Larry Kramer Remembered

Some of the many tributes to Larry Kramer From Tony Kushner: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/29/opinion/larry-kramer.html From playwright Matthew Lopez: https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/may/27/larry-kramer-death-activist-gay-rights From Anthony Fauci: https://time.com/5843886/larry-kramer-fauci-remembrance/ Some profile pieces from over the years: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2002/05/13/public-nuisance https://nymag.com/news/features/62887/ https://www.interviewmagazine.com/culture/larry-kramer-ellen-barkin-american-people-volume-two

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Larry Kramer-AIDS activist has died

Larry Kramer, AIDS activist, author and playwright has died at the age of 84. Kramer co-founded the Gay Men’s Health Crisis and founded Act Up during the eighties, wrote the acclaimed play The Normal Heart, and earlier this year published the second and final volume of his epic novel The American People. https://www.npr.org/2020/05/27/512714500/larry-kramer-pioneering-aids-activist-and-writer-dies-at-84https://www.newsweek.com/larry-kramer-rip-aids-activism-1506891

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Stonewall historian and longtime LGBTQ rights activist David Carter has died

Carter’s influential 2004 book, Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution, was also the basis for the acclaimed PBS documentary “Stonewall Uprising” and he was key in helping the Stonewall Inn receive National Monument status. https://www.washingtonblade.com/2020/05/07/stonewall-riots-historian-author-david-carter-dies-at-67/

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Dr. Richard Friedman, author of the book Male Homosexuality: A Contemporary Psychoanalytic Perspective

Dr. Richard Friedman, the author of the groundbreaking 1988 book Male Homosexuality: A Contemporary Psychoanalytic Perspective, has died at the age of 79. The book made the case that sexual orientation is largely biologically determined and debunked the Freudian thought, still prevalent at the time, that homosexuality could be “cured”. https://www.gaycitynews.com/dr-richard-friedman-key-in-normalizing-homosexuality-dies-at-79/ https://www.advocate.com/news/2020/5/07/male-homosexuality-author-dies-book-countered-negative-stereotypes

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In Memoriam: Tomie dePaola, Author of “Oliver Button Is a Sissy” and Much More

Thomas Anthony “Tomie” dePaola was an American writer and illustrator who created more than 260 children’s books such as Strega Nona. He received the Children’s Literature Legacy Award for his lifetime contribution to American children’s literature in 2011. https://www.mombian.com/2020/03/30/in-memoriam-tomie-depaola-author-of-oliver-button-is-a-sissy-and-much-more/

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Terrence McNally died on March 24 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, FL

McNally made his Broadway debut with an adaptation of “The Lady of the Camellias” (1963), which was followed by the original plays “And Things That Go Bump in the Night” (1965), “Morning, Noon and Night” (1968) and an evening of one-acts titled “Bad Habits” (1974).  He is probably best know to audiences (and to opera […]

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Mart Crowley, the Tony-winning playwright of The Boys in the Band dies at 84

A playwright and screenwriter, Crowley is best known for creating the first mainstream portrayal of gay men in Boys in the Band, which is being released later this year as a Netflix film. https://www.broadway.com/buzz/198715/mart-crowley-tony-winning-playwright-of-the-boys-in-the-band-is-dead-at-84/ https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/playwright-mart-crowley-boys-in-the-band-dead-84-964742/ You can watch a 2009 Theatre Talk interview with Crowley here: https://tv.cuny.edu/show/theatertalk/PR1010888

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Allee Willis, Hall of Fame songwriter and beloved L.A. eclectic, dead at 72

Willis was inducted last year into the Songwriters Hall of Fame for her decades of work crafting songs that stretched from pop and rock to R&B and soul and were recorded by myriad artists also including Ray Charles, Sister Sledge, Bonnie Raitt, Bryan Adams and Pet Shop Boys. https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2019-12-26/allee-willis-obituary-friends-remember-songwriter

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Noted Publisher and Editor Bill Cohen has Died

An early steward of LGBTQ studies and queer academic inquiry, Cohen is known for co-founding (along with Patrick Mcloughlin) the highly regarded Haworth Press, a publishing venture that specialized in producing scholarly journals and trade books. https://www.lambdaliterary.org/features/rem/12/14/noted-publisher-and-editor-bill-cohen-has-died/

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