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Genevieve Hudson & Alden Jones: A Virtual Reading with the Bureau

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  Join the Bureau online for a reading with Genevieve Hudson (Boys of Alabama) and Alden Jones (The Wanting Was a Wilderness: Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and the Art of Memoir) on Saturday, June 13th, 6 to 7 PM EST.   Genevieve Hudson will read from her new novel, Boys of Alabama. Melissa Febos says of Boys of [...]

Sat. Jun 13, 2020 6:00 PM


January 30, 2020

Open enchanting historical closets with three NY novelists


Author readings, with slides and videos; Q & A. Explore enchanting historical closets through the eyes of three local award-winning novelists Loretta Goldberg, Joshua Ian, & Christina Britton Conroy!


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Australian-American Loretta Goldberg is an accomplished pianist with nine commercial CDs to her credit, a former financial advisor and now a published author. Her debut novel, The Reversible Mask, recounts the exploits of a sixteenth century bisexual spy, Edward Latham, and his work as a double agent for Queen Elizabeth I. Intrigue, lust, war, and betrayal fill its pages https://www.facebook.com/LorettaGoldbergAuthor.



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Joshua Ian writes mostly historical and speculative fiction, all with a queer bent. The Harvest Moon is the first in his Darkly Enchanted Romance series, which takes inspiration from mythology, fairy tales, folklore, and legend. Witches, ghosts, and mythical creatures – you never know what you might fall in love with. Find his steampunk collection and upcoming works at https://www.moodyboxfan.com/ or on social @joshuaianauthor.



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Novelist/ screenwriter/ singer/ actor/ Irish harpist/ Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, Christina Britton Conroy has many passions. Her 4-book Victorian novel series His Majesty’s Theatre is filled with the history of the British theatre and allusions to Shakespeare. Her characters are gay, straight, rich, poor, educated and illiterate. Professional rivalries, jilted lovers, and finally a murder bring them all together under one roof: His Majesty’s Theatre.  https://www.facebook.com/ChrisBritConroy.









Start: January 30, 2020 7:00 PM
End: January 30, 2020 9:00 PM
Venue: online
NY, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

January 28, 2020

Poems Are Not a Luxury: Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich


The Bureau is excited to partner again with the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research to bring you:

Poems Are Not a Luxury: Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich

Instructor: Amy Schiller

“Poetry is liberative language,” wrote Adrienne Rich. “Poems are not a luxury,” argued Audre Lorde. How can we understand these claims about the intersection of poetry and politics? This course delves into the lives and works of Rich and Lorde, as we explore their respective poetic oeuvres. To Rich and Lorde, liberation was a through-line of experience between eros, politics, and language. And both express in their works understandings of gender, sexuality, and the body. In a famous interview between the two writers, they discuss poetry as the language of the dark, the feminine, the unconscious; we will explore this tendency in their work and the ways in which their respective renderings of the feminine influenced the trajectory of feminist theory and politics in the mid and late-20th century. Their conversations with one another, and treatments of their legacies by Claudia Rankine, Lisa L. Moore, Marilyn Hacker and others, will inform our investigation of poetry as part of feminist theory. How do Rich and Lorde navigate antiracism and intersectionality among allies with different race and class affiliations? How does poetic form contribute to their political practice? Readings will include Diving Into The Wreck, The Fact of a Doorframe, Uses of the Erotic, Sister Outsider, and the Arts of the Possible, among others.


The Bureau sells copies of

Adrienne Rich’s Diving Into The Wreck and Arts of the Possible,

Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider, which includes the essay “Uses of the Erotic,”

and other titles by both Lorde and Rich. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us! Thank you!


Course Schedule

January 28, February 4, 11, and 18, 2020
Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30pm
4 sessions


Registration is required. Please click here.


*Three scholarship spaces are reserved in each course because we realize that not everyone can afford to pay the full fee for our courses. Students who cannot pay the full fee should email us at [email protected] to learn about our scholarship options. We will not ask questions about your financial situation but we do ask that you use the system in good faith and consider the needs of other students and faculty members.


The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division is an independent, all-volunteer queer cultural center, bookstore, and event space hosted by The LGBT Community Center in Manhattan.


The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research is an organization of young scholars in New York City, founded in November 2011 by a few then-graduate students at Columbia University with a shared interest in pedagogy and genuinely interdisciplinary conversation. We teach classes all over the city, record a regular podcast, run a digital humanities initiative to preserve rare and out-of-print academic texts, and in general work frantically at any given time on a broad range of other academic and para-academic projects. We are a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization.




Start: January 28, 2020 6:30 PM
End: January 28, 2020 9:30 PM
Venue: online
NY, United States
Cost: $315 for four-week course (see description)

January 24, 2020

Leather Art Retrospective


The Leather Art Retrospective has been extended through February 23, 2020!


The brothers of Excelsior M.C. invite you to the opening reception of a gallery style exhibition showcasing some of the most famous artwork and photos taken over the past 45 years held at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, in room 210 of The LGBT Community Center. Proceeds benefit New Alternatives for LGBT Homeless Youth. Ticket includes:

  • Event access
  • Complimentary admission to the Eagle NYC until 11pm
  • Complimentary drink ticket to The Cubbyhole
  • Variety of random prize drawings


$15 admission

Purchase tickets here.


New Alternatives increases the self-sufficiency of LGBTQ+ homeless youth and young adults by enabling them to transition out of the shelter system to stable adult lives. They do this by providing long-term support, weekly case management, education services, life skills training, community-building recreational activities, opportunities for self-expression, and programs for HIV+ youth. New Alternatives’ guiding principles are those of harm reduction, youth development, and empowerment.


Excelsior M.C.’s Leather Art Retrospective will remain on view at the Bureau from January 24 through February 9, 2020.

The Leather Art Retrospective has been extended through February 23, 2020!





Start: January 24, 2020 7:00 PM
End: January 24, 2020 10:00 PM
Venue: online
NY, United States
Cost: $15

January 19, 2020

Discover Queer Jewish Buddhist Kabbalistic Tarot! Book Launch


How can you use tarot cards to take a 49-day Kabbalistic inner spiritual journey to greater wholeness and spiritual connection?

Mark Horn’s new book, Tarot and the Gates of Light: A Kabbalistic Path to Liberation, is your guide to a highly unorthodox way to practice the traditional discipline of Counting the Omer. In this introductory discussion, you’ll learn how to use tarot cards to explore your inner blocks to free yourself from internalized homophobia, misogyny and racism. You’ll discover how to use the practice of counting days to gain insight into your personal life journey, so you can recognize and overcome any issues that hinder your growth and spiritual awakening (and if you count days in a 12-step practice, this will give you more tools deepen your journey). This will give you a new path for a greater connection to the Source of all life, no matter what spiritual tradition you practice.

Along the way, you’ll learn about the hidden historic connection between tarot and Kabbalah. We’ll look at how Pamela Colman Smith’s  gender expression and sexuality in her life give us an unexpected way to relate to the images in the Waite-Smith deck. And we’ll look at how spiritual connection can lead to more effective political activism.


Copies of Tarot and the Gates of Light: A Kabbalistic Path to Liberation will be available for purchase at the Bureau. To reserve a copy please write to us at [email protected]. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you!



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Author of Tarot and the Gates of Light, Mark Horn received his first tarot reading at age 16. He started studying and reading tarot immediately.

In 1970, he became an activist in the post-Stonewall LGBT movement as one of the youngest members of the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activist Alliance. He has served as a Peer Counselor and board member of Identity House, New York’s all volunteer LGBT mental health center. He has also served on the board of NewFest, New York’s largest LGBT Film Festival He is the editor/writer of the Stonewall Seder liturgy, a ritual dinner celebrating Jewish Queer Pride, which has been used and adapted by congregations around the United States, as well as in Europe and Australia.

Mark has studied Kabbalah with academic, religious and practical teachers of Kabbalah in organizations ranging from the highly respected to the highly unorthodox. And he has studied tarot with many of today’s leading teachers. He has led classes at tarot conferences and meet-ups.

He is available for private instruction and consultation. You can reach him through his website, GatesOfLightTarot.com





Start: January 19, 2020 3:00 PM
End: January 19, 2020 5:00 PM
Venue: online
NY, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

January 17, 2020

A Night of Poetry with Jasmin Gibson and Sam Corfman

Belladonna* presents a night of poetry with Jasmin Gibson and Sam Corfman.

Join Belladonna* at the Bureau for our first reading of 2020. Be there to welcome poets Jasmin Gibson and Sam Corfman, during a night of poetry and for the launch of two new chaplets on January 17th at 7pm.


Jasmine Gibson is a Philly jawn. She spends her time thinking about sexy things like psychosis, desire, and freedom. She is the author of Drapetomania (Commune Editions, 2015) and Don’t Let Them See Me Like This (Nightboat Books, 2018). She is a part of the editorial collective Pinko, magazine for gay communism.


Sam Corfman is a nonbinary poet from Chicago, living in Pittsburgh. Their first book Luxury, Blue Lace came out this past March, chosen by Richard Siken for the Autumn House Rising Writer Prize; it received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which called it an “extraordinary debut…a work of rare beauty and thoughtfulness.” They are also the author of the letterpress chapbook, Meteorites (DoubleCross Press), an excerpt from a forthcoming second collection My Daily Actions, or The Meteorites, chosen by Cathy Park Hong for the Fordham POL Prize and forthcoming in Fall 2020.




Start: January 17, 2020 7:00 PM
End: January 17, 2020 9:00 PM
Venue: online
NY, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.