Everyone has a role to play in ending this epidemic. So how can you take responsibility for helping us get to an AIDS-free generation? Get an HIV test. Encourage a friend to get tested. Talk to your kids about safe sex. Reach out to a friend who's infected and tell them you care.
Focusing on the gay community's exceptional gifts -- our transformational gifts to the whole world -- must form the basis our new cultural paradigm, shaping the self-identities of forever-unfolding new generations of our tribe.
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.
"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."
When Oscar Wilde, the great homosexual, instructed us that "Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life," he may well have been addressing the New York Times photo of Larry Kramer, playwright of The Normal Heart, marrying his partner David Webster last week.
As we commemorate World AIDS Day, it's timely to notice how three recent documentaries about the AIDS crisis have helped to focus attention on the raging epidemic that should never have happened -- a plague that has now claimed more than 35 million lives around the world.
Rage. Frustration. Terror. Helplessness. Determination. Persistence. Larry Kramer embodied all those emotions and more when he wrote The Normal Heart, which runs through October 7 at the American Conservator Theater.
In only a few weeks, nearly 25,000 people from around the globe will descend upon Washington, D.C. for AIDS 2012, the XIX International AIDS Conference being held in the United States for the first time since 1990.
I wish Larry Kramer would please do me, himself, and people who follow the entertainment business a favor and quit bringing up the fact that Barbra Streisand has not made the film version of his play The Normal Heart.
This does not strike me as consistent with the teachings of Jesus Christ. Of the many Bible passages that come to mind: "Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."