When We Rise

When We Rise

My Life in the Movement

Book - 2016
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A longtime LGBTQ and AIDS activist offers an account of his life from sexually liberated 1970s San Francisco, through the AIDS crisis, and up to his present-day involvement with the marriage equality battle.
"Born in 1954, Cleve Jones was among the last generation of gay Americans who grew up wondering if there were others out there like himself. There were. Like thousands of other young people, Jones, nearly penniless, was drawn in the early 1970s to San Francisco, a city electrified by progressive politics and sexual freedom. Jones found community--in the hotel rooms and ramshackle apartments shared by other young adventurers, in the city's bathhouses and bars like The Stud, and in the burgeoning gay district, the Castro, where a New York transplant named Harvey Milk set up a camera shop, began shouting through his bullhorn, and soon became the nation's most outspoken gay elected official. With Milk's encouragement, Jones dove into politics and found his calling in 'the movement.' When Milk was killed by an assassin's bullet in 1978, Jones took up his mentor's progressive mantle--only to see the arrival of AIDS transform his life once again. By turns tender and uproarious, When We Rise is Jones' account of his remarkable life. He chronicles the heartbreak of losing countless friends to AIDS, which very nearly killed him, too; his cofounding of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and conception of the AIDS Memorial Quilt; the story of 1970s San Francisco and the magnetic spell it cost for thousands of dreamers and misfits; and the harrowing, sexy, and sometimes hilarious stories of Cleve's relationships with friends and lovers during an era defined by both unprecedented freedom and violence alike. When We Rise is not only the story of a hero to the LGBTQ community, but the vibrantly voiced memoir of a full and transformative American life."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York :, Hachette Books,, 2016
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780316315432
Characteristics: x, 291 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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rere3 Apr 16, 2017

I'm glad Mr. Jones wrote this book. It was necessary to show just how far the movement has come and the costs along the way. What's more is given the politics today it is a reminder of the power of community to effect change.

Dec 14, 2016

I take back everything I've written this year because this is decisively the most important book of 2016. While it has been a devastating year politically there have been many strong, life-altering books written by the likes of Colson Whitehead, Gloria Steinem and Irvine Welsh. Books, like music have a tendency to carry me through the dark times. And if seeing the rise of Donald Trump did not move you to tears and action then this piece most certainly will. I was starting to think I was dead inside until I read Gloria and Cleve and witnessed the shameful event on 11/9. I seriously have not cried this much since I first saw Steel Magnolias back in '89.


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