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Sunday, October 28, 2012

When We Were Outlaws: A Memoir of Love & Revolution

When We Were Outlaws: A Memoir of Love & Revolution recounts the birth of the Gay & Lesbian Rights Movement in Los Angeles from the perspective of writer and activist Jeanne Córdova. The decade between 1970 and 1980 was filled with politicking and activism, and Córdova was not only in the center of it all, she played a vital role in the creation and execution of some of the movement’s most historic events. From the first National Lesbian Conference at UCLA to the gay liberation march of 1971 and the first labor strike against the Gay Community Services Center, it is clear that Jeanne Córdova was at the forefront of many firsts. Among the many firsts in her life, Córdova also writes about “Rachel,” the first woman she was ever in love with. Their tumultuous love story parallels the challenges Córdova experienced throughout the ‘70s, particularly in 1975.

Questions:
  • So many LGBTQ people struggle with reconciling their sexuality and their religious beliefs/upbringing. Being that Catholicism was obviously such a big part of your life, did you struggle with reconciling your sexuality and your religion?
  • Did your parents and/or siblings ever positively re-enter your life?
  • What has been your favorite acheivement/accomplishment to date?

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