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

Wed, June 11, 2014 12:17pm EDT by Lauren Cox 33 Comments
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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 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, 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 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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