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

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the 1993 documentary video, Lesbian Avengers Eat Fire, Too, edited by Janet Baus and Su Friedrich. To celebrate, we're re-releasing the movie, adding captions, and subtitles to this extraordinary resource. We're also preparing a slightly edited version short enough to be shown in the classroom, and still allow time for a brief discussion afterward.

A mini-festival and traveling exhibits are on the drawing board for 2013 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.

LesbianAvengers.com

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.

Activist resources are an essential feature of the site. We plan to post free downloadable versions of Avenger handbooks, both The Lesbian Avenger Handbook: 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.



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 coast-to-coast in archives including the Lesbian Herstory Archive in New York City, the Schlesinger Library at Harvard, and the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives in Los Angeles.




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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
    Kelly Cogswell is an independent journalist, and video journalist specializing in politics and culture. 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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