (twice-done) youth literary arts project. She holds an MFA in Writing from Pratt Institute.




Start: June 2, 2019 4:00 PM
End: June 2, 2019 5:30 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.