Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report Summarizes Coverage of AIDS Advocate Larry Kramer’s New Book
Several newspapers recently have published articles about AIDS advocate and playwright Larry Kramer's new book, titled "The Tragedy of Today's Gays." Summaries of some of the articles appear below.
Dallas Morning News, "Kramer vs. Kramer": Kramer in an interview with the Morning News says that because men who have sex with men had been "taking advantage" of "some kind of sexual freedom" with a "vengeance, ... we brought AIDS on ourselves by not looking after ourselves, not heeding warnings, not taking care of each other and, most of all, not fighting back against our enemies" (Egerton, Dallas Morning News, 5/8).
Dallas Morning News, "Where's the RAGE?": Kramer writes in an essay that "[e]very single president since 1981 has denied" the existence of MSM and HIV/AIDS, and the gay community "let them get away with it." The essay is adapted from a speech -- on which his new book is based -- that Kramer gave on Nov. 7, 2004, in New York City (Kramer, Dallas Morning News, 5/7).
- Washington Post, "The Pessivist": Kramer's new book -- the "work of a tireless yeller who's now dead tired of yelling" -- reveals that he "views AIDS's continued existence ... as somehow his personal failing," according to the Post. "I'm tired. I'm tired of saying the same things. I've said enough. People look at me for answers. But I don't know anymore. I'm gonna be 70 soon. It's your world now. Please do something with it," Kramer said (Vargas, Washington Post, 5/9).