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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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A Laboratory of Identity

A Laboratory of Identity

(p.139) III. A Laboratory of Identity
Eating Fire

Kelly Cogswell

University of Minnesota Press

In 1998, a few years after Abner Louima is brutalized in New York, and a few months after James Byrd, Jr. is dragged to his death in Texas, Matthew Shepard is beaten and left for dead in Wyoming, Ana and I help organize a demo that has an unexpectedly huge turnout. The march gets violent when police refuse to let protesters pass, finally charging the crowd with horses. I am almost decapitated when one cop tries to knock over the mock coffin I’m helping carry. Hate seems focused on the body, just like resistance is. Back in New York, when there’s no moderate Cuban response to the Elián González crisis, I’m inspired to celebrate the new millennium by launching a new project, THE GULLY ONLINE MAGAZINE. Picking up where the Avengers left off, we mostly use the magazine for LGBT visibility and as a think-tank for identity.

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

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