Just four months after serving as the 2009 Utah Pride Festival’s Grand Marshal, activist and AIDS Quilt creator Cleve Jones will return to Salt Lake City for the Utah Pride Center’s 5th annual National Coming Out Day celebration.
During this year’s Pride Festival, Jones, an intern and friend of San Francisco supervisor and gay rights activist Harvey Milk, famously called for a large scale march on Washington, D.C. to demand equal protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people under federal law. Now dubbed the National Equality March, it is scheduled to coincide with National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11. Ostensibly because of his participation in the march, he will return to Utah on Oct. 3–4 to give a keynote address at the Center’s National Coming Out Day celebration.
The celebration will also see the bestowing three awards administered by the Center for lifetime achievement, community organization of the year and volunteer of the year. The early celebration will also serve as a kick off for the national march.
To enquire about sponsorships or captaining a table at the celebration, contact Marina Gomberg at (801) 539-8800 ex. 20.