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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, Women s Liberation, and the New Left of the s Brash and ambitious, activist Jeanne C rdova 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 LA Free Press and finds herself involved with covering the Weather Underground and 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 movementBy turns provocative and daringly honest, Cordova renders emblematic scenes of the era ranging from strike protests to utopian music festivals, to underground meetings with radical fugitives with period detail and evocative characters For those who came of age in the s, and for those who weren t 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 todayWith 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


10 thoughts on “When We Were Outlaws: A Memoir of Love and Revolution

  1. Michael Michael says:

    Lively and cinematic, When We Were Outlaws takes a look at the waning days of political radicalism as they play out in 70s Los Angeles In her memoir of the turbulent time, activist journalist Jeanne Cordova recounts a community splitting fight between the gay male owners of a recently opened community center and their lesbian workers over the center s budget and board representation Counterpointing this plot, which centers on Cordova s feud with an ex political mentor, is a romance she begins Lively and cinematic, When We Were Outlaws takes a look at the waning days of political radicalism as they play out in 70s Los Angeles In her memoir of the turbulent time, activist journalist Jeanne Cordova recounts a community splitting fight between the gay male owners of a recently opened community center and their lesbian workers over the center s budget and board representation Counterpointing this plot, which centers on Cordova s feud with an ex political mentor, is a romance she begins with a fellow protester, who pleads with her to be monogamous The memoirist writes jaunty, sometimes cartoonish, prose that s unforgettable, and embeds useful bits of social history into both narratives Her characterization of herself is a bit inconsistent, alternately appearing as a left leaning pragmatist and a fiery radical on the verge of embracing armed struggle, but the memoir s a vivid sketch of a turning point in history


  2. Meg Meg says:

    This memoir flowed like a novel, but I felt like I learned a lot about the feminist and lesbian movements in the 1970s through personal relationships and the interviews work Cordova does It was strangely written for a memoir The writing seemed overly dramatic at times, and blocked out some of the reflection parts I felt like she sometimes jumped from scene to scene where I wanted to delve deeper But the political and historical side of things made this book worth reading.


  3. Jean Roberta Jean Roberta says:

    Remember the kidnapping of newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst by a group of self defined revolutionaries, the Symbionese Liberation Army Remember the music of Joan Baez, Janis Ian and the first openly lesbian singer songwriters of the 1970s Jeanne Cordova was a young journalist and political activist in Los Angeles at the time, and she has written a gripping account of it The major political and cultural events covered by the author as Human Rights Editor of the Freep The L.A Free Press a Remember the kidnapping of newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst by a group of self defined revolutionaries, the Symbionese Liberation Army Remember the music of Joan Baez, Janis Ian and the first openly lesbian singer songwriters of the 1970s Jeanne Cordova was a young journalist and political activist in Los Angeles at the time, and she has written a gripping account of it The major political and cultural events covered by the author as Human Rights Editor of the Freep The L.A Free Press and founder of The Lesbian Tide 1971 1980 form a dramatic background to the story of a lesbian love affair Each chapter of this thick book has a dateline in 1974 or 1975, but the entire narrative reads like a novel.The author describes herself as a centrist in the context of the New Left, gay rights and lesbian feminist politics of the 1970s Despite her radical lifestyle, her self description rings true Like many of her contemporaries, Jeanne Cordova left home in her late teens when she could no longer hide her sexual identity lesbian and butch from her conservative parents As she explains, replacing her lost family with a chosen family of sister dykes and compatible gay men was a practical and emotional necessity She describes a fledgling gay community in the process of inventing itself, before the four flavours of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered became an acronym Cordova as she was called appears in this memoir as a remarkable mixture of naivete, clear sightedness and community spirit She was a coalition builder who survived to tell the tale The story of the author s affair with Rachel, a recently divorced newbie in the urban lesbian community, is told in painful detail From their first kiss in public, surrounded by lesbian demonstrators , the author s non monogamous living arrangement and her full time commitment to radical journalism clashes with Rachel s need for security And then Rachel adopts non monogamy for herself, having learned that in her chosen community, it is regarded as a rational, liberated, feminist response to the personal ownership of women in heterosexual marriages Cordova is unflinching in her descriptions of her own jealous rage when Rachel appears at social events with another butch The author describes herself and others this way even though butch and femme sex roles, like monogamous commitment, were widely assumed by lesbian feminists of the time to be patriarchal and outdated Like many another activist, the author finds that political theory and emotional reality are separate and often opposed The author s frequent contact with outlaws in the most literal sense self defined revolutionaries running from the FBI is shown forcing her to consider the uses of violence She is invited to join the revolution, which takes different forms in the minds of different radicals Could she use a gun to hasten the process of social change For awhile, she can t honestly answer that question Her internal debates form part of a coming of age process.The author s sense of spiritual connection with Rachel is movingly described In general, Cordova seems to have been unusually attuned to the natural world and to the vibes of other people, both as individuals and in groups Her apparently inborn spirituality helps account for her early desire to become a nun as well as her resulting disillusionment with organized religion Rachel s sense of connection with Cordova is convincingly expressed in dialogue In an epilogue, the author thanks her for permission to tell their story in print The conflicts and the cultural gap between them at the time are described with fairness and sensitivity The style and pacing of this memoir make it muchthan a historical account of a particular time and place It resembles a haunting song in which the personal and the collective are seamlessly combined


  4. Lynnhb Lynnhb says:

    The riveting first hand telling of a dangerous creative time.The lesbian feminist 70s with their messy, sexy, bold social and personal visions, live again on these pages Joan Nestle Reviews 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 Diane Anderson Minshall The Advocate For LGBT people who care about activism, especially those young enough to have The riveting first hand telling of a dangerous creative time.The lesbian feminist 70s with their messy, sexy, bold social and personal visions, live again on these pages Joan Nestle Reviews 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 Diane Anderson Minshall The Advocate For LGBT people who care about activism, especially those young enough to have no memory of those iconic times, C rdova s memoir of love and revolution should be a must read Patricia Nell Warren Bilerico Project When We Were Outlaws is content rich and driven by a compelling plot These two things make reading When We Were Outlaws a joy Julie R Enszer Lambda Literary Review Lambda Lit Review Julie Enzer Advocate Review Diane Anderson Minshall Robin Tyler San Diego gay lesbian news review Bilerico Project review Patricia Nell Warren Radically Queer blog reviewhttp radicallyqueer.wordpress.com c Out in Print reviewhttp blog.outinprint.net 2011 12 19 Out in Print interview with Jerry Wheelerhttp blog.outinprint.net 2012 01 23


  5. Monica Monica says:

    I almost gave this 4 stars, as I found Cordova s description of 1970s lesbian feminism in L.A., lesbian involvement in underground movements e.g the S.L.A and the battle at the gay community center really interesting However, I quickly bored of her relationship drama Also, the book could have used some copy editing.


  6. Kelly Kelly says:

    Lags a bit at the end, and gets a tad corny with the star crossed lovers subplot, but overall, a compelling memoir by one badass lesbian feminist.


  7. Kersplebedeb Kersplebedeb says:

    So this book gets four stars, but with a big caveat It won t be of interest to everyone, and is not in any way an extensive study of anything, except several months in the life of the author, back when she was forty years younger and the meanings of things like feminism , lesbian , left and revolution were not completely different, but definitely not the same.That said, the book gets the four stars because it was very quick and easy to read a big plus for me , not boring, seemed honest, So this book gets four stars, but with a big caveat It won t be of interest to everyone, and is not in any way an extensive study of anything, except several months in the life of the author, back when she was forty years younger and the meanings of things like feminism , lesbian , left and revolution were not completely different, but definitely not the same.That said, the book gets the four stars because it was very quick and easy to read a big plus for me , not boring, seemed honest, and managed to give an unusually vivid glimpse at how gay men, lesbians, and the left related at one very precise point in time, where things were in flux and changing It is a snapshot, and a memoir, not an MA thesis.i often feel a bit of a disconnect with how the dynamic history of these movements is flattened in academic and activist accounts, and i think Cordova s telling of a few months of her life a very particular few months as a lesbian leader in LA could serve as a good antidote to this.That said, i also felt the book read in an almost embarrassingly naive, let me be a tourist guide to the strange and wacky scene we had when we were kids, tone to it, especially in the first chapters, which took some getting used to Still not sure if this is a shortcoming of the author, or of the reader , or maybe just an inevitable consequence of telling this kind of story now.Long and short of it, i will be recommending this book as a quick read to friends who are interested in how feminism and political lesbianism intersected with revolutionary politics for a moment during the New Left This book captures that nicely At the same time, i will be warning them that there is a lot of silly relationship soap opera drama in it, and that it can read in a bit of an embarrassing we were so radical then kinda way Which i guess i shouldda been prepared for, given the title


  8. Zein Zein says:

    This book is basically a lesbian feminist Anna Karinina 80% politics, 20% star crossed lovers I appreciated the behind the scenes insight into the fights that precluded cooperation across gay liberation and lesbian feminism in the 1970s, and Cordova is an engaging writer with a keen attention to details as well as a flair for what will be compelling In some parts it felt a little tedious to go through the details Enter Rachel Condova s star crossed affair did so much for me as a reader I t This book is basically a lesbian feminist Anna Karinina 80% politics, 20% star crossed lovers I appreciated the behind the scenes insight into the fights that precluded cooperation across gay liberation and lesbian feminism in the 1970s, and Cordova is an engaging writer with a keen attention to details as well as a flair for what will be compelling In some parts it felt a little tedious to go through the details Enter Rachel Condova s star crossed affair did so much for me as a reader I thought it was a sexy depiction of an un butch femme but actually butch femme relationship It also reminded me of what it s like to be 26 and think that the end of your dating life coincides with the beginning of it, which is to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the drama of it and the wisdom to know it was drama The political and personal stories, and their unexpected conclusions, stayed with me for a long time I would recommend this to anybody interested in lesbian feminism, feminism, or politics in the 1970s


  9. Danika at The Lesbrary Danika at The Lesbrary says:

    It was a happy coincidence that When We Were Outlaws reached the top of my TBR stack just after it won a Lambda Literary Award I was already looking forward to it, but the win pushed my expectations a little higher I can definitely see when Cordova won When We Were Outlaws is equal parts a historical look into the feminist and gay lesbian activism of the 70s, and a personal memoir about a love affair It took me a little while to get into, but by the end I was totally grippedRead the rest It was a happy coincidence that When We Were Outlaws reached the top of my TBR stack just after it won a Lambda Literary Award I was already looking forward to it, but the win pushed my expectations a little higher I can definitely see when Cordova won When We Were Outlaws is equal parts a historical look into the feminist and gay lesbian activism of the 70s, and a personal memoir about a love affair It took me a little while to get into, but by the end I was totally grippedRead the rest of my review here


  10. Ben Kim Ben Kim says:

    The book is subtitled Love and Revolution for good reason consistently throughout the memoir Cordova relates her struggle to balance her relationship with her political activism Sounds mundane until you realize that Cordova and other 70s gay liberationists were fighting the societal forces that disapproved of her having a relationship at all As a young queer activist in the modern age I was completely fascinated by the climate of gay politics in the 70s if you have any interest in gay The book is subtitled Love and Revolution for good reason consistently throughout the memoir Cordova relates her struggle to balance her relationship with her political activism Sounds mundane until you realize that Cordova and other 70s gay liberationists were fighting the societal forces that disapproved of her having a relationship at all As a young queer activist in the modern age I was completely fascinated by the climate of gay politics in the 70s if you have any interest in gay history this is a quick and entertaining read and will leave you with a bitthan just historical understanding