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Frédéric Martel was born in 1967 in Avignon (France). His background is pluridisciplinary: he holds graduate degrees in sociology, philosophy, political science, and law. After a position as advisor to former Prime Minister Michel Rocard, he served as advisor to the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs in the Government of Lionel Jospin. He is also the author of The Pink and the Black, Homosexuals in France since 1968 (trans. Stanford University Press, 1999). Writer, journalist, and scholar (researcher in sociology at l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales - EHESS, Paris), he is currently Head of Academic and Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Boston, Massacusetts.