John Lauritsen

John Lauritsen: Writer, Publisher, Survey Research Analyst.
AB Harvard 1963.  Residence: Dorchester (part of Boston), Massachusetts.  Website:

    Beginning in 1966, John Lauritsen established a career as a market research executive and analyst.  But he also has been a gay activist and scholar since the earliest days of the gay liberation movement.
    In July 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, of which he later became a National Director.  He was a member of the Columbia University Seminar on Homosexualities.
    With the advent of the gay health crisis in the early 1980s, Lauritsen became an investigative journalist and a leading AIDS critic.  His first major AIDS article, “CDC's Tables Obscure AIDS-Drugs Connection”, was published in Philadelphia Gay News, 14 February 1985.  His main outlet was then the New York Native, which from 1985 to 1996 published over 50 of his articles, which 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 News (London), Civil Liberties Review, The Freethinker (London), Journal of Homosexuality, Christopher Street, Gay & Lesbian Humanist, Gay & Lesbian ReviewBio/Technology, and The Lancet.  His writings have been translated into German, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, and numerous Asian and Slavic languages.


(Co-authored with David Thorstad) The Early Homosexual Rights Movement (1864-1935) (1974, Second Revised Edition 1995). 

(Editor) Edward Carpenter, Iolšus: An Anthology of Friendship (1982).

(Editor) John Addington Symonds, Male Love: A Problem in Greek Ethics and other writings (1983).

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

Poison By Prescription: The AZT Story (1990).

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

(Co-edited with Ian Young) The  AIDS Cult: Essays on the gay health crisis (1997).

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

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

The Man Who Wrote Frankenstein (2007).

(Editor) (Aeschylus) Oresteia: The Medwin-Shelley Translation (2011).

(Editor) (Aeschylus) Prometheus Bound (tr. Thomas Medwin & Percy Bysshe Shelley) + Prometheus Unbound (Shelley) (2011).

A Freethinker in Alcoholics Anonymous (2014).

The Shelley-Byron Men (2017).

(Editor) Lord Byron, allonym, Don Leon & Leon to Annabella (2017).