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  Acclaimed queer authors Trebor Healey and Craig Laurance Gidney explore the veil between worlds in their newest books, Falling and A Spectral Hue. These are stories of artists making contact with a metaphysical or mystical reality, expanding and queering our understanding of the world we live in. Healey and Gidney’s work portrays the otherworldliness [...]

Fri. Oct 18, 2019 7:00 PM

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October 18, 2019

Violet Ghosts

 

Acclaimed queer authors Trebor Healey and Craig Laurance Gidney explore the veil between worlds in their newest books, Falling and A Spectral Hue. These are stories of artists making contact with a metaphysical or mystical reality, expanding and queering our understanding of the world we live in. Healey and Gidney’s work portrays the otherworldliness of the southern border and America’s misunderstood African-American past. Their work is an invitation to an America that could be in the wake of an America that was, an America haunted with the promise of ghosts that cannot be forgotten and that can in fact enrich us. An America not so banal to call itself great, but one that can call itself whole.
 
Reception at 7 pm, followed by reading at 7:30 pm
 
Copies of Gidney’s A Spectral Hue and Healey’s Falling will be available for sale. To reserve books please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you!

 

 
Craig Laurence Gidney
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Craig Laurance Gidney is the author of the collections Sea, Swallow Me & Other Stories (Lethe Press, 2008), Skin Deep Magic: Short Fiction (Rebel Satori Press, 2014), Bereft (Tiny Satchel Press, 2013) and The Nectar of Nightmares (Dim Shores, 2015). He lives in his native Washington, DC. His new novel, A SPECTRAL HUE, is out from Word Horde. Website: craiglaurancegidney.com. Instagram, Tumblr & Twitter: ethereallad.
 
 
 

Trebor violet
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Recipient of a Lambda Literary award, two Publishing Triangle awards and a Violet Quill award, Trebor Healey is the author of A Horse Named Sorrow, Faun and Through It Came Bright Colors, as well as a poetry collection, Sweet Son of Pan and three collections of stories — A Perfect Scar, Eros & Dust and the recently-released Falling. He co-edited (with Marci Blackman) Beyond Definition: New Writing from Gay and Lesbian San Francisco and co-edited (with Amie Evans) Queer & Catholic. He lives in Mexico City. www.treborhealey.com 
 
 
 

Start: October 18, 2019 7:00 PM
End: October 18, 2019 8:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
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.

October 19, 2019

Tell Us How You Really Feel, 2019 New Masculinities Festival

 

Listen up to Tell Us How You Really Feel, at the Bureau of General Services – Queer Division, at the 2019 New Masculinities Festival.

 

Creator Remy Ramirez writes: “The Tell Us How You Really Feel Project was born out of a deep frustration in my search for meaningful connections with men. After years of dating, I couldn’t understand who men were, why they behaved the way they did, or if they actually loved women. So I went out into the world and interviewed 25 cisgender, heterosexual men of varying ethnicities, ages, and relationship statuses, asking nearly 40 questions, like: What does loneliness look like to you and how often do you experience it?; What does vulnerability mean to you?; Have you ever fantasized about falling in love, having children, or getting married? This project is the collection of those responses.”

The Bureau offers a special listening station for a curated set of Remy’s interviews, during the 2019 New Masculinities Festival. Also on display find a curated selection of books and zines interrogating masculinity.

Learn more and get your festival tickets here.

No ticket required to visit Remy Ramirez’s listening station inside the Bureau (room 210 of The LGBT Community Center).

 

 

Start: October 19, 2019 1:00 PM
End: October 19, 2019 6:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States

TELL 57: My Masculinity

 

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.
 
My Masculinity is the theme of the 57th TELL in conjunction with the New Masculinities Festival taking place at The LGBT Community Center in room 301 and in the Bureau on the same day, Saturday, October 19, 2019. Featuring stories by Topher Gross, Marcus Hicks, Sammie James, and Milo Jordan.
 
 

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.

 

 

Topher Gross (photo by Asher Torres)

Topher Gross (photo by Asher Torres)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Topher Gross is a born and bred Brooklyn kid who learned the art of storytelling from his Jewish grandma, Edith. He is an appearance enhancement artist aka hairstylist, party thrower+ yenta, aspiring cartoon voice over actor and marijuana dispensary owner. Topher has performed stories at Tell, Tell It, at various burlesque shows, dinner tables, on live journal and a blog for original plumbing magazine. He was featured on the Graham Norton show as the “big gay following” of Kylie Minogue.

 
 

Marcus Hicks
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marcus Hicks is a Brooklyn based designer, tailor and humorist. Born and raised in Bakersfield, CA, Hicks studied Black Studies at San Francisco State University before moving to New York to start a career in fashion.

 
 

Sammie James

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sammie James is a comedian and story teller from New Jersey; where she hosts and produces The LGBT showcase Queerly Comedic. Sammie also hosts the podcast All Of My Friends Are Animals and The NYC Trans Variety show We Are Trans. She performs all over the country; including past appearances at Cinder Block Comedy Festival, Charm City Comedy Festival and Bechdal Test Fest; and she is soon to be your favorite disabled, nerdy, butch trans woman in comedy.

 
 

Milo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Milo Jordan is a non-binary performer, singer, and gymnast. Previously seen in such classics as “Prudence” in Nutritional Yeast and “Vampire Potter” in My Immortal: a DRAMATIK Reading, Milo also professionally dopplegangers “Aiden Abett” from America’s Favorite All-Boy Band. When not on stage, he can be found in his recurring role of “That Dog Walker” in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. [Exit, stage left, pursued by six dogs.]

 

 

 

 

 

Start: October 19, 2019 7:00 PM
End: October 19, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
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.

October 20, 2019

Poetry and Memoir: the Transformative Power of Art

 
Please join us for a reading by poets Dean Kostos and Alan Baxter in celebration of their recently published books: The Boy Who Listened To Paintings and A Second of Eternity.
 
 
THE BOY WHO LISTENED TO PAINTINGS offers much to ponder concerning topical issues like family dysfunction, bullying, homophobia, sexual harassment, and the failure of our society to support its young people. Tragedy here has a good outcome, though, when the victim finds his way out of the infernal maze.” Alfred Corn
 
 
Copies of Kostos‘s The Boy Who Listened To Paintings and Baxter‘s A Second of Eternity will both be 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!
 
 
 

Dean Kostos
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dean Kostos‘s eight poetry collections include PIERCED BY NIGHT-COLORED THREADS and THIS IS NOT A SKYSCRAPER (recipient of the BENJAMIN SALTMAN Poetry Award, selected by Mark Doty). Kostos’s anthology, POMEGRANATE SEEDS, had its debut reading at the United Nations.
 
His poems, criticism, and translations have have appeared in over 300 journals, including Boulevard, The Cincinnati Review, Southwest Review, The Western Humanities Review, Oprah Winfrey’s website Oxygen.com, and The Harvard University Press website. Kostos also received a Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Grant.

 
 
 

Alan Baxter
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Having been a mainstay of the New York City Poetry Circuit for the last twenty years, Alan Baxter has read as a featured poet in Evie Ivy’s Dance of the Word at the Bowery Poetry Club and has also read his material at ABC No Rio, The Green Pavilion, and the Brownstone Poets. He has had his poems published in Nomad’s Choir, the Stained Sheets, and four of his works included in the poetry anthologies Dinner with the Muse and The Venetian Hour. He hosted the Kairos Poetry Café in Manhattan for almost eighteen years, and in 2010 published his first book of poetry Shall We Have Magic? He now assists Chester Johnson with the poetry program at Trinity Wall Street Church in New York City, as well as reading poetry at St. Johns and at The Church of the Village in Greenwich Village.
 
Alan Baxter is not only a film-maker who has co-produced many independent movies, but he is also the founder of AB Film Productions, which a number of years ago mounted the award-winning film Barriers, which Mr. Baxter personally directed. He is also the producer of the documentary Artwatch, which contains interviews with leading art historians who have appeared many times on the famous TV show 60 Minutes. Mr. Baxter also wrote the play Juan and Emmett which Ivy Theatre produced in a small theater in New York City. He has taught literature and basic writing at The College of New Rochelle and Ramapo College.
 
Professor Baxter was brought up in Silver Spring, Maryland, right outside Washington, DC, and later graduated from the College of William and Mary. He did his graduate work at American University. Right now he lives in both Greenwich Village, New York City and in Montreal, Canada.

 

 
 
 

Start: October 20, 2019 5:00 PM
End: October 20, 2019 7:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
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.

October 24, 2019

Good Hot Stuff: The Life and Times of Gay Film Pioneer Jack Deveau – Book Presentation with Q&A

 

The Bureau is excited to partner with Éditions Moustache to bring you:
 
Good Hot Stuff – The Life and Times of Gay Film Pioneer Jack Deveau
Book Presentation, including a Q&A with Robert Alvarez (Editor of the Hand In Hand Films and longtime partner of Jack Deveau) and Jeffrey Escoffier

 

The films of Jack Deveau and his production company Hand In Hand once were praised both by audience and critics as the perfect symbiosis of legit feature films, underground avant-garde and explicit all-male adult movies. During the Golden Age of Porn, Hand In Hand was an essential and acclaimed part of the New York art circles and its Independent film scene. The early death of Jack Deveau, the AIDS-crisis and the video revolution changed the porn film industry forever. All this happened at the same time and within a couple of years the Hand In Hand heritage – which should be recognized today as an important chapter of the upcoming queer film movement – was almost forgotten. This book bundles very personal interviews with most of the remaining people that worked as cast and crew members on the films of Hand In Hand, or somehow have been part of the circle around Jack Deveau. GOOD HOT STUFF tells the story of Hand In Hand in fragments, carefully put together from many – totally different – perspectives and memories. It is a story about a filmmaker who had a vision way ahead of his time and the freedom to develop an individual auteur style within the limitations of the early gay adult film industry. Besides the actual conversations, the reader can also learn about the production process and the history of the films – based on hundreds of images, most of them never published in public before; among them original artworks, company ephemera, behind the scenes footage, private snapshots, and numerous magazine articles.
 
 
Copies of Good Hot Stuff – The Life and Times of Gay Film Pioneer Jack Deveau will be 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!
 
 
Good Hot Stuff - The Life and Times of Gay Film Pioneer Jack Deveau
$34.99
Éditions Moustache, 2019
Paperback, 1.19″ H x 11.0″ L x 8.5″ W (2.97 lbs) 590 pages

Making of Ballet Down The Highway

Making of Ballet Down The Highway

 

 

 

Behind The Scenes of Fire Island Fever

Behind The Scenes of Fire Island Fever

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Start: October 24, 2019 7:00 PM
End: October 24, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
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.