Fighting Back: When the Dykes Went Marching In

Fighting Back: When the Dykes Went Marching In    
Tuesday, June 20
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: Free; $5.00 donation welcome

Lesbian Avengers marching in the June 1994 San Francisco Pride Parade. Photo courtesy of GLBT Historical Society.

The latest in the GLBT Historical Society’s monthly “Fighting Back” series exploring contemporary queer-community issues in a historical context, “When The Dykes Went Marching In: A Celebration of 1990s Lesbian Activism” will offer a multigenerational conversation about 1990s lesbian activism and the legacy and lessons of that decade for political resistance today.

Local veterans of lesbian activism Judith Cohen, Angela Garcia, Lenn Keller and Alex U. Inn will join moderator Anne-Christine d’Adesky, journalist, activist and author of the new book The Pox Lover: An Activist’s Decade in New York and Paris (University of Wisconsin Press).


Judith Cohen has been an activist and creative entrepreneur since 1989. She is a founder of San Francisco Lesbian Avengers; a founding member of the San Francisco Dyke March Organizing Committee; and a founding member of ACT UP Golden Gate. Professionally, she is the founder and CEO of Solve Agency Inc., Above 805 Media and the TalentPath Group.

Angela Garcia is an author, activist and associate professor of anthropology at Stanford University. Her research, writing and activism focuses on themes of poverty, violence and health. Garcia is the author of the award-winning book The Pastoral Clinic: Addiction and Dispossession Along the Rio Grande (2010). She was a cofounder and editor of Revista Parallax, a bilingual literary zine featuring artists and writers from the Mission District during the 1990s. During the same decade, Garcia directed Project Inform’s Women’s HIV Treatment Information and Advocacy program, Project WISE.

Alex U. Inn (Carmen Alex Morrison), a San Francisco Pride 2017 community grand marshal, has been a Bay Area resident and activist for social justice for more than 35 years. One of few named to sainthood by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and winner of 32 gold medals at the Gay Games, Alex also has been a critical force for many important LGBTQ groups including the SF LGBT Center, the MyNameIs Coalition, Pride’s NECTAR/Women’s Stage, UNLEASH! Dance Party for Women and the Committee for Queer Justice. Alex also founded Momma’s Boyz, a troupe of hip-hop artivist drag kings, and the KINGDOM! drag king house, a philanthropic arm for our community.

Lenn Keller is the founder of the Bay Area Lesbian Archives. She is a community archivist, activist, historian, curator, DJ, filmmaker, photographer, public speaker, writer and mother. Keller is a graduate of Mills College and is an independent scholar in multidisciplinary, cross-cultural and historical research. A native of Chicago, she has lived in the Bay Area for more 40 years. She has documented, archived and exhibited Bay Area activist and marginalized communities, with an emphasis on people of color and LGBT communities. Her photography and film work can be viewed at