Sally Field is a fervent advocate of LGBTQ rights and she has once again flexed her muscles on the matter.
During an Entertainment Weekly Radio town hall segment on SiriusXM this week, Sally spoke to the issue of parents rejecting their LGBTQ children, or children they suspect to be LGBTQ.
The Oscar-winning actress, who was presented with the 2012 Human Rights Campaign Ally for Equality Award by her gay son Sam, said, “What horrifies me is that there are parents who so disapprove, who are so brainwashed to think that this is something out of the Bible or ungodly or against nature. It’s not against nature if nature has actually done this.”
She continued, “Some people actually shut their children out of the house when they’re young, they’re teenagers – they’re having a hard enough time to be teenagers and own any part of sexuality. I’m still trying to figure it out!”
Sally then addressed the case of Sam, who she said initially grappled with accepting his own identity as a gay man.
“Sam was always Sam, this wonderful human that he is, from the time he was born…I welcomed him to welcome himself and find that part of his life.”
When asked to offer advice to parents who expect their child will soon come out, Sally said, “First of all, don’t be frightened. And don’t put your own prejudices or fears about sexuality – your own fears about sexuality – on your children. Sexuality is a human glorious part of existence.”
Watch Sally’s inspiring and heartfelt acceptance speech at the 2012 Human Rights Campaign Ally for Equality Awards below. ~Matthew Pariselli