In 1986, the publication folded after conducting 90 full-length interviews, in both English and French, including David Hockney, Bronski Beat, Brion Gysin, Divine, Gilbert & George and Tom of Finland. Magazine was also a leading outlet for cutting-edge European and American male photography of that time, introducing vintage work from Pierre & Gilles, Patrick Sarfati, Erwin Olaf, and Paul Blanca, Stanley Stellar and many more. The last issues were up to 190 pages.
In 1986, at the age of 28, he discovered he was HIV positive, Lestrade developed a career as a freelance music journalist, writing for Gai Pied, Libération and Rolling Stone. He played an influential role in the new house/techno music scene, writing weekly reviews in Libération that where widely read. In 1989, at 31, he shifted his focus to AIDS activism, and founded the first French chapter of ACT UP with close friends and journalists Pascal R. Loubet and Luc Coulavin. He was president of Act Up-Paris for the three first critical years. In 1992, he played an important role in founding of TRT-5, a coalition of major French AIDS organizations. TRT-5 was at the forefront of AIDS treatment issues, and Lestrade was one of its administrators until 2002.
In 2000, Lestrade published his first book, « Act Up, une Histoire » (Denoël), a personal history of the first eleven years Act Up-Paris. This was followed by « Kinsey 6 » (Denoël, 2002), an intimate cultural and sexual diary of the eighties, during the time he published Magazine. His strongest book, however, is « The End » (Denoël, 2004), a fierce and ground-breaking essay on the failure of AIDS prevention, and the phenomenon of « barebacking » in France.
Lestrade left Paris in 2002 to live happily in rural French Normandy, near Alençon. He has always been a nature lover and a garden enthusiast. He is currently working on his fourth book, due to be published in early 2007 by Flammarion. He will be featured in the 2006-2007 edition of « Who’s Who in France ».