‘Larry Kramer in Love & Anger’

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are gen­er­ally more in fa­vor of is­sues such as mar­riage equal­ity, they don’t know the his­tory of how gays and les­bians went be­yond be­ing a dis­en­fran­chised peo­ple to rais­ing their voices to­gether. ”Part of what I was try­ing to do (with the film) is give a his­tory, to give a re­mark­ably brief look back. Look­ing back to 1980 you can see egre­gious dis­crim­i­na­tion and hor­ri­ble dis­re­gard for the lives of gay men, who were dy­ing.”

She saw many friends die; just dur­ing her time at GMHC, three of her su­per­vi­sors passed away. It left scars. “I have a great ar­chive of friends and ac­quain­tances no longer here. I feel like I am tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity in a way not to for­get. This is part of why I do the work. It was a his­tor­i­cally im­por­tant mo­ment that needs to be re­mem­bered. Many of us feel the need to keep the story alive.”

Kramer has been bet­ter this year and has made ap­pear­ances with the film, in­clud­ing at the Province­town In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. “He’s in a great shape,” says the di­rec­tor. “I saw him and he looks ter­rific. The pos­i­tive re­sponse he is get­ting to the film and his new book com­ing out, I think it gives him some wind un­der his wings that he has im­por­tant work to do. For so long, he has been this an­gry guy and I think peo­ple were afraid of him. What I wanted to do was show the other side, the Larry who is kind of a shy, sen­si­tive guy.”

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