Frédéric Martel was born in Avignon and is a writer and a journalist. From 2001 to 2005 he was Cultural attaché to the USA and as researcher, studied culture in the USA for 4 years. Gallimard is due to publish his book on the American cultural system in the fall 2006. He has previously published: L'homosexualité (Découvertes-Gallimard, 2002) and Le rose et le noir. L'homosexualité en France depuis 1968 (Points Seuil, 2000).