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Larry Kramer, Playwright and AIDS Activist, Dies at 84

Lawrence David “Larry” Kramer an American playwright, screenwriter, and gay rights activist and confrontational figure of advocacy in the early years of the epidemic, has died at 84.

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Mr. Kramer (June 25, 1935 – May 27, 2020) was an American playwright, screenwriter, film producer, public health advocate, and gay rights, activist.

Mr. Kramer spent his childhood in Mount Rainier, Maryland and later his family moved to Washington DC, in 1950. He graduated in English in 1957 from Yale University. He initially served in U.S. Army for six months and then began his career as teletype operators at Columbia pictures which gave him chance to work with United Artists in London. He received an Academy Award for his screenplay he wrote for “Women in Love“.

He co-founded the world’s largest private organization Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) for assisting people living with AIDS. He dramatized his frustration as an AIDS activist in his play “The Normal Heart“.

Sir Elton John tweeted it as saddest news and said “We have lost a giant of a man who stood up for gay rights like a warrior. His anger was needed at a time when gay men’s deaths to AIDS were being ignored by the American government,”.

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