Actress Merideth Baxter, who starred as Michael J. Fox's mother on Family Ties during the 1980's, has come out of the closet and admitted that she is a lesbian. Baxter, who has been married three times and has five children, said that it was the Michael J. Fox phenomenon that made her gay.
"Constantly, these girls and women were throwing themselves at Michael (who played Alex Keaton on our show). They would mail him their panties or pull off their tops when they saw him in public. There were just constant parades of girls, girls, girls everywhere. It was enough to make me jealous of him and his success."
"The more jealous of his success I became, the more I wanted these girls myself. They would buy magazines with his picture on the cover and flock to see him in the Teen Wolf film or the Back to the Future movies. The amount of their sexual tension and desire was unreal!"
"When it got to the point that I wanted to be Michael J. Fox and not do Michael J. Fox, I knew that I was sexually confused. When I took a few of his castoffs to my trailer, my suspicions were confirmed."
"It has taken me twenty years to admit it, but Michael J. Fox made me a lesbian."