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LESBIAN ACTIVIST JEANNE CORDOVA DIES AT 67
It was announced early Sunday morning that Jeanne
Cordova, a lesbian activist, author, and pioneer, died at
her Los Angeles home.
Cordova dedicated much of her life to gay and lesbian
rights, using a degree in social work to become a com-
munity organiser and activist. She later became a jour-
nalist and is well known for her book, When We Were
Outlaws; A Memoir of Love and Revolution.
Her career began as the Los Angeles chapter President
of the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB). During this time, Cor-
dova opened the first Lesbian centre in Los Angeles in
1971. She organised four lesbian conferences, including
the first West Coast Lesbian Conference. Cordova also
developed the DOB newsletter into The Lesbian Tide, a
newspaper “record for the lesbian feminist decade.”
A close friend of Cordova’s , Jenny Pizer, stated that, “ She
was home with loved ones and her close friend Dina
Evans, who some people might remember here as Dina
Bachelor Evans, was on the phone with her. She is a spiri-
tual teacher and therapist and helped Jeanne during the
THE ACTIVIST, AUTHOR, AND PIONEER DEDICATED HER
LIFE TO GAY AND LESBIAN RIGHTS.
BRISBANE COUPLE ORDERED TO
HAND BACK ADOPTED CHILD THREE
At the end of December 2015, a
lesbian couple from Brisbane were
ordered to hand back their adopted
daughter to her biological mother.
The biological mother, known as Ms.
Grady, relinquished the baby girl to
the care of Ms. Blaze and Ms. Darnley
after giving birth.
While pregnant, Ms. Grady did not
believe she or the child’s biological
father would be able to support the
When her show at the Sydney Opera House was announced back in No-
vember, many wondered what else might be in store for Conchita Wurst
whilst she’s in Australia.
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras can now confirm that the bearded
beauty and 2014 Eurovision Song Contest winner is making a momentous
debut at the official Mardi Gras Party on Saturday 5 March, 2016.
The ‘Queen of Austria’ hits The Party stage with Australia’s own Queen of
Queens and Mardi Gras Global Ambassador, Courtney Act, for a show
stopping 1am performance that pays homage to the art of drag.
Wurst and Act join a line-up that includes the top DJ’s from Australia and
overseas, including: Tracy Young, Mark Picchiotti, Buck Naked, Mark
Alsop, Victoria Anthony, Kitty Glitter, Maze and Masters, Colin Gaff,
Seismic and Tanner Derrby. More acts are being announced in the com-
ing weeks, so stay tuned!
The only place to be after the world’s biggest and most iconic night-time
parade on Saturday 5 March 2016, the Mardi Gras Party is unstoppable,
unbelievable, and totally unmissable.
THE UNSTOPPABLE CONCHITA WURST JOINS MARDI
baby. The couple lived with Ms. Grady
while she was pregnant and helped
her to run the household. The three
women had a parenting plan drafted
by a lawyer that is referred to in court
as a ‘quasi-adoption.’ She requested
that she and her three older children
have “some ongoing relationship”
with the baby.
Three months after the baby was
born in June 2013, Ms. Grady dis-
covered that the man she believed
to be the biological father was not.
Through DNA testing, Mr. Harper was
identified as the child’s biological
father and he stated that he wanted
a relationship with his daughter and
was willing to give financial support.
In October 2013, Ms. Grady informed
Ms. Blaze and Ms. Darnley that she
had “changed her mind” and wanted
her daughter back. In April 2014,
Grady ‘reclaimed’ the young child
which led the couple to involve au-
thorities. An interim judgment from
the Federal Circuit Court ordered that
the girl live primarily with the couple.
Ms. Blaze and Ms. Darnley questioned
Ms. Grady’s motives for seeking
custody of the child, as well as her
parenting skills. Ms. Blaze stated
in court that she was worried that
Ms. Grady could “change her mind
Justice Michael Kent stated that it
is in the child’s best interest to live
primarily with her biological parents
while keeping a meaningful relation-
ship with Ms. Blaze and Ms. Darnley.
He set up a four-step transition
schedule that includes a visit one
weekend a month with the couple.
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