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Larry Kramer, Oscar nominee and gay activist, dies

Writer, playwright and outspoken AIDS activist Larry Kramer died in his Manhattan apartment on Wednesday, May 27, at the age of 84. Kramer’s husband David Webster said the cause of death was pneumonia, according to the New York Times.

In his life, Kramer developed a reputation as a fierce AIDS spokesperson, and repeatedly rebuked the government and the gay community for their apathetic response to the epidemic.

Kramer referred to the AIDS crisis as a holocaust throughout his life and wrote the book, Holocaust Reports: The Creation of an AIDS Activist, in 1989.

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His career as a writer for the stage, screen and library shelf put the front and center of the AIDS epidemic, and his aggressive work with AIDS organizations was credited with “putting medical treatment in the hands of patients. “Said Dr. Anthony Fauci.

According to the New York Times, Kramer was diagnosed with HIV in 1988 and faced a series of health challenges during his life. Kramer underwent liver transplant surgery in 2001. Kramer was initially rejected from the Mount Sinai transplant list, and his fight to enter an organ transplant list revealed prejudice against HIV patients.

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At the time, the Transplantation Institute in Pittsburgh had performed nine organ transplants for HIV patients in recent years, more than any other transplant provider.

In 2001, Kramer’s brother Arthur Kramer gave $ 1 million to Yale University to found the Larry Kramer Initiatives for Lesbian and Gay Studies.

Kramer was a literary triathlete who wrote passionately about the AIDS epidemic.

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Kramer gained wide recognition during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s for his work as a screenwriter and his steadfast activism in the AIDS epidemic. In 1969, Kramer wrote the script for the film adaptation of W.H. Lawrence “Women in Love”, who was nominated for an Oscar for Best Screenplay in 1971. In 1982, after years of involvement in the AIDS movement, Kramer co-founded the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, which “fights to end to the AIDS epidemic and elevate the lives of all those affected. “

These two passions collided in 1978 with the publication of Kramer’s novel Fagots, which received mixed reviews. Then in 1985 Kramer wrote The Normal Heart, a largely autobiographical account of Kramer’s life that debuted in The Public Theater, to critical acclaim. The play lasted nine months in the 1980s before being revived on stage in 2011. In 2014, The Normal Heart was adapted for the screen and won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Television Movie. Kramer is credited for the script alongside Ryan Murphy.

Kramer was writing a play on COVID-19 at the time of his death.

In an interview with the New York Times in March, Kramer described his new project as a play “about gays having to live three plagues.” In the Times account, the play is titled “An Army of Lovers Must Not Die” and the three plagues are AIDS, COVID-19, and the decline of the human body.

“It’s been so long that I’ve been losing friends that it becomes surreal,” Kramer said. “We certainly had our experience,” he said referring to his AIDS activism, “But it is very difficult for me to be in contact with the outside world, due to the difficulties we all have to go through. You can read about everyone else’s experiences on Facebook, but after a while it becomes depressing. ”

“Show me a plague,” he wrote of the play, according to the Times, “and I will show you the world!”

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