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Thursday, February 18, 2016

When We Were Outlaws Reflection

As I began to read "When We Were Outlaws", by Jeanne Cordova I did not know what to expect, but as soon as I read what it said on her dedication page, I knew I'd be able to personally connect to the reading. She dedicated the book to "[T]he queer youth of today whose activism now gives their elders so much pride". To me this was very touching due to the fact that queer folks are usually frowned upon by elders. Even though I do not know whom the author is specifically talking about, it is comforting to know that not everyone rejects us as human beings.

It was very intriguing to know that the author identified as a queer chicana feminist because she would be able to provide real experiences that queer woman of color usually have to deal with. She is such a radical woman and her dedication and passion for activism truly gives a reader a sense of her as a human being. We see her struggle with issues surrounding the Gay Community Service Center, but we also have the privilege to see her deal with a more personal situation throughout the memoir. Alongside her activism, Jeanne had to manage a monogamous relationship with her lover Rachel. Intersectionality is also revealed in the memoir since Cordova believes that the lesbian community had to in a way separate from the gay community in order to truly be represented. This made perfect sense to me since we are all aware that men and women are treated very distinctively. Her autobiography truly captures the reader and allows them to take a journey through every aspect of her life.

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