SubText Books is proud to host legendary LGBTQ icon Cleve Jones for a reading of his amazing memoir, "When We Rise." Book signing to follow!
“You could read Cleve Jones's book because you should know about the struggle for gay, lesbian, and transgender rights from one of its key participants – maybe heroes – but really, you should read it for pleasure and joy.”
—Rebecca Solnit, author of Men Explain Things to Me
In his award-winning memoir When We Rise, Cleve Jones details the nearly four decades he’s spent at the center of the groundbreaking movement, fighting to give voice to people who, for much of human history, have been silenced.
When We Rise – the partial inspiration for the ABC television miniseries When We Rise (2017)– is the witty and uncompromising account of Cleve’s remarkable life: the heartbreak of losing Harvey Milk to an assassin’s bullet and countless friends to AIDS, which very nearly killed him, too; the bewitching story of 1970s San Francisco and the magnetic spell it cast for thousands of young gay people and other misfits; and the harrowing, sexy and sometimes hilarious stories of Cleve’s passionate relationships with friends and lovers during an era defined by electrifying liberation, prejudice, and violence.
Cleve Jones' career as an activist began in San Francisco in 1970s where he befriended pioneer gay rights leader Harvey Milk. After Milk's death, Jones co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and conceived the idea of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, which memorializes over 85,000 Americans who have died from AIDS. He lives in San Francisco, works as a labor activist, and speaks to audiences around the world.