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Throughout the month of October we will be saluting people(s) who have made a positive contribution to the LGBT community.

Already, had have looked at Marti Cummings from BroadwaySpeaksOut.com, Harvey Milk and Matthew Shepard and his family.

OCTOBER 4, 2009

CLEVE JONES

Website: http://www.clevejones.com/

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Cleve Jones in 1978 - Click to Watch

(c) Jerry Pritikin-1978 = Cleve Jones in 1978 - Click to Watch

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I was fortunate to hear Cleve Jones speak a few weeks ago.  Click the pictures above to hear his touching and passionate words.

From Wikipedia.com:

Cleve Jones (born October 10, 1954) is an American AIDS and LGBT rights activist. He conceived of theNAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt which has become, at 54 tons, the world’s largest piece of community folk art as of 2009. In 1983, at the onset of the AIDS pandemic Jones co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation which has grown into one of the largest and most influential People with AIDSadvocacy organizations in the United States.

Jones was born in West LafayetteIndiana. His career as an activist began in San Francisco during the turbulent 1970s when he was befriended by pioneer gay rights leader Harvey Milk. He worked as a student intern in Milk’s office while studying political science at San Francisco State University. In 1978, Milk was assassinated along with San Francisco’s Mayor George Moscone. Jones went to work in the district office of State Assemblyman Art Agnos.

In 1983, when AIDS was still a new and poorly understood threat, Jones co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Jones conceived the idea of the AIDS Memorial Quilt at a candlelight memorial for Harvey Milk in 1985 and in 1987 created the first quilt panel in honor of his friend Marvin Feldman. The AIDS Memorial Quilt has grown to become the world’s largest community arts project, memorializing the lives of over 85,000 Americans killed by AIDS.

While in San Francisco, Jones took part in a documentary about the HIV/AIDS epidemic, speaking during World AIDS Day in 2005. In the documentary he talks about the idea behind the AIDS Memorial Quilt, as well as the activism of San Francisco citizens in the 1970s and 80s to help people affected by AIDS and to figure out what the disease was. The film also looks at the impact HIV/AIDS is having in communities of color, and the young. The title of the film is Echoes of Yourself in The Mirror.

Jones has been working with UNITE HERE, the hotel, restaurant, and garment workers union on homophobia issues. He is a driving force behind the Sleep With The Right People campaign, which aims to convince GLBT tourists to stay only in hotels that respect the rights of their workers. Another part of Jones’ work with UNITE HERE is making the labor movement more open to GLBT members.

Legacy

Jones is portrayed by actor Emile Hirsch in Milk, director Gus Van Sant‘s 2008 biopic of Harvey Milk.

Jones is prominently featured in And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS EpidemicRandy Shilts‘ best-selling 1987 work of nonfiction about the AIDS epidemic in the United States. Jones was also featured in the 1995 documentary The Castro.

Jones was one of the Official Grand Marshals of the 2009 NYC LGBT Pride March, produced by Heritage of Pride joining Dustin Lance Blackand Anne Kronenberg on June 28th, 2009.[1] In August 2009, Jones was an official Grand Marshal of the Vancouver Pride Parade.

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