Dyke March NYC: Kelly Cogswell and Gabrielle Korn discuss the annual event’s history and importance

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Since launching our Voice to Voice conversation series in January, we’ve tackled lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender literature, Black History Month, bullying and more.

In honor of Pride Month, today’s conversation between writers and activists Kelly Cogswell and Gabrielle Korn centers around the Dyke March, an annual gathering of thousands of lesbians which takes place in cities around the world “in celebration of LBTQ women and to protest against ongoing discrimination, harassment, and anti-LBTQ violence in schools, on the job, in our families, and on the streets.” The NYC Dyke March, which is one of the largest Dyke Marches, takes place this Saturday, June 23.

Kelly Cogswell is an independent journalist and columnist for New York’s Gay City News whose work has been recognized by the New York Press Association. She was co-founder and editor of The Gully online magazine, one of the first online LGBT publications and the only to offer “queer views on everything.” A founding member of the Lesbian Avengers, she was co-organizer of the first Dyke March in Washington, D.C. in 1993 that mobilized 20,000 lesbians to march to the White House. Afterwards, the Avengers turned into a national and international movement, with more than 60 chapters worldwide. In 2009, she created the Lesbian Avenger Documentary Project.

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