Weekly Update from the Bureau


Hello Friends of the Bureau,

Now that we know that the Bureau will remain at Strange Loop Gallery indefinitely, we are happily planning ahead for future events. That said, we still have several available dates in April and May, so please let us know if you have a proposal, a suggestion, or a fragment of an idea. And if you’ve written to the Bureau with an idea and you have yet to hear back from us, please write to us again. Bureaucracies often need prodding.

Below is our most up-to-date list of upcoming events. Please click on the dates in orange for more information about the readers/performers and the events. 

Wednesday, March 27, 7 PM


Queer Playwrights Collective presents a handful of 10-minute plays by Local Queer Playwrights. Organized by photographer and writer Jeffrey James Keyes.
Works by the following playwrights will be presented:

Clarence Coo
Thirza Defoe
Paul Hagen
Jeffrey James Keyes
David Koteles
Mariah MacCarthy
Christopher Oscar Peña
Rob Rosiello


Jody Christopherson 
Matt W. Cody
Jon Cooper
Sanam Erfani
Andrew Glaszek
Yeauxlanda Kay
Joshua Levine
Libby Winters
Thursday,March 28, 7 PM

Taking its name from assumptions and stereotypes of inarticulacy surrounding Black English and culture, BAD GRAMMAR Zine provides a platform for queer artists of color to document and discuss the artwork of their peers on their own terms, with their own language and in relation to their own culture. Started by Yulan GrantJustin Allen, and Brandon Owens as an in-house publication to accompany gallery shows at Culturefix bar and gallery in the Lower East Side, the zine is looking to branch out beyond the boundaries of the downtown NYC art world, publishing online and providing a limited edition of print copies of three of its issues at the zine’s showcase. The event will feature a reading of an interview from one of the issues by Justin Allen, a DJ Session by Brandon Owens, and Projections by Yulan Grant.

Sunday, March 31, 7 PM

David McConnell will read from his new book, American Honor Killings: Desire and Rage Among Men. He will be joined in conversation by Zachary Pace and Lonely Christopher.

Sunday, March 31 is also the final day of the exhibition KENNY KENNY 13, photographs of Kenny Kenny by Alice O’Malley curated by Claire Fleury and Alesia Exum of Strange Loop Gallery.


Thursday, April 4, 6-9 PM


Strange Loop Gallery and the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division invite you to the opening reception for 
Seconds,an exhibition by New York based photographer Alesia Exum. The exhibition runs from April 4-April 30.

Sunday, April 7, 3 PM


Readings by contributors to Who’s Yer Daddy? Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners. Readers: Peter Covino, David Groff (co-editor), Ben Grossberg, Dave King, Michael Klein, Brian Leung, Paul Lisicky, Timothy Liu, Charles Rice-Gonzalez,and Ellery Washington. Organized by Charles Rice-Gonzalez.

Wednesday, April 10, 7-8:30 PM


Author and educator Hal W. Lanse, PhD (The Rainbow Curriculum) continues his popular series of writing workshops. Whether you want to publish professionally or just write and share your work with a small community of friends, this group is for you. Dr. Hal will provide writing prompts that will jolt your imagination and inspire written pieces about your rich set of personal experiences. For those of you who are interested, Dr. Hal is looking for new and undiscovered authors for his imprint Queer Street Books, Inc. But you need not have professional aspirations to join the group.

Bring a writing instrument (pen and notebook, laptop, whatever).

Suggested donation: $10 – but come even if you can’t pay. There will be a discrete box at the front of the shop for those who can afford to donate. Proceeds are divided between the teacher and BGSQD.

Future writing workshops: Wednesdays, April 24, May 15, May 29

Thursday, April 11, 7 PM




Luis Negrón and translator Suzanne Jill Levine read from Negrón’snew collection of stories, Mundo Cruel.

Thursday, May 16, 7 PM

Martin Duberman presents The Martin Duberman Reader: The Essential Historical, Biographical, and Autobiographical Writings (The New Press, May 2013) 

Thursday, May 30, 7 PM



Christopher Rawlins 
presents his new book, Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction.

We continue to add new events, so please check our events page on our website for the most up-to-date information. We welcome your suggestions, recommendations, and proposals.

Greg & Donnie 
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Hosted by Strange Loop Gallery
27 Orchard St. between Canal and Hester
NY, NY 10002

The Bureau is featured in New York Magazine's “Best of New York 2013" issue and in Time Out New York's “50 Reasons Why NYC Is the Greatest City in the Worldissue.