Christine Quinn comes clean on her alcoholism and binge eating in New York Times interview
New York frontrunner for Mayor to release tell all memoir "With Patience and Fortitude" in June
“What you’re doing is not something you do with other people,” she said of bingeing and purging, “so you have to kind of find moments or structure moments when you’re by yourself. And the bad thing about isolation is I think it fuels more isolation.”
After her mother’s death Quinn went on to college in Connecticut where she also struggled with her sexuality, After college she began working for Tom Duane the first openly gay politician elected in new York. She confided her problems to him.
“It was the first significant time in my life that I had asked for help, and I think up until that point in my life I associated asking for help with defeat,” she said.
Diane a recovering alcoholic urged her to go into rehabilitation which she did in 1992 for 28 days in Florida.
“I was fairly monosyllabic for a while,” she said. “I mean, this kind of conversation is not my greatest strength generally.”
“It put me on a path to letting go of the blame and the responsibility for the fact that my mother’s life didn’t work out how she had wanted it to — that she had gotten sick.”
After Florida she met Kim M. Catullo, a corporate lawyer from New Jersey who is now her wife.
“Asking for help, going to the rehab, dealing with bulimia, cutting back on drinking, getting drinking out of my life altogether — all of that helped me put the pieces back together,” she said. “And then when I met Kim, she was the final piece that really put me in a place where I was to some degree whole and could be happy.”
Her memoir “With Patience and Fortitude” is released next month.
“I want to be affirmatively proud of what I have made my way through,” she said. “And to do that, in the same way I had to tell my father and my family and my friends that I was gay, I need to not hide this anymore.”
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