R. Kelly’s youngest child recently came out as transgender on social media.
13-year-old Jaya has identified as male since age 6 or 7.
As of three months ago, Jay said his father was unaware of his new identity, but added his mother—Drea, who stars on the reality series Hollywood Exes—has been extremely 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,’” he wrote on his Ask.fm page, which is a social platform that allows users to answer anonymously submitted questions.
“She was very proud of me, I was like, ‘Thank you mum for accepting the fact that I’m a transgender.’
Jay also has his sister’s support, who he says told him that she was proud of him and respects him by referring to him as her little brother now.
“I believe I am a boy and want surgery, and the medication to help me [be] who I was supposed to be,” Jay explained.
It’s wonderful that Jay has a strong support system as he transitions into his true self.
Mad props and courage to this brave young soul as he embraces his identity.
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