Cleve Jones to speak at Join the Impact fundraiser on August 29

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Local LGBT activism group Join the Impact will host legendary LGBT Rights Organizer Cleve Jones to discuss the ongoing struggle for LGBT rights on August 29 at the Biograph Theater.

From the Facebook Page:

From the early days of Harvey Milk's activism (as portrayed by Emile Hirsch in the Oscar-winning movie Milk), to the founding of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and today's struggle for equal marriage, veteran activist Cleve Jones has been at the center of the LGBT rights movement for the last thirty years.

Now, as the promise from the Obama administration to be a "fierce advocate" for equality for gays and lesbians continues to go unfulfilled--with both the Defense of Marriage Act and Don't Ask, Don't Tell upheld since the administration took office--Jones and other activists from across the country are planning a National Equality March as a show of mass support for LGBT rights.

Join the Impact Chicago, a grassroots organization leading the local planning for the Equality March will be hosting Jones, along with Young Chicago Authors and local progressive publisher Haymarket Books in order to discuss the history and current state of the movement for equal rights in the run up to the national demonstration. The evening will feature Jones and
• Include performance pieces from Young Chicago Authors on the theme of LGBT rights, including the Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Teen Poetry Festival winning poem, "The Pink Triangle," which can be previewed here at Chicago Public Radio
• Serve as a fundraiser to provide buses from Chicago to the upcoming National Equality March to take place in Washington, DC October 10-11th

If you're not familiar with Cleve Jones then you should head on over to the Feast of Fun and listen to the amazing show they did with him, you should also check out MILK starring Sean Penn as Harvey Milk and Emille Hirsch as a young Cleve Jones.

What: An Evening with Cleve Jones: The Struggle for LGBT Civil Rights
When: Saturday, August 29th 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln
How Much: $5 suggested donation
Facebook Event Page

You can PURCHASE TICKETS online - hurry because there is limited seating.

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