05/21/2014 10:50 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Larry Kramer Lives To See His ‘Normal Heart' Filmed For TV

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Most revolutionaries don’t live to see as much dizzying change as Larry Kramer has.

In the 1980s, he was the most strident, scolding voice in New York City (in the world, really) on behalf of gay men infected with H.I.V.: men whose parents shunned them, whose doctors feared them, whose dignity disappeared as their corpses were stuffed into trash bags. Now, 33 years after Mr. Kramer helped found the advocacy group Gay Men’s Health Crisis, AIDS has just fallen out of the top 10 causes of death in New York for the first time since 1983. Epidemics of loneliness and isolation have given way to same-sex marriage and the Michael Sam kiss.

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