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Stacked Deck August 18

  Stacked Deck Press takes Manhattan! Come to the East Coast Launch Party for We’re Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division! Join Jeanne Thornton and Tara Madison Avery for trans comics and adult refreshments! Get your copy of this groundbreaking anthology at the Bureau! To reserve a copy [...]

Sat. Aug 18, 2018 8:00 PM

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August 18, 2018

We’re Still Here East Coast Launch Party!

 

Stacked Deck Press takes Manhattan! Come to the East Coast Launch Party for We’re Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division! Join Jeanne Thornton and Tara Madison Avery for trans comics and adult refreshments! Get your copy of this groundbreaking anthology at the Bureau!

To reserve a copy of We’re Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology please email the Bureau at contact@bgsqd.com. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

Start: August 18, 2018 8:00 PM
End: August 18, 2018 9:30 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
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

August 22, 2018

Hot August Night: Readings in Lust and Desire

 
Christopher Stoddard, Philip F. Clark, and Tom Cardamone share recent work exploring the darker side of gay life and New York City in all it’s sweaty allure.
 
 
Christopher Stoddard’s new novel At Night Only from Itna Press released this June, which has been praised by Kirkus, Lambda Literary, and authors Edmund White and Gary Indiana. Featured in OUT Magazine’s “Tastemakers” issue in 2015 for his contributions to LGBT literature and publishing, he’s written two other novels: Limiters (Itna Press, 2014), and White, Christian (Spuyten Duyvil, 2010). He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
 
Philip F. Clark, a native New Yorker, received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing/Poetry at City College, New York, in 2016, where he is currently an Adjunct Lecturer in English. He was the graduate editor of The Promethean Literary Journal. His poetry has been published in Assaracus Journal of Gay Poetry, The Good Men Project, “Between: New Gay Poetry, published by Chelsea Station Editions, The HIV HERE AND NOW Project, and most recently, Transition: Poems In the Aftermath, published by Indolent Press. His poetry reviews and interviews have been published in Lambda Literary. His blog The Poet’s Grin can be seen at https://philipfclark.wordpress.com His current debut volume of poetry The Carnival of Affection, is published by Sibling Rivalry Press. It was a winner of the Jerome Lowell De Jur Award for Poetry in 2016.
 
 
Tom Cardamone is the author of the erotic fantasy novel The Lurid Sea and the Lambda Literary Award-winning speculative novella Green Thumb as well as other works of fiction. Additionally, he has edited The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered and The Lavender Menace: Tales of Queer Villainy! You can read more about him and his writings at www.pumpkinteeth.net.

 
 
 

 

Start: August 22, 2018 7:00 PM
End: August 22, 2018 8:30 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
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

September 7, 2018

Stephen S. Mills’s and Robert Siek’s Books Launch Party

 

Please join Stephen S. Mills and Robert Siek to celebrate the release of their new poetry collections, Not Everything Thrown Starts a Revolution and We Go Seasonal, both published by Sibling Rivalry Press. Mills and Siek will each read poems from their new books, and then folks are welcome to hang out, meet the poets, buy books, have fun.

 

 

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Stephen S. Mills is the author of the Lambda Award–winning book He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices and A History of the Unmarried, both from Sibling Rivalry Press. He earned his MFA from Florida State University. His work has appeared in The Antioch Review, PANK, The New York Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review, Knockout, The Rumpus, and others. He is also the winner of the 2008 Gival Press Oscar Wilde Poetry Award and the 2014 Christopher Hewitt Award for Fiction. His third poetry collection Not Everything Thrown Starts a Revolution releases September 4, 2018, from Sibling Rivalry Press. He lives in New York City with his partner and two schnauzers. Website: http://www.stephensmills.com/

 

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Robert Siek is the author of the poetry collections Purpose and Devil Piss (2013) and We Go Seasonal (2018), both published by Sibling Rivalry Press. His chapbook Clubbed Kid was published by New School University in 2002. His poetry has most recently appeared in Yes Poetry, The Columbia Poetry Review, Impossible Archetype, Court Green, The Good Men Project, Bushwick Daily, visceral brooklyn, and NANCY, as well as the Brooklyn Poets Anthology. He lives in Brooklyn and works as a production editor at a large publishing house in Manhattan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: September 7, 2018 7:00 PM
End: September 7, 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.

September 14, 2018

Nurse Jackie, Therapies and Histories: Book Launch Party

 

UK academic Christopher Pullen, Queens College academic Noah Tsika and TV historian Steven Capsuto, invite you to their book launch party.

At the event, Chris will launch his new book Heroism, Celebrity and Therapy in Nurse Jackie exploring the potential of the TV series to offer therapy, whilst framing the significance of its leading actor Edie Falco, Noah is launching his new book Traumatic Imprints: Cinema, Military Psychiatry, and the Aftermath of War which explores the historical significance of film to rehabilitate soldiers and civilians during and after World War II., and Steven shares his new work in updating his landmark book (originally released in 2000) Alternate Channels: The Uncensored Story of Gay and Lesbian Images on Radio and Television: 1930′s to the Present.

 

Presentation 1 by Christopher Pullen

The Irresistible addiction of TV’s Nurse Jackie, and the Transcendent Potential of Edie Falco

Chris’s presentation explores his research process in developing his new book: Heroism, Celebrity and Therapy in Nurse Jackie.  He examines key storylines within Nurse Jackie, while relating the significance of heroism, the context of celebrity culture and the significance of therapy, and social action.

Chris has chosen to launch this book at BGQSD, not only for its New York setting (where Nurse Jackie takes place), but also due to the proximity of the now sadly lost Saint Vincent’s Hospital.  Chris argues not only that the hospital may have been the inspiration for the series, but also that its star Edie Falco, and its main screenwriters Liz Brixius and Linda Wallem, relate their own experiences of addiction in producing such an engaging television event

Nurse Jackie’s exploration of prescription drug addiction, relating both the challenge to healthcare workers who become addicted often in trying to meet the demands of the job, and the interaction with family and community members who often are unable to comprehend the addict’s life, reveals the rich complexity of the series and its continuing value.  For queer and ‘not so queer’ audiences, Edie Falco’s performance as Nurse Jackie speaks directly to the human condition and the context of the outsider and the ‘other’, revealing both our vulnerability, but also our inherent connectedness.  Nurse Jackie reveals a need for society, and for individuals, to take action.

Through exploring how Chris researched the story of Nurse Jackie relating his own identification with the series, this book event offers something for existing fans of the series, and those who may never have heard of Nurse Jackie, possibly not realising that TV could be so immersive and meaningful.

Discounted copies of the book will be available at BGSQD.

 

 

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Christopher Pullen is widely published on queer identity in the media, including a number of authored books such as Documenting Gay Men: Identity and Performance in Reality Television and Documentary Film (2007), Gay Identity, New Storytelling and the Media (2012), Straight Girls and Queer Guys: The Hetero Media Gaze in Film and Television (2016) and Pedro Zamora, Sexuality, and AIDS Education: The Autobiographical Self, Activism and The Real World (2016).  Also he has also produced a number of edited collections: LGBT Transnational Identity and the Media (2012), Queer Youth and Media Cultures (2014), LGBT Identity and Online New Media – with Margaret Cooper (2010) and Queer Love in Film and Television – with Pamela Demory (2013).

 

Presentation 2 by Noah Tsika

Traumatic Imprints: Cinema, Military Psychiatry, and the Aftermath of War

‪Forced to contend with unprecedented levels of psychological trauma during World War II, the United States military began sponsoring a series of nontheatrical films designed to educate and even rehabilitate soldiers and civilians alike. Traumatic Imprints traces the development of psychiatric and psychotherapeutic approaches to wartime trauma by the United States military, along with links to formal and narrative developments in military and civilian filmmaking. Offering close readings of a series of films alongside analysis of period scholarship in psychiatry and bolstered by research in trauma theory and documentary studies, Noah Tsika argues that trauma was foundational in postwar American culture. Examining wartime and postwar debates about the use of cinema as a vehicle for studying, publicizing, and even what has been termed “working through” war trauma, this book is an original contribution to scholarship on the military-industrial complex.

 

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Noah Tsika is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Queens College, City University of New York. Among his books are Nollywood Stars and Pink 2.0.

 

Presentation 3 by Steven Capsuto

Revisiting Alternate Channels

Steven Capsuto is now preparing a revised edition of his acclaimed book Alternate Channels: an activist history of lesbian and gay images in 20th-century broadcasting. The book also documents prime-time bisexual and transgender characters, though these were exceedingly scarce in that era.

 

Alternate Channels draws on the author’s interviews with TV producers, script writers, show runners, and pioneering lesbian and gay activists, as well as network censors’ notes, and documentation of Religious Right crusades against queer visibility. While preparing the book, Steven also collected notes on more than 4,000 relevant broadcasts dating from 1930 to 2000. He contextualizes the on-air depictions within the changing status of sexual minorities in American culture over those 70 years.

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Steven Capsuto is an independent scholar who presents video-illustrated lectures about American television’s portrayal of LGBT lives. His book on that subject, Alternate Channels, was a semi-finalist for the Stonewall Book Award in 2001.  He began researching queer television images in the 1980s while volunteering at a crisis hotline. Many of the callers were suicidal gay teens who had built their self-image on the grim depictions seen on television at that time. Steven has contributed media-history articles to periodicals and reference books, has presented papers at academic conferences in several countries, and served on the research teams for documentaries seen on PBS and Bravo cable.  He was the head archivist of the GLBT Archives of Philadelphia from 1997 to 2003. In his day job, he is a translator. He recently translated Manuel Ángel Soriano’s book Homophobia in 1970s Spain into English for the Egales publishing company.

 

 

 

 

Start: September 14, 2018 7:00 PM
End: September 14, 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.

September 29, 2018

The Legendary Mermaid Mysteries Book Release Party & Reading

Join us in celebrating new author, Bettylou Neill, as she launches her first novel, The Legendary Mermaid Mysteries Volume 1: Emma Pearl.

When Emma Pearl and her best friend, Mia, who have dreamt of being mermaids their entire lives, get an old book from a mysterious man with a top hat and patch, it leads them through a series of unimaginable events and they find themselves swept up in the current of a magical world under the sea! The two best friends discover themselves on a journey to save the Kingdom of Oceanna from destruction and unlock the mystery of its missing royal family. Dive in to the twisty, salty tail of two girls uncovering who they are, finding their true purpose and working together with others’ diverse purposes to help restore harmony to the sea and the island where they live.

Can Emma and Mia overcome the obstacles in front of them, find the eight Legendary Mermaids, and restore the missing royal family in order to save Oceanna?

Engage your Pearl Spirit and see what is in store. Meet the author, hear a reading and enjoy refreshments and activities befitting a young mermaid! This event will be fun for the whole family!

To reserve a copy of The Legendary Mermaid Mysteries Volume 1: Emma Pearl, please write to the Bureau at contact@bgsqd.com.

 

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New author and eight-year-old, Bettylou Neill lives in Portland, Oregon with her parents and enjoys reading, art, swimming, Drag Queens and Broadway Musicals. Her love of books began when she read her first book, “I Am A Bunny” by Richard Scary at the age of three and it has only grown from there. She discovered her love of writing and telling stories as her imagination and dreams continued to grow along with her. Bettylou fell in love with mermaids after watching Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” and watching YouTube star, Traci Hines’ “Life Lessons of a Hipster Mermaid”. In the Spring of 2018, she came out of her bedroom and announced to her parents she wanted to write a fourteen-chapter novel about mermaids and over the course of the following months, wrote “The Legendary Mermaid Mysteries Volume 1: Emma Pearl.” Bettylou is looking forward to continuing her Legendary Mermaid Mystery series and is currently writing Volume 2!

 

 

 

Start: September 29, 2018 2:00 PM
End: September 29, 2018 4:00 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.