Cleve Jones to speak in Madison, WI

Posted on August 26, 2009. Filed under: Courageous, Thumbs up | Tags: , |

LGBTI Equality Now

Gay rights activist Cleve Jones will speak in Madison

Cleve Jones, friend of gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk and founder of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, will be speaking in Madison on Monday, August 31st. Jones is currently organizing the Nation Equality March in Washington D.C. on October 10 and 11 to demand equal rights under the law for the LGBT community.

Cleve Jones will speak at 7:30 p.m. in 3650 Humanities on the UW campus. Doors open at 7 pm. His talk, “Why We Can’t Wait,” will focus on the urgent need for demanding LGBT equality now.

“It is for equality. And it’s for shifting the strategy,” Jones said in an interview with Democracy Now. “We’re tired of this state-by-state, county-by-county, city-by-city struggle for fractions of equality.”

The event will be hosted by LGBTI Equality Now, a newly formed grassroots group in Madison and Haymarket Books, a Chicago-based radical book publisher. LGBTI Equality Now began out of inspiration from the victories of gay marriage in Iowa, Connecticut, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire.

“We agree with Cleve Jones that it is time to demand full equality under federal law,” Emily Wickenhauser, LGBTI Equality Now organizer said. “With Obama’s vacillations on gay rights, it’s up to everyone who believes in equality, gay and straight, to demand civil rights.”

The event is co-sponsored by WORT Radio, Wisconsin Capital Pride, Outreach, International Socialist Organization, The Havens Center, Madison PFLAG, UW LGBT Campus Center and the MATC Pride Alliance, as well as LGBTI Equality Now and Haymarket Books,

Tickets are $5-10 (sliding scale) and are available at Room of One’s Own Bookstore (307 W Johnson St), Mother Fools Coffeehouse (1101 Williamson St), MATC Student Life Center (Truax, 3550 Anderson St.) and the LGBT Campus Center (UW Memorial Union, second floor), Woofs (114 King St) and Shamrock Bar (117 Main St.).

For more information, email lgbtequalitynow@gmail.com or call 608-446-0273.

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