Meredith Baxter on a Lesbian Cruise:
Meredith Baxter, who played the mom on Family Ties went on the Sweet lesbian cruise with her partner. The tabloid media found out about it and she decided to come out about her sexuality.
Meredith Baxter Comes out On The Today Show:
Meredith Baxter was a guest of Matt Lauer's on The Today Show on December 2, 2009, where she announced that she is a lesbian. "I am a lesbian. It was a later in life recognition of that fact," she said.
Meredith Baxter: An Awakening:
Meredith Baxter says she came out at age 55. She explains what it was like to come out later in life. "I got involved with someone I never expected to get involved with and it was that kind of an awakening. I never fought it because it was like, oh, I understand."
Meredith Baxter on Coming Out to Family:
Meredith Baxter was married three times and has five children, all whom she say accept her. She said when she told her oldest son, he said, "I knew." She was afraid to tell her step dad, but when she did she said, “I’m dating women.” He replied, “So am I.” And that was it. She says her family was great and supportive.
Fear at First:
Meredith Baxter says she has been dating her partner Nancy for about four years. Nancy is a general contractor and drives a truck for work. Meredith was afraid at first of the media finding out she was dating a woman. She asked her to park her truck down the block. Nancy said she wouldn't. Meredith said she realized, “It wasn’t fair to push her back into some kind of secrecy.”
Coming Out is a Political Act:
In this day and age, when rights of gays and lesbians are often put up for political vote, coming out is a political act. Meredith says, although she is a private person, she realizes this. She said on The Today Show, “I’m not a political person. But it has been brought to my attention that this is a political act. Even though, that’s not what it feels like to me. My understanding is that so much research has been done that shows if anybody knows someone who is gay or lesbian, that when they are addressing issues that affect their rights, they are less likely to vote against them."