Famed AIDS and LGBT Activist, Author and Lecturer Co-Founded San
Francisco AIDS Foundation and the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt
SAN ANTONIO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#CleveJones–Pioneering AIDS and LGBT rights activist and author Cleve
Jones will deliver the keynote address at the San
Antonio AIDS Foundation (SAAF)’s 30th anniversary
fundraiser on Sunday, August 7, at the Hyatt
Hill Country Resort and Spa.
The event, “First
in Hope, First in Service,” will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
and will include a brunch buffet, silent and live auctions, and
commemorative presentations from elected officials and community leaders
who support SAAF’s work in South Texas. Individual tickets are $100.
Corporate and individual sponsorship packages are also available. Visit www.SanAntonioAIDS.org
All proceeds will benefit SAAF, which has been serving San Antonio since
1986, providing compassionate medical care and social services to people
living with HIV/AIDS and helping prevent the spread of HIV through
education, counseling and testing.
“We are deeply honored that Mr. Jones has agreed to be our keynote
speaker,” said SAAF CEO Cynthia Nelson. “His work to fight HIV and AIDS,
to end stigma and to demand equal rights for LGBT people is legendary.
We are proud that he will share his experiences with us as we continue
our own fight against HIV and AIDS here in San Antonio.”
An LGBT activist since the early 1970s, Jones worked with the late Harvey
Milk a visionary human rights leader and one of the country’s first
openly gay elected officials. In 1982, Jones co-founded what became the San
Francisco AIDS Foundation. In 1987, he founded The
NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, to date commemorating more than
48,000 people who have died of AIDS.
HarperCollins published his New York Times best-selling memoir, “Stitching
a Revolution,” in 2000. He was portrayed by actor Emile Hirsch in
director Gus Van Sant’s Oscar-winning film, “MILK,”
and served as historical consultant for the production. Jones led the
Equality March in Washington D.C. and serves on the advisory board
of the American
Foundation for Equal Rights. His newest book, “When
We Rise: Coming of Age in San Francisco, AIDS and My Life in the
Movement,” will be published Nov. 29 by Hachette Book Group.
San Antonio AIDS Foundation
Ken Slavin, 210-225-4715, ext. 141