SAN FRANCISCO, September 12, 2017—Diane Jones and Roma Guy, legendary LGBT and women's rights activists, will be honored with the Cleve Jones Award at the annual San Francisco AIDS Foundation Tribute Celebration on Saturday, September 19. San Francisco AIDS Foundation co-founder Cleve Jones and long-time activist Cecilia Chung will present the award on Saturday, September 16 at the annual San Francisco AIDS Foundation Tribute Celebration held at City Hall.
"Diane and Roma have been instrumental in the fight for equal rights for women, LGBT people, and people living with HIV for decades," praised Joe Hollendoner, CEO of San Francisco AIDS Foundation. "When the AIDS epidemic began, Diane was among the few to put patients first at a time when fear of the disease overruled compassionate care. Roma's work mobilizing the women to help gay men, and later, leading the way on Healthy San Francisco—a precursor to the Affordable Care Act—put San Francisco on the frontier of health."
Roma and Diane first moved to San Francisco in the 1970s and together opened the Women's Building, a safe space for women in the Mission which continues to operate to this day. Jones worked as an HIV nurse for 33 years before retiring last year. Today, Jones is a member of the Getting to Zero initiative, and Guy is the director of the Bay Area Homelessness Program.
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.
San Francisco AIDS Foundation will also honor The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) at Tribute Celebration. ETAF was established by Elizabeth Taylor in 1991 to provide grants to existing organizations that offer direct care services to people living with HIV and AIDS. The recipient of this year's Keystone Partner Award, ETAF provides funding for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation program, the Elizabeth Taylor 50-Plus Network, a wellness network for both HIV-negative and HIV-positive men who are 50 years and older.
San Francisco's Syringe Access Collaborative, a multi-agency effort to provide clean syringes and services to substance users, will be honored with the Community Excellence Award.
Chevron will also receive the Corporate Pillar Award, which recognizes companies whose leadership and partnership helps bring an end to the HIV epidemic.
San Francisco AIDS Foundation Tribute Celebration is supported by our prevention sponsor, Gilead; our education sponsors, Bank of America, Chevron, Google and Morrison Forester; and our care sponsors, Instagram and Wells Fargo. More information about the Tribute Celebration is available at http://sfaf.org/tribute.
About San Francisco AIDS Foundation
No city experienced epidemic levels of HIV faster than San Francisco. Established in 1982, San Francisco AIDS Foundation targets 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 sfaf.org.