"Moonlighting" actress Cybill Shepherd has been a long-time supporter of gay and lesbian rights and marriage equality.
“I felt that I was responsible to stand up for the things that I believed in," she told Flagstaff Business News, referring to her participation in gay and lesbian rights marches. In 2010, Shepherd received the Golden Gate Award at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards.
Shepherd also has two daughters who identify as LGBTQ. Her older daughter actress Clementine Ford, 38, who starred on "The L Word" and "The Young & the Restless," first came out as gay in 2009, while dating singer/songwriter Linda Perry, but later settled on identifying as “queer.”
“I reached a point where I didn’t know where the hell I stood on the sexuality spectrum," she said. "That’s when my sister told me about being queer. And it fit. Sort of. If I’m forced to pick. The truth was that still nothing felt truer than identifying as a lesbian, but queer was a close second. Is a close second.” Ford is now married to actor Cyrus Wilcox and they have two kids.
Shepherd’s second daughter, TV writer-director Ariel Shepherd-Oppenheim, now 30, publicly stepped out with her girlfriend back in 2010. Shepherd-Oppenheim is currently in relationship with Eliza Ladensohn, founder and designer of Sloane & Tate.