Ken Jones, a longtime activist in SF's LGBT community, is one of the primary characters portrayed in ABC's somewhat fictionalized though mostly based-in-fact miniseries, When We Rise. As we noted the other day and as the final installment of the miniseries airs tonight Jones was the first African-American chair of the SF Pride committee, and in a new interview he talks with ABC 7 about the difficulties that have always faced gay black men, and those that he faced after becoming HIV positive.
The second installment of When We Rise, which aired Wednesday, depicts Jones and his lover Richard finding out together that they were both positive, and Richard's swift decline in health.
Jones says that he didn't spend a ton of time in the Castro in the 1970's, "And with good reason, because [men of color] were pretty well treated as second-class citizens [here]."
Jones hopes that by having his story told, and by keeping stories like his in the minds of younger generations, that more progress can be made.
"I often say, it's like work in a garden, it's never done," he says in the interview. "Every generation needs to hear the story again and again about just how absolutely horrible things were for us."
Other interviews can be seen here with women's advocates Roma Guy and Diane Jones, and trans activist Cecilia Chung, talking about life in SF in the 1980's.