When We Were Outlaws

When We Were Outlaws Author Jeanne Cordova
ISBN-10 1935226517
ISBN-13 9781935226512
Year 2011-11-29
Pages 456
Language English
Publisher Spinsters Ink
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A sweeping memoir a raw and intimate chronicle of a young activist torn between conflicting personal longings and political goals When We Were Outlaws offers a rare view of the life of a radical lesbian during the early cultural struggle for gay rights Womens Liberation and the New Left of the 1970s Brash and ambitious activist Jeanne Crdova is living with one woman and falling in love with another but her passionate beliefs tell her that her first duty is to the revolution to change the world and end discrimination against gays and lesbians Trying to compartmentalize her sexual life she becomes an investigative reporter for the famous underground L A Free Press and finds herself involved with covering the Weather Underground Angela Davis exposing neo Nazi bomber Captain Joe Tomassi and befriending Emily Harris of the Symbionese Liberation Army At the same time she is creating what will be the center of her revolutionary lesbian world her own newsmagazine The Lesbian Tide destined to become the voice of the national lesbian feminist movement By turns provocative and daringly honest Cordova renders emblematic scenes of the eraranging from strike protests to utopian music festivals to underground meetings with radical fugitiveswith period detail and evocative characters For those who came of age in the 70s and for those who werent around but still ask What was it like Outlaws takes you back to re live it It also offers insights about ethics decision making and strategy still relevant today With an introduction by renowned lesbian historian Lillian Faderman When We Were Outlaws paints a vivid portrait of activism and the search for self identity set against the turbulent landscape of multiple struggles for social change that swept hundreds of thousands of Americans into the streets

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