Larry Kramer
Acclaimed Playwright, LGBTQIA+ Activist

Larry Kramer is a distinguished American playwright and LGBT rights activist. He has received an Oscar nomination and won 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 Kramer 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 Krmer 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 film version stars Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts and premiered in May 2014.


Larry Kramer 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—the first volume was released in April 2015. He lives in New York City. Learn more about Larry here.

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The American PeopleSearch for My Heart: A Novel
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

Forty years in the making, The American People embodies Larry Kramer's vision of his beloved and accursed homeland. Here, as only he can, he tells the heartbreaking and heroic story of one nation under a plague, contaminated by greed, hate, and disease yet host to transcendent acts of courage and kindness. Against all this, Kramer sets the tender story of a middle-class family outside Washington, D.C., trying to get along in the darkest of times.

American PeopleLarry speaks on the centrality of homosexuality in American history, and traces the forces of opposition and activism that have characterized the history of gay rights.
ACT UP: Public Health Advocacy It is said that American medicine can be divided into two eras: Before Larry and After Larry. Larry speaks about public health policy, AIDS awareness and the power of activist journalism.
The Fight For Equality and Gay Rights Although the LGBT community has achieved great progress in the past few years, there is still much to fight for. In this rousing speech, Kramer urges the gay community to capitalize on their increasing power by banding together and overcoming the remaining obstacles. From providing education in the classroom to establishing a greater presence in Washington, Kramer suggests various ways the gay community can continue to flourish.

Read Larry’s op-ed in The New York Times.

Check out interviews with Larry from the The Hollywood ReporterThe Boston Globe, The New York Post, and PBS.

Read New York Magazine’s extended feature on Larry Kramer.

Larry Kramer discusses his Larry Kramer in Love & Anger documentary with Vogue.

Browse Advocate’s compilation of the latest Larry Kramer news.

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- Vassar College

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- Virginia Film Festival