Academy Award-winning actress Sally Field is best known for her roles in films such as “Norma Rae” and “Sybil”, but to her children she is known for the role she plays best, mother. According to a report by E! Online on March 27, the 67-year-old actress has penned an open letter about her gay son to show support for the Human Rights Campaign in their efforts to right against “License to Discriminate” bills that are appearing across the country.
HRC’s mission is to raise $150,000 by March 31 to fight against the efforts. Field’s mission is to show a mother’s bond with her son and her support for him and all he is. In her letter she opens up about her youngest son, Sam Greisman, who is gay.
“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?”
She goes on to express how Sam wanted to be like his older brothers, but internally he was different and how as a mother she had to stand by him on his journey to find himself and be himself.
“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 here and always letting him know.”
Finally when Sam came out as gay, Field knew he conquered his journey and she considers it to this day “one of the great privileges” of her live that she was allowed to be apart of her son’s journey. As a result of watching Sam blossom as a proud gay man, Field joined HRC to fight for LGBT equality. It was in 2012, when presented with the Human Rights Campaign’s Ally for Equality Award that Sally Field first opened up about her son with an emotional speech.
“Nature made Sam. It wasn’t a choice. He was always, always Sam – glorious, smart, funny, sweet Sam. You all have fought for him as surely as if you were one of his parents. You’ve changed and are changing the lives of little boys and girls who realize somewhere along the way they’re just different from their other brothers and sisters.”
In the letter, as back then with her speech, she demonstrates her support for Sam and asks why anyone would want to “devote themselves to denying his happiness” or anyone’s on or daughter “from having basic legal safeguards like medical leave, Social Security survivors benefits, or health insurance?
In all, Sally Field is asking for support and for others to stand with her as she stands with HRC, concluding, “whether you are LGBT yourself, a parent or a parent 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.”
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