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March 16, 2015

HRC President tells GSN: 'We don't necessarily always agree on everything but he is a true legend and there are few in this world that I have more respect for than Larry Kramer'

Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin had nothing but good things to say about Larry Kramer despite the legendary activist and author's blasting of HRC in a recent interview.

'Larry is a real hero to me and I have great, great respect for him,' Griffin told Gay Star News at the HRC Dinner in Los Angeles on Saturday (14 March). 'We don't necessarily always agree on everything but he is a true legend and there are few in this world that I have more respect for than Larry Kramer.'

March 9, 2015

'Not nearly as many people will ever get sick from Ebola as we lost to AIDS'

It's not been lost on Larry Kramer that the reaction to Ebola was far different then when the AIDS epidemic began killing gay men more than 30 years earlier.

The outspoken author and activist, whose The Normal Heart was made into an HBO film last year, is certain he knows why.

'Well, because it wasn’t happening to us; it was happening to them,' he tells The Advocate in a cover story posted Monday (9 March).

January 26, 2015

After losing Emmy and Golden Globe, Ruffalo is honored by fellow actors

Mark Ruffalo has finally won a major acting prize for his performance in the acclaimed AIDS drama The Normal Heart.

Ruffalo had lost the Emmy and Golden Globe but on Sunday (25 January) he was the winner of the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries.

Ruffalo played writer and AIDS activist Ned Weeks in the film based on the play by Larry Kramer. The character of Weeks is a fictionalized version of Kramer.

August 26, 2014

Writer Larry Kramer, wearing ACT UP cap, is escorted to stage by director Ryan Murphy and accompanied by cast members

The AIDS drama The Normal Heart, which took 30 years to reach the screen, won the Emmy Award on Monday (25 August) for Best TV Movie.

Director Ryan Murphy slowly escorted a frail Larry Kramer - the activist and author wrote the movie and the Tony Award winning play about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City - to the stage.

They were accompanied to the stage by cast members Mark Ruffalo, Mark Bomer, Julia Roberts, Alfred Molina,. Jim Parsons, and Joe Mantello - all who had lost in the acting categories.

May 22, 2014

Author wanted assurance Murphy was brave enough to show what gay life and AIDS crisis was like

When The Normal Heart author Larry Kramer sat down with Ryan Murphy to discuss making a movie version of his landmark play about the early days of the AIDS crisis, the outspoken Kramer was very 'bold' with his questions.

Murphy recalled part of their initial conversation at a special screening in Los Angeles on Wednesday (21 May) attended by Gay Star News: 'He said: "Are you going to show cock? Are you going to really go for it? Are you brave enough to show what it was really like?"'

April 29, 2014

'How do you get attention when the mayor doesn't care? When the president doesn't care? ... When the gay world doesn't care?'

The premiere of HBO's movie version of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart on 25 May will come nearly 3o years after the play was first staged at the Public Theatre in New York City.

Kramer, now 78 and in frail health, says of the landmark 1985 play: 'Writers are given one great story to tell: their story. I'm telling my story as a political document.'

The Normal Heart is set in New York City in the early 1980s and tells the story of the American government's indifference to the growing AIDS plague and the denial of the gay community itself.

April 22, 2014

'I was growing up during the AIDS epidemic and I saw how cruel and insensitive people were to these people suffering'

Mark Ruffalo's character of Ned Weeks is central to HBO's The Normal Heart, the long-awaited film adaptation of Larry Kramer's play premiering next month.

The Oscar-nominated actor may not be gay, but the early days of the AIDS crisis in the early 1980s are something he well remembers.

'I have a lot of compassion for the struggle of people and I was growing up during the AIDS epidemic and I saw how cruel and insensitive people were to these people suffering,' he said this week on HuffPost Live.

April 21, 2014

But director Ryan Murphy convinced the playwright that Bomer 'felt the ghosts' depicted in AIDS drama

Director Ryan Murphy felt right away that Matt Bomer was the perfect choice to portray Felix Turner in the long-awaited film version of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart.

But he had to convince Kramer.

July 25, 2013

Wrote The Normal Heart and co-founded ACT-UP and Gay Men's Health Crisis at height of AIDS epidemic in the US

Playwright and longtime activist Larry Kramer married longtime partner David Webster in the intensive care unit of a New York City hospital today where he is recovering from surgery.

Kramer, 78, is best known for his Tony Award winning play The Normal Heart and his role as a founder of AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) and The Gay Men's Health Crisis during the height of the AIDS crisis in the US in the 1980s.

January 4, 2013

Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo and Matt Boimer to lead the cast of long-awaited film about AIDS crisis  written by Larry Kramer

After decades of development, The Normal Heart will begin shooting in New York City later this year to air on HBO in 2014 with Ryan Murphy as its director, the network announced Friday (4 January).

The film is written by Larry Kramer who also wrote the largely autobiographical Tony Award-winning play on which it is based. It is about the rise of the AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984.

October 12, 2012

Larry Kramer calls Koch 'evil' and wonders: 'Is he trying to make up to us?'

Ed Koch was mayor of New York City from 1978-89, a period of time during which the AIDS epidemic broke out.

It's a crisis that many have said Koch essentially ignored during his time in office.

September 19, 2012

'I like people who are like, ‘You know what? I don’t care what you think. I have something to say'

Busy Ryan Murphy, the force behind TV's Glee, The New Normal and American Horror Story, has yet another project that he's working on these days: the long-awaited film version of Larry Kramer's play The Normal Heart.

He's got nothing but admiration for the outspoken Kramer who wrote the largely autobiographical plays about the rise of the AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984.