Today we hear Part 2 of Patrick's story about coming out to his family and surviving an abusive relationship.
The story goes on. I realized during my teens I was gay but hid, because I knew my family would never accept me nor could I figure out how to even act out on my feelings. As years went on, I learned how to please everyone that loved me because I was afraid to disappoint them. Although I had gay feelings, I never acted upon them because I did not want to lose my family and the people that loved me.
Check back next week for Part 3 of Patrick's story..
Patrick has now broken his silence and has written a memoir about the abuse and bullying he endured from an older brother throughout his childhood and adult life. The memoir is also a torturous coming out story of a man raised in the midst of a devout Catholic family whose members he loved and spent years trying to please by realizing their dreams for him. He attempted suicide twice, and found freedom and himself one day in three simple words: “I have survived.”
In living to please others, Patrick married twice and today is the proud father of a beautiful and loving 16 year old daughter. Recently, he met a man he loves and is now sharing his life with his partner. Now an advocate for several organizations devoted to preventing childhood abuse and bullying. Available as a public speaker to help victims of abuse and bullying.
Patrick graduated with a BA in Broadcast Communications from Columbia College in Chicago.