Patrick Haggerty, who led the proudly queer Lavender Nation, has died. Based on an announcement posted to the band’s official social media pages, the 78-year-old activist and musician died on Monday (October 31) after struggling a stroke a number of weeks in the past. “He was capable of spend his closing days at residence surrounded by his children and lifelong husband, JB,” the assertion reads.
On the entrance of Lavender Nation, Haggerty led what’s believed to be the primary brazenly homosexual nation nation band, recruiting mates round Seattle, Washington to document 1973’s Lavender Nation. With tracks like “Come Out Singing” and “Cryin’ These Cocksucking Tears,” the group defied the stiff conservatism that also restricts nation music almost 50 years later. The album light into obscurity till a 2014 reissue from the label Paradise of Bachelors, which introduced new consideration to Haggerty’s groundbreaking work. Haggerty self-released a second Lavender Nation album, Blackberry Rose, in 2019, which Don Giovanni Information reissued extensively earlier this yr.
“Patrick Haggerty was one of many funniest, kindest, bravest, and smartest individuals I ever met,” Don Giovanni Information wrote in an announcement. “He by no means gave up combating for what he believed in, and people round him who he beloved and took care of will proceed that combat.”
Paradise of Bachelors co-founder Brendan Greaves wrote in a tribute, “He was greater than a hero; he was additionally a pal, mentor, comrade, and fatherly determine for us and our households. He was hilarious too; it was at all times an journey spending time with him.”
Born on September 27, 1944, Patrick Haggerty grew up on a dairy farm close to Port Angeles, Washington with 9 siblings. Haggerty knew he was homosexual from a younger age and credited his father with being open-minded and supportive, even in rural America within the early Fifties. In a 2015 recording for StoryCorps, Haggerty recounted a formative faculty encounter the place his father suggested him to not conceal who he’s.
Haggerty enlisted within the Peace Corps after graduating highschool, however was kicked out for being homosexual. Seeing the fervour and efficacy of the Stonewall riots in the summertime of 1969, Haggerty devoted his life to social justice activism, changing into a passionate advocate for homosexual rights, anti-racist justice, tenants’ rights, and extra. He was an lively member within the AIDS justice group ACT UP along with his husband of greater than 30 years and ran for a metropolis council place twice.
After retiring from skilled work, Haggerty continued to volunteer at elder care services, singing outdated nation songs and different favorites at sufferers’ request. He stated the common performances saved him in form to tour in help of Lavender Nation after its 2014 reissue, and Haggerty recruited native bands to play with as he toured america along with his songs. In 2016, Lavender Nation was the primary band introduced to play at a North Carolina music competition after the state had handed HB-2, its anti-trans “lavatory invoice.”