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Kristy McNichol 'Comes Out' In Hopes To Help Bullied Kids

1/8/2012 2:30pm EST

Kristy McNicholActress Kristy McNichol has 'come out' as a lesbian in a bid to help kids who are tormented about their sexuality.

The 49-year-old former child star of TV hit Empty Nest and cult film Two Moon Junction dropped off Hollywood's radar in the late 1990s when she retired from acting - but now she's making a brief return to the spotlight to help bullied teens.

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."

The Emmy Award-winning former actress has also released a recent photo of herself and Allen on a night out, stating that because she is "approaching 50" she wants to be "open about who I am."


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