Jeanne Córdova remained estranged from her parents, Frederick Córdova and Joan McGuinness Córdova, for years after coming out

At the age of 50, Jeanne Cordova chose her father's homeland, Mexico to ignite her writing passion.


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The late lesbian activist and writer Jeanne Córdova, whom the Google Doodle recently honored, went through several ups and downs in her life due to her gender identity.

After coming out as gay at 20, she suffered the dark age of her life as she had to remain estranged from her family.

In her 1990 book Kicking the Habit: A Lesbian Nun Story, Jeanne Córdova clearly mentioned that her strong catholic parents struggled a lot in accepting her when she came out. She stated that she was a fascinating individual to her siblings as well, as she wrote, “They questioned what it meant — coming out, being gay.”

It took Jeanne several years to reconcile with her Irish-American mother, Joan McGuinness Córdova, and Mexican father, Frederick Córdova.

Jeanne Córdova’s parents, Frederick and Joan, were married for 63 years

As mentioned in Frederick Córdova’s obituary, he was in a marital relationship with his wife, Joan McGuinness Córdova, for 63 years before he passed away on February 5, 2010, at his residence in Granite Bay, California.

In this regard, Jeanne Córdova’s parents tied the knot in 1947 in New York. After that, the couple settled down in San Marino and expanded their family, welcoming twelve children, including Jeanne Cordova.

Jeanne Cordova was the second-born child of her parents. She had 7 brothers France A. Cordova, William V., Frederick B. III, Vincent P., Zoe T. Cordova, Declan F., and Thomas M. Cordova.

Likewise, her sisters were Jeanne R. Cordova, Leslie J. Holleman, LuMarie Cordova, and Kathleen Cordova Lyon.

According to our sources, Jeanne’s younger sister, LuMarie, a resident of Boulder, Colorado, remained supportive of Jeanne. Once, referring to her elder sister’s gender identity, she said, “We were so sheltered from the world and had no idea what a kaleidoscope of diversity lay outside our door.

Additional Information

  • Jeanne Córdova’s father, Fredrick B. Córdova Jr., was a Tamopico native. He studied at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
  • Jeanne’s father, Fredrick, was born on January 11, 1921, and passed away at the age of 89.
  • Fredrick was a humanitarian organizer who worked with the organization ‘Care’. Likewise, Jeanne’s mother, Joan, was a businesswoman.
Anuja Uprety
Anuja Uprety
Anuja Uprety is a content writer with almost two years of experience in the field. She is a passionate researcher and likes to use the skill to explore Hollywood trend. From hopping to the gossip train, to writing about the biggest scandals and exposes of Hollywood, Anuja can do it all. In her free time, she is immersed in books about dystopian realities and fairytales. Now, that explains the writing talent she got!


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