Larry Kramer, born in 1935, is a public health expert, author, and playwright. His works include the screenplay for the 1969 film Women in Love and his controversial book about the New York gay scene in the 1970s, Faggots.
Kramer’s activism and expertise made him one of the leading figures during the AIDS epidemic in the USA during the 1980s and 90s. Kramer co-founded Gay Men’s Health Crisis in 19782, which was at the time the world’s largest organisation supporting people with AIDS. He went on to co-found ACT-UP, a key player in the movement, and in 2001 created the Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Yale University.