SAN FRANCISCO, September 15, 2014—Cecilia Chung, senior strategist of the Transgender Law Center and internationally-recognized civil rights leader, has been named by San Francisco AIDS Foundation to receive the first-ever Cleve Jones Award for excellence in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Long-time activist Cleve Jones will present the award on September 27 at San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s Tribute Celebration. On the same evening, White House Office of National AIDS Policy director Douglas M. Brooks will deliver remarks followed by the presentation of the DREAAM Award to San Francisco resident Dennis Jones.
“Cecilia’s decades of service have been groundbreaking for the community,” said Neil Giuliano, CEO of San Francisco AIDS Foundation. “Her ongoing commitment to transgender rights has directly impacted the health and well-being of the thousands of clients who come to the foundation each year for treatment and care.”
Chung has lived in San Francisco for almost 30 years and has served in numerous capacities. She is currently a member of the San Francisco Health Commission, where her work made San Francisco the first city in the United States to pay for gender reassignment surgeries for uninsured patients. Chung is also a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and president of the United States People Living with HIV Caucus. As an Asian transgender woman living with HIV, Chung has dedicated her work to ending stigma, discrimination, and violence.
The Cleve Jones Award is named in honor of Cleve Jones, human rights activist and a co-founder of San Francisco AIDS Foundation. One of the first to recognize the threat of HIV/AIDS in 1981, Jones was also a creator of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. His activism spans four decades and will impact the fight against HIV transmission for generations to come.
“What Cecilia has done to educate policymakers and advocate for the community is remarkable,” said Jones. “The fight against AIDS has evolved over the years and we need voices like Cecilia’s now more than ever.”
The DREAAM Award recognizes a young person of color making a difference in the promotion of health and well-being in the community. This year’s recipient is Dennis Jones. Jones grew up in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood and is a member of the DREAAM Project, a San Francisco AIDS Foundation program which stands for “Determined to Respect and Encourage African American Men.”
San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s Tribute Celebration is supported by program sponsors Gilead Sciences, Inc. and supporting sponsors Chevron, Ambassador James C. Hormel & Michael Nguyen, and Walgreens.
More information about the Tribute Celebration is available at http://sfaf.org/about-us/events/tribute-2014/tribute.html.
About San Francisco AIDS Foundation
No city experienced epidemic levels of HIV faster than San Francisco. At San Francisco AIDS Foundation, we work to end the epidemic where it first took hold, and eventually everywhere. Established in 1982, our mission is the radical reduction of new infections in San Francisco. Through education, advocacy, and direct services for prevention and care, we are confronting HIV in communities most vulnerable to the disease. We refuse to accept that HIV transmission is inevitable. More information about the foundation is available at http://www.sfaf.org.