2011 LGBT Pride Month: William H Boyle

Office of Civil Rights
June 1, 2011

Date: 06/01/2011 Description: 2011 LGBT Pride Month: William Boyle - State Dept Image

William Boyle is a management-coned generalist, currently serving as management counselor in Stockholm. He entered the Foreign Service in 1999 and has also served in Manila, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Islamabad, and Hyderabad. William was an attorney before joining the Department, and he met his partner while working at a U.S. law firm in Frankfurt, Germany. 

William's partner is a citizen of Mauritius with a PhD in tourism management, and he is currently an assistant professor of marketing at Stockholm University. After 14 years as a couple, they were finally able to legally marry in Washington, D.C. in July 2010—and they are proud to have held their ceremony at the headquarters of the Human Rights Campaign, where the first same-sex marriage in Washington took place.

Unfortunately, William's partner still does not have the legal right to reside in the United States, but the couple is hopeful that the laws will change in time for them to retire to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. In spite of the personal and professional challenges of being a bi-national couple, they love the work and lifestyle of the Foreign Service, especially since benefits were extended to same-sex partners in 2009.