The Jeanne Córdova Award recognizes the achievement of an LGBTQ woman for a current body of work in journalism and/or opinion, with an emphasis on but not exclusively coverage of issues of importance to the LGBTQ community, in any medium and on any platform.
The award is possible because of the vision and generosity of Jeanne Córdova, who died in 2016.
Jeanne Córdova had many accomplishments and a commitment to the success of other Queer women. She was a journalist and the editor and publisher of Lesbian Tide, which chronicled the 1970s lesbian feminist movement. She authored of “When We Were Outlaws: a memoir of Love and Revolution” and “Kicking the Habit: A Lesbian Nun Story.” She also organized a number of lesbian conferences and fought for lesbian and gay rights on a number of fronts. She founded the Community Yellow Pages, a directory of gay- and lesbian-owned Southern California businesses, and co-founded an organization that sponsored lesbian art and history exhibits.
The NLGJA Jeanne Córdova Award, launched in 2018 and envisioned to be awarded annually at least through 2026. In its inaugural year it includes $2,000 to support the ongoing work of the recipient.