Meredith Baxter announces she is a lesbian
Famed actress Meredith Baxter went on morning television to reveal the big secret that she is a lesbian. And not just any kind of lesbian, one that found out “later-in-life”. Best known for playing hippie mom Elyse Keaton on the 1980s sitcom “Family Ties,” Meredith Baxter announced that she’s a lesbian and has been keeping her sexual preference a secret for 7 years.

“I guess I wanted to… say that I’m a lesbian,” Meredith revealed on the Today Show morning program. “It was a later-in-life recognition of that fact.”

Yep, Meredith Baxter is Gay….

Meredith, 62, has been living life as a lesbian for 7 years and revealed to Matt Lauer that she has been involved in a relationship for 4 years with contractor Nancy Locke. This was not her first same-sex relationship, it was only after becoming involved with another woman that Meredith realized why her 3 marriages to men didn’t last.

Kelli McGillis announces that she is a lesbianThat’s right, Meredith Baxter has been married 3 times and has 5 kids… You may remember earlier this year when “Top Gun” 1980′s movie star, Kelli McGillis confirmed that she is a lesbian. And after being married twice and having 2 children, stated that she was “done with the man thing”.

Late-In-Life Lesbian Movement?

Meredith Baxter and Kelli McGillis are the recognizable faces to this phenomenon of women who discover later in age that they are in face attracted to the opposite sex. Crazy isn’t it? Or is it? Look at Cynthia Nixon (Miranda Hobbes of Sex and the City fame). She was in a serious relationship for 15 years and had 2 children with a man, when she stunned fans and hooked up with Christine Marinoni, an education activist. They are now engaged to be married.

Cynthia Nixon lesbianI for one, am a little saddened by the whole thing. I mean what is it like to deny what you are for most of your life and finally be true to yourself  after all this time? I’ve always been a firm believer in the “life is short” mantra. Be who you are, and damn the “haters”. But I guess for the older women like Meredith Baxter, Kelli McGillis and Cynthia Nixon, it was a different time. Society was not as accepting as they are today (not that we’re all that accepting in comparison to other countries). I wish Meredith Baxter all the best and I hope this announcement was not only freeing for her, but went a long way in encouraging others to be true to themselves. :)