Kristy McNichol comes out as a lesbian; Actress says she wants to 'be open about who I am'
McNichol's publicist Jeff Ballard tells People the one-time actress is "is very 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."
The 49-year-old McNichol, who twice won an Emmy for her work on "Family," has been with her partner Martie Allen, 49, for 20 years. McNichol says she wants to "be open about who I am."
McNichol has had a quiet life after leaving entertainment in 1998. According to Ballard "She is very happy and healthy and she enjoys living a very private life."