David France (writer)

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David France is an American investigative reporter, non-fiction author and filmmaker. He is a contributing editor for New York magazine,[1] former Newsweek senior editor and published in magazines such as The New Yorker,[2] The New York Times Magazine and GQ.[3] Openly gay,[4] he is best known for his investigative journalism on LGBT topics.[4]

France is the author of three books, including Our Fathers, a book about the Catholic sexual abuse scandal in the United States. The book was adapted by Showtime for a film by the same name, which received Emmy Award nominations and a Writers Guild of America award. The Confession, which he wrote with former Governor of New Jersey Jim McGreevey, was a New York Times best seller, debuting at #3 in nonfiction hardcover sales and #1 in biography.[5]

A 2007 article France wrote for GQ, Dying to Come Out: The War On Gays in Iraq, won a GLAAD Media Award.[6] He spent a year with the family of a boy who committed suicide and undertook a forensic approach in an article about it for the Ladies' Home Journal.[7] The piece, entitled "Broken Promises", which he wrote with Diane Salvatore, won a Mental Health America 'Excellence in Mental Health Journalism' award in 2008.[8]

On June 2, 2007, France appeared on The Colbert Report to discuss the scientific basis that homosexuality is genetic.[9]

In 2012, France's documentary film How to Survive a Plague, about the early years of the AIDS epidemic, was released.[10] France received The John Schlesinger Award (given to a first time documentary or narrative feature filmmaker) from the Provincetown International Film Festival, the Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award from the International Documentary Association,[11] and the New York Film Critics Circle award for Best First Film,[12] the group's first time to honor a documentary filmmaker. The film was nominated for an Academy Award,[13] a Directors Guild Award,[14] an Independent Spirit Award,[15] and two Emmys,[16] and won a Peabody Award[17] a Gotham Award,[18] and a GLAAD award.[19]


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