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Social Sculpture for Individual Goals

Social Sculpture

  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 [...]

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Events

October 13, 2018

Straight To Hell slideshow illustrating the 45 years of S.T.H.

 
Straight To Hell slideshow illustrating the 45 years of S.T.H. followed by a panel discussion
 
In 1973, Boyd McDonald virtually invented queer zine culture with Straight to Hell, the no-holds-barred circle jerk of reader-written true tales of men’s real sexual adventures in– as Bernard Welt puts it in “One Man’s Meat”—“the unacknowledged corners of life where repression is not lifted, but exploded to bits . . . In the world of STH, every barracks shower is an orgy room; every Boy Scout jamboree is a festival of sexual initiation; every conservative politician and clergyman pays male hustlers for sex. Everything men do to bond or compete in sports, war, and politics is a sublimation of, if not a substitute for, homosexual desire.” Gore Vidal, Allen Ginsberg, Tennessee Williams, and Christopher Isherwood all proclaimed themselves fans and admirers.
 
McDonald proposed that pornography usually promotes mainstream ideology that stigmatizes gay sex even as it charges admission for it—while the publication of the truth of sexual life liberates desire from the pressure to justify, excuse, or normalize.
 
Straight To Hell slideshow is a 2018 NY Queer Zine Fair event taking place during the fair in the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division. The event is FREE.
 
 
Billy Miller, STH’s editor since 1989, joins critic Bernard Welt, storyteller extraordinaire Grady Turner, and Kevin Allison, creator of the ground-breaking RISK!Podcast, for a discussion of how sharing the truth of our lives really does set us free.
 
 
Kevin Allison is the author of RISK! True Stories People Never Thought They’d Dare To Share (Hachette, 2018), based on the wildly popular podcast. Grady Turner is an arts writer, inaugural curator of the Museum of Sex, and Moth-winning storyteller who produced Bare! True Stories of Sex, Desire and Romance. Bernard Welt is the author of Mythomania: Fantasies, Fables, and Sheer Lies in Contemporary American Popular Art. Billy Miller is an artist and independent curator, and the editor of Straight to Hell.
 
 
 
 

Start: October 13, 2018 5:00 PM
End: October 13, 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

Kelli Dunham: Laughter is a Revolutionary Gesture: Humor as Self-Care

Kelli Dunham: Laughter is a Revolutionary Gesture: Humor as Self-Care is a NY Queer Zine Fair event taking place during the fair in the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division. The event is FREE.

 
Laughter is a Revolutionary Gesture: Humor as Self-Care (Kelli Dunham): The nature of our work as intersectional activists and life as queer folks is intense and that, combined with passion, can sometimes contribute to depression and burnout as well as a single focus on movement work/our passion that is neither healthy for us as individuals nor effective. Yet there is a notable historical precedent for intersectional activism using humor as both a strategy in communication and a tool for personal empowerment. This workshop explores how we can reclaim humor and use it to relieve stress, communicate better, subvert the rigid gender binary and build resilience. You don’t have to consider yourself “a funny person” to participate in this workshop. It’s about discovering our own unique sense of humor. We’ll have fun and NO ONE will make you wear a clown nose, promise.

 

 

 

Start: October 13, 2018 3:30 PM
End: October 13, 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

New York Queer Zine Fair Queer Collage Party

 

Heidi Dorow will host a special edition of the Bureau’s Queer Collage Party in conjunction with the 2018 New York Queer Zine Fair. All materials will be provided: glue sticks, scissors, paper, pictures, etc, and of course feel free to bring your own images, too. Each person can make their own collage(s), or team up with others. Attend for part or all of the event. Before you leave, your collage(s) will be scanned and made into a collaborative zine which you can pick up the next day at the NYQZF (or we can mail it to you). The spirit here is about fun and sharing.
 
Join us!!!

 
 
 
 

Start: October 13, 2018 12:30 PM
End: October 13, 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

October 12, 2018

Queer Zines / Queer Art Opening Reception

 

The NY Queer Zine FairKnowsgay, and the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division are proud to present QUEER ZINES / QUEER ART, an exhibition to accompany the 2018 NY QUEER ZINE FAIR.
 
The exhibition will be in three parts:
 
A HISTORY OF QUEER ZINES. In collaboration with QZAP – The Queer Zine Archive Project (www.qzap.org) we will showcase a timeline of queer zines (before Myspace).
 
QUEER ZINES / QUEER ART. An exhibition of selected work from NYQZF participants. Artists include: Aaron Krach, Anthony Cahudy, Anthony Malone, Chris Moody, Ian Lewandowski, JB Brager, Justin Corriveau, Keiff Jones, Love Case (Jason Haaf & Kyle Anderson), JP Anne Giera, Sam Rosenthal, Stephen McDowell, Steven Harwick, Voxigma Lo and Will Yunshu Chen.
 
KNOWSGAY No7. A display of work from a new and special edition of KNOWSGAY. Limited edition of 30 and 75% of all sales will go to help cover the extra costs of putting on the NYQZF and the remaining 25% will benefit New Alternatives NYC (www.newalternativesnyc.org).

 
 
Public Opening Reception:
Friday 12 October 2018, 6-9 PM
 
Exhibition:
5 October 2018 – 5 January 2019
 
This event is free, but donations to support the Bureau’s work are much appreciated!
 
The exhibition will be in the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division (Room 210 of The LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th St., NYC 10011)
 
image credit: Keiff Jones “T.O.N.Y Tiger” 2018
 

 

 

 
 

Start: October 12, 2018 6:00 PM
End: October 12, 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.

October 11, 2018

Bespoke: Fall Fanfare Edition

 

BESPOKE: It’s ostentatious October! Join us for the resurrection of our most garish garments and frighteningly fashionable attire as Thursday, October 11 the Bureau features Sarah Schulman, Heather Lynn Johnson, and Yanyi at Bespoke, a bimonthly queer series where featured readers dress fun, fancy, or flirtatious, while supporting the Bureau and resisting fascism. This sinfully sartorial series presents fashionable femmes, dapper dykes, chic twinks, trendy trans* folk, & frothy FTMs. Featured writers are encouraged to suit up or dress down : readers’ choice.
 

Open mic readers (2 minutes each): whose name shall be drawn from the rainbow top hat this month? General attendees: which incredible edibles from Dylan’s Candy Bar will find their way to the insatiate maws of our deviant demimonde?
 

Your hosts are the trio Christina “CQ” Quintana (writer/ playwright/ dyke about town), Tim Murphy (longtime LGBTQ journalist, activist and author of the novel Christodora), Jerome Ellison Murphy (poet, critic and NYU Creative Writing Program administrator) who invite you to turn out in your Thursday best (dressing up is welcome & encouraged, not mandatory) every other month for drinks and chat before & after our reading.

 
 

Sarah Schulman is the 2018 recipient of the Publishing Triangle’s Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, for her renown as a novelist, nonfiction writer, playwright, screenwriter, and AIDS historian. Among her novels are The Cosmopolitans, The Child, and Rat Bohemia (winner of the 1996 Ferro-Grumley Award for Lesbian Fiction). Her works of nonfiction include Conflict Is Not Abuse (winner of last year’s Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction), The Gentrification of the Mind, and Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences. Schulman’s nineteenth book, the novel Maggie Terry, will be published in September 2018 by the Feminist Press. She serves on a number of advisory boards including Jewish Voice for Peace, Research on the Israeli/American Alliance, and Claudia Rankine’s Racial Imaginary Institute. Schulman has received Guggenheim in playwriting, a Fulbright in Judaic studies, and two American Library Association Stonewall Awards. A fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University, she is distinguished professor of the humanities at CUNY/College of Staten Island.

 
 

Heather Lynn Johnson is a poet, photographer and a performance artist living in Brooklyn. She is the author of The Survival Guide For Queer Black Youth (Inpatient Press, 2017) and the 2017 literary fellow for the Queer|Art|Mentorship program. Johnson’s work is characterized by its lyricism and cultural critique. Her formal approach to the narrative, whether visual or poetic, is distinguished by her willingness to lay bare her own existence. Johnson received an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her BA from Columbia College Chicago both in Photography.

 
 

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. Find his recent work in VIDA, Reservoir, and Memorious.

 
 

 

 

Start: October 11, 2018 7:00 PM
End: October 11, 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.