Biography of playwright, activist Larry Kramer in the works

By : wire report
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NEW YORK (AP) | The first biography of playwright and gay activist Larry Kramer will be written with the full support of the subject himself.

Bill Goldstein has been tapped to write the authorized biography by Henry Holt and Company. The book, not yet titled, will draw on interviews with Kramer; his husband, David Webster; friends and foes; as well as papers in Kramer’s archives at Yale University. Goldstein will have complete editorial freedom.

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The Tender Activist: Two decades

By : Scottie Campbell
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I’ve been fortunate in my life to have deep relationships and friendships. I’m the kind of guy who reflects on the significance of people in my life, what I’ve learned from them, what we’ve learned from each other. So it is not without consideration that I say the person who has made the deepest impact on me was Sidney Vincent Chase.

That’s not because Sid was my first true love, though there is that sweet reality. It is because in the fall of 1997, just a few days shy of his 30th birthday, Sid sealed himself up in a garage and asphyxiated himself on the fumes of a Jeep Cherokee. He was found a couple of days later by a friend of the family; it was her garage, he had been living with her. It was terrible.

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Benita Roth explores the rise of the ACT UP/LA during the ’80s and ’90s in new book

By : Scottie Campbell
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Benita Roth is a professor of sociology, history and women’s studies at Binghamton University so it is unsurprising that The Life and Death of ACT UP/LA is academic and will primarily have a life as assigned reading in college courses. Dense and meticulously annotated, it makes for a cumbersome, though essential, read.

ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) was born in New York City in 1987 when Larry Kramer, disillusioned with the Gay Men’s Health Crisis he co-founded, challenged an audience to create a more effective organization. ACT UP/LA was formed in December of the same year and, unlike ACT UP/NY which is still in existence (albeit decidedly more quiet these days), lasted a decade until its remaining three members voted it out of existence.

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Larry Kramer’s seminal piece about the AIDS crisis comes to life at freeFall

By : Steve Blanchard
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St. Petersburg – On the set of freeFall’s current production of The Normal Heart, Larry Kramer’s play about the very early days of the AIDS crisis in New York, there are brick walls in the background to represent apartments and offices, and a white hospital bed positioned in the middle of the floor.

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