Sally Fields joins Human rights campaign for LGBTI rights
Academy Award winning actress Sally Field has added her voice to the Human Rights Campaign to stop discrimination against LGBTI citizens.
Fields who is the mother of three sons, one of whom is gay, shared her hopes for achieving equal rights for LGBTI people in an open letter.
Whilst the recipient of three Emmys, two Golden Globes and two Academy Awards, Field says despite all the accolades her greatest achievement is as a mother. In the letter she described her youngest sons struggle to come to terms with his sexuality and his need to prove himself as macho as his brothers.
After relaying her son Sam’s story. Fields urged people to get behind the US Human Rights Campaign which is currently raising funds to fight proposed ‘religious liberty’ Bills that allow people to deny goods and services to LGBT people on the basis of religious beliefs.
“There are people out there - organisations and politicians, strangers who have never even met Sam - who would rather devote themselves to denying his happiness," Field said.
"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?"
Field is a longtime advocate for LGBT rights. In October of 2012 she received the HRC Ally for Equality Award.
Read an excerpt of Fields letter below.
“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.”’
“It was one of the great privileges of my life to have been allowed to be a part of Sam's journey."
Watch Sally's son Sam give Sally her HRC Award