Thursday, October 11, 2012
It has been many years since I came out. I grew up in an atmosphere that encouraged standing up for civil rights, for human rights, for the equality of all human beings. Today, on National Coming Out Day, I would like to encourage you to come out, too. Sally Field, actress, director, producer, screenwriter and activist, has just come out. She's been around for a long time: since the early sixties, when she was the quintessential teenager in "Gidget" and later an airborne novice in "The Flying Nun." When she reached her thirties, she got serious, with award-winning roles in "Sybil," "Norma Rae" and "Places in the Heart," heart-tuggers like "Steel Magnolias" and fun ones like "Smokey and The Bandit" and "Murphy's Romance." She continued on the A-list with "Forrest Gump," and kept showing why we really like her with appearances on "ER" and, most recently, "Brothers and Sisters." Now, at 65, Sally Field has come out. Sally is the mother of three sons, and she came out as a parent ally, in support of her youngest son Sam Greisman, who is gay. Sally is the recipient of this year's Human Rights Campaign's Ally for Equality award.