Saturday, September 01, 2007

Dinner with an icon

We hung out last night with Larry Kramer (above), the legendary gay activist who founded ACT UP, and his partner David. Not only is Larry one of the best-known gay activists in the country, he's also an acclaimed writer who was nominated for an Academy Award for best screenplay, was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, and wrote Faggots, a pivotal novel that turned a critical eye on gay life in pre-AIDS America.

Rex, who's known Larry for 20 years, convinced him to speak this weekend at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association national convention here in San Diego.Larry is a sweetheart. And his partner David (left), who is an architect, is charming and playful.

I named David an honorary Cajun cousin of mine. Turns out his mother had family in Louisiana, and David visited the family rice farm in Crowley, La., nearly every summer as a kid. What a small freakin' world! Crowley is just a few miles from my home town of Jennings.Fergal took the guys out for drinks earlier in the evening. I think the sly Irishman is gunning to become Larry's new poolboy.

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