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Union Square Slam Presents: Kate & Izzi!

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  *Mark your calendars: the last Tuesday of every month will feature a local musical performer.* Tonight, we are beyond excited to bring you the entrancing sounds of this sister duet! About our Show: 7:30pm: Sign-ups and Socialize 8:00pm: Open Mic (Music + Poetry Are Welcomed Here!) 8:45pm: KATE & IZZI All Ages // Wheelchair [...]

Tue. Apr 25, 2017 7:30 PM

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April 25, 2017

Union Square Slam Presents: Kate & Izzi!

 

*Mark your calendars: the last Tuesday of every month will feature a local musical performer.*

Tonight, we are beyond excited to bring you the entrancing sounds of this sister duet!
About our Show:

7:30pm: Sign-ups and Socialize
8:00pm: Open Mic (Music + Poetry Are Welcomed Here!)
8:45pm: KATE & IZZI

All Ages // Wheelchair Accessible
Open Mic // Suggested $5-10 donation
About our Feature:

Kate & Izzi are sisters making music. We grew up in DC, went to school in New York, lived in Berlin and taught music in a refugee camp. Now we’re creating original music in our basement. Kate & Izzi will be releasing our first EP this summer.

 

 

Start: April 25, 2017 7:30 PM
End: April 25, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested $5-10 donation

April 26, 2017

The Publishing Triangle Finalists Reading

 

Join eight of the best LGBT writers of 2016 on Wednesday, April 26, at 7 PM, at the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division as they read from their work, all of which are finalists for the prestigious Publishing Triangle and Ferro-Grumley awards to be announced on Thursday, April 27, at the Publishing Triangle Awards Ceremony & Reception, at The Auditorium of the New School, 66 West 12th street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues).

 

Featuring:

Kathy Anderson: Bull and Other Stories (Autumn House Press), Finalist for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction

Jay Besemer: Chelate (Brooklyn Arts Press), Finalist for the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature

Lucy Jane Bledsoe: A Thin Bright Line (University of Wisconsin Press), Finalist for The Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction

Elizabeth M. Edman:  Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity (Beacon Press), Finalist for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction

Matthew Griffin: Hide (Bloomsbury USA), Finalist for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction

Alan Lessik: The Troubleseeker (Chelsea Station Editions), Finalist for The Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction

Joe Okonkwo: Jazz Moon (Kensington), Finalist for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction

Will Schwalbe: Books for Living (Alfred A. Knopf), Finalist for the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction

 

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Kathy Anderson is the author of Bull and Other Stories (Autumn House Press, 2016), winner of the 2015 Autumn House Press Fiction Prize. In addition to being a finalist for the 2016 Publishing Triangle’s Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, Bull and Other Stories was a finalist for the 2016 Lambda Literary Awards and the 2016 Foreword INDIES Awards and was longlisted for The Story Prize, 2016. She is also a playwright and member of the Dramatists Guild. She lives with her wife in Philadelphia, PA.

 

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Jay Besemer is the author of many poetic artifacts including Telephone (Brooklyn Arts Press), A New Territory Sought (Moria), Aster to Daylily (Damask Press), and Object with Man’s Face (Rain Taxi Ohm Editions). He is a contributor to the groundbreaking anthology Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. His performances and video poems have been featured in various live arts festivals and series, including Meekling Press’ TALKS Series; Chicago Calling Arts Festival; Red Rover Series {readings that play with reading}; Absinthe & Zygote; @Salon 2014 and Sunday Circus. Jay also contributes performance texts, poems, and critical essays to numerous publications including Nerve Lantern: Axon of Performance Literature, Barzakh, The Collagist, PANK, Petra, Rain Taxi Review of Books, The VOLTA, and the CCM organs ENTROPY and ENCLAVE. He is a contributing editor with The Operating System, the co-editor of a special digital Yoko Ono tribute issue of Nerve Lantern, and founder of the Intermittent Series in Chicago, where he lives with his partner and a very helpful cat.

 

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Lucy Jane Bledsoe‘s new novel, A Thin Bright Line, was just released. She’s the author of a collection of short stories, a collection of narrative nonfiction, and four novels, including The Big Bang Symphony. Her recent short story, “The We of Me,” published in The Rumpus, was chosen by Ploughshares Magazine as the best story published in lit mags that week.

Her fiction has won a Yaddo Fellowship, the 2013 Saturday Evening Post Fiction Award, the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, the Sherwood Anderson Prize for Fiction, a Pushcart nomination, a California Arts Council Fellowship, an American Library Association Stonewall Award, and two National Science Foundation Artists & Writers Fellowships. Her stories have been translated into Japanese, Spanish, German, Dutch, and Chinese.

Lucy loves teaching workshops, cooking, traveling anywhere, basketball, doing anything outside, and telling stories. She’s traveled to Antarctica three times, as a two-time recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Artists & Writers in Antarctica Fellowship and once as a guest on the Russian ship, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov. She is one of a tiny handful of people who have stayed at all three American stations in Antarctica. She has also stayed in a number of field camps, both on the coast and in the Transantarctic mountains, where scientists are studying penguins, climate change, and the Big Bang.

 

 

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Liz Edman is an Episcopal priest and political strategist.  She is the author of Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity (Beacon Press, 2016).  Liz has lived and worked on the front lines of the most salient contemporary issues where religion meets sexuality, serving as an inner city hospital chaplain to people with HIV/AIDS from 1989 to 1995 and helping craft political and communications strategies for marriage equality efforts.  In 2017, she partnered with Parity to create Glitter+Ash Wednesday, a project to increase the visibility of progressive, queer-positive Christians and to explore Christian liturgical tradition through a queer lens.   She lives in New York.

 

 

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Matthew Griffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has taught writing at the University of Iowa and University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and he worked for several years as Assistant to the Director of Highlander Research and Education Center, a renowned hub of grassroots organizing for social justice throughout the South and Appalachia. His first novel Hide was the winner of the 2017 Crook’s Corner Book Prize, a Stonewall Honor Book, and longlisted for the PEN/Bingham Prize for debut fiction. His writing has appeared in The GuardianGrantaElectric Literature, and elsewhere. He was born and raised in North Carolina and now lives with his husband and too many pets in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he teaches at Tulane University.

 

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Alan Lessik is a novelist and writer, zen practitioner, amateur figure skater, and LGBT activist, non-profit leader and world traveler. His debut novel, The Troubleseeker, was published by Chelsea Station Editions in 2016. He has had non-fiction articles and commentaries published in the Advocate, San Francisco Bay Guardian, andFrontiers as well as recorded as part of KQED Radio Perspectives. He was the co-founder of Out & Equal, the Deputy Director of the AIDS Research Institute at UCSF and Treasurer of the Federation of Gay Games. Currently he is the Executive Director of Civicorps. Alan lives in San Francisco.

 

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Joe Okonkwo is a Pushcart Prize nominee who has had stories published in a variety of print and online venues including Promethean, Penumbra Literary Magazine, Chelsea Station, Shotgun Honey, and Best Gay Stories 2015. In addition to his writing career, he has worked in theater as an actor, stage manager, director, playwright and youth theatre instructor. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from City College of New York. Jazz Moon is his debut novel.

 

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Will Schwalbe has worked in publishing (now with Macmillan); digital media, as the founder and CEO of Cookstr.com; and as a journalist, writing for various publications, including The New York Times and the South China Morning Post. He is the author of the New York Times best seller The End of Your Life Book Club and coauthor, with David Shipley, of Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better. His most recent book, Books for Living, is a memoir about the books that found him when he needed them most.

 

 

 

Start: April 26, 2017 7:00 PM
End: April 26, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
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.

April 27, 2017

Vexilloids: a Protest Flag Workshop with LACTIC Incorporated, with support from Queer Threads

 
Join Randi Shandroski and Ickarus of LACTIC Incorporated at the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division on Thursday, April 27th from 6 ‘til 9PM for a workshop presenting the history of vexilloids which will conclude with the participants’ creation of their own.
 
Presented in collaboration with John Chaich, curator of the Queer Threads book and exhibition, in light of current events, LGBTQ Pride Month, and the March on Washington in June.
 
Textiles and materials will be provided although participants are strongly encouraged to bring some of their own fabrics. No prior sewing experience needed although highly recommended.

 
PLEASE NOTE:
This event is limited to 15 participants. Please RSVP via ickarus@lacticincorporated.com.
 
 
 

Start: April 27, 2017 6:00 PM
End: April 27, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
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.

April 30, 2017

Anti-Fascist Book Club

 

A reading group for those fighting fascism! We will begin with Hannah Arendt and James Baldwin and expand from there. Hopefully our readings will inspire thoughtful and informed activism.
 
For the first meeting we will be discussing the first 100 pages of Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism (available at the Bureau—please support the Bureau by purchasing your copy from us. Thank you!)

 

Questions? Write to Grey Vild: greyvild@gmail.com

 
 
 

Start: April 30, 2017 3:00 PM
End: April 30, 2017 5:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
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.

May 4, 2017

Transgender Children & Youth, Book Launch & Talk, with Elijah Nealy

 

Join us to celebrate the publication of Transgender Children & Youth: Cultivating Pride and Joy with Families (W. W. Norton, 2017), by Elijah C. Nealy.
 
Dr. Nealy, a therapist and former deputy executive director of New York City’s LGBT Community Center, and himself a trans man, has written the first-ever comprehensive guide to understanding, supporting, and welcoming trans kids. Covering everything from family life to school and mental health issues, as well as the physical, social, and emotional aspects of transition, this book is full of best practices to support trans kids.
 
The reception begins at 7, with a talk by Dr. Nealy at 7:30pm, followed by a Q&A. Copies of the book will be available for sale.
 

Elijah C. Nealy, PhD, M.Div., LCSW has worked extensively with LGBTQ adolescents and adults in both pastoral and social service capacities for the past 25 years. Dr. Nealy taught fulltime at Columbia School of Social Work, currently is assistant professor of social work at the University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, and for 12 years served the LGBT Community Center in New York City, initially as Director of their adolescent and adult mental health programs and then as Deputy Director. His clinical practice has focused on transgender and gender diverse youth and their families. An openly identified transgender man, Dr. Nealy lives in West Hartford with his partner and is the proud father of three amazing young people.
 

 

 

 

Start: May 4, 2017 7:00 PM
End: May 4, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
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.