Over the weekend, Sally Field was presented with the Ally for Equality Award by her son at the 2012 Human Rights Campaign National Dinner in Washington, D.C. Upon acceptance of the award, she delivered such a moving speech that you simply must see.
She talked about how her gay son was both different and similar to his two older brothers and also what it was like during her son’s coming out process. She wanted to jump in and define it for him, but his brothers made her stay out and insisted that he needed to go through it himself. Having learned from this experience, she explained, “A mother is not someone you lean on. A mother is someone who makes leaning unnecessary.” She also thanks everyone who is fighting for gay rights and equality. “You all have fought for him as surely as if you were 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 & sisters…and so the f*ck what!” Amazing.
After having watched the video, I realized that she is in fact the mom from Brothers & Sisters. Her character on that show would have delivered the exact same speech. Enjoy it below!