Last week, McNichol, best known for her Emmy-award winning roles as Buddy Lawrence in "Family" and later as Barbara Weston in "Empty Nest," shared a photo of herself with her longtime girlfriend Martie Allen and revealed to PEOPLE: "As I approach 50, I want to be open about who I am."
Date: Jan 12, 2012
Emmy-winning Actress Comes Out as Gay to Fight Bullies
McNichol, now 49, has been living with her partner, Martie Allen, for two decades. She told People that it was finally the time to "be open about who I am". Her representative added, "She hopes that coming out can help kids who need support. She would like to help others who feel different."
Date: Jan 07, 2012
Forgotten Star Kristy Mcnichol 'outs' Herself To Help Bullied Kids
Announcing his client has been living with her partner Martie Allen for two decades, MCNichol's publicist Jeff Ballard tells People.com, "(She) is sad about kids being bullied. She hopes that coming out can help kids who need support. She would like to help others who feel different."