Cleve Jones, founder of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and an associate of one of the first openly gay government officials in the United States, gave a riveting talk in Madison last week about the current state of the LGBT rights movement and the upcoming National Equality March in Washington, D.C. If you missed the talk, you can hear excerpts on tonight's show at 7 p.m. Central Time, WORT 89.9 FM (www.wort-fm.org).
As a teenager, Cleve Jones was mentored in politics by San Francisco city council member Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in California. In his talk, Jones spoke about the excitement surrounding Milk's election and the political aftermath of the 1978 double assassination of Milk and Mayor George Moscone by a disgruntled former city supervisor. Jones tied the LGBT movement in with the broader progressive movement and spoke about the integral relationship between LGBT rights and workers' rights, feminism, racial equality and economic justice. Listen tonight.