Like Wendy Williams, I’ll admit that I have a lot of “friends in my head”, but there’s something about Sally Field that has always comforted me. Maybe it was her sassy attitude as the voice of a feline in Homeward Bound or the neurotic mother forced to divorce her eccentric husband in Mrs. Doubtfire. Full disclosure, my mother and she even share a resemblance.When I first heard about her advocacy for the Human Rights Campaign, I must admit I was not surprised. Of course, Field would be an ally for a cause that is based on simple human equality and most importantly, love. She reached out to her readers, asking them to donate to the HRC, whose goal was to raise $150,000 by March 31. The money was specifically to help fight against “License to Discriminate” bills over the next 90 days and to “continue to press forward for non-discrimination initiatives.” I read her open letter (below) about raising her son, who came out as gay at the age of 20 -- this really brought on all of the feels. Not only did she make poignant remarks about her son’s acknowledgement, but she does not make light of it or treat it as a great burden. Sally merely says, “Sam is my youngest son…and he’s gay. So what?” Sally goes on in her letter to become even more of an amazing person, writing: "The three things I’m most proud of in my life are my sons, Peter, Eli and Sam. They are kind, loving and productive people. Each with their own list of talents and accomplishments. Sam is my youngest son, by 18 years, and he’s gay. To that, I say: So what? Growing up, Sam wanted desperately to just be like his older brothers – athletic, rambunctious and even a little bit macho. He wanted to beat Eli at tennis, trounce Peter at computer football and learn everything about every basketball player on the court. But Sam was different. And his journey to allow himself to be what nature intended him to be was not an easy one. When I saw him struggling, I wanted to jump in. But his older brothers held me back. They told me I couldn’t travel that road for Sam. It was his to travel, not mine. I had to wait for him to own himself in his own time. I could make it easier only by standing visibly to the side, clearly loving him, always being there and always letting him know."
"Finally, at 20, long after he beat his brothers at tennis and computer games and knew as much as anyone about basketball, Sam was able to stand up proudly and say, 'I am a gay man.'"
"One of the great privileges of my life to have been allowed to be a part of Sam’s journey."
"There are people out there – organizations and politicians, strangers who have never even met Sam – who would rather devote themselves to denying his happiness."
"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 survivors benefits, or health insurance? It doesn’t make any sense—but it won’t change until people speak out. I’m proud to stand with HRC to add my voice. Will you join me?"
"Whether you are LGBT yourself, a parent or grandparent of an LGBT child, or just a great person with strong convictions about what’s fair and right, I hope I’ve convinced you to stand with HRC for equality. You’ll be glad you did!"
Ladies and gentlemen, the incredible Sally Field. What do you think of her letter? Let us know in the comments!
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