Academy Award-winner Sally Field has written an open letter in which she says raising her gay son Sam Greisman is “one of the great privileges of my life.”
The letter is Field's contribution to a new campaign by the Human Rights Campaign to raise funds to combat anti-gay "License to Discriminate" laws popping up in several states.
From the open letter:
"Sam is my youngest son, by 18 years, and he's gay. To that, I say: So what?" writes the award-winning actress. "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."
"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,’” she continues. "Sam knows that if he ever marries, he'll have my full support. After all, I like to believe I raised him with the good sense to choose a great partner," Field writes. But there are people out there — organizations and politicians, strangers who have never even met Sam — who would rather devote themselves to denying his happiness. 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?"
The HRC has set a goal of $150,000 by Monday. You can contribute by clicking here.