Tuesday, January 31, 2017

It Is Hard Enough…

...When you transition but if you transition and you are a son or daughter of a celebrity it is much harder, all eyes are on you.
Love Is Everything’: Celebrity Advice for Raising Transgender Kids
ENTITY
By Ellena Kilgallon
January 19, 2017

Not every parent is able to come to terms with their son or daughter’s gender transition. But several Hollywood stars are showing the way forward.

Mothers and fathers across the world can learn a lot from the celebrities who have shown understanding and affection to their transgender children.

ENTITY looks at five famous parents of trans kids and how they reacted to the transition.

CHER AND SON CHAZ BONO
Chaz, 47, is one of Hollywood’s first transgender kids, making headlines when in 2009 he confirmed that he had begun his transition. Born Chastity, Chaz is the son of iconic duo Sonny and Cher.

Chaz initially came out as a lesbian when he was 18. However, he tells The Sun that it wasn’t until his mid-30s that he realized he is transgender.
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WARREN BEATTY AND SON STEPHEN
Stephen was born as Kathlyn to actors Warren Beatty and Annette Bening. Now 24 years old, Stephen began his transition in 2016. He is now a transgender activist and poet.

In his first major interview in 25 years, Warren Beatty said of his eldest son to Vanity Fair, “He’s a genius, and my hero, as are all my children.”

ANDREA KELLY AND SON JAY KELLY
Jay Kelly was born Jaya Kelly to famous R&B singer R. Kelly and dancer Andrea Kelly. When he came out on Ask.FM, he admitted that he knew he was male from the age of “six or seven.”

While Jay’s mother has been nothing but supportive of her son’s transition, his father has not responded to the news as well.
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SADE ADU AND SON ILA ADU
On National Coming Out Day in 2016, Mickailia “Ila” Adu, son of English singer-songwriter Sade, came out as a transgender man.
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LEWIS ARQUETTE AND DAUGHTER ALEXIS ARQUETTE
Although “The Waltons” actor Lewis Arquette passed away before Alexis transitioned in 2006, Alexis was supported by her siblings, actors David, Rosanna, Richmond and Patricia.

When she passed away in September 2016, her siblings posted a touching statement on Facebook. “Alexis was born as Robert, our brother,” the statement said. “We loved him the moment he arrived. But he came in as more than a sibling — he came as our great teacher. As Alexis transitioned into being a woman, she taught us tolerance and acceptance. As she moved through her process, she became our sister, teaching us what real love is. We learned what real bravery is through watching her journey of living as a trans woman. We came to discover the one truth — that love is everything.”
When we transition most of us dread telling our parents and family, we worry if we will be accepted or thrown out on the street to survive on our own. I can’t even imagine what it is like when you are in a celebrity family where your every move is watched over by paparazzi.

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