“While working in the modelling world in the 1990s, she was living a lie that was “tortuous” and “eroding my soul bit by bit,” according to Yahoo Parenting.
Patricia was inspired to come out after teaching her own daughter, 8-year-old Maya, about being honest and being proud.
“It’s very difficult to face your past, so I put off doing anything like this for a long time,” she told Yahoo Parenting. “But as my daughter started growing up and I was teaching her to be honest and proud, I knew it was time for me to set an example — and that meant facing my truth. For me, living life with truth and honesty is the one thing I want to make sure she understands.”
Patty also discusses her relationship with comedian Sandra Bernhard, whom she met backstage at a fashion show and that after they hooked up, Velasquez struggled with what had happened and slept with a male fashion photographer.
“In my head I thought, ‘I just wanted to prove one thing, and I did.’ There was no middle ground for me — a person was gay or not gay. Being gay was not for me.” But she went on to date Bernhard exclusively, without labeling herself. “I was deeply in love with Sandra in a way I’d never experienced before.”
Welcome to the club Patricia, and thanks for showing lipsticks out there everywhere that it’s okay be who you are.