CHARLOTTE — On Tuesday, two North Carolina authors and LGBT advocates will present a special panel discussion in New York City following a Broadway performance of Larry Kramer’s “The Normal Heart.”

Furniture manufacturer Mitchell Gold, founder of the group Faith in America, will be joined by former Faith in America Executive Director Jimmy Creech. Gold is the author of “CRISIS:40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay In America.” [Ed. Note — This writer contributed a chapter to Gold’s book.] Creech is the author of the recently released “Adam’s Gift,” his memoir on life, religion, advocacy and his work on behalf of LGBT people.

“The Normal Heart” is semi-autobiographical play by HIV/AIDS activist Larry Kramer. It debuted in an off-Broadway production in 1985. It’s Broadway debut opened this April at the Golden Theatre. The play focuses on the AIDS Crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984 and main character Ned Weeks’ efforts to bring attention to the issues.

Gold and Creech will discuss the play and its meaning, as well as its relevance in today’s world.

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.