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Sally Field, who played the mother of a gay son on ABC’s series, Brothers and Sisters, graciously accepted HRC’s Ally for Equality Award by giving a moving speech in honor of her son.
According to The Washington Post, Sally Field, who has an openly gay son in real life, delivered an emotional acceptance speech when she was award the Human Rights Campaign’s Ally for Equality Award in Washington D.C. over the weekend.
The Huffington Post reported that Sam Greisman, the Oscar-winning actress’s youngest son, presented his mother with the award.
Although the 65-year-old actress has been habitually quiet about her son’s sexuality in order to maintain his privacy, spoke openly to the 3,000 attendees about how grateful she is for what the organization has done for her son.
“Nature made Sam. It wasn’t a choice. He was always, always Sam — glorious, smart, funny, sweet Sam,” she told the audience. “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.”
In his blog, Greisman acknowledged his mother’s constant love and support throughout his life, “Being gay was just one more thing she loved about me."
Other attendees included Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and NAACP President Ben Jealous.