The award winning When We Were Outlaws is Jeanne Cordova’s raw and intimate chronicle of a young activist torn between conflicting personal longings and political goals.This is a rare view of a radical lesbian activist’s life during the early struggle for gay rights, Women’s Liberation, and the New Left of the 1970s.
Cordova will share from When We Were Outlaws, and show video footage of “Outlaws on Stage” a play Cordova developed from several scenes from the book.
About Jean Cordova:
Pioneering rebel activist Jeanne Cordova is a founder of the West Coast LGBTQ movement. Her new book When We Were Outlaws just won the prestigious Publishing Triangle Lesbian Non-fiction award, and is a ‘Lammy’ award finalist.
Cordova chaired the Butch Voices LA Conference in 2010, and co-founded Butch Nation in 2011. Currently her band of guerilla activists—LEX (the Lesbian Exploratorium)— creates political, art and history events, including “GenderPlay in Lesbian Culture.” Cordova published The Lesbian Tide and her journalism continues with essays in award-winning anthologies like Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme, Lesbian Nuns: Breaking the Silence and Persistent Desire: A Femme-Butch Reader. jeannecordova.com