R. Kelly’s Youngest Child Jay, 13, Bravely Comes Out As Transgender

Wed, June 11, 2014 12:17pm EDT by 30 Comments
R. Kelly Son Transgender
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R. Kelly’s son Jay has proudly announced that he is a transgender teenager. The 13-year-old came out via social media after being asked about his sexuality. Congrats, Jay!

Jay Kelly, 13, has revealed that he is transgender. Born a female and originally named Jaya by his parents, singer R. Kelly and television personality Drea Kelly, the young teen spoke about being a transgender male for the first time on his Ask.fm account.

R. Kelly’s Son Jay Reveals He Is Transgender

Almost 14 years ago on June 28, 2001, R.Kelly and his ex Drea Kelly gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Jaya.

However, when Jaya was around “6 or 7″ years old, she slowly started to identify with being a “he.” Now, Jaya is going by the name “Jay” and has proudly announced that he is a transgender teenager.

R. Kelly: You Need To Support Your Transgender Son, Jay, 13

“I believe I am a boy and want surgery, and the medication to help me who I was supposed to be,” Jay explained while discussing his transgender sexuality on social media.

The announcement came subtly on a website called Ask.fm, a social media forum where users create a profile so that people can ask them questions anonymously. A recent question prompted Jay to reveal his transgender sexuality, and he proudly shared that his family has been very 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 shared about his mom’s reaction to his transgender confession.

Jay also shared that his family has started using the pronouns “he” and “him,” which shows their acceptance and support of his life-changing revelation. Jay is very lucky!

After news broke that Jay has come out as transgender, he continued answering questions on his Ask.fm page from curious fans and followers. Some information he has shared is that he does wear a binder to keep his female breasts from showing, and that he hopes to receive the proper hormonal treatment to fully become a man once he turns 16 years old.

Even though it has been reported that Jay’s father does not know about his son’s transgender identity, it is so great to see that he is receiving the support he deserves from his mom and siblings.

– Lauren Cox

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Ander

Posted at 2:46 AM on June 13, 2014  

Inspiration!

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Brian

Posted at 8:07 AM on June 12, 2014  

Schizophrenia is the failure of recognizing what is real.Common symptoms include false belief. There are many mental illness these days that are going without notice because it is now ‘acceptable’. I’m not saying she has Schizophrenia but, If my brain tells me that i am a lizard, and does not identify me as a human, should i go on medication to try to help my brain function properly or should society identify me as a lizard?? Or if my brain tells me that it’s normal to sleep with animals, or my siblings because love is love, should society accept that too?

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Weston James

Posted at 4:39 AM on June 12, 2014  

Holy transphobia and astounding ignorance! There is NO such thing as “transgender sexuality.” Transgender deals with gender identity, NOT SEXUALITY! This is maddening. I’m straight and transgender. I have transgender friends who are bi, gay, and straight. Stop perpetuating this falsehood already.

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Guest

Posted at 7:21 PM on June 11, 2014  

some of you people are unbelievable. when did you “decide” you were straight?
thats right, you didn’t, you’ve just “always known it” its the same with individuals who are gay and individuals who are transgendered. they know from the time they are old enough to think, who they are. it just takes time for them to voice it to others. it takes all kinds of people to make up the world. GOOD FOR YOU JAY! you’re a very brave young man, and I certainly wish you all the luck in the world with your future transformation. This is who he is, what difference does it make to any of you people?

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Kerry

Posted at 12:24 AM on June 12, 2014  

Shut Up

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SunnyAutumnn

Posted at 5:24 PM on June 11, 2014  

I’m not surprised at all, with his dad being a yet to be convicted pedophile/pervert.

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kyvette5264

Posted at 5:18 PM on June 11, 2014  

He is “transgender” not “gay”. This means that even though he has female body parts, his brain identifies him as a male. Transgender is independent of sexual orientation. This is a phenomenon that has been around for ages. It is very sad that some of you posting comments are so narrow minded. Just think of things from Jay’s perspective. Kudos to you Jay and to your family for putting this out there, your story and your struggle will be a lesson for all.

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Z

Posted at 8:52 PM on June 11, 2014  

Are you open-minded? Are you open to the possibility that this is a mental disorder and encouraging her will only make her problems worse? If not, you shouldn’t be calling anyone else narrow-minded.

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Chelsa Simpson

Posted at 1:58 AM on June 12, 2014  

Z- Gender Dysphoria is indeed a mental disorder. Maybe read up on it and you’d know that discouraging HIM is actually what would cause problems.

 
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karrueche simz

Posted at 5:06 PM on June 11, 2014  

why the heck her father don’t know about it only just her mother drea kelly & her brother,sister and she’s only 13 year old people around her will still see her as a female no matter what

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MSCNT

Posted at 1:47 PM on June 12, 2014  

Are you a human? I’m just going to call you a cow. Everyone around you sees you as a cow even though you are human.

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m.a.

Posted at 4:51 PM on June 11, 2014  

Let me get this right. Your going to let your child choose at 13 years old what gender they are?
Wow, Ether freedom of choice has a new high or parenting has a new low I think it is the latter.

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Chelsa Simpson

Posted at 1:55 AM on June 12, 2014  

If you had actually read the article you’d know that Jay has felt this way since the age of 6. It’s not about freedom, it’s about allowing your child to be who they are. That is responsible parenting.

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Mickey McDaniel

Posted at 3:42 PM on June 11, 2014  

ummm does this fall under the catagory of who give a flying fig with anyone else? Why does liberal media insist on promoting this lifestyle choice? Who cares if a celebrity is gay much less his daughter?

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Sasha

Posted at 3:15 PM on June 11, 2014  

@sayitlikeyouMeanit your absolutely right

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SayItLikeYouMeanIt

Posted at 2:40 PM on June 11, 2014  

You have periods, you produce eggs, you can carry a baby and you have to pee seating down oh and you cannot produce a sperm.. hunny you are a girl! A man produces semen and woman produce egg (while suffering the pain of period). No matter how they try to dress it, one can never be the other. Point blank and period!

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Chelsa Simpson

Posted at 1:49 AM on June 12, 2014  

You’re confusing sex with gender.

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Weston James

Posted at 4:42 AM on June 12, 2014  

You’re only going to confuse this person more by introducing facts. Not even worth wasting your time on them.

 
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SayItLikeYouMeanIt

Posted at 5:01 AM on June 12, 2014  

Male and female are sex categories, while “masculine” and “feminine” are gender categories. You can be a feminine male but that will NEVER make you a female because female is a group of people capable of giving birth because they produce eggs and are designed to do so. This child is a girl! Fact is, when she gets her period her body is reminding her exactly what she is! Similarly, A male can never have period, no matter how they change themselves fake boobs cut off their penis etc. They all always produce sperm! Male is a group that produces sperm hunny! If you can’t have period, you ain’t no woman point blank and period! There is more to being a woman than what you wear! You will forever be A MAN WHO WANTS TO BE A WOMAN, and SHE will forever be A GIRL TRYING TO BE A BOY! That will never make her a boy! Her organs cannot produce a child with another woman! YOU CAN’T CHNAGE WHAT NATURE HAVE GIVEN YOU HUNNY! You can go around calling yourself a vegetable and change everything to look like one but you will never be a vegetable POINT! BLANK! AND PERIOD!

 
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MSCNT

Posted at 1:42 PM on June 12, 2014  

Who even are you to tell someone what they are? You have NO AUTHORITY over someone elses life in ANY way. The point is no matter what’s down there or no matter what they produce, they become mentally what they want to be. You’ve clearly accepted your gender since birth but have you ever asked yourself why you are labelled what you are in the first place? Self authority is power and this is exactly what this transgender MALE is doing with them self. They have the power to call them self whatever they want to. Imagine this… If you were black but wanted to be called white and people still called you black and disrespected your lifestyle choice, how would you feel? Your level of intelligence is very low and one track mind set… Please do some more research or try psychadelic drugs, they will open your mind so you can see things clearer. Deceived fool.

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SayItLikeYouMeanIt

Posted at 6:59 PM on June 14, 2014  

This isn’t about having authority over someone else’s life this is about facts! Yes i agree that anybody can mentally be whatever they want BUT that does not change reality or facts. It just means that they don’t want to accept the truth and so believe something that is NOT TRUE! I accepted my gender since birth? Hunny i was born with the sex i was born with because NO ONE HAS A CHOICE IN THAT MATTER. There are certain things that you can’t chose, race, biological family and your sex! Self authority does not take away from facts. You can have self authority over your own house but that does not mean you can choose what law to follow or not follow, similarly, you can have self authority over yourself but it does not mean you can choose your sex. When she’s having her period and can’t go swimming with the boys without wearing a pad what does that mean? SHE’S A GIRL! She will always experience her period, and a boy will never! Certain things can never be removed or duplicated because there is more to a person’s sex than what they wear or put on themselves POINT BLACK AND PERIOD! Accept it, and if you can’t than go on medication because what you are will never change no matter how much you try to change it.

 
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mary

Posted at 1:34 PM on June 11, 2014  

Madness

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m.

Posted at 3:53 PM on June 11, 2014  

you are an ignorant jerk…even the ancient mind set of the navaho ppl know there are 4 genders
the brain doesnt always agree with bodys’ decision
evolve ignorant one…as for JAY….YOUR A A VERY COURAGOUS YOUNG MAN…. im very proud of who you are and who you will grow to be…you show much more promise that any on the idiots making noise in this comment section…<3

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kyvette5264

Posted at 5:19 PM on June 11, 2014  

Very well said M.

 
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Z

Posted at 8:53 PM on June 11, 2014  

complete madness

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Guest

Posted at 12:25 AM on June 12, 2014  

Everyone is entitled to their own opinions!

 
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ivan

Posted at 1:08 PM on June 11, 2014  

How wonderful; we should all change our sex now. What happened to counseling in such cases?

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SayItLikeYouMeanIt

Posted at 2:34 PM on June 11, 2014  

Thank you.

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Lisa

Posted at 12:26 AM on June 12, 2014  

Agreed!

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Chelsa Simpson

Posted at 1:53 AM on June 12, 2014  

A: How do you know that he hasn’t received counselling?
B: The vast majority of psychologists and psychiatrists encourage those with Gender Dysphoria to live life as the gender they feel they identify with.
C: Get some education so you can be less ignorant.

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