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State of the Queer Nation 2018: Choosing Hope

BY KELLY COGSWELL | I’ve found them — out and proud young lesbians on Twitter. They’re influenced by queer theory, denounce transphobia, but embrace the word lesbian, too, no matter what their pronouns are. One posts a series of lesbian laments along the lines of, “Over a week into Pride Month and I still don’t have […]

Men, Women, Dykes, and the Language of Hate

BY KELLY COGSWELL | A couple weeks ago a man jumped in a van, drove down a sidewalk in Toronto, and killed as many women as he could. Pretty soon the news media was full of how this man was one of those men who goes online to rant with other men about how horrible women are […]

Baby Dykes in Danger: The School to Prison Pipeline

Baby Dykes in Danger: The School to Prison Pipeline

BY KELLY COGSWELL | I’m trying to remember what school was like. Having to beg permission to pee. Grades that seemed almost arbitrary. Hallways where boys regularly grabbed or pinched my ass. I didn’t know if they did that to all the girls, or just me, because I never told anyone or even thought about it. […]

Dykes to the Front: In Brazil, Ukraine, US

BY KELLY COGSWELL |  Lesbians have always been part of every social change movement, and in 2018 we are finally out of the shadows. For better and for worse. People hate women so much. Add a touch of dykeness and our bodies/ our lives are red flags to the patriarchal bull that likes to leave us […]

Lezzie at Large: Revolting Lesbian Jo Macellaro

Lezzie at Large: Revolting Lesbian Jo Macellaro

BY KELLY COGSWELL | A young Special Ed teacher, Jo Macellaro, knew she had to do something when Donald Trump was elected and her students came to class in tears, afraid Trump would deport or even kill them. So she joined the mostly queer Rise and Resist, kicking off her trouble-making career with a direct action […]

Ten Ways I Resist that Sniveling Bastard Trump & His Evil GOP Minions

BY KELLY COGSWELL | try not to think about Trump. He’s there in the White House, of course, but he’s like the golden retriever with its head stuck out the car window grinning and drooling while the humanoids in charge careen down the highway scattering ink-stained bills from their latest heist. I’ve seen the movie, and […]

Lezzies at Large: The Innocence Project’s Karen Thompson

Lezzies at Large: The Innocence Project’s Karen Thompson

BY KELLY COGSWELL | Last week I spoke with Karen Thompson about her work as a lawyer and lesbian advocate. (The quotes used in this article have been edited for clarity and length; watch the interview below or at I first met her more than two decades ago when she was a street activist and […]

VIDEO SPECIAL: Lezzies at Large: The Innocence Project’s Karen Thompson

BY KELLY COGSWELL | Here is the video transcript of my conversation with lesbian lawyer and advocate Karen Thompson from the Innocence Project. For my overview of the conversation, visit

State of the Global Queer Nation, Year 1 Post-Trump

BY KELLY COGSWELL | It’s hard to do more than gape at the destructive ripples we’re sending worldwide, the terrible knowledge of how fragile our already imperfect American democracy is, so dependent as it is on custom and those “gentlemen’s agreements” and not the beleaguered US Constitution. Who knew it only took one mad, racist narcissist […]

#UsToo: Reclaiming “Lesbian” in Vienna

BY KELLY COGSWELL |I recently went to a march in New York organized by Voices 4 Chechnya and RUSA LGBT demanding that the US welcome queer Chechen refugees who are being tortured and murdered by the brutal regime of Putin faithful Ramzan Akhmadovich Kadyrov. I’d heard a lot about how gay men and trans women in […]

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