1982 January 4

“Gay Men Certainly Have a Health Crisis.” Larry Kramer: “That’s Our Name!”


At a meeting in his living room in New York City, playwright and gay rights activist Larry Kramer and a small group of friends decided to form the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) organization to address the emerging HIV/AIDS epidemic. When someone said, “We have a gay men’s health crisis,” Kramer reportedly exclaimed, “That’s our name!”

Larry Kramer is the author of the play The Normal Heart, a semi-autobiographical account of the early years of the AIDS crisis, which opened in New York on April 21, 1985.

Don’t miss: David France, How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of  How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS (1916)

Watch Larry Kramer’s recollections: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ew7nfoM7tA

Read or see Larry Kramer’s acclaimed play: The Normal Heart (1985)

Learn more: Lawrence Mass, We Must Love One Another or Die: The Life and Legacies of Larry Kramer (1997)

Read about the early AIDS crisis: Randy Shilts, And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic (1987)

Learn more at a  timeline on HIV/AIDS: http://www.aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/hiv-aids-101/aids-timeline/

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