Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Cleve Jones, Still Recruiting

Gay rights activist Cleve Jones, who is portrayed in the movie "Milk," spoke at UC Berkeley last Thursday, urging the younger generation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to continue the fight for equality that Jones' friend and mentor, Harvey Milk, began more than 30 years ago.

"In 1972, when I came to San Francisco, if someone had told me that I would be fighting for the right to get married or join the Army in 2009, I think I would have started dating women," said the 54-year-old Jones, jokingly.

Jones, the founder of the AIDS quilt, the world's largest community arts project that now contains more than 40,000 panels dedicated to people who have died from the disease, and the co-founder of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, was equally comedic and serious during a 90-minute talk and question-and-answer session for several hundred students and community members Thursday.

Find out more on the Inside Bay Area website here.

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