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‘The Normal Heart’ Opens as DC Gears Up for AIDS 2012

The Normal HeartPost submitted by Eric Cameron, HRC Digital Media Specialist

Tonight marks the first production of The Normal Heart at D.C.'s Arena Stage. The largely autobiographical play – written by ACT UP founder Larry Kramer – tells a story of government inaction, medical uncertainty and LGBT activism in the early years of the AIDS crisis.

The Normal Heart was revived on Broadway last spring and is moving to D.C. to coincide with this summer’s International AIDS Conference. This is the first time the U.S. has hosted the annual conference in over 20 years. The passage of the HIV travel ban in 1993 stood in the way, but thanks to the hard work of HRC and our allies on the Hill, Congress and President Obama officially lifted the ban in January 2010.

HRC will be widely involved in this year’s conference, held July 22-27. We’ll be displaying sections from the AIDS Memorial Quilt, hosting special panel discussions and sponsoring various other community events around the city. Visit to find out more!

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