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When the Dykes Went Marching In: A Celebration of 1990s Lesbian Activism (SF)

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The latest in the GLBT Historical Society's monthly "Fighting Back" series exploring contemporary queer-community issues in a historical context, "When The Dykes Went Marching In: A Celebration of 1990s Lesbian Activism" will offer a conversation about 1990s lesbian activism and the legacy and lessons of that decade for political resistance today.

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Local veterans of lesbian activism will join moderator Anne-Christine d'Adesky, journalist, activist and author of the new book The Pox Lover: An Activist's Decade in New York and Paris (University of Wisconsin Press, 2017).

The Lesbian Avengers 25 Digital Exhibit will be on display, as well as 90's photographs by Judith Cohen and various photographers who documented 90's Dyke Marches, actions, and other events.

Everyone who attends will be encouraged to share their memories and observations on how to link activist energies across generations.


Alex U. Inn (Carmen Alex Morrison), SF Pride 2017 Community Grand Marshal. Bay Area resident for more than 35 years, Alex is an advocate for justice and equality, fighting for their rights and the rights of others, speaking truth to power. One of few to be named to sainthood by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and winner of 32 gold medals at Gay Games/Gay Olympics, Alex also has been a critical force for many important LGBTQAI institutions, such as a founder of the SF LGBT Center, MyNameIs Coalition, SF Pride’s NECTAR/Women’s Stage, UNLEASH! Dance Party for Women, and Committee for Queer Justice. Alex also founded Momma’s Boyz, a troupe of Hip Hop artivist Drag Kings and KINGDOM! Drag King House, a philanthropic arm for our community. Happily married to Ellen Morrison for 9 years.

Lenn Keller is the founder of the Bay Area Lesbian Archives. She is a community archivist, activist, historian, curator, DJ, filmmaker, photographer, public speaker, writer, and mother. She is a graduate of Mills College in Oakland, CA and is an independent scholar in multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural and historical research. She hails from Chicago, and has lived in the SF Bay Area for over 40 years. She has documented, archived, and exhibited Bay Area activist and marginalized communities, with an emphasis on people of color, and LGBT communities. Her photography and film work can be viewed at www.lennkeller.com.

Angela Garcia is an author, anthropologist, and activist. She is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Stanford University. Her research, writing and activism focuses on themes of poverty, violence, and health. Garcia is the author of the award-winning book The Pastoral Clinic: Addiction and Dispossession Along the Rio Grande. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times and The Progressive Magazine, as well as queer literary anthologies. She was a co-founder and editor of Revista Parallax, a bilingual literary 'zine featuring artists and writers from the San Francisco Mission District during the 1990s. Garcia directed Project Inform's Women's HIV Treatment Information and Advocacy program, Project WISE, in the 90's.

Judith Cohen, activist, creative entrepreneur, disruptive rebel, and change agent, Judith is a passionate symphony of engaged action since 1989. Her volunteer background includes: Founder, San Francisco Lesbian Avengers; Founding Member, San Francisco Dyke March Organizing Committee; Founding Member, ACT UP Golden Gate. Professionally, she is the Founder and CEO of SOLVE Agency, Above 805 Media, & The TalentPath Group.

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