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

Birth of AIDS Activism January 1982: Larry Kramer Was among the First to Make on the Growing Health Crisis. (Rebels & Pioneers)

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

Birth of AIDS Activism January 1982: Larry Kramer Was among the First to Make on the Growing Health Crisis. (Rebels & Pioneers)

Article excerpt

It was already dark outside at 6 P.M. January 12, 1982, when six friends huddled over the round coffee table in the Washington Square living room of New York writer Larry Kramer. The group had been meeting every two weeks for the previous seven months to get updates on the mysterious "gay cancer" that was already claiming lives at an alarming rate. With doctors, public health advocates, and the general public unaware and unconcerned about the disease, these six took it upon themselves to strategize ways to fight the disease. Sometimes dozens of other frightened and curious gay men joined them. Most of the time it was just this core six: Nathan Fain, Edmund White, Paul Popham, Paul Rapoport, Lawrence Mass, and, of course, Kramer.

But January 12 was different. "We decided we had to make this [group] official," remembers Kramer, who by that time had already lost half a dozen friends to the puzzling disease.

As the men gathered that night, Rapoport declared, "Gay men certainly have a health crisis. …

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