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Kelly Cogswell
Kelly Cogswell is an independent journalist, a columnist for New York’s Gay City News, and the author of Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger (University of Minnesota Press 2014). She currently directs a project documenting the Lesbian Avengers.

Entries by Kelly Cogswell

5 Things You Should Know About Bastille Day in France

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 1:05 PM

First off, nobody in France calls it that. It's the Fourteenth of July, just like the Fourth of July in the U.S.

Second, the 14th of July isn't an Independence Day. It's formally called, La Fête Nationale (The National Celebration). It marks the anniversary of the storming of the...

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20 Photos of the Fabulous World Dyke March (Toronto 2014)

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 12:15 PM

Large crowds gathered to watch seven thousand dykes take to the streets in an impressive display of visibility and power. Led by Dykes on Bikes, the World Dyke March on June 28 included a rainbow of marchers from women's health collectives and...

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St. Paddy's Day Bigotry in New York

(1) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 3:19 PM

After two decades of activism, the fiasco on Fifth Avenue continues to exclude anybody who dares to be openly gay. Still... protesting the St. Patrick's Day Parade seems so 1991. Young queers probably don't even think it's relevant, dismissing the event as another boring parade stuffed with cops and firemen...

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Video: Fighting Back Against Anti-Gay Laws in Africa

(5) Comments | Posted March 8, 2014 | 7:46 AM

Anti-gay laws are sweeping across Africa, from Nigeria to Uganda. On Friday, as part of a Global Day of Action, hundreds of LGBT Africans and their allies protested in New York, encouraging Americans to get involved.

I was there to report, along with filmmaker Harriet Hirshorn.

Nigeria Demo from Woman at the Reel on

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The State of the Nation: Queer as You Want to Be

(3) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 8:23 PM

I read HuffPost Gay Voices Editor Noah Michelson's piece "Why I Never Want to Be Just Like Straight People (And Why You Shouldn't Either)," and it got me wondering about the peculiarities of our fine queer nation, with the so-called radicals and assimilationists duking it out in the...

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Authentic Cuban Cooking

(1) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 6:24 PM

When you read any food writer, even Michael Pollan, expounding on "traditional" cuisines, you should do it with both eyebrows raised, and your upper lip curled in a pronounced and skeptical sneer.

I went to Cuba with my girlfriend in 2003 when Bush and Cheney were getting ready...

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Queer Citizens in Cuba's Shadow

(2) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 11:57 AM

A few weeks ago I drug myself to an LGBT forum for New York's democratic mayoral hopefuls. The 626 seats of Baruch's Mason Hall auditorium were packed with politically engaged queers. Nobody compelled to come. Nobody banned. And everything observed by the gaggle of press bearing witness with images and...

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Saying 'Oui' to Same-Sex Marriage

(23) Comments | Posted September 28, 2012 | 2:31 PM

This summer I can get married and it'll actually mean something. That's what the President promised, and that's what we're holding him to, even if we're both marriage agnostics. It's why my girlfriend made the valiant effort to pierce the security scrum around him, shake his hand and assert, "Monsieur...

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The Dyke March Hits 20!

(5) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 6:21 PM

It's that time of year again, when lesbians all over the world huddle in back rooms, plotting global domination, civilization's end, and their annual Dyke March.

The very first Dyke March in the history of the world was in D.C. on April 24, 1993, on the eve of the big...

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IKEA's Dirty Little Secret

(10) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 12:00 PM

I love IKEA. Their stuff is cheap. It looks good. They were among the first to use same-sex couples in their advertising. In 2002 the Swedish company ran a print ad in the Netherlands that showed two men kissing while their daughter perched atop a pair of tables, the copy...

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On Being an American, or Dykes Are Always Foreign

(16) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 1:57 PM

I've lived in New York for almost 20 years, with a four-year gap that I spent in Paris. I liked Paris.There's something comforting about being a foreigner in a place where you really are one.

Identity is so relative. Growing up in Louisville, I was from that redneck neighborhood...

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For the Sake of Equality, How About an International Men's Day?

(135) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 4:24 PM

Thursday was International Women's Day, and like always, there was some guy saying, "Why isn't there an International Men's Day? Yuk, yuk." And while the usual response is, "Every day is a men's day, you asshole," maybe it's time to agree.

After all, if you really believe in equality...

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Memory and The Freedom Maze

(1) Comments | Posted January 19, 2012 | 5:05 PM

The Freedom Maze is a wonderful, ambitious book, 18 years in the writing. Delia Sherman apparently started it just to give one bookish girl an adventure, but when she had to grapple with the complexities of slavery in the U.S., ended up with an important meditation on power and identity....

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Our Spinster Aunts and Uncles

(20) Comments | Posted December 23, 2011 | 1:26 PM

Bing might still be dreaming of a white Christmas, but I'm longing for a nice, bright Bastille Day in July. The weather is better, and you get to celebrate the rise of the people and the end of kings, not their birth. And families have no role at all.

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After Sandusky, Back to Being Pedophiles

(46) Comments | Posted November 15, 2011 | 2:48 PM

Jerry Sandusky, an assistant football coach at Penn State, had such a passion for underprivileged boys that he started his own foundation, The Second Mile, to help them whether they wanted it or not. "Sometimes they don't want it. Sometimes they don't understand what you're trying to do, but they...

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A Reality Check About Breast Cancer

(2) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 11:10 AM

It's that time of year again when gangs of women in pink stride purposely down the sidewalk, and the NFL adds luminous fuchsia stripes to football uniforms. And, sure, many women's lives are saved by the big push calling attention to breast cancer. But other women are killed by the...

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See Jane Lynch, Run

(34) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 9:04 AM

A couple of weeks ago, I went to Barnes & Noble to see Jane Lynch. I expected a line full of dykes waiting to meet one of their few heroes, but it was mostly straight women and fags until Lucy and Marie got there, and we butched the place up....

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So You Want to Be an Activist?

(15) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 10:45 AM

People keep telling me I shouldn't be so dismissive of the Occupy Wall Street folks. It's early days yet. Somebody's got to do something about poverty and corruption. And there they are, eager and willing. Hell, they got arrested. They're practically ACT UP.

So I went to City...

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