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2013 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month: Patrick Linehan


Office of Civil Rights
June 5, 2013

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Date: 06/05/2013 Description: 2013 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month: Patrick Linehan - State Dept Image Patrick Linehan, consul general in Osaka-Kobe, joined the Foreign Service in 1984 and has served in Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Finland, Canada, and Brazil. He met his husband in 2002 in Tokyo, and they married in Ottawa in 2007. They have served together as a couple overseas at U.S. Embassy Tokyo, where Patrick was the information officer (IO), at U.S. Embassies Brasilia, Ottawa, and Seoul, where Patrick was public affairs officer (PAO), and now at U.S. consulate general Osaka-Kobe, where Patrick is principal officer. In Seoul they began doing media interviews about being a gay diplomatic couple, and a local delicatessen named a sandwich after them - the Emerson & Patrick Rainbow sandwich. In Osaka, they have done extensive speaking and media outreach about gay rights with local and national print and broadcast media. They are currently taping a TV documentary for Mainichi TV about gay couples and writing a book for a major Japanese publisher about diversity, gay rights, and their experience as a gay couple in Japan. They live in Nishinomiya, Japan with their two Brazilian beagles, Bonnie and Betsy.

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