In this Father’s Day episode of the StoryCorps podcast, we’re honoring dads.

For our first story, Josh Davis came to StoryCorps with his partner, Elliot Long, to talk about their decision to start a family together.

While Josh and Eliot anticipated and navigated a variety of parenting obstacles — ones that many LGBTQ couples face — they also had role models. Josh was raised by a single gay man in the 1980s in Cincinnati, Ohio. And later, after moving to Florida, his dad met Brad Harrison, who became Josh’s second dad.


Brad and Josh also sat down for StoryCorps, where they spoke about their unique bond, and what it means to them to be a second generation queer family.


And in our last story, we hear from Patrick Haggerty. Growing up in rural Washington state, Patrick didn’t have the legacy of support that Josh and Eliot had. Now in his 70s, he came to StoryCorps with his daughter, Robin Bolland, to remember his father, who he calls “the patron saint of dads for sissies.”


Top photo: Artwork by Michael Caines.
Second photo: Larry Davis, Josh Davis, and Brad Harrison in Daytona Beach, Florida circa 1997. Courtesy of Brad Harrison.
Third photo: Elliot Long, Ira Davis, and Josh Davis at the Weeki Wachee Springs in Weeki Wachee, Florida in July 2018. Courtesy of Elliot Long.
Bottom photo: Patrick Haggerty and his daughter Robin Bolland at their StoryCorps interview in Seattle, Washington in May 2014. By Luis Gallo.

Released on June 11, 2019.

Like the music in this episode? Support the artists:
“Overture” by Patrick Wolf from the album Sundark and Riverlight
“Cast in Wicker” by Blue Dot Sessions from the album Aeronaut
“Elegiac” by Bryan Copeland
“Black Band of Water” by Snake Oil
“Grey Grey Joe” by Blue Dot Sessions from the album TinyTiny Trio
“Filing Away” by Blue Dot Sessions from the album Crab Shack