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Patrick Haggerty

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Patrick Haggerty
BornPatrick Ambrose Haggerty
(1944-09-28) September 28, 1944 (age 79)
Dry Creek, Washington, U.S.
🏡 ResidenceBremerton, Washington]], U.S.
🎓 Alma materPort Angeles High School
💼 Occupation
singer-songwriter, musician, activist, former politician
📆 Years active  1969-present
Height1.67 m
👩 Spouse(s)
Julius Broughton (m. 1987)
👶 Children2

Patrick Ambrose Haggerty (born September 28, 1944) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, activist, and former politician.[1] He is most famous for founding the band Lavender Country in 1972, which is widely considered the first gay country music album in history.[2] Haggerty sang lead vocals, played guitar, and wrote all of the band's songs, the most notable being "Cryin' These Cocksucking Tears", which was also the name of a documentary short film about Haggerty, These C*cksucking Tears (2016).

Early life[edit]

Patrick Ambrose Haggerty was born on September 28, 1944 in Dry Creek, Washington, as the sixth child of dairy farmers Charles Edward Haggerty(1901-1961) and Asylda Mary Remillard-Haggerty(1915-1999). Patrick attended Port Angeles High School, and was voted head cheerleader in 1959, something that caused controversy in the school because he was the first male to do so, and being a cheerleader required him to wear extremely feminine clothing, jewelry and make-up. That story was told by Haggerty in the 2015 StoryCorps animation The Saint of Dry Creek.

As a child, Haggerty was picked on by his older brothers, who called him a "sissy" because he had no interest in sports and other manly things, and would rather play dress up or play with dolls with his sisters.

Personal life[edit]

Haggerty married his longtime partner, Julius Broughton, in 2005.[3] He has one biological child, Robin Boland(née Thetford-Haggerty), with a lesbian friend, born in 1973. He has one adopted son, Amilcar Navarro. Patrick Haggerty has one grandson, Maxwell Boland II(b.2003).

Despite being raised in a practicing Roman Catholic family, Patrick Haggerty identifies as an agnostic, and his husband is an atheist.


  1. Stewart, Allison (2017-09-21). "Patrick Haggerty has a story that's better than yours, even Hollywood thinks so". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  2. Minard, Anna (2012-06-20). "Never Heard of 'Em". The Stranger. Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  3. Conklin, Ellis E. (2014-06-25). "Summer of '74 When Seattle's Gay Community 'Came Out'". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved 2018-01-01.

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