Most of us know her as Michael J. Fox's former-hippie liberal mom on "Family Ties". She announced she's gay this morning on the "Today" show. We're at the end of 2009. Meredith Baxter is 62. On a personal note, congratulations. --- But, in the context of Gay Visibility... Should Meredith have come out of the closet a couple decades ago? Doesn't it do more good to the gay movement - in a political context - if you announce you're gay while you're professionally hot and americans still connect with you? I had to re-google Harvey Milk's thoughts on the subject; he says nothing about coming out to the public at large, but... "...Gay brothers and sisters,...You must come out. Come out...to your parents...I know that it is hard and will hurt them but think about how they will hurt you in the voting booth! Come out to your relatives...come out to your friends...if indeed they are your friends. Come out to your neighbors...to your fellow workers...to the people who work where you eat and shop...come out only to the people you know, and who know you. Not to anyone else. But once and for all, break down the myths, destroy the lies and distortions. For your sake. For their sake. For the sake of the youngsters who are becoming scared by the votes from Dade to Eugene." On one hand, Harvey says "Come out only to the people you know, and who know you. Not to anyone else".... yet, contradictorily, he also advices us to come out to those random people "who work where you eat and shop". I suppose we "know" Meredith as well as the those people "where we eat and shop". Hmm. I suppose Harvey would have wanted Meredith to come out publicly, earlier, but late is better than never.