On newsstands across America, Entertainment Weekly magazine invites us to purchase the latest issue highlighting the “most important, infuriating, heartbreaking movie of the year.” Five sober-faced celebrities, including Julia Roberts, grace the cover along with chilling stats intended to shock sensibilities.
- 60 percent of young Americans living with HIV today are unaware they’re infected.
- 36 million–the number of people who have died of AIDS since 1981.
- 22 percent increase in new infections among gay and bisexual men in the United States from 2008 –2010.
- 1994 – the year AIDS became the leading cause of death among Americans 25–44.
The cover story inside has the title, This Love Story Does Not Have a Happy Ending. It tells of the central character who sees his own body disintegrate and how the movie is a semi autobiographical story of Larry Kramer, an HIV-positive homosexual who wrote the story, The Normal Heart.
The article featured a picture of a sickly Mr. Kramer who could not contribute because of illness. A decade ago he did speak a gloomy message to the LGBTQ community in New York, some of which follows below. He is the author of the novel, “Faggots” and acknowledges he previously had tried to kill himself.
“I have recently gone through my diaries of the worst of the AIDS plague years. I saw day after day a notation of another friend’s death. I listed all the ones I’d slept with.