Leslie Cohen will discuss her new memoir, The Audacity of a Kiss: Love, Art, and Liberation, published by Rutgers University Press. Cohen and her partner Beth Suskin served as models for George Segal’s iconic sculpture Gay Liberation, located in Christopher Park across from the Stonewall Inn. In her evocative memoir, Cohen tells the story of a love that has lasted for over fifty years and recounts her quest to build gay and feminist oases in New York, including the groundbreaking women’s nightclub Sahara.
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LESLIE COHEN has been a museum curator, a nightclub owner and promoter, a limousine driver, and a lawyer, as well as a writer whose work has appeared in such publications as Curve and The New York Times Style Magazine. Now retired, she and her wife Beth live in Miami, Florida with their cat, Birdie.
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