–Actress Sally Field in an interview with People and Entertainment Weekly editorial director Jess Cagle for EW Radio on SiriusXM, on the advice she’d give to parents who thought that their child was going to come out to them. “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,” she advised a hypothetical parent. “Sexuality is a human glorious part of existence.”
Field, a longtime advocate for LGBT rights, also shared her own personal story dealing with her son’s coming out as gay. She noted that her youngest son, Sam, had trouble dealing with his sexual orientation, but that she tried to encourage him to discover his true self. Field also marveled at parents who reject their children after they come out as LGBT.
“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,” Field said. “I’m still trying to figure it out!”