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Equality California on Death of Jeanne Córdova: “Our movement has lost a giant”
January 11, 2016 at 9:13 am

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January 11, 2016

CONTACT: Jason Howe, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (415) 595-9245/EMAIL: jason@eqca.org

Los Angeles — In response to the death of longtime civil rights activist, journalist and author Jeanne Córdova, Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur issued the following statement:

“Our movement has lost a giant and one of its founders.  Many of the community structures that LGBT people take for granted today – from community organizations and centers to LGBT-specific health clinics to newspapers that cover our issues and our lives – barely existed when Jeanne came out, after leaving a convent, in the 1960s. At a time when “coming out” risked harsh and cruel consequences, Jeanne refused to be silent or invisible, setting a model for openly and proudly living an authentic life.  She founded a lesbian community center, what became an important lesbian newspaper, organized some of the first national lesbian conferences and helped push LGBT civil rights into the political mainstream.  She boldly confronted sexism, and was a powerful voice within the broader feminist movement.  She fought and helped defeat the anti-gay Briggs initiative in 1978, and understood the importance of preserving and honoring the history of our movement. While she has tragically lost her own final battle with cancer, she has earned an indelible place in our history books.  All of us, whatever our gender, gender identity or sexual orientation, owe her an enormous debt of gratitude.”


Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization dedicated to creating a fair and just society. Our mission is to achieve and maintain full and lasting equality, acceptance, and social justice for all people in our diverse LGBT communities, inside and outside of California. Our mission includes advancing the health and well-being of LGBT Californians through direct healthcare service advocacy and education. Through electoral, advocacy, education and mobilization programs, we strive to create a broad and diverse alliance of LGBT people, educators, government officials, communities of color and faith, labor, business, and social justice communities to achieve our goals. www.eqca.org

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