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Sally Field And NAACP's Ben Jealous Honored At HRC Gala: VIDEOS


Towleroad intern Sam Greisman mentioned last Friday that he was headed to DC to present his mother Sally Field with HRC's Ally for Equality Award. So he did, and he was marvelous, setting the stage with stories of gratitude and humor before the lovely actress took the mic to deliver a touching and eloquent speech of her own.

Field's remarks, delivered after she removed her heels to meet the mic halfway, emphasized the biological innateness of being gay. "Sam is what nature intended him to be," she told the audience. She knew well before her son that he was gay, of course, and had wanted to explain it all to him, but thanks to her other sons' insistence, she let Sam find his own way. And she couldn't be more proud.

Parents who kick out their children or turn their backs, she said, need to realize "these children have something important to teach their parents:" Love and acceptance. Some children are gay, she explains, "So the f*ck what?"

In addition to the always lively Field, last night's festivities also included speeches from Academy Award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and Newark's hero mayor, Cory Booker, as well as the presentation of the National Equality Award to the NAACP and its president, Ben Jealous.

Introduced by HRC president Chad Griffin and a video highlighting his organization's commitment to equality, Jealous told the audience that we owe it to our children to turn our pledge of allegiance — "liberty and justice for all," in case you've forgotten — into a reality.

"As an American people, we celebrate the many times that our nation has led this world away from hate and ever toward hope," he said. "In this precipitous moment, when we as a movement are on the brink of massive change and tremendous progress...let us stand up for marriage equality from coast-to-coast and border-to-border!"

Watch videos of all the speeches, including Sam's introduction of Ms. Field (!), AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. My love for Sally Field knows no bounds.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Oct 7, 2012 11:06:57 AM

  2. Sam Greisman is Sally Field's son?! That. Is Awesome.

    Posted by: Billy | Oct 7, 2012 11:16:38 AM

  3. they're all wonderful examples of humanity.

    look who WE get.

    and THEY get kirk cameron and chuck norris.

    so, we win.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 7, 2012 11:29:09 AM

  4. Does she ever gonna age?, she looks so young

    Posted by: MArk | Oct 7, 2012 11:45:06 AM

  5. can this be enjoyed without the need to be divisive?

    Posted by: my2cents | Oct 7, 2012 11:57:16 AM

  6. Towleroad can teach Greisman how to become more professionally dishonest(and vicious).

    Posted by: Yupp | Oct 7, 2012 12:56:18 PM

  7. Dear Sally,

    We don't just really, really like you. We really, really love you !

    Posted by: Maverick69 | Oct 7, 2012 1:09:20 PM

  8. Their both wonderful.

    Posted by: Adam | Oct 7, 2012 1:22:15 PM

  9. Sam, that was two wonderful speeches from you and your mother. You seem to be very lucky to have one another in your lives. Congratulations!

    I also watched D.L. Black's speech. Damn, that was a good one! I teared up, I admit it.

    Posted by: Tanoka | Oct 7, 2012 1:28:31 PM

  10. Is Sam Greisman a girl? He talks like one.

    Posted by: Van | Oct 7, 2012 3:00:48 PM

  11. @Van...if you can't tell the difference between a boy & a're either very very young or very very much an a-hole. I suspect it's you.

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Oct 7, 2012 3:22:17 PM

  12. I've loved Sally Field for literally as long as I can remember. I've watched every show, every movie, every appearance I could possibly watch... and it never dawned on me that I could love her a little bit more. But now I do.

    And Sam, well he's just s cutie pie and is a wonderful example of how great a kid can turn out with a mom who's 100% supportive and loves him 100% unconditionally.

    Posted by: sparks | Oct 7, 2012 3:53:25 PM

  13. took the words right out of my mouth...thank you!!

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Oct 7, 2012 3:58:48 PM

  14. Bravo, Dustin Lance Black for your powerful speech.

    Posted by: Dan | Oct 7, 2012 4:43:29 PM

  15. My name is Dustin Lance Black. I'm running for office and I'm asking for your vote.

    Posted by: tribute | Oct 7, 2012 5:04:23 PM

  16. @Van: you just wish you were him and Sally Field was your mom. And yea...what Paul B. said.

    Posted by: keoni | Oct 7, 2012 7:53:41 PM

  17. @Keoni...BINGO!

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Oct 7, 2012 8:06:55 PM

  18. @VAN: is that you Rick?

    Posted by: VANISAJERK | Oct 7, 2012 9:22:47 PM

  19. With the anti-gay rhetoric being amped up here in Minnesota, these speeches really amped up my spirits and hopes, thanks so much for this post, I needed it.

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | Oct 7, 2012 9:23:05 PM

  20. Hello, I have browsed most of your posts.

    Posted by: Sean Blanchette | Oct 8, 2012 3:22:13 AM

  21. he is so handsome and funny and well...i just love Sally field...may I suggest a talk show with the two of them together.....thank you both for two great speeches...

    Posted by: charlie | Oct 9, 2012 12:38:03 AM

  22. My heart melts. Thank you Mrs. Fields. Unintentional as it may be, you always strummed the heart strings I have for my own mother whenever I watched you on screen.

    Posted by: Alexx | Oct 9, 2012 2:17:23 AM

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