Cleve Jones is an American human rights activist, author, and lecturer. He co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and founded The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, one of the world’s largest community arts projects. Cleve led the National March for Equality in Washington, D.C. and serves on the Advisory Board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
On film, he is portrayed by Emile Hirsch in Gus Van Sant’s Oscar-winning film, Milk, and served as historical consultant for the production. He is prominently featured in And the Band Played On, Randy Shilts's best-selling work of non-fiction about the AIDS epidemic in the United States and in the documentary film, The Castro.
Cleve participated as an actor in the Los Angeles premiere of 8, a condensed theatrical re-enactment of the Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial's closure.
HarperCollins published his first memoir, Stitching a Revolution.