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Kelly J. Cogswell

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Co-Founder and President

Homocom Corporation
341 Lafayette Street Suite 4327
New York , New York 10012
United States

Company Description: Homocom was founded as it became apparent that The Gully and The Gully en español were part of a larger project of lgbt media, communications and community. In...   more

Employment History

  • Co-Founder and Editor
    The Gully online magazine
  • Writer
    The Gully online magazine
  • Contributor
    The Gully

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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Web References
The Lesbian Avenger Documentary Project, 25 Nov 2015 [cached]
Kelly Cogswell is an independent journalist specializing in politics and culture, and author of Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger (U Minn Press, 2014). A longtime lesbian activist, she worked briefly with the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization in New York before becoming a founding member of the Lesbian Avengers in 1992. | Board, 7 Nov 2007 [cached]
Kelly Cogswell is a writer and co-founder and editor of The Gully online magazine.She was a co-founder of the Delhi Preservation and Economic Renewal Corporation, a founding member of the direct action group the Lesbian Avengers, and an activist with the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization.She has taught writing and performance art workshops.
The Gist, 15 Jan 2007 [cached]
We're joined by Kelly Cogswell, director of the Lesbian Avengers Documentary Project, who will talk about their history and where lesbian rights have come since they started handing out balloons in 1992.
Kelly Cogswell--Eating Fire: My Life as ..., 11 Dec 2014 [cached]
Kelly Cogswell--Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger >
When Kelly Cogswell plunged into New York's East Village in 1992, she had just come out. An ex-Southern Baptist born in Kentucky, she was camping in an Avenue B loft, scribbling poems, and playing in an underground band, trying to figure out her next move. A couple of months later she was consumed by the Lesbian Avengers, instigating direct action campaigns, battling cops on Fifth Avenue, mobilizing 20,000 dykes for a march on Washington, D.C., and eating fire-literally-in front of the White House.
At once streetwise and wistful, Eating Fire is a witty and urgent coming-of-age memoir spanning two decades, from the Culture War of the early 1990s to the War on Terror. Cogswell's story is an engaging blend of picaresque adventure, how-to activist handbook, and rigorous inquiry into questions of identity, resistance, and citizenship. It is also a compelling, personal recollection of friendships and fallings-out and of finding true love-several times over. After the Lesbian Avengers imploded, Cogswell describes how she became a pioneering citizen journalist, cofounding the Gully online magazine with the groundbreaking goal of offering "queer views on everything. Even while traveling, she stepped outside her role as tourist and immigrant, joining Parisians to protest racism and discrimination and provoking LGBT activism in Cuba.
The first in-depth account of the influential Lesbian Avengers, Eating Fire reveals the group's relationship to the queer art and activist scene in early '90s New York and establishes the media-savvy Avengers as an important precursor to groups such as Occupy Wall Street and La Barbe, in France. A rare insider's look at the process and perils of street activism, Kelly Cogswell's memoir is an uncompromising and ultimately empowering story of creative resistance against hatred and injustice.
Kelly Cogswell--Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger >
by Kelly Cogswell ..., 1 Jan 2001 [cached]
by Kelly Cogswell
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