Star Kristy Mcnichol 'outs' Herself To Help Bullied Kids

doctorwho_guru.†=♡ 2012/01/07 19:15:14

Yesterday, Kristy McNichol, best known for her roles on the TV shows "Family" and "Empty Nest," joined the ranks of celebrities who have come out of the closet.

People reports that McNichol, who was beloved for playing Buddy Lawrence in the '70s show "Family," for which she won an Emmy, and later Barbara Weston on the "Golden Girls" spin-off "Empty Nest," revealed she is a lesbian because she is "approaching 50" and wants to "be open about who I am."

The former actress, who has lived with partner Martie Allen for almost two decades, says she is also choosing now to come out because she "is very sad about kids being bullied... and she hopes that coming out can help kids who need support," her publicist Jeff Ballard told People, adding, "She would like to help others who feel different."

Many LGBT stars have stepped up (and out) to speak out against teen bullying, often in the form of"It Gets Better" videos, which feature celebrities giving teens hope and advice on how to survive tormenting from their peers.

McNichol began her acting career with guest roles on shows like "Starsky and Hutch" and "The Bionic Woman," but hasn't regularly starred in a television series since the mid-nineties. Peoplereports that she quit acting to "focus on her health," and now spends her time on "tennis, yoga, travel and raising her beloved miniature dachshunds."

For a look at 25 other stars who surprised the world when they came out of the closet, check out the slideshow below.

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  • Luckydog38 2012/01/08 04:24:44
    How is it that my wife and I have talked about her being gay for years. This can't be a valid "outing" She was already out as far as I can tell.
  • Kashee 2012/01/08 03:53:48
    Good for her.
  • Queen B 2012/01/08 03:44:43
    Queen B
    This really isn't a revelation. I always thought she was a lesbian when she was on TV in the 70's. She played a tomboy in a lot of her roles, but I didn't think she was straight. She played opposite teen heart throbs from back in the day such as Leif Garrett and Matt Dillon, but it was never convincing.
  • doctorw... Queen B 2012/01/08 03:48:39
  • Queen B doctorw... 2012/01/08 03:55:37
    Queen B
    Yep.....Danny Pintauro didn't surprise me either. God he was such an annoying kid in Who's The Boss....lol. Chad Allen from My Two Dads and Doogie Howser didn't surprise me either. I always kind of had suspicions about Kevin's friend Paul Pfieffer from The Wonder Years, but I guess he's straight, or at least no one has outed him.
  • HiYa 2012/01/08 02:32:31
    I have always known she was a lesbian. Her coming out is as surprising as Clay Aiken's coming out. The day Queen Latifah finally admits it, I am gonna say "it's about time."
    This is who surprised me... Meredith Baxter Berney
  • sjalan 2012/01/08 02:07:37
    She was an excellent actress. Her coming out is possibly a sign that she is going back to work in acting Go Kristy
  • pjwinkler65 2012/01/07 23:33:25
    Good for her
  • iluvselenagomez3 2012/01/07 23:15:02
  • harasnicole 2012/01/07 22:21:29
    Never heard of her.
  • Lee The Hybrid Snowflake 2012/01/07 21:52:47
    Lee The Hybrid Snowflake
    I thought she was out.....hmmmmm
  • Awesome T Lee The... 2012/01/07 22:46:11
    Awesome T
    I thought she was too
  • TexicanRGV - Noblesse Oblige 2012/01/07 21:06:02
    TexicanRGV - Noblesse Oblige
    It's been an open secret for quite a while.
  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2012/01/07 20:41:21
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    Hmm, hoping for headlines it appears. Never understood why I must be informed of other sex lives - I do not care.
  • justnotsaying (: 2012/01/07 20:27:56
    justnotsaying (:
    I'm not familiar with who she is, but it's good she's not hiding it anymore, and trying to help. If secretly gay celebrities of today would come out, that will have a greater impact.
  • Sick Boy 2012/01/07 19:29:25
    Sick Boy
    Man, she's cute!

    Her wife will be a lucky lady! (°_o)
  • themadhare ~IJM 2012/01/07 19:17:09
    themadhare ~IJM
    she hasn't had much publicity for a few decades. this should help
  • Sister ... themadh... 2012/01/07 19:21:38

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