Cleve Jones remembers when being gay in America was still a crime. As a young man, he and his friends were beat up by police and harassed on the streets of San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood.
The Castro has become the country’s most recognizable gay neighborhood and a lot has changed there since Jones was coming of age alongside Harvey Milk, the openly gay politician who helped bring recognition to the movement.
We revisit a conversation from earlier this year, in which Jones discussed the past and present of the LGBT rights movement with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson, including his belief that the AIDS crisis helped lead to the legalization of same-sex marriage.
This segment aired on December 25, 2015.