About Cleve Jones

Jones, a longtime AIDS and LGBT rights activist, has been working with UNITE HERE to help build an important coalition between the labor movement and the LGBT rights movements. He is a driving force behind the Sleep With The Right People campaign, which encourages LGBT tourists to patronize hotels Cleve that respect the rights of their workers.

His career as an activist began in San Francisco during the turbulent 1970s when he was befriended by pioneer gay rights leader Harvey Milk. He worked as a student intern in Milk's office while studying political science at San Francisco State University. In 1978, Milk was assassinated along with San Francisco's Mayor George Moscone. Jones went to work in the district office of State Assemblyman Art Agnos.

In 1983, when AIDS was still a new and poorly understood threat, Jones co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Jones conceived the idea of the AIDS Memorial Quilt at a candlelight memorial for Harvey Milk in 1985 and in 1987 created the first quilt panel in honor of his friend Marvin Feldman. The AIDS Memorial Quilt has grown to become the world's largest community arts project, memorializing the lives of over 85,000 Americans killed by AIDS. Throughout the 1990s, Jones focused on HIV/AIDS prevention efforts, particularly with young people.

In addition to his community activism, Jones played a key role in the development of the recent award-winning motion picture Milk, which chronicled the life of Harvey Milk and the burgeoning gay rights movement in America.