Office of Civil Rights
June 1, 2010

Date: 06/01/2010 Description: 2010 LGBT Pride Month: Mallory E. McLaren - State Dept Image

I came to the US Department of State as an intern from the Evergreen State College (Olympia Washington). My diplomacy "eureka moment" came at a hostel in Amsterdam in 2005 when I was the only American there that spoke both English and German; three American boys who were there expressed interest in conversing with a table of German girls and requested me to invite them to their table. After a few minutes of me acting as an interpreter between the German girls and American guys, the guys were able to teach the girls a card game through direct communication. I sat back and smiled, knowing that I was responsible for a newly established cross-cultural bond. It was then when I found a new clarity in what I was meant to do with my life-- negotiation and diplomacy.

In 2007 I returned to Europe. During that time I earned academic credit through an internship with a UK real estate firm and broadened my comprehension of the Germanic language system. I have lived a total of a year-and-a-half between Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, and the UK. A few months after returning to America was when I applied for an internship at the Department of State's Foreign Service Institute and was selected. At the conclusion of my internship, I plan on applying for the Foreign Service.

This year, I will graduate with a baccalaureate degree in interdisciplinary liberal arts with an emphasis in international affairs. In the Fall, I will be starting law school at Seton Hall University in Newark, New Jersey. After completing my JD (and possibly an MA in international affairs), I plan to examine possibilities of working as an attorney for the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser (“L”) or to enter the US Diplomatic Corps as a Generalist. I certainly hope other transgender-identified and intersex Americans who understand the importance of active global citizenship are considering or pursuing careers in diplomacy.