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Sheehan, Patty (b. 1956)  
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She went on to state that if others looked askance at the composition of her family, "it's their problem, not mine. There are too many children in this world who don't have an equal chance in life and who aren't loved to worry about what other people think. We have the means to provide Bryce with a comfortable upbringing and, more importantly, we have the desire to be loving and devoted mothers."

Joan M. Garry, the Executive Director of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), praised Sheehan for her courage in coming out during her playing days and commended her for her comments about her family: "Love is at the heart of parenting, and gay and lesbian people are as committed to that ideal as anyone. [Sheehan's] voice resonates to many thousands of fans, and she is sending an accurate, positive message about our community."

The couple has also adopted another child, a son, Blake.

During the new millennium, Sheehan continued to play well, although she participated in fewer events than she had earlier in her career. Nevertheless, her performance was such that in 2001 she was named for the fifth time to the team representing the United States against European players in the tournament for the Solheim Cup. In 2001 Sheehan was named team captain, a position that she held through 2003.

Sheehan then left the regular LPGA tour, on which she had won 35 tournaments. Among her most prestigious victories, along with her two at the U.S. Open, were three at the LPGA Championships and one at the Dinah Shore.

Sheehan has continued her winning ways in the LPGA's senior division, called the Legends tour.

She has also been instrumental in bringing the United States team three wins in a row (2006-2008) over the World team in the Handa Cup tournament, an event for women 45 years of age and older.

Sheehan, Gaston, and their children live in Reno. The couple is active in the life of the community. Sheehan has put on a golf clinic to raise money for the Girl Scouts, and both she and Gaston have participated in events benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and the Children's Cabinet, a local charity that offers health, counseling, tutoring, and other service to at-risk families.

Linda Rapp

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Romesburg, Don. "Patty Sheehan Comes Out in Golf World." Gay Today (April 13, 1998):

Shapiro, Leonard. "Golf Analyst Denies Making Sexist Remarks." Washington Post (May 13, 1995): A1.

Steptoe, Sonja. "Patty Sheehan." Sports Illustrated (June 21, 1993):

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    Entry Title: Sheehan, Patty  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
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