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When We Rise: My Life in the Movement (edição 2016)

por Cleve Jones (Autor)

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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 Me Born 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.… (mais)
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Título:When We Rise: My Life in the Movement
Autores:Cleve Jones (Autor)
Informação:Hachette Books (2016), Edition: 1st, 304 pages
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I am slowly working my way through a backlog of books, and am regretting that I didn't pick this one up sooner.

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I recommend this to anyone who wants to know more about the movement for equal rights for LGBTQ people. As a gay man close in age to Cleve, and one who has not been politically active, it reminded me again of the tremendous debt that we LGBTQ people owe those who have been active in fighting for our rights.

As a memoir of his life it also brought back so many of my own memories of the times we've lived through. I had the good fortune to meet the author in the early 2000's when he talked about his work on the Quilt to a conference of gay men meeting in San Francisco. I was impressed then with his easy way with a story and that comes through here in this book. ( )
  stevrbee | Nov 7, 2020 |
A powerful autobiography about the life of Cleve Jones who has had the unfortunate (fortunate?) role of bearing witness to the major touchstones in the development of the LGBT movement in North America since the early 70s - early gay liberation, the assassination of Harvey Milk, the AIDS crisis, and the fight for marriage equality. Highly accessible and charming. ( )
  scout101 | Sep 15, 2020 |
Essential reading for anyone interested in politics, activism, the history of the gay rights movement and/or the AIDS crisis. It is wrenching, funny, enraging, depressing, and hopeful—and maybe most importantly, a primer for movement building. Stop what you're doing and read this book now. ( )
  revafisheye | Jan 10, 2020 |
This is a book I’m reading for my real-world book club, even though I probably won’t be able to attend the meeting when it is discussed. I had seen the miniseries on tv and enjoyed it. I hadn’t been planning to read the book, but I’m glad that I did. It’s excellent.

I’m in the same generation as the author, just a year/school year older than him, and I was in San Francisco, and so much was familiar and brought up memories, and not just within San Francisco, but the country/the world: the war, the politics, the music, the books, the culture/counterculture, the restaurants, the streets & neighborhoods, current events & news & crimes of the era, the public figures, the people, and almost all were familiar and some I hadn’t thought about for a long time. Not this particular sub-culture though I knew a fair amount about it at the time. I couldn’t help but think about what was going on in my life month to month, year to year, as he told his story and told what was going on in the greater world.

I wish he hadn’t changed any names because I am wondering about one man I knew back then and wonder whether he was mentioned in the book but with a pseudonym. A couple more guys too.

Cleve Jones is so personable, and delivers such great storytelling. I found it hard to put this book down, except at times when painful happenings were being covered, and even then.

The author has had an interesting, eventful life.

Even though the book goes in chronological order, there is quite a bit of repetition, but it wasn’t too distracting or annoying.

At the end does touch on our current situation. As I got toward the end I felt more depressed because of what we’re going through right now, but this account does a good job of having the reader see the big picture and seeing the process needed to make positive changes. It’s hard not to get discouraged though fighting the same old battles over and over and over again. This goes for so many issues!

I already knew so much of what I read, though some of the details toward the end of events, during the 21st century, I didn’t know it all, particularly the infighting/disagreements within different groups in the movement, and they remind me more than a bit of the vegan/animal rights/environmental movements, and I’m hoping maybe we can continue to learn from one another.

My emotions were all over the place as I relived the social and personal aspects of my life over these decades. I found it both fun and painful.

I think the pacing and structure were good. The author explains at the end a change he made in how much of what was covered and I do think the choice was good, even though much of the worst of the AIDS epidemic felt skimmed over to me.

A lot of name dropping but he is entitled! And there are always valid reasons for when he does it!

Highly recommended for those who lived it or witnessed it, who lived during these decades, particularly if readers were young adults in the 70s, and also those who are curious about the period and those who want to understand how history makes our present. Through all times and causes/issues. Recommended also for people who enjoy good coming of age and aging memoirs. ( )
  Lisa2013 | May 27, 2019 |
Contemplate a life rich in youth, health, friends, laughter, experiences. Now imagine any of the following happening to you: Candidiasis. Cryptococcosis. Pneumocystis carinii. Lymphoma. Toxoplasmosis. Cytomegalovirus. Cryptosporidiosis. Mycobacterium avium complex. Kaposi’s sarcoma.

Seriously. Imagine it.

And finally, reckon with the discovery that it is happening to friend after friend and that Medicine offers palliative consolations at best, the illness itself regarded as the collateral consequence of who you are. It is sickness, it is stigma, it is the destroyer of worlds in which you and your friends breathed.

Now you are prepared to read When We Rise: My Life in the Movement, a memoir by Cleve Jones.

The book is partly the story of how the gay community came to make itself visible to America. It’s also a story of how at least some individuals discovered for themselves a way to find joy. These breakthroughs were accompanied by losses of a scope not commonly experienced outside war, famine, or tyranny.

This memoir is a journey in four parts: The hidden anxieties of childhood—The awakenings and excitements of young adulthood—The intrusion of tragedies—The responses of an activist. While the account of Cleve’s lively young adulthood took some effort to traverse (if you’re keen to hear about his sexual adventures you’ll feel differently) the rest was mostly absorbing.

Near the end of the 1970s the author’s youthful interest in political action was intensified by the impact of the murders of San Francisco politicians Harvey Milk and George Moscone, and then again by the arrival of a syndrome later named AIDS. Some of the public and some politicians claimed that victims of AIDS weren’t victims but instead persons receiving the wrath God’s justice warranted, and seemed even to celebrate the opportunity to believe this was true. It is irony, then, that by helping unmask the relative anonymity of gay people in America that had existed, the crisis caused by AIDS contributed to changes that ultimately led to authorizing gay marriage.

What created this transformation? It was ignited by the work of activists, among whom was the author, originator of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. The last parts of Cleve Jones’s story focus on this work. The rising was made possible first by individual courage and then by the urgency accompanying the grief and desperation and anger brought by AIDS. It was a difficult fight they fought and fight still. When We Rise is one way to know it better, and with respect. ( )
  dypaloh | Sep 29, 2018 |
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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 Me Born 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.

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