WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Sally Field Accepts HRC Ally for Equality Award, Discusses Gay Son

An accomplished film and television actress with two Oscars and three Emmys, Sally Field picked up the Human Rights Campaign’s Ally for Equality Award on Saturday in Washington, D.C, where she discussed being the mother of a gay son.

Sam Greisman, 24, introduced his mom, who confided his coming out had been bumpy: “[ Sam’s] journey to allow himself to be what nature intended him to be was not an easy one,” but “finally at 20, long after he beat the crap out of his brothers at tennis and he knew more than anyone about basketball, he was finally able to stand up proudly and say: ‘I am a gay man.’”

Gracious as ever, Field also thanked the assembled activists for their service to the community and to her son:  “You all have fought for him as surely as you were one of his parents,” she said. “You’ve changed and are changing the lives of little boys and girls who realized somewhere along the way they’re just different from their other brothers and sisters. And so the fuck what?”

We like you, Sally Field. We really, really like you!