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Growing up gay is hard, even in the most supportive homes… even when your mum is Sally Field!

In the television series Brothers And Sisters, acclaimed actor Sally Field played an in-your-face, take-no-prisoners, she-wolf mother who defended her gay kids to her last breath. She was the mum we all wished we’d had. But what would it be like if you were gay and you really did call the legendary star “mom”?

Sam Greisman knows. The writer, producer and director told DNA that even being the youngest child of a screen icon whose advocacy saw her presented with an Ally for Equality Award was no “free pass” to self-acceptance. Interview by Ian Horner.

DNA: Tell us about coming out to your mother Sally Field and the rest of the family.

Sam Greisman: It’s definitely different to what I’d assume a lot of coming-out stories are in that my family is so supportive, so extremely supportive, and my mom especially. I’m very lucky. The question of it causing a problem or being divisive was never part of my coming out. I knew it was okay to be gay. That made me anxious more than anything! She was trying to help me come out! I was embarrassed and mortified… Yet, that was the best she could possibly do. You couldn’t ask for anything more!

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Bed Time! It’s about sex, it’s about sleepwear, stripping off and dressing up fun bedroom times! Welcome to a very racy edition of DNA. You want sexy? Cover model, Brandy stars in our 10-page all-bedroom-no-sleep fashion shoot. Plus, we have an 8-page fantasy photo spread by Joel Devereux – 8 models, eight different kinks to explore. Meanwhile, Hollywood hunk, Chris Salvatore strips down for the lens of Venfield 8. Our Style pages by Joshua Heath are usually where we put clothes on models. This month, we’re taking clothes off Euan Doidge, star of Priscila: The Musical – and adding snakes! Nothing says sexy like a hot, naked actor with a serpent sliding down his thigh! For raunchy reads you’ll be hard pressed to find anything hotter than Jack Ladd’s latest sex-venture with a handsome hero in long johns, or Cameron McCool’s Your Best Sex Move column. Cameron comes onboard as DNA’s sex expert this month and, in future issues, he’ll be sharing great tips to help you get more out of sex. Write to him with your questions or share your best sex moves. Still talking sex, we go where the brave should fear to tread… Berlin. Yes, it’s the sex capital of the gay world where fantasies can be fulfilled but, be careful what you wish for. Rough, Dirty, Borderline Obscene is a cautionary tale from Marc Andrews. We don’t have a totally one-tracked mind. This month there are great feature stories to get into like our interview with Sally Field’s gay son, Sam. He tells us that growing up gay can be hard, even in the most loving household. Growing up gay can be especially hard when you’re trying to pray yourself straight. In a harrowing account of his youth, Chris Csabonyi recalls the years he spent in gay conversion therapy. Now, he’s campaigning for the practice to be made illegal and politicians are taking notice. Read his story and, perhaps, join his fight. All this and more in DNA #222, where too much sexy is barely enough!