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John Lauritsen: Writer, Publisher, Survey Research Analyst. AB Harvard 1963.

Beginning in 1966, John Lauritsen established a career as a market research executive and analyst. He also has been a gay activist and scholar since the earliest days of the gay liberation movement. In the summer of 1969 he joined the Gay Liberation Front, and edited Come Out!, the first publication of the post-Stonewall gay movement. He joined the Gay Activists Alliance in 1974, and served as Delegate-At-Large. And in the same year he joined the Gay Academic Union. He was a member of the Columbia University Seminar on Homosexualities.

With the advent of the gay health crisis in the early 80s, Lauritsen became an investigative journalist and a leading "AIDS critic" (one who rejects the official AIDS model, including the HIV-Causes-AIDS hypothesis). His main outlet was the New York Native, which from 1985 to 1996 published over 50 of his articles. These articles have been described by the leading science and medical correspondent of the Sunday Times (London) as "the most trenchantly informative, irreverent, funny and tragic writing of the AIDS years" (Neville Hodgkinson, AIDS: The Failure of Contemporary Science, London 1996).

In addition to the Native, John Lauritsen's articles have appeared in publications as diverse as Gay Books Bulletin, Gay Times (London), Civil Liberties Review, The Freethinker (London), Journal of Homosexuality, Christopher Street, Gay & Lesbian Humanist, Gay & Lesbian Review, Bio/Technology, and The Lancet. His writings have been translated into German, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian.


(Co-authored with David Thorstad) The Early Homosexual Rights Movement (1864-1935) (New York 1974; Second Revised Edition, Ojai, California 1995). This seminal work, continuously in print since 1974, uncovered the forgotten history of the gay movement of the 19th and the early 20th century.

(Editor) John Addington Symonds, Male Love: A Problem in Greek Ethics and Other Writings (New York 1983).

(Co-authored with Hank Wilson) Death Rush: Poppers [Nitrite Inhalants] and AIDS (New York 1986).

Poison By Prescription: The AZT Story (New York 1990).

The AIDS War: Propaganda, Profiteering and Genocide from the Medical-Industrial Complex (New York 1993).

(Co-edited with Ian Young) The AIDS Cult: Essays on the Gay Health Crisis (Provincetown 1997).

A Freethinker's Primer of Male Love (Provincetown 1998).

(Editor) Plato: The Banquet translated by Percy Bysshe Shelley (Provincetown 2001).

Work in progress: The Man Who Wrote Frankenstein. Scheduled for publication in 2007, this book will argue that the true author of Frankenstein was Percy Bysshe Shelley, not his second wife, Mary. Lauritsen now lives in Dorchester (part of Boston), Massachusetts.

Check out John Lauritsen's new, exciting and excellent website

Please check out John Lauritsen's new section The Gay Brain on his website


Review of the book about Edward Carpenter Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love by Sheila Rowbotham

Please check out the new section "Sir Richard Francis Burton: Explorer of the Sotadic Zone"

Letter to the Editor

Review of the book Does Feminism Discriminate against Men? A Debate by Warren Farrell with J.Steven Svoboda and James P. Sterba

Freethinker's Primer of Male Love by John Lauritsen reviewed by William A. Percy (as pdf)

Hellenism and Homoeroticism in Shelley and His Circle (as pdf)

Saying Goodbye to Arthur Cyrus Warner, MBA '43, JD '46, PhD '60

Review by Camille Paglia of The Man Who Wrote Frankenstein written by John Lauritsen

The Man Who Wrote Frankenstein by John Lauritsen reviewed by Andrew Flinn

Kurt Hiller's 1928 Gay Rights Speech translated by John Lauritsen

Dangerous Trends in Feminism by John Lauritsen

The Gay Report by Karla Jay and Allen Young & The Spada Report by James Spada reviewed by John Lauritsen

Gay Lieder by John Lauritsen

The Boswell Thesis: Essays on Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality edited by Mathew Kuefler reviewed by John Lauritsen

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