James Patterson, a long time Washingtonian, 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, In These Times, and many other publications.
Protected by Barney Frank
It was a good thing I did, as Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) soon attacked me for using government re- sources to support “a homosexual agenda.” Frank’s staff gave me early warning of Helms’ action and assured me I would be safe in my position.