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Sullivan, Andrew (b. 1963)  
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In 2001, Sullivan was at the center of a sex scandal that has, to some extent, damaged his credibility as a spokesperson for conservative values. Village Voice columnist Michael Musto revealed that Sullivan had placed advertisements for "bareback sex" on a sexually oriented website that promoted unprotected sex. Journalist Michelangelo Signorile, who had earlier been attacked by Sullivan for his practice of outing closeted officials, accused Sullivan of rank hypocrisy for engaging in dangerous sexual activity while inveighing against homosexual promiscuity in his writings. More recently, Signorile has accused Sullivan, whom he dubs "Bareback Andy," of extolling "the virtues of having HIV and the wonders of being positive," and thereby encouraging others to practice unsafe sex.

Sullivan's latest incarnation is as a blogger. His blog, The Daily Dish, launched in 2000 on his website,, quickly became one of the most popular political blogs on the web. He posts copies of his articles, as well as his observations on a variety of subjects, from the war in Iran to political torture to homosexuality, and engages in exchanges with readers of a wide range of viewpoints. Because of his willingness to admit mistakes and misjudgments, as well as his passionate commitment to ideals of justice, Sullivan is at his most appealing as a blogger. The Daily Dish justifies his assertion that "blogging is the first journalistic model that actually harnesses rather than merely exploits the true democratic nature of the web."

As a public intellectual and journalist, Sullivan is also a popular lecturer, speaking extensively on college campuses, as well as making frequent appearances on the television and radio talk show circuit. Sullivan continues to write and speak on a wide range of issues, including international affairs, religion, faith, cultural issues, and domestic politics.

In 2007, Sullivan not only accepted the editorship of the Atlantic Monthly, but he married his partner of three years, Aaron Tone, a health-club worker and actor. The couple were married in Provincetown, Massachusetts on August 27 in a ceremony attended largely by family members.

Stephanie R. Olson

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Capozzola, Christopher. "Sullivan, Andrew." Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History: From World War II to the Present Day. Robert Aldrich and Garry Wotherspoon, eds. London: Routledge, 2001. 390-91.

Robinson, Paul A. Queer Wars: The Gay Right and Its Critics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.

Sullivan, Andrew. Love Undetectable: Notes on Friendship, Sex and Survival. New York: Knopf, 1998.

_____, ed. Same-Sex Marriage: Pro and Con, A Reader. New York: Vintage, 1997; rev. ed. New York: Vintage, 2004.

_____. Virtually Normal: An Argument about Homosexuality. New York: Knopf, 1995.


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    Author: Olson, Stephanie R.  
    Entry Title: Sullivan, Andrew  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
    Publication Date: 2005  
    Date Last Updated May 14, 2012  
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