-You make it sound like I’m the enemy!
-I am beginning to think that you and your straight world are our enemy! I am FURIOUS with you! And every GODDAMN DOCTOR who made me feel it was sick to love a man! I am trying to understand why NOBODY. GIVES A SHIT. THAT WE’RE DYING! Five million dollars for a house and we can’t get twenty-seven cents from the city!? I know forty-three guys who’ve died and you say it’s my cause? Not yours?! You still think I’m sick! I simply cannot allow it for one single second longer! I will not speak to you again until you accept me as your equal! Your HEALTHY equal! YOUR BROTHER!
The Normal Heart is about how things were thirty years ago and yet while watching it, I broke down during this scene more than any other. Because it’s been thirty yearsand this is stillthe status quo. This is stillhow so many people are treated, this is stillhow so many people treat the LGBTQA+ community. It’s sickening, it’s horrifying, and it’s saddening.
I don’t know how many of you know, but the reason Ryan Murphy, Mark Ruffalo, and the countless others behind it turned this play into a film is because they were afraid that people were forgetting. That people were so uncomfortable talking about AIDS still, and that we were forgetting the pain and the struggle the community went through to get to where it is today. They specifically choseHBO because of its young audience. They wanted OUR generation to know this story. They did this to teach our generation about AIDS and the struggles of the gay community, BECAUSE NOBODY ELSE WAS.
But the thing that stuck with me more than anything, and the thing I hope you all take away from this film, is that despite the amount of time that has passed, things are still bad. We are still so persecuted, we are still so unwanted, we are still thought of by so many as sick and wrong and sinful. Things are still bad.This film is about fighting. Fighting for yourself, your friends, and what you believe in. I’m here to tell you we’re not even close to done fighting. And this world won’t change unless you stand up and fight too.