Sally Field speaks of gay son’s coming out at HRC awards

Oscar-winning actress blasts anti-gay parents while accepting Human Rights Campaign award in Washington DC

Sally Field speaks of gay son’s coming out at HRC awards
08 October 2012

Hollywood actress Sally Field made an impassioned speech about her gay son as she accepted the Human Rights Campaign’s Ally for Equality Award on Saturday (6 October).

During the event in Washington DC, the Steel Magnolias star spoke of her son Sam’s coming out ‘journey’, which he did aged 20, insisting that nature made him gay and it wasn’t a choice.

‘As his mother, I consider it one of the great privileges of my life to be allowed to be part of it,’ Field told the audience.

‘When I saw him struggling, I wanted to jump in and define it for him, but his brothers held me back, fiercely insisting I try not to travel that road for him. 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 and always, always there, even if it was just on the phone, at all times of the day or night.

‘He had to see that all the things he really wanted in life were still possible, whether he was gay or straight. His dreams of the future were not limited. To have the career he always wanted, whatever that turns out to be, to find a lasting and loving partner and to build a family of his own.’

Field went on to blast parents who refuse to accept children struggling with their sexuality.

‘There comes a time when parents must listen and learn from these people they brought into the world – their children,’ she said.

‘And these children have something important to teach their parents. I urge them to listen.’

The actress praised the audience for fighting for LGBT rights.

She said: ‘You all have fought for him (Sam) as surely as you were one of his parents. You’ve changed and are changing the lives of little boys and girls who realized somewhere along the way they’re just different from their other brothers and sisters. And so the fuck what.’

Watch Sally Field’s full speech below:

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Gay business summit to debate energy crisis

LGBTI business audience and top UK energy leaders to discuss fracking, fuel prices, global oil politics and the environmental impact
No thumbnail available

The 50 most powerful gays in the boardroom revealed

Top 50 in business list hopes to inspire LGBT employees to reach further and do more
No thumbnail available

Straight actor Gilles Marini says it's 'uncool' for gays not to come out

'Don’t stay in the closet. You’ll only hurt your heart'
No thumbnail available

Obama slammed by gay rights group for failing to mention ENDA in State of the Union speech

HRC's Chad Griffin says US president also 'side-stepped' commitment to sign executive order prohibiting discrimination by federal contractors
No thumbnail available

Same-sex marriage heads back to US Supreme Court thanks to Utah ban appeal

Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage will be decided by the US Supreme Court in only the second gay marriage case to be brought before it and the court could potentially decide the issue for all of America
No thumbnail available

Being gay is caused by child abuse, says New Zealand politician

Unelected leader of Conservative Party Colin Craig says gay men are ‘likely to have suffered child abuse’
No thumbnail available

Pollster points out that women were ahead of Hillary Clinton on gay marriage

'But those private citizens who share the most in common with Clinton were well ahead of the curve on gay marriage'
No thumbnail available

Bisexual pop star Jessie J nominated for three BRIT Awards

Jessie J is up for three awards at this year's BRIT music awards.
No thumbnail available

US Family Research Council president warns of Christian uprising if gay marriage comes to all 50 states

Tony Perkins has claimed that the US Supreme Court issuing a definitive ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across America would result in insurrection by Christians who oppose it
No thumbnail available

Judge rules couple wed in Maryland must be legally recognized as married in home state of Ohio

Newlyweds - one of whom is dying - are challenging Ohio's marriage ban with federal lawsuit