R&B singer R. Kelly’s youngest child has come out as transgender. Thirteen-year-old Jay, who changed his name from Jaya, said that his father was unaware of the transition up until three months ago, but says that his mother, R. Kelly’s ex Andrea Kelly, has been fully supportive of the change. “[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. Jay has said that he has identified as male since “six or seven” and hopes to one day undergo transitional surgery. “I believe I am a boy and want surgery, and the medication to help me (be) who I was supposed to be.” So far, R. Kelly has not made a public statement about his son.
Congrats Jay, we can’t imagine the courage needed to come forward at such a young age!