‘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’
Two-time Oscar-winning US actress and LGBTI rights supporter Sally Field has advice for parents who have LGBTI children or expect their child was about to come out to them.
Field, who is herself a mother to a gay son, appealed to parents to not put their own ‘prejudices’ or ‘fears about sexuality including their own on their children’.
‘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,’ Field said an EW Radio town hall on SiriusXM radio this week.
She further revealed that it was initially difficult for her son, Sam, who came out to her when he was 20 to fully accept his identity as a gay man.
However she tried her best to encourage him to discover his true identity: ‘I welcomed him to welcome himself and find that part of his life.’
‘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,’ she said.
‘It’s not against nature if nature has actually done this. Sam was always Sam, this wonderful human that he is, from the time he was born… 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!’
In 2014, the 69-year-old actress wrote an open letter to her now 28-year-old gay son, Sam to encourage donations to the Human Rights Campaign and to fight back against the uptick in ‘License to Discriminate’ bills and continue to press forward for non-discrimination initiatives.
She received an the Ally for Equality award from the HRC in 2012: