November 30, 2008 |
For Cleve Jones, gay rights activist, initiator of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and historical consultant on director Gus Van Sant's new drama, "Milk," a chance meeting on the streets of San Francisco more than 30 years ago changed the course of his entire life. "Everything that I've done, everything I've accomplished, everything I survived, so much of it really just goes back to meeting Harvey Milk on the corner of Castro and 18th," said Jones. "I think of that every day."
February 4, 2009 |
Cleve Jones can cite the exact moment when Sean Penn morphed into Harvey Milk. It occurred during filming of a crucial scene in Gus Van Sant's multiple-Oscar-nominated biopic "Milk," which stars Penn as the former San Francisco supervisor, one of America's first openly gay elected officials. After honing his political skills as a flamboyantly courageous, bullhorn-toting community organizer, the so-called Mayor of Castro Street decided to run for office.
May 20, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - In 1958, the Gallup Poll asked Americans whether they approved or disapproved of marriage between blacks and whites. The response was overwhelming: 94% were opposed, a sentiment that held for decades. It took nearly 40 years until a majority of those surveyed said marriage between people of different skin colors was acceptable. By contrast, attitudes toward gays and lesbians have changed so much in just the last 10 years that, as Gallup reported last week, "half or more now agree that being gay is morally acceptable, that gay relations ought to be legal and that gay or lesbian couples should have the right to legally marry.
December 2, 1993 |
Cleve Jones has been given the Harvard AIDS Institute's annual leadership award for his work on the AIDS quilt. Jones, 38, who was honored Tuesday, started the quilt in 1986 when he sewed a panel in memory of a companion who died of AIDS. He then encouraged others to make similar tributes. There are now 2,500 individual quilt panels.
July 25, 1989
After Columbus Day, the Names Project will scale back its national display of quilts that serves as a personal memorial to those who have died of acquired immune deficiency syndrome, a spokesman for the organization said. "We will be going into senior citizen centers, classrooms and to people at risk but who have yet to come to terms with AIDS, and let the quilt do what it does, which is to reach people on a personal level," said Names Project spokesman Dan Sauro.
October 13, 1996 |
In an effort to "give a voice to the quilt" that commemorates people who have died from AIDS, tens of thousands took to the streets of the nation's capital Saturday night in a candlelight march. Organizers estimated that 150,000 attended the National AIDS Candlelight March, which began at the Capitol and ended with speeches and entertainment in front of the Lincoln Memorial. The U.S.