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Larry Kramer

Sunday, December 5, 2021 (Dr. Zach Lasker, Executive Director)

“There will always be enemies. Time to stop being your own.” -Larry Kramer

When I was a kid, I perceived the miracle of Chanukah to be a magic vat of oil that was so potent it ignited the Menorah candles for a whopping eight nights. As a teenager, my appreciation of Chanukah expanded to the miracle of inner strength so powerful that it knocks down the forces of adversity, intolerance, and fear that hold us back from sharing the delicious characteristics and attributes we each embody and make us unique. Tonight, we light our candles in tribute to Larry Kramer who modeled the values of identity and inclusion through his writing, film production, and activism around issues of public health and LGBTQ rights.

Larry’s art has and will continue to impact the hearts and minds of countless individuals and has been recognized through several awards. Shortly after his death in June 2020 Larry was added among American “pioneers, trailblazers, and heroes” on the National LGBTQ Wall of Honor within the Stonewall National Monument (SNM) in New York City’s famous Stonewall Inn. So, I ask: What light within are you concealing and how can you reveal it?

Happy last day of Chanukah!

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