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Kelly Cogswell

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816691159

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816691159.001.0001

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Enemies Within

Enemies Within

(p.61) II. Enemies Within
Eating Fire

Kelly Cogswell

University of Minnesota Press

Ana María Simo and I exchange deceptively sweet stories about growing up in Kentucky and Cuba. I’m dumbfounded when Ana eventually reveals how the Cuban revolution which had seemed so promising to her as a girl, became reactionary and conformist, and ended up with her in jail being interrogated about her lesbian and gay friends, and threatened with death. I’m especially shocked that the party most responsible for putting her there was her own mother. If the first section is about how to fight external enemies, here we see what happens when the enemies are closer to home. Early in 1994, I start InterActs, focusing on international actions in the Avengers. We storm a black-tie fundraising dinner for the UN women’s organization, UNIFEM. For the anniversary of Stonewall, we throw the International Dyke March with the theme Incite the Riot.

Keywords:   lesbian, LGBT, activism, social change, memoir, New York, Kentucky, Cuba, France, citizenship

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