Cleve Jones is an American human rights activist, author and lecturer whose work has spanned more than three decades. He was mentored by pioneer LGBT activist Harvey Milk and worked as a student intern in Milk's City Hall office until Milk's assassination in 1978. In 1983, Jones co-founded San Francisco AIDS Foundation. In 1987, Jones founded the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, one of the world's largest community arts projects. In November 2016, Hachette Book Group published Jones' memoir, When We Rise, and an ABC TV mini-series inspired by Jones' book is currently in production with a screenplay by Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black.
This month, I had the opportunity to sit down with Jones to pick his brain about sex in San Francisco before AIDS, founding San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and how activists can take action with an incoming Donald Trump administration. Here's what we discussed.
_This excerpt was cross-posted with the permission of BETAblog.org. Full interview no longer available