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Lecture: How Building Resilient Gay Men Saves Lives ..."

Thursday, October 15, 2015
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Lecture Series continues the semester with a presentation by John-Manuel Andriote, entitled, "How Building Resilient Gay Men Saves Lives and Why It’s Good for America."

John-Manuel Andriote will draw from his research for the book he is writing to discuss the exciting news from behavioral research showing both young and old gay men to be extremely resilient–even after lifetimes among people who consider them to be less than fully human and equal citizens. Gay men truly know that what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Now scientists say that tapping our resilience is the key to keeping us mentally and physically healthy throughout our lives. Building and supporting gay boys from a young age to embrace their “difference” as a good thing will mean lower health care costs, fewer gay youth driven to suicide, politically engaged citizens who care about their communities, and role models for young gay people coming up behind us.

John-Manuel Andriote has written about LGBT issues, politics, and popular culture since publishing his first book review in The Advocate in 1983. One of America’s leading HIV/AIDS reporters, Andriote since 1986 has chronicled the epidemic’s impact in the United States and around the world. Kirkus Reviews called his 1999 book Victory Deferred: How AIDS Changed Gay Life in America (University of Chicago Press) “The most important AIDS chronicle since Randy Shilts’ And the Band Played On.” A lifelong music lover, Andriote in 2001 authored Hot Stuff: A Brief History of Disco (HarperCollins). In 2014 Andriote expanded his wide-ranging interests to author his first children’s book, Wilhelmina Goes Wandering, based on the true story of a runaway cow in Connecticut. Please visit for more information and links to articles and books.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.

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