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Leslie Cohen Shares The Audacity of a Kiss: Love, Art, and Liberation

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Join Leslie Cohen for a reading and discussion of her new memoir The Audacity of a Kiss: Love, Art, and Liberation

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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.

Registration on this page is required in order to receive an email with the Zoom link on the day of the event.

Suggested donation to benefit the Bureau: $5

All are welcome to join, with or without a donation.

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.

Purchase The Audacity of a Kiss from the Bureau's online shop or our physical store in Manhattan's LGBT Community Center! Thank you for supporting the Bureau by purchasing books from us!

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The Bureau has reopened! Our August hours are Wednesdays - Fridays, 1 to 6 PM.


The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division is an independent, all-volunteer queer cultural center, bookstore, and event space hosted by The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City. We aim to foster a community invested in the values of mindfulness, intellectual curiosity, justice, compassion, and playfulness. The Bureau seeks to excite and educate a self-confident, sex-positive, and supportive queer community by offering books, publications, and art and by hosting readings, performances, film screenings, book discussion groups, and workshops. We provide local and visiting queers and friends with an open and inclusive space for dialogue and socializing. The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division welcomes you.

The Bureau is located in room 210 (second floor) of The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, 208 West 13th Street, between 7th Avenue and Greenwich Avenue, in New York City.

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There is a street entrance ramp and an elevator inside the building. There is also a ramp leading into room 210, where the Bureau resides. ADA accessible all-gender bathrooms are down the hall from the Bureau.

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