Andrew Solomon is a writer and lecturer on psychology, politics, and the arts; winner of the National Book Award; and an activist for LGBT rights, mental health, and the arts. He has written for various publications including The New York Times and The New Yorker. He is an expert in subjects such as depression and deafness, Soviet art, as well as in various issues within countries such as Afghanistan and Libya. He has been one of the biggest campaigners for gay marriage in the United States, and his numerous articles about the subject have appeared in Newsweek, The Advocate and Anderson Cooper 360. He is also a celebrated lecturer, being a reference in subjects such as identity, depression and love.