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Larry Kramer is a gay rights activist, author, and screenwriter. Larry was raised in a suburb outside of Washington, D.C. and attended Yale University. Larry’s career began in the film industry in London, at Columbia Pictures, where he wrote his first screenplay, Women in Love. Following this, Larry’s book, Faggots, took a critical and controversial look at the gay community. Although Larry had no experience and no intention of becoming involved in political activism, when he witnessed his friends getting sick and dying from AIDS, he became a founding member of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC). Larry had conflicting views of the organizational structure of GMHC and went on to found the direct action advocacy organization, AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP). Larry and members of ACT UP exercised direct action tactics to bring attention to and effect change in the fight against AIDS. Larry and ACT UP took on government organizations like the FDA, NIAID, and the NIH and were integral in the development of drugs to combat HIV and AIDS.
Larry is HIV-positive.