Now that Meredith Baxter has spoken about it, we can speak freely….
The actress, best known as the mother from Family Ties, has given an interview to Matt Lauer on the Today show in which she came out.
It follows a photo of her and her partner Nancy published by PerezHilton.com (and noted on other sites, but not here until she was on the record). Another magazine has been poised to publish a story.
“I did not want some tabloid to take a story and make it up,” she told Lauer. “So I wanted it to be in my own words.”
She also spoke to gay mag The Advocate about the moment when she realised the truth:
“The analogy I’ve used is a story [from] when I was a kid. I never could see very well …. When I was 12 I tried on a [friend’s] pair of glasses and I was stunned with how clearly I could see. In truth, I used to think trees looked like lollipops because there was a solid stake and this solid ball. I didn’t know most people could see leaves. Oh, this is how the world is perceived?
“That’s kind of what having that second relationship [with a woman] made me realise — that this is where I want to be because I was dead to the world in many other ways. I’ve been married three times, and I have a slew of children, but I’ve never felt that kind of connection before in that kind of awakening.
“It was very profound for me.”
Source: LA Times