I was doing some digging in lgbt history i have discovered the lesbian avengers and oh my god
they ate fire in front of the white house
just in case you were wondering trans women were included!!
You have to read about these amazing, badass ladies. Fire eating became their symbol, here’s a blurb on its origin.
[It] grew out of tragedy. Last year, a lesbian and a gay man, Hattie Mae Cohens and Brian Mock, burned to death in Salem, Ore., after a Molotov cocktail was tossed into the apartment they shared. A month later, on Halloween, at a memorial to the victims in New York City, the Avengers (then newly organized) gave their response to the deaths. They ate fire, chanting, as they still do: “The fire will not consume us. We take it and make it our own.”
There’s a documentary, too! Read all about it at Lesbian Avengers Eat Fire Too (take some time to explore the whole site) – and you can watch it right here!
They also re-mobilized for their 25th anniversary in 2017 with a traveling exhibit reminding people that there were over 60 chapters of the Lesbian Avengers worldwide, and that activism works. More here.