Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) estranged co-founder, playwright and AIDS activist Larry Kramer has been given a lifetime activism award by GMHC during a benefit for the organisation. Larry Kramer was removed from his role on the GMHC over 30 years ago due to his uncompromising brand of AIDS activism; some of that tension is still noticeable in the acceptance speech.
Larry has not lost any of his fire in his old age and concludes his acceptance speech with a battle cry for GMHC members;
“The power to change history is still within our grasp, we cannot wait another 34 years. This evil still being waged against us must cease. The battle cry now must be one word. Cure!”
Watch the full acceptance speech below:
Kramer is well known publicly for his play The Normal Heart which captures the start of the AIDS crisis through the eyes of Ned Weeks, founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group. Recently remade into a film by HBO, Mark Ruffalo leads a star studded cast including Jonathon Groff, Julia Roberts and Matt Bomer. Watch the trailer below: