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Why Hasnt This Man Won the Nobel Prize


Larry Kramer is as well known for his activism -- he is a cofounder of Gay Men's Health Crisis and created ACT UP -- as he is for his anger when things don't go the way he thinks they should.

As Jesse Green writes in a compelling New York magazine profile of Kramer: "Arguably [GMHC and ACT UP] were responsible, in their good-cop-bad-cop way, for bring drugs to market that now make it possible for millions of HIV-positive people to live reasonably normal lives. As a side effect, they also instigated a fundamental shift in the way the public participates in decisions about health policy and pharmaceutical research. His former archenemy, now friend, Anthony Fauci, longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, divides American medicine broadly into two eras: 'Before Larry and after Larry.' So while it was nice that Dallas named him an honorary grand marshal [at last summer's Pride festival], putting him in the company of such luminaries as Bruce Vilanch, why has this man not been awarded a Nobel Prize?"

Read the rest of Green's profile of Kramer, whom he describes as a gay Malcolm X in search of a gay Martin Luther King Jr., here.

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