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Baxter, Meredith (b. 1947)  
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Baxter has since found her voice as a spokesperson for glbtq rights, appearing on a panel at the 2010 Outfest film festival and at events for the Human Rights Campaign.

Baxter hopes to be able to use her connection with television fans to advance glbtq rights and to give heart to people considering coming out.

"The message I get is that I'm America's mom. And because research seems to show that people who have someone who is gay in their family—or a friend or just know someone in the community who is gay—they seem to have a more open attitude about gay and lesbian issues," she stated to Gilchrist. "So I can say I'm still that mom. I am still the same person. I'm nonthreatening. I'm very friendly, I'm accessible, and if they can say, 'OK, well, she's a lesbian, maybe that's not such a scary thing. And if she can come out and say that without too much fear, then maybe I can do that.'"

On December 8, 2013, Baxter and Locke were married in an intimate ceremony in Los Angeles. The couple exchanged handwritten vows as close friends and family members--including Baxter's five children--looked on.

Linda Rapp

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Gilchrist, Tracy E. "Meredith Baxter's New Family Ties." The Advocate (December 2, 2009):

"Meredith Baxter." Yahoo! Movies:

Nahas, Aili. "Meredith Baxter Marries Nancy Locke." People (December 8, 2013):,,20764010,00.html.

Robbins, Liz. "Allan Manings, 86, Writer and Creator of Television Shows." New York Times (May 23, 2010): A22.

Roush, Matt. "A Boy and His 'Mothers'/CBS' Thoughtful Special about Lesbian Parenting." USA Today (October 12, 1993): 3D.

Zuckerman, Blaine. "Meredith Baxter: 'I'm a Lesbian Mom.'" People Weekly 72.74 (December 14, 2009): 157.


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    Author: Rapp, Linda  
    Entry Title: Baxter, Meredith  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
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