Playwright and prominent HIV activist Larry Kramer died Wednesday in Manhattan of pneumonia at age 84
The leading playwright and HIV activist, Larry kramer died this Wednesday in Manhattan (United States) because of a pneumonia At 84, her husband confirmed to the New York Times, David Webster.
Kramer died after having suffered from various diseases for a good part of his adult life, since after having HIV infected, contracted a liver disease which led to her having to undergo a successful transplant.
Kramer co-founded the organization in 1981 “Gay Men’s Health Crisis”(Gay Men’s Health Crisis), the first that was created to support people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus, although he was later kicked out of it for his aggressive postures, which led him to brand the entity as a “sad organization of cowards“
Later he went on to found the group “Act up“Who organized protests on the streets to demand a boost in the drug research for AIDS and the end of the discrimination against homosexual men and women, who came to affect the functioning of both government offices and Wall street.
In the early 1980s, he was one of the first activists to foresee that the rare disease believed to be a form of cancer among gay men would spread worldwide as a sexually transmitted disease.
One of the experts who understood Kramer’s message was Anthony Fauci, the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, after the writer called him a “complete idiot” in an article published in the San Francisco Examiner in 1988.
Later both became friends, and Fauci said of the activist who helped him see that the US federal bureaucracy He was slowing down the search for a cure for the disease, and said he played an essential role in developing life-prolonging treatments for those infected with HIV.
Born on June 25, 1935 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Kramer began his career as writer in hollywood at 23, in a job as a teletype operator in Columbia Pictures. That position later led him to refine the scripts written in the studio.
His first recognition was obtained as the dialogue writer of “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”, a forgotten teenage sexual comedy from 1968 and, the following year, he received a Oscar nomination for “Women We Love”, her adaptation of D.H. Lawrence.
From the early years of his professional career, Kramer wanted to explore what it meant to be gay in the United States, which took him from Hollywood to New York, where he premiered with the play “Sissies’ Scrapbook” (1973) about a quartet. friends, one of whom was openly gay.
Later, he delved into the matter in his first novel, “Faggots” (1978), whose protagonist based on his own person and the world of sex, drugs and parties that prevailed at that time in the Big Apple, which was received with rejection by the gay community.
Kramer wrote one of his most outstanding works “The Normal Heart“In 1983, shortly after he was expelled from” Gay Men’s Health Crisis “, when, inspired by a visit to the Dachau concentration camp, he decided to tell the beginning of the AIDS crisis through the lives of several affected characters due to illness.
“The Normal Heart” returned to Broadway in 2011 in a new version starring Joe Mantello and John Benjamin Hickey that won three Tony Awards, and was then brought to television in 2014 by HBO under the direction of Ryan Murphy and with the performance of Mark Ruffalo, Matthew Bomer and Julia Roberts .
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