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Statement on Passing of Larry Kramer, AIDS Activist and Writer
May 27, 2020 at 10:23 am

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May 27, 2020

CONTACT: Samuel Garrett-Pate, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (973) 476-3770/EMAIL: press@eqca.org

LOS ANGELES — Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, released the following statement from Executive Director Rick Chavez Zbur on Wednesday morning after the passing of AIDS activist and writer Larry Kramer at age 84:

“We lost a giant today. Larry was a trailblazer, a visionary and one of the fiercest champions for our community. He knew that if we didn’t act to save our own lives, no one else would. He was right. And act up he did. Larry was provocative because he had to be. He was loud because our elected leaders were quiet. He was angry because our community was dying and the people who were supposed to protect us didn’t seem to give a damn.

“The one thing Larry never was — and never will be — is silent. Rest in power, Larry.”


Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org

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