"When We Rise: My Life in the Movement" by Cleve Jones

A fascinating memoir by Cleve Jones, creator of the AIDS quilt, and lifelong gay rights advocate.  This is a very personal, first person account detailing the struggle for gay, lesbian, and transgender rights.  Although the story has been told many times, for me, it never gets old.  The stories of San Francisco in the 70’s, the wildness of the Castro district, the rise of Harvey Milk’s political career, the devastation of the AIDS epidemic, and our epic supreme court marriage victory… it’s all here, and it’s moving and amazing.  Cleve Jones joins my long list of personal heroes.

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