The Normal Heart on HBO at 9PM

AIDS

The AIDS crisis had become a lightening rod issue for the Gay community by the mid-80s; just as I was coming to grips with my own sexuality. The response from the Reagan Administration, the community I lived and popular culture probably did more to shape my attitudes of social justice, the role of government and community than any other single event in my life. It also started what would be an intensely personal and difficult internal debate about religion that I would fixate on for another 10-12 years. I’ll miss the premiere tonight but plan on watching the HBO production.

About The Normal Heart: Originally written as a play by Larry Kramer, The Normal Heart focuses on the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984, as seen through the eyes of writer/activist Ned Weeks, the gay Jewish-American founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group.

 

2 responses to “The Normal Heart on HBO at 9PM

  1. The film is very well done, it brought me to tears.

    The same way the play has many times and life has too.

    I think back to the early 1980s – fresh out of college, life was good and then all of a sudden friends became sick. Healthy, vibrant people. Inexplicably sick.

    Then the “link” to homosexuality was made – and the progress made since Stonewall seemed to get pushed aside, well worse – pushed back. Gay Cancer. Ya, that was a horrible term – but it reflected the actual ignorance and stigma of the times.

    Socially it was difficult to see those you love become so ill, so quick, only to die from something that no one knew what it was. They are chosen family. And it was bad enough to watch it all cycle through – but many times after someone passed their family – which many were not on the closest of terms with to start – came in and alienated those who actually took care of their child while ill.

    I remember fondly all of the marvelous people who made this world a better place, yet were taken from us too soon. May their memories be ever a blessing and inspiration to us all.

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  2. I watched it last night and thought it was very good. Mark Ruffalo was exceptional as Ned Weeks/Larry Kramer. I was a bit disappointed that the clothing and hair styles portrayed in the production weren’t more of what I remember the early 80s to have been like.

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