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Saturday, October 27, 2012

A Memoir of Love & Revolution

Jeanne Córdova in her memoir, When we Were Outlaws remembers her past experiences with the gay and lesbian movement in Los Angeles during the first major push for equality of the mid 1970's. Embattled with her desire for unity, she explores her frustrations with her own community as well as their gay-male counterparts. Her battle in L.A. is focused mainly with the Gay Community Service Center and their lack of acknowledgement of issues pertaining to the Lesbian community.

Córdova also gives the reader an inside look at her life beyond her political ideals. Her convictions through Feminism sometimes clashed with her inward desires, they also sometimes gave her more strength and empowerment. We see both sides of her thinking and emotions, and how they come together to form her story.

1. I'd like to see how the author would comment of the commercialization of the LGBT community and if was something that she forsaw in her early activist years.With the amount of characters that are "gay" in the movies, how is it affecting the movement itself and does she see assimilation as a part of the flow of acceptance? I myself and constantly trying to figure this out, as someone that does want to see the violence and outright discrimination against the LGBT community, I also take much pride in our differences with the heterosexual world and would hate to see those be absorbed into mainstream culture.

2. I was really intrigued with her story about interviewing Emily Harris. As someone who herself is very political and similarly convicted, how was it to interview someone who took those convictions to the next level?

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