Sally Field has simple, but heartfelt, advice for parents of gay and lesbian children: don’t be frightened.
The 69 -year-old Oscar winner, who is winning raves for her star turn in “Hello, My Name Is Doris, ” opened up about her experiences raising her openly gay son, Sam Greisman, in a SiriusXM radio interview with Jess Cagle, who is the editorial director of People and Entertainment Weekly publications.
“Sexuality is a human, glorious part of existence, ” Field said in the interview, which can be viewed above. “In Sam’s case, certainly, nature told him what to be. It wasn’t something he looked to be, and he found it is challenging to grapple with.”
In words of how she helped guide her son through his fights with his own sexuality, Field told, “I welcomed him to greet himself, and find that part of his life.”
“It’s not against nature if nature have in fact done this , ” she told. As to how those family members should approach their children, she told, “Don’t be frightened, and don’t put your own prejudices or dreads about sexuality on your children.”
In 2012, Field received the Human Right Campaign’s Ally for Equality Award for her supporting of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender( LGBT) community. In her acceptance speech, she said it was “one of the great privileges of my life” to be the mother of a gay son.
Two years later, she cited her son’s influence is again in an open letter to LGBT rights advocates while condemning so-called “license to discriminate” legislation.
“Why would anyone want to prevent my son–or anyone’s son or daughter–from having basic legal safeguards like family medical leave, Social security systems survivors benefits, or health insurance? It doesn’t make any sense–but it won’t change until people speak out, ” she wrote.
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Sally.
H/ T Towleroad
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