Meredith Baxter

Lesbian mom Meredith Baxter comes out of the closet

Meredith Baxter came-out on the ”Today” show – looking fabulous at 63-years old.

Baxter is probably best known for her seven years playing TV mom Elyse Keaton on Family Ties from 1982-1989 [171 episodes].

Married three times and the mother of five children, Baxter is the focus of a current National Enquirer story revealing that the former Emmy nominee had been on a ”Sweet Caribbean Cruise” specifically targeted to lesbians — a cruise also taken by openly gay actress Kelly McGillis.

Baxter was nominated for an Emmy award in 1992, for A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story [Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries]; and also nominated for an Emmy in 1977 and 1978, for Family [Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series]. She was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 1994, for the CBS Schoolbreak Special Other Mothers [Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Special].

Said Baxter on “Today”: “I am a lesbian and it was a later-in-life recognition. Some people would say, well, you’re living a lie and, you know, the truth is – not at all. This has only been for the past seven years…I’ve always lived a very private life. To come out and disclose stuff is very antithetical to who I am…I did not want some tabloid to take the story and make it up — I wanted it to be in my own words.”

Baxter has been with her current partner, who is out, for four years. “I had to reach a level of comfort because it wasn’t fair to push her back into secrecy. We live very out lives in Los Angeles,” said Baxter.

She also talked about telling her kids: “I said, ‘I think I’m gay,’ and my oldest boy said, ‘I knew.’ The support from my family and anyone close to me has been so immediate and unqualified. I’ve really been blessed.”


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One thought on “Meredith Baxter

  • December 2, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    I wrote a novel about a woman coming out late-in-life called Seeking Sara Summers. For these women it isn’t about getting their 15 minutes of fame (a criticism of Meredith Baxter on another site), it’s about getting a life. I think it takes a tremendous amount of courage to simply be who you are.

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