Film Screening and Discussion with Kelly Cogswell
1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Washington DC, 20036
Just months after coming out and moving to New York's East Village in 1992, Kelly Cogswell was consumed by the Lesbian Avengers, instigating direct action campaigns, battling cops on Fifth Avenue, mobilizing 20,000 lesbians for a march on Washington, DC, and eating fire, literally, in front of the White House.
This unique evening with Cogswell features a screening of portions of "Lesbian Avengers Eat Fire, Too," the 1993 film documenting the first year of the Avengers, candid recollections from Cogswell’s new memoir, and her thoughts on the future of LGBT advocacy in the digital age.
Cogswell's story is an engaging blend of picaresque adventure, how-to activist handbook, and rigorous inquiry into questions of identity, resistance, and citizenship. A rare insider's look at the process and perils of street activism, it is an uncompromising and ultimately empowering story of creative resistance against hatred and injustice.