Today, Meredith Baxter revealed the gender to which her heart is truly tied: Baxter, the actress best known for playing hippie mom Elyse Keaton on the s sitcom "Family Ties," announced that she's a lesbian and has been keeping her sexual preference a secret for seven years.
This has only been for the past seven years.
Baxter, 62 and thrice divorced, came out following the National Enquirer's November report that she was spotted "traveling with a female friend" on a Caribbean cruise sponsored by lesbian travel company Sweet. How did Baxter realize she was a lesbian?
Moe: I like to visit new places and meet new people. I have high family values and appreciate honesty and sincerity in any relationship. I like to dance a lot. Nothing kinky. I love working at myself, because the sky is the limit.
The actress said that after many failed relationships with men, seven years ago she started her first relationship with a woman, and her entire world view changed. Now, Baxter is four years into a relationship with Nancy Locke, a contractor she met through mutual friends.
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Her on-screen "Family Ties" family and her real life relatives knew about Locke and Baxter's sexuality before today's public declaration. When Baxter told her five children, they surprised her by revealing they already thought she was a lesbian.
I've really been blessed. Having come out so publicly, Baxter said she sees herself as a new advocate for gay rights.
I can be that lesbian you know now. Baxter joins a coterie of famous female entertainers to realize later in life that they're lesbians.
Earlier this year, "Top Gun" star Kelly McGillis confirmed rumors that she is a lesbian, saying she's "done with the man thing.
I need to move on in life," the year-old actress told SheWired. In Novembercomedian Wanda Sykes disclosed during a rally in Las Vegas that she had been in a same-sex marriage since October of that year.
I was just living my life, not necessarily in the closet, but I was living my life. Comedian Carol Leifer, 53, was married and dated only men for the first 39 years of her life -- one of them was Jerry Seinfeld.
But at 40, she had a fling with a woman and fell in love.
Leifer believes a growing number of middle-aged women are listening to what she calls the "Sapphic siren call," or as Elaine Benes, the "Seinfeld" character based on Leifer, would say, "joining the other team. I was looking for something fun and chic. I didn't think it would redefine me as a person.
In" Sex and the Meredith baxter later life lesbian " star Cynthia Nixon left her boyfriend of 15 years and their two children and began seeing a female public school advocate, whom she'd met while working on a campaign to reduce class sizes in New York City.
It didn't change who I am. I'm just a woman who fell in love with a woman. Novelist and social critic Susan Sontag remained in Meredith baxter later life lesbian closet until her longtime lover, photographer Annie Leibovitz, outed her posthumously.
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