The Normal Heart is a play that was written by Larry Kramer, a man who is still alive today. The Normal Heart is about the HIV/AIDs epidemic and is an angry play. After learning that the Dachau concentration camp had opened in 1933 with no reaction whatsoever from the German government, Kramer was inspired to write The Normal Heart based off of the lack of action done by the government, with AIDs replacing the role of Dachau and the United States government instead of the German government. Kramer also acted as an important role and figure in the creation of ACT UP.
Upon seeing this play, Giard was so moved by it that he then dedicated many of his photos to taking portraits of gay and lesbian literary wrights.