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Enemies Within

Kelly Cogswell

in Eating Fire

Published by University of Minnesota Press

Published in print March 2014 | ISBN: 9780816691159
Published online August 2015 | e-ISBN: 9781452949468 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5749/minnesota/9780816691159.003.0002
Enemies Within

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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

Chapter.  24440 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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