Long­time Wash­ing­ton­ian James Pat­ter­son writes from San Fran­cis­co. He served as the first LBGT Pro­gram Man­ag­er for the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment dur­ing the Clin­ton Admin­is­tra­tion. He is a for­mer For­eign Ser­vice Offi­cer with the State Depart­ment and served as attaché at the US Embassy in Mex­i­co City. His reviews, essays and jour­nal­ism have appeared in The San Fran­cis­co Chron­i­cle, The Hill, The For­eign Ser­vice Jour­nal, The New York Times, The Wash­ing­ton Post, The Chris­t­ian Sci­ence Mon­i­tor and many oth­er publications.
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