Interesting how every media source except one (that I found) treated Meredith Baxter’s coming out in a very matter-of-fact manner.
First, I think all the signs were there. Look at the list of films she starred in for Lifetime:
• Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last Chapter (1992) (TV) …. Betty Broderick
• A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story (1992) (TV) …. Betty Broderick
• A Mother’s Justice (1991) (TV) …. Lila
• My Breast (1994) (TV) …. Joyce Wadler
• After Jimmy (1996) (TV) …. Maggie Stapp
Second: all those failed, heterosexual marriages. Being straight? She just wasn’t any good at it.
While most news outlets covered it, the headlines were mostly pretty neutral. Here’s a sample from a variety of sources around the country:
Boston Globe: “Meredith Baxter comes out”
Los Angeles Times: “‘Family Ties’ Meredith Baxter is a lesbian”
Dallas Morning News: “Meredith Baxter’s revelation”
NPR: “Meredith Baxter: Coming out is both personal and political”
NY Daily News: “Meredith Baxter, mom on TV’s ‘Family Ties’, comes out on ‘Today’ show: ‘I am a lesbian’”
Then, there’s Fox
Always out for a sensationalist headline, Fox broadcast the news like Baxter’s coming out was news that would change the world.
The biggest shocker? After 20 years, the cast is still friendly. Everyone knew for years. A group of people who worked together like each other. Accept each other. Are happy when their friends are in healthy relationships. Well, I guess Fox didn’t see the signs. That headline writer probably doesn’t watch Lifetime: Television for gay men.