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John-Manuel Andriote
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John-Manuel Andriote is an author, journalist, and speaker who has focused on gay culture and politics, HIV/AIDS, health, and medicine since the early 1980s. His first children's book, Wilhelmina Goes Wandering, based on the true story of a runaway cow in Connecticut, was published in April 2014. An updated e-book edition of his book Hot Stuff: A Brief History of Disco/Dance Music was published in 2012. An updated and expanded new edition of his acclaimed history of the AIDS epidemic in the U.S., Victory Deferred: How AIDS Changed Gay Life in America, was published in 2011. For 22 years, Andriote reported from Washington, D.C., until returning to eastern Connecticut in 2007. He holds a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

Entries by John-Manuel Andriote

How About an LGBT Institute for Community Resiliency and Climate Adaptation to Support Our Health and Wellness?

(2) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 4:34 PM

We have had five nor'easters in a month and nearly four feet of snow are still piled high here in the boondocks of eastern Connecticut. Throw in arctic temperatures, ice, wind, the monotony of a gray-and-white landscape, and cabin fever, and even a resilient Yankee heart can sink.

Last January...

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First Build Gay Men's Resilience. HIV Prevention Will Follow.

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 5:03 PM

A recently published study connects the dots between the disproportionate rate of mental health problems among gay and bisexual men and their equally disproportionate rate of HIV infection. It suggests that to be effective, HIV prevention efforts must first support our mental health, rather than simply try to...

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Spike in Tiny Number of Gay Men on PrEP Abandoning Condoms Hardly Represents 'All' Gay Men

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 11:55 PM

A Dec. 8 blog post in the San Francisco Business Times has sparked another furor over gay men using the HIV drug Truvada to prevent infection with the deadly virus. "San Francisco men shed condoms in favor of Gilead's HIV prevention pill," alleges the title of SFBT reporter...

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Gay American Men Shockingly Ignorant About HIV/AIDS, Kaiser Study Finds

(22) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 10:33 PM

A Kaiser Family Foundation survey of what gay American men know and how we behave when it comes to HIV shows a stunning level of ignorance and denial 33 years since the virus began to kill extraordinary numbers of us.

More distressing than the profound lack of knowledge...

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For Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 9/27: Becoming Men of Memory and Hope

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 4:48 PM

The world has changed. Gay life in America has changed. Since 1981, when the first reports of AIDS came out -- and I came out as a gay man -- this reporter has witnessed and documented stunning changes over the last three decades.

Foremost, I've seen HIV infection commuted from...

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When Your Own College Wouldn't Want You Because You're Gay: Evangelical Leaders Ask for Right to Discriminate

(13) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 2:30 PM

It took all of 24 hours after the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision last week for conservative religionists to try seizing the opportunity to exclude people from their midst whose non-heterosexuality troubles them.

The president of my own alma mater was one of the prominent evangelicals who...

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For Pride Month, Daring to Be Wild and Precious in a New One-man Show

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 2:13 PM

"I want to celebrate that we've come so far in my life from not having words for our experience -- 'the love that dare not speak its name' -- to being able to celebrate it." Boston psychotherapist Steve Cadwell is speaking about his new one-man show Wild and Precious, a...

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Who Decides? 'Right-to-Try' Law's Unacknowledged, Deep Roots in AIDS Activism

(2) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 4:14 PM

It's ironic to hear lefties lambaste Colorado's new "right-to-try" law as something that emerged from the corporation-coddling right wing. They apparently missed some of the most important lessons of the 33-year-old AIDS epidemic.

The right-to-try legislation, just signed into law by Colorado's Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper, gives terminally ill people...

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From AIDS Reporter to Children's Author? Why It's a Natural Step

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 6:41 PM

I wasn't expecting the question, hadn't prepared a response, was caught entirely off-guard: "You wrote a book about AIDS... now a children's book? I'm intrigued with that." 

Scot Haney, an openly gay weatherman on Connecticut's WFSB Channel 3, was asking the question in an April 1 interview about...

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Marking a Scientific Milestone, and Celebrating a Gay Hero, in the HIV Epidemic

(2) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 11:31 AM

Thirty years ago, in an April 23, 1984 press conference in Washington, D.C., the world learned that American microbiologist Robert C. Gallo and his colleagues at the National Cancer Institute had proved that a retrovirus first seen by their counterparts at Institut Pasteur in Paris was the cause of AIDS....

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Of Fathers and Father Figures: Supporting or Undermining Gay Men's Health

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 8:05 PM

Gay men's relationships with our fathers are often fraught, to say the least. But without a father's -- or father figure's -- loving support and kicks-in-the-butt as needed, research suggests that the odds already stacked against us in enjoying good mental health and staying HIV-negative grow even steeper.

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Sharing Gay HIV/AIDS History Should Be a Source of Hope and Pride

(2) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 2:16 PM

Reading about Herb Weatherwax riding the motorized scooter he calls "Herb's Hot Rod" around the visitors center grounds at Pearl Harbor made me think about the generation gap in gay America.

How's that? Weatherwax was a 24-year-old Army private in Honolulu when Japan bombed Oahu on December 7, 1941. Twenty-one...

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Dear Mr. President, Please Stop Wasting HIV Prevention Funding and Start Saving Our Lives

(3) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 3:41 PM

Thirty-two years into the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the federal government continues to squander public prevention dollars by targeting exactly the wrong Americans.

Speaking at a meeting at Boston's Fenway Health, the world's largest LGBT health care and research organization, Gregorio Millett, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) senior scientist...

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Recovering Your Balance After the Doctor Breaks the News (And Your World Turns Upside Down)

(18) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 7:35 PM

You just never know when your whole world is going to be turned upside down.

Your life is swinging along nicely. You just finished renovating your 1924 condo in a great area of booming downtown Washington, D.C.

Your work has taken you to Africa and the Caribbean within the...

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My First Bass Weejuns: How Trying to Fit Into a Champagne Culture Can Undermine the Health of Gay Men With Beer Budgets

(22) Comments | Posted September 7, 2013 | 12:57 AM

The train carried me 28 miles south from Beverly Farms, Mass., to Boston. I'd made the trip before, and would again, while I was an undergraduate at Gordon College.

From the tony North Shore, with its big houses and old money, I was headed for Harvard Square, center of...

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Marking a Civil Rights Milestone, Elitism Is Robbing LGBT Movement of Power to 'Make Good the Promise of America'

(15) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 9:04 PM

President Lyndon Johnson was a "changed man," according to Time, after he delivered a speech to a joint session of Congress on March 15, 1965, introducing his long-awaited Voting Rights Act. The act, signed into law Aug. 6, 1965, was intended to remove the many barriers to African Americans' exercising...

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DOMA's Fall, Legal Same-Sex Marriage: Formerly Forbidden Fruit Brings Unexpected Sweetness to Binational Couple

(7) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 10:05 PM

My friend George* from D.C. called recently to tell me how surprised he was by his "before and after" experience of finally marrying Ali*, his partner of seven years, after the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on June 26. Their experience is further evidence that formerly...

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To Show Real Gay Pride, How About Reframing Safe Sex as What Proud, Healthy Gay Men Naturally Do?

(41) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 6:31 PM

Instead of telling gay men, "Always use a condom," we need to address the reasons so many men don't. When we have new generations who didn't watch their friends die horrific deaths from AIDS now dismissing condom use as "political correctness," and serious writers claiming that "hedonism" is what drives...

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To Lose and Keep Off Weight, Turn Off Your Body's 'Fat Switch'

(19) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 12:13 PM

Most people don't think about fat insects or hibernating animals when they talk about the cause of obesity, so it's refreshing to see a book that tackles obesity as a normal process that all animals have learned.

In his new book The Fat Switch, Richard J. Johnson, a professor of...

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Young Ambassadors Speak Out, Organize Events for First National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on April 10

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 4:34 PM

If you ever have any doubt that the future will be in good hands with today's youth, just talk to the three young people with whom I recently spoke. Amelia Schlossberg, a 22-year-old senior at Carleton College in Minnesota; Ignacio Cruz, 19 and a junior at the University of Texas-Austin;...

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