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Larry Kramer and the Beginning of AIDS Activism ~ Fire Island School Adult Education Program

August 12, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Larry Kramer and Bill Goldstein on the set of WNBC.

In 1981 Larry Kramer wrote an essay entitled “A Personal Appeal” about a then little understood disease in the biweekly gay newspaper known as the “New York Native,” and in doing so sparked the beginning of what many consider the beginnings of AIDS Activism. On the 40th anniversary of this watershed moment, Bill Goldstein, acclaimed book critic on for the weekend edition of WNBC’s “Today in New York’ as well as the authorized biographer of the late Larry Kramer, will discuss the playwright and activist. Goldstein spent hundreds of hours interviewing Kramer and has worked in Kramer’s personal papers, as well as in the records of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis and ACT UP, the two organizations Kramer played a vital role in founding. He has also studied the personal archives of many of Kramer’s closest friends and opponents – as well as Kramer’s intimate connection to Fire Island.

Thursday, August 12, from 7 – 8 PM $10 per person

This is a virtual class, that will be streamed via ZOOM, open to adults at least 18 years of age.

Fire Island School does not accept electronic payments, please be prepared to mail a check or walk-in check/cash payment in advance of first scheduled class date.

Download registration information by visiting: https://www.fi.k12.ny.us/Assets/Community_Documents/060321_Summer_2021_Adult_Ed.pdf?t=637583119852800000

About the Author

Shoshanna M.

Shoshanna McCollum is editor of Fire Island News. Author of two books, and award-winning journalist for multiple Fire Island and South Shore Long Island publications since 2000, she resides year round on Fire Island with her husband and many cats.


Fire Island School Adult Education Program