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TELL: Queer Stories w/ Drae Campbell | Podcast Launch Party

TELL Podcast

  Celebrate the official launch of BRIC’s new queer storytelling podcast TELL. Join host Drae Campbell at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center for refreshments and an evening of storytelling with guests Elsa Waithe, Ryan Haddad, Brian Vines, and Becca Blackwell! TELL is a podcast that serves queer [...]

Sat. Jun 15, 2019 7:00 PM

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June 15, 2019

TELL: Queer Stories w/ Drae Campbell | Podcast Launch Party

 

Celebrate the official launch of BRIC’s new queer storytelling podcast TELL. Join host Drae Campbell at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center for refreshments and an evening of storytelling with guests Elsa Waithe, Ryan Haddad, Brian Vines, and Becca Blackwell!

TELL is a podcast that serves queer stories on queer terms. For the past five years, host Drae Campbell has been hosting and curating a night of live storytelling at the Bureau, and now she’s sharing those stories with the world! On each episode, Drae will curate a set of stories told by the queer folks who lived them, on everything from traveling to death to stolen bikes to family secrets.

So if you need a dose of of queer community, or just wanna hear great stories told by the people who lived them, you’ve come to the right place. Strap on your head phones and pull up your socks, ‘cause TELL is queering the narrative and telling our stories, on our terms.

 

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.

 

 

Elsa Waithe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elsa Waithe is a Comedian, Actor, and Motivational Speaker from Norfolk, Virginia. She’s won the Virginia Beach Funnybone’s Clash of the Comics three times, has been featured on This American Life, and is a recurring guest on TELL.

 

 

 

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Ryan Haddad is an actor, playwright and autobiographical performer based in New York. His critically-acclaimed solo play Hi, Are You Single? was featured in The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival and continues to tour the country. Ryan’s also performed at Joe’s Pub, La Mama, Ars Nova/ANT Fest, Theater Breaking Through Barriers and on TV in the shows Bull, Madam Secretary, and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. He is a member of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group and a former Queer|Art Performance and Playwriting Fellow under the mentorship of Moe Angelos.

 
 

BrianVines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Vines is an Emmy Award winning journalist. After completing the Masters Program in Broadcast Journalism at Boston University’s College of Communication he fetched coffee for some of the most respected journalists and news figures in the world during his tenure at CNN. After a stint in political communications Brian fell in love with his own reflection and reported for here! networks, NYC-TV, and the Guardian US among others. Brian is currently the Chief Correspondent at BRIC TV where he moderates the #BHeard Town Hall series on social justice and hosts, Going In With Brian Vines.

 

 

Becca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Becca Blackwell is a NYC based performer. They act in a lot of stuff and make their own work.

 

 

 

Start: June 15, 2019 7:00 PM
End: June 15, 2019 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States

June 19, 2019

WorldPride–Stonewall 50 Poetry Extravaganza

 

Join us for a celebration of pride and poetry. Be both audience and performer when we gather as proud LGBTQIA+ poets and people during WorldPride–Stonewall 50, a monthlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall Uprising and a half-century of LGBTQIA+ liberation. With special guest poet Dante Micheaux, winner of the T.S. Eliot Four Quartets Prize from the Poetry Society of America and the T.S. Eliot Foundation of London—and dozens of other poets (list in formation). This event is organized by Indolent Books and supported by a Pride Gives Back grant form NYC Pride / Heritage of Pride.

 

Featuring:
Adam Fitzgerald, Aimee Herman, Christina Quintana, Dante Micheaux, Don Yorty, Grey Vild, Guillermo Felice Castro, Jason Schneiderman, Jason Zuzga, Jeffery Berg, JP Howard, Lonely Christopher, Lynn McGee, Michael Klein, Michael Montlack, Sarah Sala, Sarah Sarai, Stephen Motika, Steven Cordova, William Leo Coakley

 

 

 

Start: June 19, 2019 7:00 PM
End: June 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

June 20, 2019

Out of the Shadows Book Launch with author Walt Odets

 

Join author and psychologist Walt Odets for an engaging and provocative conversation centered around his new book, OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Reimagining Gay Men’s Lives, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Walt Odets will be joined in conversation by community health educator Rob Levy.

Copies of Out of the Shadows 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!

 

Photograph by Dianne Woods

Photograph by Dianne Woods

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walt Odets is a clinical psychologist in private practice who has worked with and written about the psychological, developmental and social lives of gay men for more than three decades. He is best-known for his seminal book, In the Shadow of the Epidemic: Being HIV-Negative in the Age of AIDS, which Duke University Press published in 1995 and was selected by The New York Times as one of the “Notable Books of the Year.” He lives in Berkeley, California and can be found online at www.waltodets.com.

 

Rob Levy is a Community Health Educator in the Rochester/Finger Lakes Region of New York State, where he lives with his husband and their adopted son. Prior to his current work in the substance abuse field, Rob taught high school and worked with at-risk youth in the city of Rochester. Shortly after the death of a friend to AIDS in 1996, Rob read Walt’s In the Shadow of the Epidemic, a book he feels saved his life.

 

 

Start: June 20, 2019 7:00 PM
End: June 20, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States

June 21, 2019

Roots of LGBTQ Historic Preservation

 

Join the New York Preservation Archive Project (NYPAP) for a deep dive into how historic sites in New York City first began to be recognized for their LGBTQ significance. The evening will feature brand new clips from oral history interviews with leading preservationists as well as opportunities for audience discussion.
 
Twenty-five years ago local activists and preservationists set out to put LGBTQ history on the map. In 1994 REPOHistory’s Queer Spaces project placed temporary history markers on nine sites in Manhattan, The Organization of Lesbian and Gay Architects & Designers (OLGAD) published the first map of LGBTQ historic sites in Manhattan, and a first attempt was made to nominate Stonewall for the National Register of Historic Places. As we mark the celebration of Stonewall 50, there have been many gains and losses in the movement to preserve and recognize local LGBTQ landmarks. Understanding this history that led to the current moment will strengthen the preservation movement for the work ahead.
 
Oral histories featured at this event have been recorded through NYPAP’s ongoing oral history project on NYC’s LGBTQ historic preservation, funded in part by New York State Council on the Arts and Thompson Hine LLP. All the oral histories we collect are freely available to the public, so that future preservationists can benefit from the experiences captured. View NYPAP’s full oral history collection at www.nypap.org/oral-history.
 
 
Liz Strong is the Oral History Program Manager for the New York Preservation Archive Project (NYPAP). In her time with NYPAP she has run two oral history initiatives with preservationists in New York City, “Saving Preservation Stories” and “Through the Legal Lens”. This year she is also kicking off the latest oral history project, Uncover the Roots of NYC’s LGBT Preservation. In 2016, she wrote NYPAP’s introductory guide on “Oral History & Preservation”.
Outside of her work with NYPAP, Liz is a freelance oral historian and has served clients such as The Columbia Center for Oral History, The Washington Department of Commerce, The University of Arizona Steward Observatory, and many others. Since 2017, she has worked with the Brooklyn Historical Society as Project Coordinator for the “Muslims in Brooklyn” public history project. She earned her MA in Oral History from Columbia University in 2015, and her BA in Narrative Arts from Oberlin College in 2009.
 
 
Brad Vogel served on the Board of the Archive Project from 2012 until 2018, as well as Vice Chair for a period, before being selected as Executive Director. Vogel served as an historic preservation fellow with the National Trust for Historic Preservation in post-Katrina New Orleans and was named Louisiana Preservationist of the Year in 2011. Vogel also worked as an attorney in New York City for over six years and has published a book of poetry. He currently serves as on the international board of the Circumnavigators Club and as Captain of the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Start: June 21, 2019 7:00 PM
End: June 21, 2019 8:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States

June 22, 2019

RFD Reading + Celebration

 

 

RFD, the oldest continually published queer zine, is celebrating Stonewall 50 with its Summer issue. We will look to the future of LGBT activism while celebrating the events of the past. This evening will include readings from NYC-area contributors published in RFD in the recent past, including the current issue. We will be offering subscription deals and will have the new issue available. Come listen to the voices of local queer radicals reading from RFD!

 

Readers include: Robert Croonquist, Dale Corvino, Pauline Park, Summer Minerva, Donald Gallagher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: June 22, 2019 7:00 PM
End: June 22, 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.