MEREDITH BAXTER CAME OUT, TODAY...on THE TODAY SHOW!
There had been a tease, a bit earlier on The Today Show, with the tag-line saying "Meredith Baxter reveals a secret."
I falsely assumed it must be something negative, or shameful, as that is what we usually associate with secrets.It was however, a secret filled with joy, and positivity, and gladness.....
Matt Lauer was trepidatious, saying, "Uh, do you want me to say it? How are we doing this?"
Meredith Baxter quickly blurted out,"I am a lesbian."
Matt gave a gentle smile and a nod of his head and said, "Okay, then."
Meredith Baxter, the woman I always longed to look like: Beautiful, blonde, with bright blue eyes, she played Alex Keaton's(Michael J. Fox) Mom on the iconic "Family Ties" series in the 1980's. I also recall her as the young, lovely, hilariously funny Meredith Baxter-Birney when she was married to David Birney(anyone remember "Bridget Loves Bernie" the rich Irish-Catholic girl vs. poor Jewish husband comedy in the 1970's?).
Ms. Baxter has been married three times, and has five children.
"I thought I was a bad picker, and I was...but it wasn't them, though they[the men she married] had issues...it was me."
She told Matt Lauer on The Today Show, that she went to her step-dad(her mother had died the year before) and said simply, "I date women." and he replied just as simply, "I do, too."
Her children, including her twin girls, have been immensely supportive. Her 42-year-old son claimed he "knew all along".
She is now partner to Diane, and recently took a cruise with 1200 other lesbians. When asked if she is happy, Ms. Baxter replied she is now "extraordinarily happy".
"I'm told this is a political act, even though it doesn't feel that way to me; I'm a very private person....I'm the same woman...but if I can be the 'lesbian you know', maybe it will mean you will think about rights for gay people..."
I think you rock, Meredith!!!
I'll be posting several entries later today, and catch all of you up on the "Queer Creativity" day I attended post-AQLF(Atlanta Queer Literature Festival, several Sundays ago),and an update on the most recent "Franklin Abbott and Friends" at Outwrite Books and More, three Tuesdays ago, as well.
And I hope everyone had a blessed and bountiful Thanksgiving. I was in Florida, visiting family for nearly a week, and it was grand!