Actress Sally Field has encouraged
parents to embrace their gay children.
In October, Field was presented with
the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Ally for Equality Award at the
group's 16th annual National Dinner at the Walter E.
Washington convention center in Washington D.C.
The 66-year-old Field was introduced by
Sam Greisman, 25, who told the crowd that his mother was “overjoyed”
when he came out gay to her.
Field touched on the topic of her gay
son during an interview with Oprah Winfrey to be broadcast on cabler
OWN's Oprah's Next Chapter.
“It's important to have a parent
speak about raising a magnificent, proud, intelligent, funny,
lovable, sexy gay son,” Field told Winfrey. “And there are so
many parents who are frightened of that. And who don't embrace their
children as they struggle. Those children are struggling to embrace
who they are, what nature intended them to be.” (The video is
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The episode including Field is
scheduled for broadcast on Sunday, December 2.