"Family Ties" actress Meredith Baxter made the media rounds Wednesday confirming the rumors that she is a lesbian. For me, the real news story will arrive the day that the 'coming out' of a TV star is inconsequential and barely newsworthy.
Baxter, who had been married three times to different men, went on the Today show and explained to Matt Lauer homosexuality 'was a later in life recognition.' The National Enquirer recently ran a story about Baxter being spotted on a lesbian cruise through the Caribbean with a "female friend," which was then picked up by celebrity blogs. As a result, the 62-year-old decided to tell her fans herself.
"I didn't want some tabloid to take the story and make it up," Baxter said in the interview. "I wanted it to be in my own words." Good for her. Almost. She complained that "to come out and disclose stuff is very antithetical" to who she is. Well, sometimes, for the greater good, you stand naked before the cannon. Or in her case, semi naked in a bathing suit on a cruise ship in the Caribbean with her partner.
"We live a very open life at home," Baxter said of her life with Nancy Locke. "Anyone who's a friend of mine, anyone who knows and cares about me knows. It's no secret that I'm gay, but it has been to the greater world." Now we know, and the Earth will still turn on its axis, and Ms. Baxter will find the rotation more stable, her life more honest, the secrecy less necessary.
Her 25-year-old son Peter summed it up best for everyone. He told the National Enquirer that he "just couldn't stop smiling, because she finally figured it out." Meaning, of course, how nice it is that Mom caught on, sailing on a ship called Honesty. It was probably the best cruise she ever had.