Governor Deval Patrick's 18-year-old daughter announced this morning that she is a lesbian, calling it a source of pride that she is ready to share with Massachusetts.
"As private of an issue as it is, we've sort of had to come to terms with the fact that we are a public family and there you give a part of yourself away," Katherine Patrick told the gay newspaper Bay Windows in an article published today.
Katherine, who attended St. Andrew's School in Delaware and is planning to attend Smith College in the fall, told the paper that she came out to her parents on July 3, 2007, as the family prepared for a picnic by the pool at their home in the Berkshires.
She recounted walking into the kitchen, asking her parents to stop what they were doing, and asked her aunt to leave the room.
When her parents turned to her, she said, "I’m a lesbian."
"And I'll always remember the first thing my dad did," Katherine said. He "wrapped me in a bear hug and said, 'Well, we love you no matter what.'"