Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Give'em Hell, Larry: Our Angry Prophet Larry Kramer Won't Be Mellowing Any Time Soon. nor Should We

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Give'em Hell, Larry: Our Angry Prophet Larry Kramer Won't Be Mellowing Any Time Soon. nor Should We

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One thing about Larry Kramer: He cuts to the chase. "Dear straight people, Why do you hate gay people so much?" Kramer begins in a March 20 Los Angeles Times op-ed piece rebuking Marine general Peter Pace for his infamous gay-sex-is-immoral comment. "Our own country's democratic process declares us to be unequal," Kramer addresses America's heterosexuals. "Which means, in a democracy, that our enemy is you. You treat us like crumbs. You hate us. And sadly, we let you."

This is Larry Kramer in a mellow mood. Over his long career there's no tolling how many times the 72-year-old activist has slung words like "Nazi" at health professionals and journalists and politicians and whoever else pissed him off at the time. Cross him and Larry Kramer is one evil queen.

We should all be so evil.

Larry Kramer is a brilliant and accomplished man, one of the most effective activists of our time. But of all his achievements, this may be the biggest: He long ago overcame the need to be liked. Toe many of us, like anxious children, spend our lives trying to be so pleasant--such fun--that our being gay won't bother anybody too much. …

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