LA has lost a visionary, fierce, funny and passionate leader!
Pioneering lesbian feminist Jeanne Cordova died this weekend and the Board of Supervisors will adjourn in her memory today.
Jeanne was a friend (here we are with Torie Osborn at the kickoff of a proposed lesbian center a few years ago) and a constant leader in the struggle for LGBT equality. She organized the first national lesbian conference held at UCLA in the 1970s (which, as a very young assoc. dean of students, I got to sign off on and staff), created and published a national lesbian publication, The Lesbian Tide; and invented the Gay & Lesbian Community Yellow Pages.
A visionary to the end, she recently established The Jeanne R. Córdova Fund at the Astraea Foundation to offer financial support to lesbians, feminists, and nonconforming communities. She was one of a kind and gone way too soon.