Author & LGBTQ Activist
A civil rights icon and hero of the struggle for gay, lesbian and transgender rights, Cleve Jones has been a driving force behind the most important gains made by the LGBTQ community over the past four decades. From his early days in the gay liberation movement with Harvey Milk to co-founding the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, founding the AIDS Memorial Quilt, and fighting for marriage equality; Jones has made history as part of one of the most inspiring human rights movements of all time. He was portrayed in the Oscar-winning film Milk (for which he served as a historical consultant) by Emile Hirsch, prominently featured in the film And the Band Played On and in the critically acclaimed miniseries When We Rise, which was inspired by his memoir of the same title. Now speaking out for all who struggle for equality and fair treatment, Jones brings powerful perspective and storytelling talent to timely discussions of diversity, intersectionality and civil and human rights. Read More >
Reminder to Keep Moving Forward
When We Rise
Harvey Milk's Legacy
Taking a Bold Steps
Harvey Milk and the Power of Ordinary People
Fighting the HIV/AIDS Epidemic
Fighting for Marriage Equality
We Will be United, We Will Defend Them
In an emotional roller coaster of real experiences, Cleve Jones will take you through the gay liberation movement and AIDS Epidemic of the 1970’s. Based on his new book When We Rise, Jones shares how Harvey Milk became the first largely outspoken gay elected official and ultimately, his mentor. Jones keeps Milk’s legacy and that of the gay liberation movement alive by creating the same impact on young adults that Milk had on him. Jones’ inspiring words on the political and medical movement will have an important impact on future generations.
"The event was great! Cleve did a great job and his speech was very powerful and moving. I think his words really hit home with our audience."
"We were blown away by Cleve's address to us today. His message is powerful, inspiring, and what we needed to hear to come back energized for the upcoming 25th AIDS Walk/Run."
"We can’t think of a better way to have ended our conference than with [his] presentation, which was so moving and inspiring. We so much appreciated hearing about [his] personal journey, the challenges [he] faced and the extraordinary optimism, perseverance and dedication [he] displayed. It was also great to see [him] talking with so many of our members after the presentation. [He] left our members with a great memory and a strong message that will remain with them as they head back to their organizations and causes."
“Our attendees enjoyed listening to you share your inspirational life story. Your skills to present your story so candidly and fluidly were just what we wanted. Your words both inspired and rejuvenated our conference attendees. We are appreciative of your time and efforts you took to share your experiences with us. Thank you for helping us to keep our loved ones forward in our minds. I cannot say enough how incredibly moving your presentation was. We would like to add our particular gratitude for staying after your presentation, signing books, taking photos, and greeting attendees. Clearly you sparked a lot of interest in your story, as there were many willing to wait in line to meet you and share a few words. Thank you so much for being so generous with your time. We truly appreciate it. Best wishes as you continue on in your speaking career and advocacy for justice. Your story is an inspiration. Long may it continue!”
"Cleve was impressed with our medical home and our staff. From the tour we brought him down to the museum for our event and his speech was spot on – just what we were hoping for. He received a standing ovation. We took good care of him while he was here and he gave us a great speech."