Patrick Haggerty, the pioneering musician and first openly gay country singer has passed away. Haggerty, who suffered a stroke two weeks ago, died Monday, October 31, after a brief illness. Haggerty, a 78-year old activist and musician, died on Monday, Oct. 31 after suffering a stroke a few weeks ago. A statement was posted to Lavender Country’s Facebook pages. “was able to spend his final days at home surrounded by his kids and lifelong husband, JB.”
Haggerty was born 1944. She grew up on a dairy farming farm near Port Angeles in Washington with nine other siblings. PitchforkHe knew he was gay since a very young age. His father was supportive and open-minded, and he acknowledged that. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in Peace Corps. However, he was expelled in the 1960s for being homosexual. The singer said that he had been told this by his father. NewsChannel 5 “changed my life.”
Haggerty eventually released his first album. Lavender CountryIn 1973. This album was recorded under the same title and includes tracks such as “Come Out Singing”And “Cryin’ These C*cks***ing Tears. Funded and released by Gay Community Social Services of Seattle, only 1,000 copies of the album were pressed for that first release, per Deadline. In addition to Haggerty, Lavender Country’s original members were keyboardist Michael Carr, singer and fiddler Eve Morris, and guitarist Robert Hammerstrom. Following the release of Lavender Country, the band released just one more studio album, 2022’s Blackberry Rose. The band also performed at the first Seattle Pride in 1974, as well as numerous pride and other LGBT events throughout the West.
“It’s amazing, to come full circle, and realize that both my anti-fascist works and my art get combined into one me.” Haggerty was an advocate for gay and anti-racist justice and tenants’ rights as well other causes. Pitchfork. “I get the opportunity to perform my life’s work on stage as a Marxist bitch. I get to be exactly me.”
Since news of Haggerty’s passing broke, tributes have poured in for the trailblazing musician. Don Giovanni Records remembered Haggerty as “One of the smartest, most kindhearted, bravest, funniest, and most intelligent people you will ever meet.” adding, “He never gave up fighting for the cause he believed in. Those around him, whom he loved and cared about, will continue to fight for that fight. One fan Keep this in mindThe singer was described as an “inspiration and trailblazer”. His music was an inspiration and a trailblazer.