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Saturday, October 27, 2012

When We Were Outlaws

For LGBT people, or anyone else for that matter, who care about activism, especially those of us who are young enough to have no memory of those iconic times, C√≥rdova's book When We Were Outlaws provides an insight to those crucial movements. The book vividly takes us to a time of protest and change whose effects on the U.S. were deep and transformative - so much so, that ultraconservatives have been frantically trying to undo the past ever since. This sweeping memoir depicts a young activist torn between her personal life and political goals.What kept me interested was the way she chronicles a time in the 1970s when she was a young lesbian reporter and activist who was fighting for lesbian visibility and equality in Los Angeles, as well as trying to balance her love life. This transformed the story from a historic account to a captivating novel with personal experiences interwoven with history.
The questions I have for Jeanne are:
1.     Didn't many of us hope that certain civil-rights battles were finally won for good after the Sixties and Seventies? If so, why are we fighting these battles again today? What are your opinions?
2.     What are your takes on recent LGBT activism? (Prop 8, don’t ask/don’t tell, AIDS protests, etc.)? Are there more resources and opportunities at our disposal in the present time than when the events in your book took place? I’m interested to hear the past and present comparisons. 

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