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Celebrities mourn Larry Kramer: His ‘rage helped lift us out of invisibility’

Larry Kramer speaking at a Boston Gay Town Meeting in June 1987.
Larry Kramer speaking at a Boston Gay Town Meeting in June 1987.
(Ellen Shub / HBO)

Impassioned activist and playwright Larry Kramer is being remembered as a fighter whose refusal to be silent helped save lives.

As news of Kramer’s death spread on Wednesday, celebrities and other public figures shared tributes and remembrances across social media about “The Normal Heart” writer’s legacy as a fiery advocate and pioneering AIDS activist. He co-founded the Gay Men’s Health Crisis as well as ACT UP in the 1980s.

“I don’t have the words to properly express my gratitude, admiration, and love for you,” wrote actor Matt Bomer, who starred in the 2014 TV adaptation of “The Normal Heart,” in his Instagram tribute. “Your writing was bold, courageous, and urgent. It educated, stirred people to action, and saved lives.”

Kramer, whose 1985 drama ‘The Normal Heart’ about the early years of the AIDS crisis was an angry indictment of inaction by officials, has died at 84.

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“When so much of the world refused to see any value in our beating hearts, Larry Kramer’s rage helped lift us out of invisibility,” tweeted writer Dustin Lance Black. “Today, our movement has lost one of its greatest fighters.”

More tributes to Kramer below.

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Mark Ruffalo, knowing his host liked sweets, showed up at playwright Larry Kramer’s Manhattan home with pastries in tow — unaware that the then-77-year-old’s health now restricted such pleasures.


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