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Larry Kramer

How Larry Kramer's Normal Heart Thunders With Our Lost Love

Sarah Key | Posted 07.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Sarah Key

Even many of us affected personally went on with life, doing little to ameliorate the suffering of those we loved. My father's lover, Jim Cox, died of AIDS in 1991. Sweet Jim. He gave me ballet lessons each morning when I was living with my father on Sugar Loaf Key in 1986.

Smiling Into Summer: Cultural and Charitable Catch-Up

Jill Lynne | Posted 07.11.2014 | Arts
Jill Lynne

A bit bittersweet, this is the final exhibition at the familiar uptown Whitney - located in the Marcel Breuer building on Madison Avenue. It heralds its upcoming move down to the West Village/Meat Packing District (WV/MPD) - where the larger structure on Gansevoort Street - overlooks the Hudson River.

The Normal Heart's Problematic White Men

Peter Staley | Posted 06.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter Staley

It took over 20 years for Larry Kramer to finally see his gut-punching AIDS play The Normal Heart put to film, but only days for the movie's few critics to slam its lack of racial and gender diversity. In what is now becoming a familiar pattern, filmmakers are being told to diversify our history, even if that history was less than diverse.

Gays of Future Past

Frank Bua | Posted 06.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Frank Bua

For anyone under 30, it may be difficult to imagine a time when the gay-rights movement wasn't operating at a milestone-a-minute pace. Fortunately a wave of artistic and media projects has emerged to remind us of heroes past, to refocus us on the type of activism that helped elevate the LGBT movement and to inspire us to make that final push.

Truvada and the Case for Condom Use

Renato Barucco | Posted 06.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Renato Barucco

Here we go again: to PrEP or not to PrEP?

The Normal Heart

Matthew Ebert | Posted 05.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

The Normal Heart remembers moments, then reinvents others, and it reminds me that AIDS fiction is not the truth but a reflection on the emotional truth of an epidemic. That's all I ask for. Lie to me about the look of a lesion and I will forgive you. Lie to me about the emotional truth of the epidemic and I'll pitch you out like an old AZT bottle.

President Of The Black AIDS Institute: Gay Men In New York Did Not And Do Not Matter

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 05.29.2014 | Gay Voices

The recent release of the much-anticipated film "The Normal Heart," which follows a gay activist trying to raise awareness in the early years of the A...

The Normal Heart: Storytelling as Activism

Faisal Al-Juburi | Posted 05.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Faisal Al-Juburi

The movie is garnering much attention because of the extraordinary star power -- not unlike how the celebrity of Hanks helped to propel Philadelphia. But, as with Philadelphia, it is the humanity imbued in a story being told at a necessary time that promises to enrapture audiences.

Maureen Ryan

Fine Performances Elevate 'The Normal Heart'

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 05.26.2014 | TV

There are several things Ryan Murphy can do with panache. Murphy, the creator or co-creator of "Glee," "American Horror Story" and "Nip/Tuck," knows h...

Who Decides? 'Right-to-Try' Law's Unacknowledged, Deep Roots in AIDS Activism

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
John-Manuel Andriote

It's ironic to hear lefties lambaste Colorado's new "right-to-try" law as something that emerged from the corporation-coddling right wing. They apparently missed some of the most important lessons of the 33-year-old AIDS epidemic.

Iconic Playwright Claims Barbra Streisand Finds Gay Sex 'Distasteful'

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 05.21.2014 | Gay Voices

Larry Kramer and Barbra Streisand's saga over "The Normal Heart" has been publicized for decades, with Kramer criticizing Streisand's failure to bring...

Alive and Kicking: POZ Commemorates 20 Years

Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr. | Posted 07.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.

Despite naysayers from all sides, Sean Strub and his collaborators believed those of us living with HIV/AIDS deserved a magazine that offered us hope, provided us with information we needed to stay healthy and celebrated our lives by telling our stories.

Michelangelo Signorile

Ryan Murphy: Ruffalo And Bomer Were 'Terrified' Of 'Normal Heart' Sex Scenes

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 05.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Producer and director Ryan Murphy, wrapping up the sixth and final season of “Glee” and now in the thick of his latest TV series, "American Horro...

Long Beach Kicks Off Season of Pride 2014 - May 17, 18

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 07.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Karel Bouley

On the morning of June 28, 1969, a raid was tried at the Stonewall Inn. It wasn't a gay bar -- there were none. It was owned by the mafia, and was a place for all outcasts, including drag queens, butch lesbians, feminine boys and male prostitutes.

Is Our Understanding of Sexual Orientation Changing?

Greg Louganis | Posted 07.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Greg Louganis

Having met more young people, I'm seeing sexual orientation as far more fluid than I once thought, and often not about sex at all. Indeed, when I hold my husband, the end goal is not always climax but comfort, adoration, reassurance, and so much more.

WATCH: The Unbelievable Moment That 'Gobsmacked' The 'Normal Heart' Cast

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 05.12.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

The cast of HBO's "The Normal Heart" joins HuffPost Live's Ricky Camilleri at 10:50 a.m. EST on Tuesday, May 13 for a frank conversation about the AID...

'The Normal Heart' Trailer Is Here

Posted 03.10.2014 | TV

HBO premiered the trailer for their upcoming original film, "The Normal Heart" and it looks like it's gonna be a tearjerker. The movie, based on th...

Excerpt: Larry Kramer's First Big Battle

Robert Hofler | Posted 04.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Robert Hofler

Today, Larry Kramer is known as one of the great gay activists and author of The Normal Heart. But forty-five years ago, he was a struggling producer-screenwriter ready to release his adaptation of D. H. Lawrence's classic Women in Love.

Whitewashing AIDS History

Sean Strub | Posted 04.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Sean Strub

In my book, I recount how slow the federal government was in publicizing the use of Bactrim and other sulfa drugs to prevent PCP (the pneumonia that was then the leading killer of people with AIDS) in addition to its long-time and well-known use to treat PCP.

The War to Defeat AIDS Must Continue

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I have heard some people refer to our current era as one in which HIV/AIDS and the discrimination surrounding it no longer pose major physical and social barriers. Unfortunately, nothing can be further from the truth even though much has improved since those terrible early years.

The Happy AIDS Memoir

Robert Levithan | Posted 03.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Robert Levithan

After almost dying from AIDS in 1994, I choose to pass on a hopeful vision filled with joy and possibility, but that doesn't mean that I have not also lived through loss and challenges. I am committed to radical happiness.

Survival in Pre-Civil War South: 12 Years a Slave Honored at the Lotos Club

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The subject of race was addressed head on at a luncheon celebrating the film "12 Years a Slave," easily the film of the year in an awards season gathe...

To Those Who Stood Against AIDS Apathy: Thank You

David Furnish | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
David Furnish

The government regulatory bodies were insisting on such a slow testing process that they were effectively condemning to death anybody who was diagnosed with HIV. As far as the authorities were concerned, the message was, "Go die quietly." They clearly hadn't met Larry Kramer.

The Timeless Virtue of The Normal Heart

David Ernesto Munar | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
David Ernesto Munar

The drama chronicles the dawning of AIDS activism in the wake of unconscionable political and institutional neglect. Timeless and poignant, the play's call to action is as relevant now as it was when the play debuted in 1985.

Tim Cummings' Passage to The Normal Heart

Carla Escoda | Posted 11.18.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

"It was profound, and admittedly a little nutty, but more importantly, it was one of the first times I realized something about myself as an actor: I am deeply committed to the work; I am very particular about the conveyance of the playwright's truths, be they fact or fiction."