Cleve Jones: Human Rights Activist and Author

Saturday, February 11, 2017 @ 4PM
Salt Lake City Public Library
200 East 400 South

Join Equality Utah and The City Library for a conversation with Cleve Jones, an AIDS and LGBT activist and author of Stitching the Revolution and a new memoir titled When We Rise. During the event, Jones will sign copies of When We Rise, which will be available for purchase from the Friends of The City Library. Please register for this event at

Cleve Jones is an American human rights activist, author and lecturer. Jones joined the gay liberation movement in the early 1970s, was mentored by pioneer LGBT activist Harvey Milk, and worked in Milk’s City Hall office as a student intern until Milk’s assassination in 1978. Jones co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in 1983 and founded The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, one of the world’s largest community arts projects, in 1987. His first book, Stitching a Revolution, was published by HarperCollins in 2000.

Jones was portrayed by Emile Hirsch in Gus Van Sant’s Oscar-winning film, MILK, and was the historical consultant for the production. Jones led the 2009 National March for Equality in Washington, DC and served on the Advisory Board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which challenged California’s Proposition 8 in the US Supreme Court.

Jones’ new memoir, When We Rise, was published by Hachette Book Group in November 2016. The ABC TV mini-series inspired in-part by stories from his book is currently in production with a screenplay by Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black.

Jones lives today in San Francisco, California and works as an organizer for the hospitality workers’ union, UNITE HERE.