Cleve JonesGilbert Baker Pride Founders Award
Gilbert Baker Pride Founders Award
For those who have made a significant and historical impact on the LGBTQ community and the movement for LGBTQ rights.Cleve Jones is an American human rights activist, author, and lecturer. Jones joined the gay liberation movement in the early 1970s. He 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. HarperCollins published his first book, “Stitching a Revolution,” in 2000. He was the historical consultant for the production of Gus Van Sant’s Oscar-winning film, “MILK” (2008). 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 U.S. Supreme Court. His memoir, When We Rise, published in November 2016, inspired the ABC TV mini-series in part by stories from his book and was broadcast in February 2017, with a screenplay by Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black. Jones works as an organizer for the hospitality workers’ union, UNITE HERE.