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Father's Day and Gay Pride Mesh as Governor and Daughter March


Although Father's Day was technically the following day, it took on meaning Saturday as Deval Patrick and his daughter Katherine marched in Boston's Gay Pride parade just two days after Katherine came out of the closet publicly in an interview with New England's Bay Windows newspaper.

The AP reports: "On Saturday, the Patrick family was greeted with boisterous cheers and applause as they marched to the end of the route in City Hall Plaza. 'It's been a nice day,' Patrick said after the parade. The Patricks marched with friends in front of a group from the AIDS Action Committee and behind a float carrying male dancers clad in bikini bottoms. Thousands lined the parade route, which began in the South End and included all manner of gay pride groups, from car clubs, to softball teams, to union workers. Several spectators expressed their support for Katherine Patrick. 'I think she's represents a generation of us out there, and to see her parents supporting her in such a public way, I think that allows all of our parents the permission to do the same,' said Hannah Karpman, 29, of Boston."

Last year, Patrick became the first Massachusetts governor to march in a Gay Pride parade. He marched alongside Katherine in 2007 as well, though she wasn't out.

A brief clip of the father-daughter pair in the parade, AFTER THE JUMP...


Daughter of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick: I'm Gay [tr]
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick First to March with Pride [tr]

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  1. Good for them! I could never have come out at that age and certainly wouldn't have had that level of support! It really is good to know that the times are changing in our favor.

    Posted by: RB | Jun 16, 2008 9:11:31 AM

  2. Hey RB & Zeke, Happy belated Fathers' Day to both of you. Your examples of out, proud gay fatherhood does our family a world of good. (I would have sent personal e-mails but they keep bouncing back, mis queridos.)

    Posted by: rudy | Jun 16, 2008 9:27:11 AM

  3. hmmm...he must have jumped into the parade late, as he certainly wasn't in the parade in the South End where the parade started and several of my friends who watched at different points wondered where he was because it was reported he would marching in the parade. His daughter was at the parade from the start.

    Posted by: Patrick | Jun 16, 2008 9:36:40 AM

  4. Thanks Rudy! It is always good to hear from you.

    Posted by: RB | Jun 16, 2008 10:27:12 AM

  5. Deval Patrick for President of the United States of America in 2012!!!!

    Posted by: peterparker | Jun 16, 2008 10:46:07 AM

  6. Thank you RUDY mi querido, for the kind words. My husband and I had a wonderful Fathers' Day.

    RB my friend, Happy Fathers' Day to you and your partner as well. I also tried to send a private email yesterday but had it bounce back.

    Happy Father's Day to all the Towleroadie Dads.

    Posted by: Zeke | Jun 16, 2008 10:51:52 AM

  7. Same to you Zeke! My last email to you bounced back also. We had a very relaxing day and a good time.

    Posted by: RB | Jun 16, 2008 10:57:14 AM

  8. Didn't the Patricks kind of figure it out when their daughter applied to Smith for the Fall?

    Posted by: Joe Bua | Jun 16, 2008 2:37:01 PM

  9. Thats wonderful beyond words, when a father honors a daughter on father's day, like he did. Its tearjerking.

    Posted by: himbo with highlites | Jun 16, 2008 6:37:15 PM

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