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"A riveting unique first hand telling of a dangerous, fractious, creative lesbian time, the lesbian feminist 70s with their messy, sexy, bold social and personal visions live again on Cordova's pages; she was thick in the middle of things, as a journalist, as an activist, as a lover."
--Joan Nestle, editor of A Persistent Desire, A Femme Butch Reader and GENDERqUEER, Voices from Beyond the Sexual Binary.

For LGBT people who care about activism, especially those young enough to have no memory of those iconic times, Córdova's "memoir of love and revolution" should be a must-read.”
--Filed By Patricia Nell Warren


"When We Were Outlaws is content-rich and driven by a compelling plot. These two things make reading When We Were Outlaws a joy."
--Lambda Literary, The Gay &Lesbian Review by Julie R. Enszer

"When We Were Outlaws, is such an important addition to the literary cannon of LGBT non-fiction. The book manages to be captivating, heartbreaking, and gratifying all at once.”
--The Advocate by Diane Anderson Minshall

About the Author

Cordova’s previous books include Kicking the Habit, A Lesbian Nun Story, and Sexism; It’s a Nasty Affair. Her essays appear in numerous anthologies such as Persistent Desire; A Femme Butch Reader, and Love, West Hollywood.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Spinsters Ink (November 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935226517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935226512
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was a volunteer physician for the Gay Community Services Center in 1974 when they fired the women and some of the men who then started a strike against the Center. This is an accurate description of what happened and the few personalities that I can remember from that long ago. It's also a pretty accurate description of the types of relationships women were having in the community at the time, although I can't vouch for any of the specifics. I wasn't in on the gossip. But as a physician they'd come to me with their tales of woe when they broke up with someone and were having trouble sleeping, etc. Jeanne Cordova has done a terrific job conveying the feelings and facts of the time about LGBT issues, interpersonal issues, the Free Press, Lesbian Tide magazine and the radical groups of the time including the SLA and the Weathermen. Anyone with any political consciousness in the community had to ask ourselves how far we would go if confronted with a situation. Would we hide a fugitive from the SLA or Weathermen if asked? Jeanne describes it clearly and absolutely accurately as far as I remember.
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I am a bit biased, but this book is an incredibly well written and fascinating view of the 1970s Lesbian and Women's Rights movement. Jeanne Cordova writes with incredible honesty about her own feelings and reactions to the time period without any hesitation or self promotion. The ugly personal thoughts are open and exposed along side of the hopes and loves of this woman.

The author shares her views on the politics of the time period with a first person account of the hard struggle for equality. For Cordova, the women's rights movement and the Lesbian movement are the same and are fought for the same reasons. The Civil Rights Movement and the anti-establishment are represented in the trenches and on the battlefield of the streets of Los Angeles, California.

The romantic struggle is as real for any gender or preference as it was for her. Torn between loves and making the same mistakes we all have between work, love and friendship.
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Jeanne Cordova's account of herstory was accurate as I was there during much of those times. Jeanne captured the turbalence of her life and of our movement in Los Angeles herstory. These times will never be forgotten. Look at the strides we made in this city for gays and lesbians. If it weren't for movers and shakers like Jeanne who knows where we'd be?
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Wow, this book was so great! I used to read the Lesbian Tide journal back in the 70's, even up here in Canada. As an old activist myself, so much of this book resonated with me, and brought back a lot of memories--some good, some bad, some just nostalgic, etc. Very well written as well--a true pleasure to read on so many levels.

Jeanne Cordova should write more about this period; hell, she should just write more, period (no pun intended!). :)
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Wow. An exhilarating, enlightening, motivating, emotional, soul-searching, sexy look at lesbian and radical political history in the mid. '70's. I was sorry that it ended! I wanted more... more politics, more sex, more history, more story! Please continue the story and write another book, Jeanne!
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I was there in parts of this book - so love reading about another's perspective of that time in my life. Highly recommend - well written and keeps your interest.
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