What a life. Rest in power, warrior. https://t.co/6gbMzK0rLe
— Maryn McKenna (@marynmck) May 27, 2020
We may very well be entering the most volatile summer of protest since 1968. We need Larry Kramers as loud as we can get them. https://t.co/ST97hjocX9
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) May 27, 2020
… Kramer was not polite. He was far from civil. People were dying, the country and its government didn’t seem to care—indeed, some of the more prominent conservatives of the day seemed downright gleeful that AIDS was killing all the right people—and Kramer didn’t have time for polite discussions.
Mr. Kramer enjoyed provocation for its own sake — he once introduced Mayor Edward I. Koch of New York to his pet wheaten terrier as the man who was “killing Daddy’s friends” — and this could sometimes overshadow his achievements as an author and social activist…“I was trying to make people united and angry. I was known as the angriest man in the world, mainly because I discovered that anger got you further than being nice. And when we started to break through in the media, I was better TV than someone who was nice.”
We may very well be entering the most volatile summer of protest since 1968. If what happened in Minneapolis on Tuesday night is any indication, a fully militarized police culture is out there waiting to be unleashed on all the right people. We need Larry Kramers as loud as we can get them.
Larry Kramer was a catalyst for turning rage into action, for turning patients into agents of change, both for biomedical research, clinical care on HIV/AIDS, but also for the acceptance of LGBTQ people in the US. He paved the way. https://t.co/lZpQlt7EwO
— Gregg Gonsalves (@gregggonsalves) May 27, 2020