The Normal Heart Wins Emmy for Outstanding Television Movie
- New York 08/26/2014 by Linda Perry (WBAI)
At the Emmy Awards last night, HIV/AIDS Activist Larry Kramer, appeared onstage.
The Normal Heart, his film based on his mostly autobiographical play, took the Emmy for best television movie. It depicts Kramer's frustrating struggle in the 80’s to bring HIV/AIDS out of darkness.
Accepting the award was Ryan Murphy, the film's director. He addressed young people watching the award ceremony. "Become Larry Kramer," he said. "Find a cause you believe in, that you will fight for, that you will die for."
Kramer was co-founder of the Gay Men's Health Crisis and founded ACT UP in 1987. The group is credited with changing pubic health policy and the perception of people who live with HIV and AIDS.