Larry Kramer

Larry Kramer (born June 25, 1935) is an American playwright, author, public health advocate and LGBT rights activist. Kramer began rewriting scripts while working for Columbia Pictures, which led him to London, where he worked with United Artists and wrote the screenplay for Women in Love in 1969. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his efforts. His controversial and confrontational style was introduced in his 1978 novel Faggots, which earned mixed reviews but emphatic denunciations from the gay community for his portrayal of shallow, promiscuous gay relationships in the 1970s. Kramer witnessed the first spread of the disease that became known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) among his friends in 1980, and he co-founded the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), which has become the largest private organization to assist people living with AIDS in the world. Not content with the social services GMHC provided, Kramer expressed his frustration with bureaucratic paralysis and the apathy of gay men to the AIDS crisis by writing a play titled The Normal Heart in 1985. His political activism extended to the founding of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) in 1987, that was a direct action protest organization widely credited with having changed public health policy and public perception of people living with AIDS (PWAs) as well as awareness of HIV and AIDS diseases. He has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his play The Destiny of Me (1992), and has been a two-time recipient of the Obie Award. Kramer currently lives in New York City and Connecticut

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