Cleve Jones is a White House Champion of Change, will meet Obama this week

Cleve Jones, a major force in the quest for LGBT equality, has been named a White House Champion of Change, according to his Facebook page and a tweet:

I’m looking forward to meeting President Obama in the White House this week as part of the Champions of Change program.

Yep. Cleve is going to meet with the President this week. Great timing, considering the ongoing controversy over the LGBT non-discrimination executive order. Cleve, who now works in the labor movement, speaks with great moral authority on issues relating to LGBT equality and discrimination. I hope the White House will listen closely.

For those who may not know, Cleve cut his teeth in the movement working with Harvey Milk. Most recently, he helped organize the October 2009 March for Equality. (He also notes on his facebook page that he didn’t get invited inside during the march.) And, he was the visionary behind the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

If you watched the L.A. production of “8, The Play,” you saw Cleve playing Evan Wolfson.

The White House “Champions of Change” website states:

The best ideas come from the American people. Everyone has a story to tell, everyone has a part to play.

I imagine Cleve Jones has some stories to tell.

On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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