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Editorials, Commentary

Truth and Reconciliation (GCN)
France at the Authoritarian Crossroads (GCN)

Web: content development

Writing and site design, taxonomy.

The Gully online magazine
Site taxonomy, design. Editing.


A Voice From Gay Ghana (GCN)
The Legacy of Al Baltrop (The Gully)


War Against Queers in Nigeria (GCN)
Transgender Rights Bill Hits New York City (The Gully)
Candidate Ferrer, Bronx Pride, and Mega Bigotry (The Gully)


Queer Turkey: A Snapshot (GCN)
Guatemala's Dykes Dig in Their Heels (The Gully)


20 Photos of the Fabulous World Dyke March (Toronto 2014) Huff Post
LGBT Nigerians & their Allies Demonstrate
Voting for Hope in France


Elvis Fans in Paris (IHT)
Bastille Day, Paris 2007 (IHT)
Kelly Goes to the Fair (Courier-Journal)


A Focus on Margarita Lopez (The Laundry podcast)
One Gay Vet: A History of Change (This Way Out)
Gay and Puerto Rican: Three Voices of Change (This Way Out)


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Speaker Programs

Eating Fire: My Life As a Lesbian Avenger
Book presentation and look at one activist's life spanning the twenty years from the Culture Wars through the War on Terror. Reading. Q & A.

Film Showing: Lesbian Avengers Eat Fire Too (1993)
Rare footage of dyke actions, plus interviews offering insight into the group that inspired a global movement. Film showing, Q & A.

The Art of Being A Lesbian Avenger
A look at their groundbreaking work, shaped by the East Village crucible of queer art, queer activism, and queer identity.

Direct Action: What Is It Good For?
The LGBT community has a long history of street activism. Do these types of protests still make sense? When are they effective? Lecture and discussion, and/or workshop.

Resistance Is Futile—Unless It's On YouTube
Social change, resistance, and the importance of DIY media. An essential and eclectic overview.

Having the Last Word
A conversation or workshop about writing by and for the downtrodden, vengeful, and impatient. Includes memoir, journalism, fiction.

Immigrant Experience
Close observations of the immigrant experience, seen inside and out. Plus homophobia as a machine of exile.

Activism and Immigrant Ideas
Considering the Lesbian Avengers as a global queer project, affected by and affecting other movements worldwide.

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CV - Resumé
2007- Columnist, Gay City News, New York
Independent journalist and VJ (video journalist), specializing in society, culture, and politics. Credits include International Herald Tribune, Louisville Courier-Journal, Huffington Post , THIS WAY OUT: the international lesbian & gay radio magazine
2007-2009 Video Journalist, Two for the Road web films, Paris, France
2001- President & CEO, Homocom Corporation, an LGBT communications project
2000-06 Co-editor, co-founder, The Gully online magazine, "Queer views on everything." In English and Spanish.
2017 Featured Speaker, Yale Divinity School
Last Lesbian Standing: Language, Community-Building, and the Meaning of the Universe, 25 years after the Lesbian Avengers
New Haven, CT

Film presentation, talk
1st European Lesbian Conference
Vienna, Austria

2015 Featured Speaker, Kentucky Women's Book Festival
How to Write a Radical Memoir and Survive Louisville, KY

Featured speaker, panelist
Lesbian activism, video activism
Pink Life QueerFest, Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey

2014 Featured Speaker, Journée d'étude: Publics en mouvement (One-Day Seminar: The Public in Motion), Université Paris 2-Panthéon-Assas, Paris, France (in French)

Direct Action: What Is It good For? The DC Center for the LGBT Community, Washington, DC

Film screening, reading, Q & A, Human Rights Campaign, Washington, DC

For complete events or Press.

2013 The Lesbian Avengers: Activism and the Imagination, Lecture, CUNY Kingsborough, NYC

Lesbian Avengers and the Art of Being a Superhero, Lecture, movie screening, Rutgers/Newark, NJ

2012 Panel, moderator, The Lesbian Avengers and the East Village, Crucible of Change, Dixon Place Lounge, NYC
2011 Lecture: The Lesbian Avengers and Street Activism, Indiana University Southeast
2009 The Art of Protest: The Elements of Successful Street Actions, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Harvard University

LesGay-Legal-Letal panel, Matadero Madrid contemporary arts center, Madrid, Spain

Panel, L'Arme du rire Espace Bagdam, Festival du Printemps lesbien, Toulouse, France

2015 New York Press Association, Gay City News, recognition for column
2010 Bernard-Heller Fellowship, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, CUNY, NYC
2008 New York Press Association, Gay City News, recognition for column
2007 New York Press Association, Gay City News, recognition for health coverage.
M.A. coursework, New York University, Dept. Performance Studies, NYC
B.A. English & Art. Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky