Jeanne Cordova


Gay History Books about Cordova

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Over the last four decades the gay, lesbian, and feminist movements have been blessed with a dozen well written research and history books. Cordova’s political activism, publishing contributions,  and role in the various liberation movements are detailed in the following history books which cover gay, lesbian, and feminist culture.

GAY L.A.; A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians, by Lillian Faderman and Stuart Timmons. Basic Books, 2006. Tells the story of how the gay and lesbian movement was built in Los Angeles. Details Cordova’s pioneering role in building counter culture organizations, and leading campaigns for civil rights in the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

Different Daughters, A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Rise of the Lesbian Rights Movement, by Marcia M. Gallo. Carroll & Graf, 2006. An in depth exploration of the first organized lesbian group in America. Shows her background as President of the L.A. chapter during the historic shift from homosexual identity to lesbian feminism.

Feminists Who Changed America 1963-1975, edited by Barbara J. Love, published by University of Illinois Press, 2006. Lists two thousand biographical entries of early feminists who impacted this country.

Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America, edited by Marc Stein. Charles Scribner’s Sons, Thomson Gale imprint 2004. A stunning three volume set of biographical entries of lesbian and gay leaders, personalities and important figures, plus short essays on many issues and events.

Out for Good, The Struggle to Build A Gay Rights Movement in America, by Adam Nagourney and Dudley Clendenin. Simon & Schuster, 1999. Jeanne  Cordova regarding - the National Lesbian Conference, gay rights legislation, relations between gay men and lesbians.

Unspeakable, The Rise of the Gay & Lesbian Press in America, by Roger Streitmatter, Faber & Faber, 1995. The Lesbian Tide, a national feminist lesbian newsmagazine, and its founder, Jeanne Cordova. One of the few gay publishers in America. 

The Long Road to Freedom, the Advocate History of the Gay & Lesbian Movement. Edited by Mark Thompson, St. Martin’s Press. 1994.
The Lesbian Periodicals Index, edited by Clare Potter. Naiad Press, 1986.
Our Right to Love
published by the National Gay Task Force, 1975. Early years of the movement.


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