Lesbian mom Meredith Baxter comes out of the closet
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.”