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When We Rise

Number of page: 304
Author: Cleve Jones
Publisher: Hachette Books, 2016
ISBN: 9780316315449
Category: Biography & Autobiography

2017 LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD WINNER The partial inspiration for the ABC television mini-series! “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 MeBorn 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 gay 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 co-founding of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation during the terrifying early years of the epidemic; his conception of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, the largest community art project in history; 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 both unprecedented freedom and and violence alike. When We Rise is not only the story of a hero to the LQBTQ community, but the vibrantly voice memoir of a full and transformative American life.

About The Author

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 and works as a labor activist.


  • A Google UserA Google User
    Review: When We Rise: My Life in the Movement The partial inspiration for the forthcoming ABC television miniseries from Academy Awardwinning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, executive producer Gus Van Sant, and starring Guy Pearce, MaryLouise Parker, Carrie Preston, and Rachel Griffiths. “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
  • A Google UserA Google User
    When We Rise: My Life in the Movement Jones, an activist and grassroots organizer, weaves together his own coming-of-age story and the broader story of the struggle for LGBTQ rights and safety in America. Much of the story is rooted in San Francisco in the 1970s and ’80s, and Jones writes powerfully about the rise of Harvey Milk, who became San Francisco’s first openly gay elected official in 1977. This is an ode San Francisco during
  • Conner ShepardConner Shepard
    I don’t even know where to start. This book as been an emotional journey for me. With adventure, crying, and a whirlwind of excitement around every page. This book will help anyone understand the movement, and how we have gotten to this point.
  • Ashton BarneyAshton Barney
    Powerful and poignant. This wonderful work was written with a wonderful purpose that I do believe it accomplished. This book was able to express the emotions of the movement across time and many borders, leaving you with one of the most powerful call to action I have ever read. Everyone especially those within the lgbtq+ community should be very aware of our unique heritage and responsibilities to the cause of furthering freedom.
  • Tammy EbingerTammy Ebinger
    This book is wonderfully written and I had a hard time putting it down.
  • LD WagnerLD Wagner
    Best book I ever read! If you are or love someone in the LGBT community, this is a must read. It shows our history and future through memories and real people. And it is all written through a deep love and vast hope in our abilities, beliefs, and desires. I hope one day I can feel I have earned my place in the LGBT community that was built by Cleve and so many whom have gone before.
  • Susan.MacuraSusan.Macura
    LibraryThing Review This is the story of how the author, a young gay man whose family was not supportive, came to San Francisco to live a more honest life and became involved in the movement for gay rights. It is a
  • KiddboyblueKiddboyblue
    LibraryThing Review It feels odd to say that as a gay man I have been living with privilege. I strongly believe that my generation of gay men and women take for granted, the battles that were fought and the people who
  • dbsovereigndbsovereign
    LibraryThing Review Wow – talk about a book that dredges up parts of the very life that I have lived! I lived this history very much parallel to Cleve’s – got beat up in gym class, suffered the trauma of parental
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