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WASHINGTON — Planned Parenthood Federation of America released the following statement following the death of Larry Kramer, LGBTQ icon, author, and AIDS activist. 

Statement from Alexis McGill Johnson, acting president, Planned Parenthood Federation of America:

“Relentless and unapologetic in a time of crisis and devastation, Larry Kramer was a bold leader who never stopped fighting for increased AIDS research and an end to discrimination against LGBTQ people. As a playwright, he brought humanity and heart to the AIDS crisis. As an activist, he was fearless in the face of pain and opposition, never backing down from a fight in order to save his community. 

“Today especially, I’m remembering my sister cousin Kathy, who left us in 2007 from complications due to AIDS – her death brought me into this fight, and inspires me to keep going, and ensure that Planned Parenthood remains a safe and compassionate health care provider for all who seek care, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. To Kathy and Larry, rest in power."

Planned Parenthood believes everyone deserves high-quality, compassionate health care that’s appropriate for your needs and concerns — no matter your gender identity or sexual orientation. Across the country, Planned Parenthood health centers provide education, support, and sexual and reproductive health services for LGBTQ patients. Planned Parenthood is proud to stand with the LGBTQ community and provide a safe and welcoming place to get health care and information.

To learn more about our LGBTQ services, click HERE.

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Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With more than 600 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.