LARRY KRAMER is a distinguished American playwright and LGBT rights activist. He has won an Oscar nomination, two Obie Awards, the American Academy of Arts Award in Literature, and is a Pulitzer Award finalist. As one of the most dynamic and influential forces for political activism, gay rights, public health policy, and AIDS-awareness, Larry is a widely-recognizable and remarkable speaker on these crucial issues.
Larry is renowned for both his literary achievements and political activism. At the root of both is his life-long commitment to criticizing and correcting gay apathy and government and social indifference to AIDS. He is a founder of Gay Men’s Health Crisis, an AIDS service organization, and ACT UP, a widely effective direct action AIDS advocacy group. Larry’s most acclaimed plays include The Normal Heart (1985) and the Pulitzer Prize-finalist The Destiny of Me (1992). His screenplay for Women in Love was nominated for an Academy Award in 1969. He is also well-known for his influential novel Faggots (1978), a confrontational portrayal of gay culture, and his critical essay about the AIDS crisis, “1,112 and Counting” (1983).
Larry has also written the plays Sissie’s Scrapbook, A Minor Dark Age, and Just Say No, A Play about Farce. His other books are The Tragedy of Today’s Gays and Reports From the Holocaust: The Story of an AIDS Activist.
The recent Broadway revival of The Normal Heart was nominated for five Tonys and won three, including Best Play. The forthcoming film version of The Normal Heart will star Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts. A revival of The Destiny of Me will be directed by Joe Mantello. And The Normal Heart will begin its cross country tour shortly.
Larry earned his B.A. in English from Yale University. For the past three decades he has been researching American history and the cause of AIDS/HIVS for his novel The American People—it is due to be published in two volumes in 2013. He lives in New York City and Connecticut.