2010 LGBT Pride Month: Patrick Wingate
Patrick R. Wingate joined the Department of State as a consular-coned Foreign Service officer in January 2004. He and his family served first in San Salvador, El Salvador and then in Zagreb, Croatia. Patrick is currently consular chief in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Before joining the Foreign Service, Patrick worked for State and USAID from 1993 through 2003 in Russia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina. He also served as the Washington-based program manager for USAID/OTI projects in Sierra Leone, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Patrick and his partner, Rami Shakra, were married in Canada in September 2003, and their two children were born in 2004 in Guatemala. The Shakra-Wingate Family proudly serves the United States of America abroad, and hopes to be a cultural example of the rich diversity and equality their country has to offer for all families, both foreign and domestic.