Gossip Sites Insensitively Report on R. Kelly’s Kid Coming Out as Trans
The youngest child of R&B icon R. Kelly made gossip page headlines Tuesday after coming out as transgender. But some "tell all" sites are insensitively reporting on the story, using feminine pronouns to describe the singer’s child who was born anatomically female.
Jay Kelly, 13, was born Jaya, came out as trans on Instagram but said he has identified as male since "6 or 7."
InTouch reports, as of three months ago, Jay said R. Kelly was not aware of his transition but that his mother Drea, who stars on the reality show "Hollywood Exes," has been supportive.
"[My mom] was like, ’Baby, you know I love you if you were bi, gay, [lesbian], you name it and I would still love you so much,’" Jay wrote on his Ask.fm page, a social media site that allows people to ask users anonymous questions. "She was very proud of me, I was like, ’Thank you mum for accepting the fact that I’m a transgender.’"
He adds: "And same with my sister, she told me that she was proud of me, and respects me by calling me handsome and calling me her little brother now, and I love her for that, so you know it was great for me."
Jay says that he is pre-op but wears a binder on his chest and hopes with the help of surgery and testosterone, he can be fully comfortable with his body.