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Legendary Gay human rights activist to speak in Seattle
Legendary Gay human rights activist to speak in Seattle
AIDS Memorial Quilt Founder Cleve Jones joins LGBT rally for workers rights

LGBT Rally for Workers Rights

Saturday, September 16, Cal Anderson Park, 11th Ave & E Howell St.

Gather at 11am, rally at 12noon.

Sponsored by Pride At Work AFL-CIO.

On Saturday, September 16, Cleve Jones - founder of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and noted human rights advocate - will speak at a rally in support of UNITE HERE Local 8's Westin Hotel Workers. The rally is organized by Pride At Work, the AFL-CIO's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) constituency group.

A community activist for more than 30 years, Jones has recently been an active supporter of UNITE HERE hotel workers. Jones was one of the first LGBT activists to recognize the threat of the AIDS epidemic, co-founding the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in 1983. Jones conceived the idea of the AIDS Memorial Quilt at a memorial for assassinated San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk in 1985, and created the first panel in honor of his close friend Marvin Feldman in 1987.

UNITE HERE Local 8 represents hotel and restaurant workers in the Seattle area. Local 8's contract negotiations with the Westin are the opening salvo in a nation-wide multi-year "Hotel Workers Rising" campaign.

One of UNITE HERE's key contract demands is enhanced anti-discrimination protection for LGBT workers, adding language protecting "gender identity" and "gender expression." Several unions have language prohibiting discrimination on the basis of "sexual orientation" but very few also explicitly protect Transgender workers. UNITE HERE hopes that adoption of this language in the Westin contract will help establish hospitality industry standards, since the Westin is the largest hotel in the greater Seattle area. Other issues in the contract negotiations include increased protection for immigrant workers, health care costs and safety issues.

Pride At Work was organized as the AFL-CIO's national LGBT constituency group in 1995. Even before Pride At Work was organized at the national level, Seattle LGBT union activists organized Out Front Labor Coalition in 1992, to represent LGBT issues in the broader organized labor movement. Pride At Work includes union activists from both AFL-CIO and Change To Win unions, and is affiliated with the Martin Luther King County Labor Council and the Washington State Labor Council.

This event is co-sponsored by Washington State Jobs With Justice and the Seattle Gay News.



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