Larry Kramer turned his anger about the bigotry, stigma, and silence surrounding HIV/AIDS into activism, galvanizing people to align, pay attention, and take action. Larry Kramer’s 84 years on the planet made a difference. He is a foundational reason why the shame, silence, and skyrocketing number of deaths from HIV/AIDS were illuminated. Larry Kramer led the way through the wilderness of scorn about HIV/AIDS in the 1980’s and 1990’s, when a “gay plague” was wiping out lives. He wielded the gauntlet to shatter the shame, end the silence, and push funding for medical research. You didn’t have to agree with what Larry Kramer did, or said – he had no hesitation in speaking his mind about members of the media, the medical community, and elected officials. Larry Kramer acted up. Whether you thought his rage was righteous, rude, or raunchy, it reverberated, forcing the light of change on the plague of HIV/AIDS.
AIDS was allowed to happen. It is a plague that need not have happened. It is a plague that could have been contained from the very beginning. Larry Kramer