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04/19/2007


Sally Field Speaks with Oprah About Her Gay Son, Her Future: VIDEO

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Sally Field spoke with Oprah last night as part of her 'Oprah's Next Chapter' series. One of the items Field touched on was her gay son Sam (who as many of you know serves as Towleroad's intern).

Field_samSaid Field:

"It's important to have a parent speak about racing a magnificent, proud,intelligent, funny, lovable, sexy gay son. And there are so many parents who are frightened of that and who don't embrace their children as they struggle. Those children are struggling to embrace who they are, what nature intended them to be."

Trying to find a longer clip than the one below, but until I do, enjoy the brief one along with two others in which Field talks about her next chapter and how her roles have informed her life.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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

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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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Today on Towleroad: Michelle Obama and Mass Coronal Ejections

Following her moving and eloquent speech from Tuesday night, First Lady Michelle Obama made a speaking appearance today at an LGBT event in Charlotte sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign. The President's speech, scheduled for Thursday, had been planned as an outdoor event, as it was in 2008, but has been moved inside due to weather concerns.  

SunLast week during the GOP Convention, Ari Ezra Waldman took a look at the Republican Party's unchanging platform, this week he looks at the changes in the Democratic Party's.

There was a plethora of speeches and moments from pro-gay and out allies at the DNC over the last two days including out gay Congressman Jared Polis, and DNC Treasurer Andrew Tobias. Also, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino still doesn't enjoy the taste of Chick-fil-A

A hacker group claims to have Romney's tax return in their possession and is holding it for ransom. Also the DNC used a tribute to Ted Kennedy to attack Romney with Kennedy's own words.

If you're looking for some levity from the convention, and who isn't, check out the Daily Show's search for intelligent life from Charlotte

Terrible news out of Long Beach where four U.S. Marines were arrested for allegedly assaulting a gay man. Equally horrifying is a story from Sydney, Australia where a doctor has been reprimanded for prescribing chemical castration to a gay teen. An Australian Christian leader believes that being gay is worse for your health than smoking. Jimmy Kimmel offended some with a back-to-school video that mocked gays. It seems equally depressing that summer is over. 

Three fun videos to check out. First a beautiful gay wedding video. After you've enjoyed that, take a gander at model Christopher Camplin rocking his beard from a hot-tub. Rick rolling is pretty played out, but definitely not when the cast of Mad Men does it

Oh and we're thankfully all here after this crazy mass ejection from the sun


Today on Towleroad: Democrats' Turn

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With the GOP convention fading into memory it's the Democrats' turn this week from Charlotte. If you aren't near a TV you can watch the convention live on YouTube. The DNC is a much more friendly place for the gays, especially since marriage equality is part of the Democrats official platform. Michelle Obama will be the headline speaker tonight where she will likely compare and contrast her husband with Mitt Romney, even if she doesn't mention Romney by name. In addition to speaking in front of the national media tonight, the First Lady will also show that she is a friend to the LGBT community by headlining an equality event in Charlotte.

If you have DNC fever, check out this video of the convention stage going up in elapsed time

With attention on the Democratic platform, the GOP is hitting the airwaves with a couple of attack ads. The first is a ridiculous anti-gay ad from the Campaign for American Values which tries to claim that Obama is forcing gay marriage on Americans. The second comes from Florida Republicans looking to smear former Gov. Charlie Crist over his decision to endorse Obama and speak at this week's convention. In addition, the RNC has launched a site that claims Obama isn't working. Also, gay Republicans are still trying to desperately explain themselves

In other news, Paul Ryan has the worst but also kind of the best Secret Service code name

Conservative fundamentalist David Barton believes that gay rights means the U.S. is going down. Aside from his word choice, let's just say that he is gonna be really pissed when he finds out about the gym that shares his name. Hank Williams Jr. also hates the gays. And pretty much everyone else. Just when you thought that Chick-fil-A's anti-gay celebrations were over, Montana has decided to belatedly get in on the act. In a final bit of depressing news, a report has surfaced that police in Kenya are blackmailing gay men

On the brighter side of things, we should all book our next vacation with Expedia because they are backing marriage equality in Washington State. Gays in Ireland are happy today as the Dublin City Council overwhelmingly approved marriage equality. If you live in Minnesota, you can check out Zach Wahls on his pro-equality tour of the state. Also, Rickie from My So Called Life is joining the GLAAD team

If you're a Matrix fan check out this New Yorker profile of the Wachowskis. Lana also talks in depth about her transition from Larry. 

Lastly it's a rainy and gloomy day here in New York, so here is an adorable sleepy bear cub to make you happy. 


Today on Towleroad: GOP Convention Attempts Lift Off, and More

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As Tropical Storm Isaac closes in on the gulf, The Republican National Convention gets underway today and maybe has prayer to thank for an on time start? Rush Limbaugh believes that the convention was never really under threat. It's all a big conspiracy guys! Before watching the speeches, get in the mood with the Obama Campaign's preview. Chris Matthews has already made his presence known by blasting into the RNC Chairman. Allen West apparently thinks that the phrase "crap sandwich" is somehow "military vernacular". Meanwhile Fox News seems to have already made a surprising implication about the Romney brothers, by use of song choice. Maybe they were swayed by this week's New Yorker cover

In news outside of Tampa, Ron Paul says he would have prevented 9/11. While gay couples await word from the Supreme Court regarding Prop 8, the man who is supposedly the father of the proposition hit the Blood of Christ really hard last night. In slightly better news, Scott Brown says that Gay Marriage is a settled law. Charlie Crist looks to be leaning toward becoming a Democrat. He will speak at the Democratic Convention next week in Charlotte. In definite good news, Joe Biden praised gay rights activists over the weekend. 

Feel good videos about coming out and being gay were popping up everywhere today. Check out this emotional video from an 18-year-old Rugby player who describes how he JUST came out. A recent gay high schooler has advice for other gay teens, chief among them is stay away from Grindr. Maybe that's advice we should all heed. Also check out this impassioned speech at Pride Festival in County Derry, Ireland.

Cutie Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham has another fun video. In tiny shorts of course.

Also check out a town hall at Drake University in Iowa about why marriage equality matters. If you've ever been obsessed with someone you've never met, this new documentary might just be for you. Another documentary was breaking box office records this weekend. The Anti-Obama documentary Obama's America 2016 was seen by a horrifying number of people. In other signs of the apocalypse a lion is creating panic as it runs amuck in the UK. Also, Ryan Lochte pees in a fountain, Rosie O'Donnell got secretly married, and "True Blood" has a gift for HBO Go subscribers

Lastly, I'd like to take a quick second to introduce myself. I'm Sam and I'm the new intern here at Towleroad. I'll be be doing regular daily recaps starting with today and working along side the team on other projects. I'm 24, live in New York City, and am really excited to get to be a part of the group here at Towleroad! 


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