Answering the essentials. Who the heck were they? What did they accomplish? How did they pull it off?

Inspiring baby dykes, activists, and anybody who's ever dreamed of saving the world.

Project Elements

Top Priority

Re-releasing the 1993 video Lesbian Avengers Eat Fire Too is at the top of the list. We've already captioned speakers, and made it available free online. Soon, we will be adding subtitles to this extraordinary resource and offering a shorter version for easier use in the classroom.

A mini-festival and traveling exhibits are on the drawing board to celebrate the Lesbian Avengers' rich legacy, share the project, and inspire discussions about activism, including the role of direct action, and the importance of media.

Sharing activist resources is an essential part of the project. Available now, free versions of Avenger handbooks, both A Handy Guide to Homemade Revolution and LACROP's Out Against the Right giving step-by-step instructions on planning direct actions and organizing effective grassroots campaigns. Print and e-book versions are coming soon.

This website is the heart of the documentary project. We'll be adding regularly to the histories, timelines, and collection of primary source material including digitized flyers annotated with the designer's own comments, press releases, photos, and news clippings. Soon we'll be posting segments of video interviews from our oral history project.

Articles analyze everything from the role of direct action in social change to the importance of art and artists in the Avengers. We present the conclusions of the Lesbian Avenger Civil Rights Organizing Project about how "de-gayed" campaigns reinforce homophobia.

Lesbian Avenger Oral History Project (video)

In their own words, former Avengers will describe why they joined, what they did, and how it all worked, from getting press coverage for actions to the intricacies of running a kissing booth.

Segments of the video interviews will be posted online, and a complete transcription of each interview will be deposited in archives coast-to-coast.

Even a couple bucks helps. Our sponsor, Homocom, is a nonprofit, so your gift is tax-deductible.


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Using things like newsletters and conference call reports, we've been able to begin documenting 60+ chapters worldwide. There was probably an Avengers group near you, so get involved—make history!

We need to establish:

  • Founding dates
  • Founding members
  • Date of first action
  • Average size of group
  • List of actions (with dates)
  • Special contributions

  • We also want to collect scans of:

  • Newsclippings
  • Flyers
  • Photos
  • Press releases
  • Video
  • Anthing else you can get your hands on.

  • We'll add whatever you send. Just drop us a line first at info at lesbianavengers . com

    We also want to identify candidates for our video oral history project. Want to do the interviews yourself? Drop us a line and we'll send you our standard list of questions, and release form for the interviewee.

    Project Director
    Cover - Eating Fire My Life as a Lesbian AvengerKelly 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.

    CLAGS (The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the City University of New York) recently awarded her a Joan Heller-Diane Bernard fellowship for the Lesbian Avenger Documentary Project.

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