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Andrew Sullivan
(August 10, 1963 - living) U.K. - U.S.A.

Andrew Sullivan

Writer

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Born in South Godstone, Southern England, to a middle-class Irish Catholic family, he earned his undergraduate degree in modern history and modern languages at Oxford University, where he was Chair of the Oxford Union, the university's famed debating society.

Winner of a prestigious Harkness Fellowship, Sullivan went to the US and earned a master's degree in public administration and a PhD in political science at Harvard University. While a postgraduate, Sullivan embarked on a freelance writing career that led him in 1990 to a position as Washington columnist for Esquire magazine, and in 1991, at the precocious age of 28, to the editorship of The New Republic.

Sullivan introduced the magazine's readers to cultural politics, authored several pieces on gay and lesbian topics. In 1996, Sullivan stepped down as editor to devote more attention to his writing. Sullivan also publicly announced his HIV-positive status.

He has spoken out against "outing" and remains an active communicvant in the Catholic Church. He has recommended same-sex marriage for gay men as an "essential civilising activity", and was among the first to express hope for "the end of AIDS" after the breakthroughs of multiple drug treatements beginning in 1996.

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Books:

  • Virtually Normal: an Argument about Homosexuality (1995)
  • Same-sex Marriage: Pro and Con (1997, editor)
  • Love Undetectable: Notes on Friendship, Sex, and Survival (1998)
Website: http://www.andrewsullivan.com
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