In Memoriam: Author Jeanne Cordova

By John Mack Freeman (thanks to Nel for the tip!)

Feminist and lesbian activist and author Jeanne Cordova passed away this week at the age of 67. Her 2011 memoir When We Were Outlaws was a 2013 Stonewall Honor Book in nonfiction. From the Windy City Times:

Pioneer feminist, activist, journalist, publisher and LGBT media figure Jeanne Cordova passed away Jan. 10 at the age of 67.

According to Frontiers Media, Cordova died peacefully at her Los Angeles home in the early hours of the morning. Her spouse Lynn Ballen and friends were at her side.

“I have always been fascinated by how a noisy swelling called a social movement arrives on the doorstep of an individual’s life and how she responds to it,” Cordova began in her 2011 memoir of love and revolution When We Were Outlaws. “Most ignore the calling of the unfathomable energies of our times. For the rest of us—how does one recognize a social movement when it comes calling at your door? And what greatness or despair might follow should you open the door and invite it into your life?”


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