Sally Field with her son Sam

Academy Award winning actress Sally Field spoke about her gay son after receiving an award honouring her work supporting the LGBT community.

Field received the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Ally for Equality Award at the organisation’s sixteenth annual national dinner in Washington on Saturday.

Her acceptance speech focused on being the proud mother of a gay son, Sam Greisman, who struggled with coming out, eventually doing so in 2007. The award was presented to the star by her son.

“Sam was different, and his journey to allow himself what nature intended him to be was not an easy one. As his mother, I consider it one of the great privileges of my life to be part of it,” Field told the audience.

She went on to urge parents to accept their LGBT children. “There comes a time when parents must listen and learn from these people they brought into the world – their children. And these children have something important to teach their parents. I urge them to listen.”

Field concluded her acceptance speech by thanking HRC for advocating on behalf of LGBT people like her son.

“You all have fought for him as surely as you were one of his parents,” she said. “You’ve changed and are changing the lives of little boys and girls who realised somewhere along the way they’re just different from their other brothers and sisters. And so the fuck what.”

The 65-year-old actress most recently starred in the now-cancelled television drama Brothers & Sisters as the mother of a gay son, and also played the role of Aunt May in this year’s The Amazing Spider-Man blockbuster.

Watch Field’s speech below.

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