The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division is a queer bookstore and event space in New York City that aims "to foster a community invested in the values of mindfulness, intellectual curiosity, justice, compassion, and playfulness." The Bureau wants "to excite and educate a self-confident, sex-positive, and supportive queer community" in NYC by offering books, publications, and art; and by hosting events, including reading groups, authors' talks, and performances. They seek to provide an open and inclusive space for dialogue and socializing in Manhattan.
There are only a few days left in the campaign to raise funds for a permanent home for the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division. The Bureau opened its doors on November 15 at the Strange Loop Gallery in Manhattan, where the Bureau will be hosted until January 2013. They are now seeking donations to enable them to continue serving the queer community. They have raised over 20% of their goal of $15,000. Help them reach their goal before the end of their all-or-nothing campaign in just 8 days!
The Bureau has hosted many events since it opened, including contributors to the I'm from Driftwood project (which collects and distributes LGBT stories of growing up), contributors to the queer online zine In the Flesh, Visual AIDS and James Wentzy, and Sarah Schulman, who read from her new book Israel/Palestine and the Queer International. On December 12, they will host the opening reception of Electric Eclectic Beauties of the Glorious Nightlife, presented by Strange Loop Gallery and Shane Shane. On December 13, Christopher Bram will read from his latest book, Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America. On December 15, the Bureau will host Dr. B, Serge Nicholson, and Tom O'Tottenham of There Is No Word for It, the UK theater project and book (a Bureau exclusive in NYC) of monologues by and about transgender men. Click here for the most up-to-date schedule of BGSQD events.
The Bureau also has selected books, zines, and art works that make excellent holiday gifts.
If you value this project, help BGSQD raise enough money to secure a permanent retail space on the Lower East Side by donating now.
The Bureau offers several rewards if you choose to donate. Read more about the campaign and view the full list of rewards available on BGSQD's Lucky Ant page.
Learn more about the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division on their website.