Sally Field, the American actor, singer and director, has been speaking publicly about her gay son during a human-rights event in Washington, DC.
Field was attending the 2012 Human Rights Campaign National Dinner, to receive the HRC Ally for Equality award.
During her acceptance speech, the mother of three spoke about one of her sons, Sam, who is openly gay. She told the dinner guests, “Nature made Sam. It wasn’t a choice. He was always, always Sam – glorious, smart, funny, sweet Sam.”
Prefacing her remarks with the assertion that her son’s sexuality was “Sam’s business and not mine”, Field, 65, went on to say, “You all have fought for him as surely as if you were one of his parents.
“You’ve changed and are changing the lives of little boys and girls who realize somewhere along the way they’re just different from their other brothers and sisters.”
Other high-profile guests at the event included the Newark Mayor, Cory Booker, star of ABC’s Modern Family, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and President of the NAACP, Ben Jealous, as well as Samuel Greisman himself, Field’s third son by her second husband, Alan Greisman.
The 24-year-old young man introduced his mother at the event, the two of them smiling throughout, according to theWashington Post.
According to Gay Star News, Field spoke of how proud she was of her youngest son, and of the “journey” she’s on with him. “As his mother, I consider it one of the great privileges of my life to be allowed to be part of it. [Sam] had to see that all the things he really wanted in life were still possible, whether he was gay or straight. His dreams of the future were not limited. To have the career he always wanted, whatever that turns out to be, to find a lasting and loving partner and to build a family of his own,” she said.
Film and television career
Since the mid-1960s, Sally Field has been a star on television and in film. She is also an accomplished singer.
Films have included Moon Pilot (1962), Murphy’s Romance (1985) – with James Garner – Steel Magnolias (1989), Forrest Gump (1994) and Where the Heart Is (2000). Most recently, she appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), playing Aunt May to Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker, and will star in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (also 2012), as Mary Todd Lincoln, the wife of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of America.
As well as her film an TV career, for many years, Field has been a staunch activist for women’s rights and gay rights. She sits on the Board of Directors of the international women’s nongovernmental organisation, Vital Voices Global Partnership and has co-hosted the Global Leadership Awards on six separate occasions.
Sam came out to her in 2007, at the age of 19. Her two older sons – Peter and Eli – by her first marriage to Steven Craig, are a novelist and screenwriter and director and screenwriter, respectively.