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John-Manuel Andriote

Author, journalist, speaker, and consultant

John-Manuel Andriote began reporting on HIV-AIDS in 1986 while working on a master’s degree in journalism at Northwestern University. For 20 years, Andriote reported on HIV-AIDS as a Washington, DC-based health journalist. In 1999 Kirkus Reviews called his award-winning book Victory Deferred: How AIDS Changed Gay Life in America, “The most important AIDS chronicle since Randy Shilts’ And the Band Played On.” 

 

Andriote’s perspective on the subject he had focused on for decades shifted on October 27, 2005, when his doctor called. “I have bad news on the HIV test,” he said. After telling others’ stories for so many years, Andriote now had to learn how to tell his own story. He began telling it publicly in a 2006 first-person story for The Washington Post and NPR interview. He shares even more of his story in his latest book Stonewall Strong: Gay Men’s Heroic Fight for Resilience, Good Health, and a Strong Community. The book explores how we become resilient by learning to frame our own stories as heroic tales of courage and survival, defined by our resilience—rather than by our diagnosis or the other traumas of our lives. 

 

Andriote writes about resilience in his “Stonewall Strong” blog for Psychology Today. For more information about Andriote’s advocacy work, please visit stonewallstrong.com. To read more about his professional work as an author, journalist, speaker, and consultant, please visit jmandriote.com.