Thursday, June 12, 2008

Yes She Can

"You're not my child anymore!" or how about, "Don't tell you grandmother. It would kill her!"

Not so long ago, parents might wig out on their kids who came out to them. It was not what we would call loving and supportive.

We have a different century and another kind of guy as governor here. Over at Bay Windows, Laura Kiritsy profiles Deval and Diane Patrick's daughter Katherine.

A year ago, when the legislature denied the amendment to stop same-sex marriages here, she had not come out to her parents, but she said she had never felt prouder of him. "So, for someone so publicly to fight for something that doesn't even affect him was just like, 'That's my dad,' you know?"

There is a public and political veneer on her coming out as well as the issues many children and parents face. She said they had to come to terms with the public nature of such revelations. Facing considerable media intrusion herself, Diane would like to avoid any of her children feeling "answerable to the public."

Diane also recalled the sit-com moment of coming out, as in oh-that's-all? Katherine wanted to speak to both parents and ask an aunt to leave. Diane's mind raced through a list of the potentials, as parents are wont to do. "When her daughter made the big rveal, Diane almot burst out laughing out of sheer relief."

Check out the profile for details and vignettes — and what makes Deval cry.

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