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The saint of Dry Creek

4 minutes

How a dairy farmer preached radical self-acceptance to his gay son in the 1950s

Growing up in rural Washington State during the 1950s, Patrick Haggerty tried to hide the fact that he was gay from his family and from himself. In this short animation from StoryCorps, Haggerty recounts how during an impromptu visit to school, his father, a dairy farmer, first embarrassed him and then gave him a message of affirmation and acceptance that he still remembers with gratitude decades later: ‘Don’t sneak.’

Director: Julie Zammarchi

Producer: Rachel Hartman, Maya Millett


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