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  BESPOKE: It’s April! The cruelest month? Make that the COOLEST month! Join us for the resurrection of our most garish garments and frighteningly fashionable attire as Tuesday April 23 the Bureau features Jericho Brown, Mariah MacCarthy, and Dima Mikhayel Matta at Bespoke, a bimonthly queer series where featured readers dress fun, fancy, or flirtatious. [...]

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April 23, 2019

Bespoke Spring ’19 Edition: April is the Coolest Month!

 

BESPOKE: It’s April! The cruelest month? Make that the COOLEST month! Join us for the resurrection of our most garish garments and frighteningly fashionable attire as Tuesday April 23 the Bureau features Jericho Brown, Mariah MacCarthy, and Dima Mikhayel Matta at Bespoke, a bimonthly queer series where featured readers dress fun, fancy, or flirtatious. 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 Bespoke hosts are Christina Quintana “CQ” (writer/ playwright/ dyke about town), Tim Murphy (longtime LGBTQ journalist, activist and author of the novels Christodora and Correspondents) and Jerome Ellison Murphy (poet, critic and NYU Creative Writing Program administrator). This twinkling trio invites you to turn out in your Tuesday best (dressing up is welcome & encouraged, not mandatory) every other month for drinks and chat before & after our reading.
 
Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.
 
 
Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brown’s first book, Please (2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets. He is also the author of the collection The Tradition (2019). His poems have appeared in Buzzfeed, The Nation, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Time, and The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry anthologies. He is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University in Atlanta.
 
 
Mariah MacCarthy is a nonbinary creatrix and an award-winning writer, performer, and birth mother. They’ve written for BuzzFeed, Yes! magazine, LOOK magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, and others. Their plays have been performed all over the world, and the New York Times called their immersive party play Mrs. Mayfield’s Fifth-Grade Class of ’93 20-Year Reunion “a lot of fun.” They live in Astoria with their cat, Sophie. Squad is their first novel.
 
 
Dima Mikhayel Matta is a Beirut-based university instructor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Balamand, a writer, and an actress. She received a Fulbright scholarship and completed her MFA in creative writing at Rutgers University in 2013. She has been acting for the stage since 2006 and has worked with directors such as Lina Abyad, Sahar Assaf, and Aliyah Khalidi. In 2014, she founded Cliffhangers, the first bilingual storytelling platform in Lebanon, and hosts monthly storytelling events along with parallel events such as storytelling workshops and performances. Cliffhangers is a non-profit initiative that aims to give a platform for marginalized voices and serves as a safe space for people to share their stories. In May 2018, she curated the first LGBTQ+ art exhibition in Lebanon, titled “Love Letters to Meem”. She is currently working on her first play that is scheduled to premiere in Beirut in Fall 2019.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Start: April 23, 2019 7:00 PM
End: April 23, 2019 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.

April 24, 2019

Publishing Triangle Awards Finalists Reading 2019

 

Join twelve of the best LGBT writers of 2017 on Wednesday, April 24, 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 25, at the Publishing Triangle Awards Ceremony & Reception, at The New School, 66 West 12th Street, in Greenwich Village, New York.

Copies of the nominated books are available for purchase at the Bureau. To reserve a copy of one or more of the books please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you!

Featuring the authors of the following nominated books:

 

Autobiography of a Wound

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autobiography of a Wound, by Brynne Rebele-Henry (University of Pittsburgh Press)

 

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Drapetomania, by John Gordon (Team Angelica).

 

Eden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eden, by Andrea Kleine (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

 

 

Forgive the Body

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forgive the Body This Failure, by Blas Falconer (Four Way Books)

 

 

 

High Ground Coward

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High Ground Coward, by Alicia Mountain (University of Iowa Press)

 

 

Chee Autobiographical

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, by Alexander Chee (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

 

 

Lesbian South

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lesbian South: Southern Feminists, the Women in Print Movement, and the Queer Literary Canon, by Jaime Harker (University of North Carolina Press)

 

 

Mosaic in the Dark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mosaic of the Dark, by Lisa Dordal (Black Lawrence Press)

 

 

Rest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rest, by Margaree Little (Four Way Books)

 

 

Soul of the Stranger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Soul of the Stranger, by Joy Ladin (Brandeis University Press)

 

 

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That Was Something, by Dan Callahan (Squares and Rebels)

 

 

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Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation, by Robert W. Fieseler (Liveright/W. W. Norton)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: April 24, 2019 7:00 PM
End: April 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.

April 25, 2019

Todd Sweeney: The Fiend of Fleet High – David Pratt Reads

 

David Pratt reads from his wild, wicked and wonderful Todd Sweeney: The Fiend of Fleet High, a hilariously touching and instructive update of the bloody marvelous penny dreadfuls of old, the seamy, overheated, heart-tugging genre that gave us Sweeney Todd. This new Todd is a bi guy who, with his girlfriend, Nellie, is out to save his gay pal, Toby, from the horrors of conversion camp. Will Todd succeed? What do the cops know? Will they figure out Nellie’s creative way of making evidence disappear? Read Todd Sweeney and find out. And be sure to suck up the juices!
 
 
Copies of Todd Sweeney: The Fiend of Fleet High are 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!

 

David Pratt is the author of Bob the Book (Lambda Literary Award winner), My Movie, Looking After Joey and Wallaçonia.

 

 

 

 

Start: April 25, 2019 7:00 PM
End: April 25, 2019 8:00 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: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

April 26, 2019

Queer Mental Health, Queer Clinical Theory: a Conversation

 
Join authors Esther Rapoport, PsyD, Stephanie Schroeder, JD, and Teresa Theophano, LCSW for a discussion of LGBTQ mental health and their respective newly published books.
 
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Dr. Rapoport is the author of From Psychoanalytic Bisexuality to Bisexual Psychoanalysis: Desiring in the Real (Routledge, June 2019). Bisexuality was one of the foundational concepts of Freud’s theory – but unlike his other foundational concepts related to gender and sexuality, and despite the increasing visibility of bisexual lifestyles in contemporary society, it has received little critical attention within the psychoanalytic community. From Psychoanalytic Bisexuality to Bisexual Psychoanalysis is the first book to assess bisexuality through a range of psychoanalytic and critical (feminist and queer) perspectives, highlighting both the issues faced by bisexual people in contemporary society and the challenges that can be presented by bisexual clients within a clinical setting. In her talk, Esther Rapoport will critique the logical errors inherent to, and the ideological underpinnings of, the Freudian concept of bisexuality, and outline the development (or lack thereof) of this concept in post-Freudian psychoanalysis. She will then offer some alternative ways to conceptualize bisexual subjectivities through the lenses of contemporary psychoanalytic theories. Clinical vignettes will be used to explore the issue of widespread negative countertransference responses in the clinical setting and to comment on the social pressures facing bisexuals of various genders, and the resultant psychological effects.
 
 
 

Headcase

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Schroeder and Theophano’s Headcase: LGBTQ Writers and Artists on Mental Health and Wellness (Oxford University Press, February 2019) is a groundbreaking anthology comprised of creative nonfiction, visual art, poetry, and more from the points of view of queer and trans people with lived experience of health care–some peers, some providers, and some who fall into both categories. Schroeder, a peer counselor and independent LGBTQ mental health advocate and Theophano, a licensed social worker and community organizer–both of them writers and editors with previously published LGBTQ books and essays–will discuss their work with and long-term involvement in NYC’s queer and trans communities. They will read from their own contributions to Headcase and foster a discussion of approaches to queer mental health.

 
 

Copies of Headcase: LGBTQ Writers and Artists on Mental Health and Wellness are available for purchase at the Bureau. (Esther Rapoport’s From Psychoanalytic Bisexuality to Bisexual Psychoanalysis will be published by Routledge in June 2019). To reserve a copy of Headcase for purchase at the event, please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com. Please support the Bureau by purchasing books from us. Thank you for your support!

 
 
 

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Stephanie Schroeder is a freelance writer and grassroots mental health activist in NYC. Also a certified peer specialist, she works with women ages 45+ who are homeless and living with mental health issues. Stephanie’s writing has been widely anthologized and she is the author of the memoir Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies & Suicide (Creative Evolution, 2012). See her website for more info: www.stephanieschroederauthor.com

 
 
 

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Teresa Theophano, LCSW, is a social work supervisor and freelance writer/editor who works full-time at an LGBT nonprofit serving older adults. Teresa has contributed to numerous anthologies and websites in addition to authoring Queer Quotes (Beacon Press, 2004). She co-founded the NYC Queer Mental Health Initiative in 2014, has taught as an adjunct professor at CUNY, and currently serves on the board of directors of the NYC-based queer homeless youth program Trinity Place Shelter.

 
 
 

Esther Rapoport

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Esther Rapoport, Psy.D is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalytic candidate practicing in Tel Aviv. She has worked extensively with queer, bisexual and trans clients, and frequently lectures on clinical work with people from these communities in various mental health, academic and community settings in Israel. From Psychoanalytic Bisexuality to Bisexual Psychoanalysis is her first book; her prior work was published in psychoanalytic journals and edited volumes as well as the Journal of Bisexuality and the anthology Bisexuality and Queer Theory: Intersections, Connections and Challenges (Lambda Award finalist for 2012). She is a political activist with the Israeli groups Coalition of Women for Peace and Psychoactive – Mental Health Professionals for Human Rights. 

 
 
 
 

Start: April 26, 2019 7:00 PM
End: April 26, 2019 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.

April 27, 2019

NYC Queer Comic Fair 2019

 

The NYC Queer Comic Fair the only fair in NYC geared entirely towards queer sequential art (comics, graphic novels, illustrated stories, photo-comics, or any other interesting take on the medium of still-visual narrative storytelling). The event is organized by WabiSabiZinez and Carmine Street Comics and hosted by the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division.

The event will be hosted by the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division (BGSQD) on Saturday and Sunday, April 27th-28th, from 1-7pm each day.

The Bureau is located on the second floor of The LGBT Community Center NYC (208 W 13th Street), room 210.

 

 

Start: April 27, 2019 1:00 PM
End: April 27, 2019 7:00 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