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Larry Kramer, an outspoken activist and playwright who pushed public health officials to take the AIDS epidemic seriously, died of pneumonia on Wednesday morning. He was 84 years old. Kramer, who learned that he was HIV positive in , saw that the medical establishment was moving too slowly to address the disease, so he took action to expand access to health resources in the gay community. He could cut through the BS and aversion of others. He was supremely confident in his skin and was never shy with his opinions and brilliant political analysis. During the early s, Kramer was one of the first activists to recognize that as a sexually transmitted disease, AIDS had the potential to spread worldwide, according to the Times.
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Larry Kramer, a playwright, screenwriter, essayist and AIDS activist whose raging protests against the government, medical establishment and even the gay community helped bring attention to the health crisis, died Wednesday in Manhattan, his publisher Sarita Varma said. He was Six years later he founded the far more militant ACT UP, which staged sit-ins and heckled officials it felt were not paying enough attention to the disease at a time when it primarily struck gay men. But he was too much of a loose canon even for ACT UP — both organizations he helped found eventually kicked him out.
Francis Hotel. Once, calling a president gay was muckraking. Now many in the LGBT community look to the unwritten history of our leaders for glimpses of ourselves. Below, check out seven times the LGBT community intersected with the commander in chief.