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June 12, 2008

Katherine Patrick - Gay And Proud Of It

In the words of another blogger at Pams House, Katherine Patrick has kicked open the closet door, and quite rightly.

The youngest daughter of Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, she has made her sexual orientation public in an interview with her father in Bay Windows, a weekly Boston newspaper aimed at the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community.

Eflux Media has this.

The 18-year-old who attended St. Andrew's School in Delaware and is planning to attend Smith College in the fall told her parents that she was gay on July 3, 2007, nearly three weeks after the Legislature voted to kill a proposed anti-gay marriage amendment to the state constitution.

Patrick responded by saying he was proud of his daughter and also said they will take part in the march in Boston's gay pride parade scheduled for Saturday.

I think it is great, the only way law makers can understand the issues is if they affect them personally, but the Governor had no idea before the lawmakers voted to kill a proposal to outlaw gay marriage.

Pams House had this to say.

What a shining example of quiet activism. Even though Ms. Patrick is not a high-profile figure with the stature of, say, Anderson Cooper, she realizes the power of what coming out means to so many others out there. We change hearts and minds of those around us by just living openly.

And also posted this.

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) today applauded a groundbreaking interview, in Bay Windows newspaper, in which Katherine Patrick, daughter of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, talks openly for the first time about being the lesbian daughter of one of America's most pro-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) leaders.

..."All of us at PFLAG congratulate Governor and Mrs. Patrick as they embrace their daughter and celebrate their family's love," said PFLAG national president John R. Cepek, who is the father of a gay son. "The Patricks embody the perfect combination of leadership and love and are role models not only for parents in Massachusetts, but for families across the country.  Long before he knew he had a lesbian daughter, Governor Patrick was a leader on LGBT issues.  He has set a policy and parental example that every father, and every elected leader, should aspire to follow."

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