‘Genocide Is Being Inflicted on Gays’

The HIV activist gave an impassioned speech calling for a cure for the virus at a Gay Men’s Health Crisis gala

Larry KramerLarry Kramer was kicked out of Gay Men’s Health Crisis over 30 years ago for his fiercely vocal brand of HIV activism. And it appears not much has changed in the intervening decades.

The Normal Heart writer gave a rousing speech at a benefit thrown by the prominent HIV organization, which after a long period of estrangement had decided to honor its estranged cofounder with an award Monday night.

Kramer, who is on the cover of The Advocate‘s current issue, took the podium at the GMHC Spring Gala, titled “Renewal,” to reiterate his long-standing belief that systemic discrimination against LGBT people and other minorities is linked to the absence of a cure for the virus.

“HIV/AIDS has been our plague for 34 years,” he said. “We should have known more about this plague by now. Thirty-four years is a very long time to let people die.”

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