Meredith Baxter is probably best known for her role as ex-flower child Elyse Keaton on the sitcom Family Ties, which aired from 1982 to 1989. Married three times, having five children, Baxter made the choice to come out as a lesbian on the Today Show with Matt Lauer. Pay close attention to Baxter’s words at the end of the interview where she states:

If anybody knows someone who is gay or lesbian, then when they are addressing gay or lesbian issues, political issues, that affect their rights they are less likely to vote against them; to take away their rights. So if you knew me before and you cared about me before I’m the same woman. I’m the same mother to all these children. If I can be that lesbian you know now, “ok well if I vote this way that actually might affect this person I know, this Meredith.”