Thursday, March 29, 2007

  • Larry Kramer on the 20th Anniversary of ACT UP, the Government’s Failure to Prevent the AIDS Crisis and the State of Gay Activism Today


    This month, ACT UP — the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power — is marking its 20th anniversary. We spend the hour with ACT UP co-founder, Larry Kramer. A legendary — and controversial — figure in the gay rights movement, Kramer wrote some of the first articles warning about the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s. He has also written many plays including "The Normal Heart" and "The Destiny of Me." Kramer was diagnosed with HIV in the mid-1980s. He nearly died in 2001 from hepatitis B in the liver. He is now over 70 years old. He joins us today in our firehouse studio for the hour. [includes rush transcript]