Oscar-winning actress Sally Field released an open letter about her gay son, according to a Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) press release.
Field urged people to get behind HRC, and discussed her youngest son, Sam, who is gay. In part, the letter reads, "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 thereorganizations and politicians, strangers who have never even met Samwho would rather devote themselves to denying his happiness. Why would anyone want to prevent my sonor anyone's son or daughterfrom having basic legal safeguards like family medical leave, Social Security survivors benefits, or health insurance?
"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!"