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Sonoma Speaker Series features talk with AIDS activist Cleve Jones

Hanna Boys Center

Monday October 2017 - 7:00pm to

The next event in the Sonoma Speaker Series will be a discussion with author and AIDS and LGBT rights activist Cleve Jones on Monday, Oct. 2, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Hanna Boys Center.

Jones is a human rights activist, author and lecturer. Jones joined the gay liberation movement in the early 1970s. He was mentored by pioneer LGBT activist Harvey Milk and worked in Milk’s City Hall office as a student intern until Milk’s assassination in 1978. Jones co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in 1983 and founded The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, one of the world’s largest community arts projects, in 1987.

HarperCollins published his first book, Stitching a Revolution, in 2000. Jones was portrayed by Emile Hirsch in Gus Van Sant’s Oscar-winning film, Milk, and was the historical consultant for the production. Jones led the 2009 National March for Equality in Washington, D.C., and served on the Advisory Board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which challenged California’s Proposition 8 in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jones will be interviewed by Bart Magee, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist practicing in San Francisco for 20 years. Magee is the principal founder of Access Institute for Psychological Services and has been executive director since its inception in 2002. During the AIDS years in San Francisco he volunteered with the Shanti Project and provided emotional support to people with HIV/AIDS.

General admission tickets are $35. Go to

Save the date! The Dec. 4. Sonoma Speaker Series will feature John Lasseter, chief creative officer for Walt Disney and Pixar animation studios. Tickets will be on sale soon.

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