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

Wed, June 11, 2014 6:38pm EDT by 10 Comments
R Kelly Supporting Transgender Son
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R. Kelly — your youngest son, Jay, proudly came out as a transgender teen on the social media website recently. Jay, who was born biologically female, needs your love and support now more than ever, R. Kelly, so it’s time for you to step up to the plate!

R. Kelly Jay Kelly, the 13-year-old son you share with your ex-wife, television personality Drea Kelly, has revealed to the world that he is transgender. While Jay has told fans that his mom and siblings have been very supportive of him, it’s been reported that you don’t even know about your son’s transgender identity. If that’s true, then it’s not okay, R. Kelly! You need to reach out to your son and make sure he knows that he has your full support, as he takes steps to become the person he was meant to be.

R. Kelly Supporting Transgender Son? — Stand By Jay Now That He Has Come Out

R. Kelly — nearly 14 years ago on June 28, 2001, you and your ex Drea Kelly welcomed a beautiful baby girl named Jaya. When Jaya reached the age of “6 or 7,” she gradually began to identify with being a male. Now, at 13, Jaya goes by “Jay” and has boldly announced that he is transgender.

“I believe I am a boy and want surgery, and the medication to help me who I was supposed to be,” Jay explained while opening up about his sexuality on, a social media site that allows users to ask each other anonymous questions.

Jay came out to his mom, Drea, about a year ago, and he shared her amazing reaction with his followers, writing, “[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. She was very proud of me, I was like, ‘Thank you mom for accepting the fact that I’m a transgender.'”

Jay added, “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.”

R. Kelly, it’s truly wonderful that Jay is surrounded by such loving and understanding people — but what have YOU done to show your support? According to the UK’s Daily Mail, Jay has not spoken to you about his sexuality, nor have you reached out since he made his transgender revelation.

Jay explained on that he and his sister are not close to you, adding, “I absolutely love my mother… and yea my dad has not reached out.”

R. Kelly, you divorced Jay’s mother, in 2009 after almost 13 years of marriage, but you will be Jay’s parent for life. Whatever has happened between you two in the past, now is the time to resolve it. Jay needs the love and support of his father, as well as his mother and siblings, during this important time.

R. Kelly — You Need To Support Jay As He Transitions From Female To Male

R. Kelly — it’s not easy being transgender. Did you know that only .03 percent of the U.S. population is transgender? Or that, in the first four months of 2014 alone, 102 acts of violence against transgender people have been reported, according to the Transgender Violence Tracking Portal?

Jay is so brave for coming out to the public, but his journey has only just begun, and he will need you to help him through it.

Jay has revealed that he wears a binder around his breasts, and that he wants to undergo hormonal treatment to fully become a man once he turns 16 years old. Are you going to comfort and reassure him throughout this difficult and emotional transformation?

As his father, you need to show him that you will be there, every step of the way.

Do you agree, HollywoodLifers? Let us know!

— Tierney McAfee

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