Confessions of a Vivisectionist

Most people areunaware of the horrors that are performed on animals in countlessresearch labs. Michael Slusher was one of those researchers who hassince discovered compassion. In this talk, he will detail many of theexperiments he performed and how he awoke to see it as not onlyhurtful to the victims, but that the pharmaceutical industry activelypromotes junk science that is harmful to the humans who rely onpharmaceuticals as well.

Small is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet New York launch

Activist-scholar Anitra Nelson talks about her new book Small is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet, which advocates low impact living via smaller andeco-collaborative housing, such as cohousing. Using international case studies, including New York, and personal experiences of collective living, Anitra speculates on urban futures where sustainable neighborhoods and grassroots democracy develop outof well-connected and productive neighborhoods, i.e. where ‘alternative’ becomes mainstream. For more see:

The DIY Porn Revolution: An Intimate POV On Kink, Sex Work, Porn and Politics

Feminist Porn Icon,Madison Young, reads from her recently published auto-biographical books that delve deep into the sexual undergrounds of kink and sex work through the feminist lens. Young will be reading from her memoir Daddy, which Margaret Cho calls “..downright inspirational” and The DIY Porn Handbook:Documenting Our Own Sexual Revolution. Reading will be followed by an intimate Q&A.

Health Care Under the Knife: Moving Beyond Capitalism for Our Health

These days, our health and well-being are sorted through an ever-expanding, profit-seeking financial complex that monitors, controls, and commodifies our very existence. Howard Waitzkin talks about all this in his book, Health Care Under the Knife, in which he and other noted health-care professionals, scholars, and activists have written down their inside knowledge of the medical system: what’s wrong, how it got this way, and what we can do to heal it.

The House of Erzulie: ​ Reading, Signing and Q&A with Kirsten Imani Kasai​​

Hear Kirsten Imani Kasai read from her newest novel “The House of Erzulie,” the African-American Gothic novel deemed “both a delight and a real heartache to read” by Black Girl Nerds. The reading will be followed by a discussion on othering, spiritualism, female empowerment and the mixed experience, Q&A and book signings. As seen on The Root, Electric Literature and The Millions; one of Bitch Media’s 25 Fiction Books You Must Read in 2018.

Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year: Volume 2

Readings by editor Sacchi Green and contributors to Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year: Volume 2 from Cleis Press. This is the 22nd issue in the iconic Best Lesbian Erotica series, under a revised title. Join Lambda Award winner Sacchi Green, who placed her first story in BLE in 1999 and has appeared in nine editions since, and her writers who can heat up your mind along with your body.

Breaking the Ruhls author Larry Ruhl in Conversation with Eva Tenuto, Executive Director of TMI Project

Larry Ruhl will read from and discuss his new memoir BREAKING THE RUHLS (Central Recovery Press, February 2018), which details his coming to terms with complex childhood trauma: paternal incest and maternal mental illness, which led to depression, addiction, and difficulty accepting his homosexuality. It’s a searing story and a poignant narrative of healing and recovery, one that breaks through many deeply held societal taboos. Larry will be joined by Eva Tenuto, founder of the TMI Project. Eva and Larry will explore topics from the book including sexuality, the importance of sharing your truth, and finding your path to resilience.

The Hookup NYC

Sex Education is our kink. Come talk to folks from Hetrick-Martin Institute and let us give you the hook up to PrEP, testing and other sexual health services. Free condoms will be available on-site. 

Make Art not Guns: March For Our Lives Poster Making Event

We invite you to an evening of empowerment, self expression, and creativity while we make posters in preparation for the upcoming March For Our Lives: New York happening on March 24th. The amazing students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are the inspiration for this event. Poster paper, markers, stickers and other supplies along with snacks and beverages will be provided.

Reading from Have Fun in Burma: American voluntourism and Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis

Rosalie Metro will read from and discuss her novel Have Fun in Burma, which Foreword Reviews calls, “a rare ‘finding yourself’ travel story done right, gently relating the grit and discomfort of a truly expanding consciousness.” Set against the backdrop of the current conflict between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in Burma/Myanmar, this coming-of-age story weaves critiques of “voluntourism” and humanitarian intervention into a young woman’s quest for connection across cultural boundaries.

Aisha Sabatini Sloan and Barbara Browning (Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit and The Gift)

Aisha Sabatini Sloan’s essays are atonce eccentric and piercing, ranging from meditations on art during a city-wideLA manhunt to a road trip with her father. She aims to continually trouble those territories where blackness has been conflated with death. Barbara Browning’s novel,situated at the tipping point of non-fiction, reflects on the aftermath of personal,technological and political maelstroms. They’ll read from their work and talkabout possible futures.

The Hookup NYC

Sex Education is our kink. Come talk to folks from Hetrick-Martin Institute and let us give you the hook up to PrEP, testing and other sexual health services. Free condoms will be available on-site. 

The Hookup NYC

Sex Education is our kink. Come talk to folks from Hetrick-Martin Institute and let us give you the hook up to PrEP, testing and other sexual health services. Free condoms will be available on-site. 

Nasty! Live at Bluestockings

Nasty! is a charity anthology benefitting Planned Parenthood, showcasing stories that range from body positivity to sexual empowerment to overcoming adversity and beyond. This live event will feature readings from the following contributors: Julie Rea, Boodawe, Diana Kirk, Jacqueline-Elizabeth Cottrell, Kim Vodicka, Tara Dublin, Jacqueline Kirkpatrick, and Jennifer Robin. Come listen to empowering stories from fierce women!

The Hookup NYC

Sex Education is our kink. Come talk to folks from Hetrick-Martin Institute and let us give you the hook up to PrEP, testing and other sexual health services. Free condoms will be available on-site. 

Wall Street in Black and White: fotos and texts of an occupier

Aaron Burr Society founder Jim Costanzo will present photos and read poetic rants from his book wall street in black & white: fotos & text of an occupier published by Autonomedia. The Society was launched in 2008 with performances on Wall Street that were posted on social media. These actions continued with Occupy Wall Street’s Strike Debt, the Commons and Occupy Museums at the Berlin Biennale and conferences in San Francisco, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Cambridge England. 

Hand to Heart: Talking about Work

What do a personal assistant, ASL interpreter and running coach have in common? A new interview series where self-employed people doing direct work with clients get interviewed by a therapist. Part career exploration, group therapy, and storytelling, come listen, ask questions, network, and get inspired knowing that in the age of technology, many careers are still human to human.

Deport, Deprive, Extradite: 21st Century State Extremism Reading and Discussion

A reading and discussion with Nisha Kapoor, author of Deport, Deprive Extradite: 21st Century State Extremism. Her research uncovers state violence, surveillance, deportation, and detention towards Muslims, refugees, and people of color in the UK. In an era of ICE raids, border walls, and travel bans, she calls upon us to question the power of the state to confer and deny human rights- and humanity itself- in the name of security and the War on Terror.

Learn about Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Screening

Join the Mount Sinai Mobile Mammography Program for an educational workshop on breast cancer and breast cancer screening. This workshop is geared towards LGBTQ individuals but anyone is welcome to participate. Come learn about what you can do to reduce your risk for breast cancer and how you can access screening mammography services! All voluntary donations are made to Bluestockings. No donations will be directed to Mount Sinai Hospital.  

Self-Defense Workshop with POP Gym

Palm Heels for the people! Don’t get that joke? No worries! Come by this FREE workshop to learn some introductory skills that will keep you feeling safe. We’ll be covering the basics: stretching, conditioning, technique, and theory, with the hope that participants will leave with some super useful foundations that will aid them in the day-to-day. Mix that in with some sweat and some movement, and you’ll have an accessible and confidence-boosting good time for all. Whether you are a beginner, or someone with experience, come work it out with us!

Open to all ages! Participants should wear clothing in which they are comfortable stretching and sweating.

POP Gym is a new project, working towards opening a physical space in Brooklyn that offers free self-defense, fitness, and skill share classes 7 days a week. As we continue planning, we invite you to come by any of our events this summer! Our workshops have been described as, “fun”, “holistic” and “empowering”, and for any questions, comments, or inquiries for future workshops for you or your organizations, email us at

This event has a Google Hangouts video call.