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TELL 76: Spreading Queer! Holigay Stories! (ONLINE EVENT)

December 18, 2021 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


TELL is an evening of story telling from the mouths and minds of queers in NYC hosted by Drae Campbell at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division since February 2014.

Spreading Queer! Holigay Stories! is the theme of the 76th TELL, on Saturday, December 18, 2021, 7 to 9 PM (EST) on Zoom! Featuring: olaiya olayemi, Shomi Noise, Chewy May, and Calvin Cato.
Registration on Eventbrite required in order to gain access to the Zoom link.

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Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau and the storytellers.

You can make a donation when you register on the Eventbrite page. Thank you for supporting the Bureau and TELL!

All are welcome to join, with or without a donation.

Once you have registered on Eventbrite you will receive an email with the link you need to join the event on Zoom–or you can simply return to the Eventbrite page for the event and click on “Access the event.” But you will only be able to access this AFTER you have registered.

Photograph by Grace Chu

Drae Campbell is an actor and performer who has appeared on stages all over NYC and on the internet, movies and tv.  She’s been spotted on the tv shows New Amsterdam and Bull and on the web series Dinette directed by Shaina Feinberg. She can also be found online on Refinery29, IFC.Com and BRICTV to name a few. Some fave stage acting credits: Only You Can Prevent Wildfires, Ricochet Collective, Non-Consensual Relationships With Ghosts, La Mama, My Old Man, Dixon Place, Oph3lia at HERE, The Nosebleed at The Public Theatre. Drae also appeared as a radical lesbian in Taylor Mac’s 24 Decade History Of Popular Music at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Drae’s been hosting and curating TELL at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division for 7 plus years. If you like  queer stories, TELL is also a Podcast!


olaiya olayemi is a blk/trans/femme/womxxxn/anti-disciplinary artist/educator/and organizer. she has performed at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, JACK, AAA3A, metaDEN, The Wild Project, The Langston Hughes House, Starr Bar, Mayday Space, and Dixon Place. she holds a b.a. in english/creative writing from depaul university and a m.f.a. in creative writing from emerson college where she was a recipient of the Dean’s Fellowship. she is a 2019-2020 Performance Fellow in Queer Art’s mentorship program, a Fall 2020 Brooklyn Arts Exchange Space Grantee, and a 2020-2021 American Woman Fellow in Dramatic Question Theatre’s American Woman Lab. she currently lives in philadelphia.


Shomi Noise is a musician, DJ, writer and storyteller with an established reputation in the Brooklyn queer underground scene. She uses music to share empowering messages with the world through creative sets that mix various genres & sounds ranging from Latin, punk, hip-hop, reggae, and pop. She is also the lead singer of the Selena Quintanilla punk tribute band Amor Prohibido.


Chewy May is a comic born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She has over 20 years of social awkwardness under her belt which fuels her comedy mind and her perspective on life.

Has been featured on:

Brooklyn Pride Comedy Show (Brooklyn, NY) – 2016

Crosstown Comedy Festival (New York, NY) – 2016

Nasty Women Unite Fest (Queens, NY) – 2017

Stand Up NY Comedy Festival (New York, NY) 2017

ThunderFest (Allston, MA) 2017

Harlem Comedy Festival (New York, NY) 2017

She-Devil Comedy Festival (New York, NY) 2017

Hell Yes Fest (New Orleans, LA) 2018


Calvin S. Cato has performed all across the United States and has even crossed the border into Canada. His television appearances include the Game Show Network, Oxygen’s My Crazy Love, National Geographic’s Brain Games, and an unaired pilot for Vice Media called Emergency Black Meeting. His work has been featured in numerous festivals including San Francisco Sketchfest, Brooklyn Pride, Gotham Storytelling Festival and the Women in Comedy Festival. In addition, you may have heard him on Sirius XM or on the popular podcasts RISK!, Guys We F*cked, Las Culturistas, and Keith and the Girl. In 2017, Calvin was named one of Time Out New York’s Queer Comics of Color to Watch Out For. In 2021, Calvin contributed to Kweendom, an anthology of essays written by queer comedians.



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