NLGJA – The Association of LGBTQ Journalists has announced that Rebellious Magazine for Women founder and editor-in-chief Karen Hawkins is the inaugural recipient of the NLGJA Jeanne Córdova Award. The 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,” according to the organization.
“I am honored and humbled to receive NLGJA’s inaugural Jeanne Córdova Award,” Hawkins said. “Her amazing legacy inspires me to continue working on behalf of our shared passion for feminist journalism and lesbian visibility. Thank you, NLGJA, for this recognition, and love and thanks to the incredible team that makes Rebellious Magazine for Women possible.”
Jeanne Córdova was a journalist and the editor and publisher of Lesbian Tide, which chronicled the 1970s lesbian feminist movement. She authored both “When We Were Outlaws: a Memoir of Love and Revolution” and “Kicking the Habit: A Lesbian Nun Story.” She also organized lesbian conferences and fought for lesbian and gay rights. She founded the Community Yellow Pages, a directory of gay- and lesbian-owned Southern California businesses, and she co-founded an organization that sponsored lesbian art and history exhibits. She died in 2016.
“Jeanne Córdova believed that good journalism was critical to supporting and transforming our movements,” said Lynn Harris Ballen, Córdova’s spouse. “Her work as a reporter, a columnist and as publisher of the Lesbian Tide was always connected to her activism. She wrote that, ‘being an organizer and journalist in the lesbian, gay, feminist, and women of color communities − and loving it − has been the focal point, of my life.’ In creating this NLGJA award for lesbian and queer women journalists, she wanted to reach out across generations for others to do the same because we are stronger when we support each other to keep telling the important stories for and by our communities.”
NLGJA plans to give the award every year at least through 2026, thanks to Córdova’s generosity. In its inaugural year, it includes $2,000 to support the ongoing work of the recipient.
“Karen Hawkins is a thoughtful and dedicated news leader who has created a go-to publication that captures the feminist perspective on an incredible number of important topics that impact women and the LGBTQ community,” said NLGJA President Jen Christensen. “Everything she does with the magazine is meant to empower us. The publication’s profiles of the women who run popular restaurants and successful businesses are inspiring. Its queer-focused sex column gives advice readers won’t find elsewhere. Karen is also dedicated to hiring and supporting queer women throughout the industry. I know I personally am inspired by all that she does for the industry and for our community.”
Hawkins will receive the NLGJA Jeanne Córdova Award at the 2018 NLGJA National Convention in Palm Springs, Sept. 6-9 at the Hotel Zoso. Learn more at www.nlgja.org/2018.