Bell Cordova

Talk with Alan Bell and Jeanne Córdova at “Queers Print”

Saturday, March 9, 2013, 5-7pm
Reception, 5-6pm
Talk, 6-7pm

ONE Archives Gallery & Museum
626 North Robertson Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Admission is free – suggested donation of

In conjunction with the exhibition Queers Print at the ONE Archives Gallery & Museum in West Hollywood and in celebration of ONE’s 60th Anniversary, Alan Bell, writer, activist and founder of BLK, and Jeanne Córdova, writer, activist, author and founder of The Lesbian Tide and Square Peg, will reflect on their involvement with the LGBTQ press and the historical importance of queer publications in building community, specifically for voices underrepresented by the dominant media. Arrive at 5pm for a reception; talk begins at 6pm.


The Lesbian Tide & BLK

The Lesbian Tide, Vol. 2, No. 9 (April 1973) and BLK, Vol. 2, No. 5 (May 1990)


Speaker Bios:

Alan Bell is president of BLK Publishing Company, Inc., a company he founded in 1988 to publish magazines targeted to the black lesbian and gay community. At present, the firm concentrates on graphic design, print marketing, corporate identity and custom publishing. A special focus of the company is developing materials for community-based organizations that serve the health, educational and social needs of those residing in inner-city communities.

Bell took his first editing credit on his junior high school newspaper, and several years later was appointed editor-in-chief of his high school newspaper. Since then, he was founding editor of Gaysweek, New York’s first lesbian and gay weekly newspaper; Kujisource, a black AIDS newsletter; and several magazines for the black lesbian and gay community, most notably BLK and Blackfire. For six years, he was film critic for the Los Angeles Sentinel, a mainstream black weekly. His film criticism has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times. He is the editor of Buttmen: Erotic Stories and True Confessions by Gay Men Who Love Booty and two sequels for West Beach Books. Bell holds a B.A. in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles, a B.S. in business from the University of the State of New York and is a M.A. candidate in sociology at California State University, Dominguez Hills.


Jeanne Córdova, Activist, Publisher & Author, published The Lesbian Tide – the national newsmagazine recognized as “the paper of record for the lesbian feminist decade (1971-1980). A pioneer of the West Coast LGBTQ movement, her lifelong activism has ranged from organizing major conferences including the first National Lesbian Conference (1973), to campaigning against Prop 6 and serving as Media Director for STOP Prop 64.  She was a founder of many key organizations, including the LA Gay Press Association, and President of Stonewall Democratic Club. Córdova created the Community Yellow Pages, the nation’s largest LGBTQ business directory, co-founded LEX – The Lesbian Exploratorium – a cultural guerilla group, and has written extensively as a journalist and author. Her writing appears in many publications and anthologies, and her third book is the Lambda and Publishing Triangle 2012 award-winning When We Were Outlaws: A Memoir of Love & Revolution.

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Top image: Jeanne Córdova and Alan Bell (Bell photo by Kerry James)

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