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Author Cohen, Leslie, 1947-

Title The audacity of a kiss : love, art, and liberation / Leslie Cohen
Published New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press, 2021


Description 1 online resource (257 pages)
Contents Cover -- Frontispiece -- Title Page -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Epigraph -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- Author's Note -- Prologue -- Part I: Youth -- 1. Secrets and Dreams -- 2. Confetti on New Year's Eve -- 3. Touching God -- 4. Awakening -- 5. Crawling out of Darkness -- 6. Acceptance -- Part II: Freedom Calling -- 7. Les Femmes -- 8. Water in the Desert -- 9. Jagged, Dirty Thoughts -- 10. An Antidote to Boredom -- 11. Permission -- 12. Virginia Slims -- Part III: A Posse of Outsiders -- 13. Lone Riders -- 14. Style Gets Used Up -- 15. Bashert: Fate, Meant to Be
16. After the Desert -- Postscript -- Endpiece -- Gay Liberation Timeline -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- About the Author
Summary Rendered in bronze, covered in white lacquer, two women sit together on a park bench in Greenwich Village. One of the women touches the thigh of her partner as they gaze into each other's eyes. The two women are part of George Segal's iconic sculpture "Gay Liberation," but these powerful symbols were modeled on real people: Leslie Cohen and her partner (now wife) Beth Suskin. In this evocative memoir, Cohen tells the story of a love that has lasted for over fifty years. Transporting the reader to the pivotal time when brave gay women and men carved out spaces where they could live and love freely, she recounts both her personal struggles and the accomplishments she achieved as part of New York's gay and feminist communities. Foremost among these was her 1976 cofounding of the groundbreaking women's nightclub Sahara, which played host to such luminaries as Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Pat Benatar, Ntozake Shange, Rita Mae Brown, Adrienne Rich, Patti Smith, Bella Abzug, and Jane Fonda. The Audacity of a Kiss is a moving and inspiring tale of how love, art, and solidarity can overcome oppression
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Subject Cohen, Leslie, 1947-
Segal, George, 1924-2000. Gay liberation.
Sahara (Nightclub : New York, N.Y.)
Lesbians -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography
Lesbian businesswomen -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography
Gay liberation movement -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century
Public sculpture, American -- New York (State) -- New York
Lesbian bars -- New York (State) -- New York
Gay liberation movement
Lesbian bars
Lesbian businesswomen
Public sculpture, American
New York (N.Y.) -- Biography
New York (State) -- New York
Genre/Form autobiographies (literary works)
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781978825130