“There is nothing more beautiful than watching your child feel the joy of exploring what it means to be true to themselves.”
“When I say we’re learning from our 12-year-old, we’re literally learning from our child.”
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Meet these 19 celebrity parents of trans and gender expansive kids, who (apparently!) have some of the same fears & concerns, questions & reactions as you! Another thing you have in common…you want to find ways to love and support your kiddo in living their authentic self, no matter what!
Dwyane Wade & Gabrielle Union
When former NBA star Dwyane Wade’s 12-year-old daughter, Zaya, came out as trans, and asked her dad and stepmom (actor Gabrielle Union) to help spread her message for her. He first shared Zaya’s news during an appearance on The Ellen Show in 2020, and emphasized his pride in and support for Zaya.
Dwyane has publicly spoken about his love and support for Zaya on several occasions, stating:
“We know there’s other families out there dealing with their kid finding themselves and learning who they are. I’m not going to sit here and act like we have all the answers. I’m not going to sit here and act like before our child came home and sat us down, that we weren’t ignorant parents when it comes to the world. When I say we’re learning from our 12-year-old, we’re literally learning from our child.”
After Zaya came out, stepmom Gabrielle Union said of Zaya:
“She’s compassionate, loving, whip smart and we are so proud of her…it’s ok to listen to, love & respect your children exactly as they are. Love and light good people.”
In 2018, Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon took to Instagram on Trans Day of Action to share a photo of, and thereby introducing to the world, her transgender son on his graduation day. Cynthia shared her pride by stating:
“I’m so proud of my son Samuel Joseph Mozes (called Seph) who graduated college this month. I salute him and everyone else marking today’s #TransDayOfAction.”
Since then, Cynthia has been outspoken about her love for her son, saying in 2019 that it was a non-issue in terms of letting him be who he is. She shared:
“I’m very proud of him. It’s one of those things. I felt really weird using the other pronoun in public, but people didn’t know it yet…he was good with it, and it was really nice, actually, when we announced it. There were some general, you know, voices of support but generally it was not a big deal… I was kind of shocked at what a non-event it was, which is just how far we’ve come in such a short amount of time.”
In keeping with the Spice Girls‘ spirit of girl power, equality, and acceptance, Baby Spice aka Emma Bunton has supported her youngest child, Tate’s, gender fluidity. In 2019, celebrating Tate’s 9-year birthday, Emma beamed:
“You are teaching me everyday and I will forever be right by your side.”
In 2021, Emma shared a rare photo of Tate while celebrating his10th birthday, and captioned a loving tribute:
“Happy birthday my beautiful Tate, 10 today! We are so proud to be your mummy and daddy. You bring joy and light to us everyday! Tate, you are going to change this world for the good my darling. We❤️U”
Actress Charlize Theron revealed her child, Jackson, came out as trans at age 3. Charlize emphasizes her main goal of protecting both of her daughters, stating:
“I have two beautiful daughters who, just like any parent, I want to protect and I want to see them thrive,” she said of August and Jackson. ”They were born who they are and exactly where in the world both of them get to find themselves as they grow up, and who they want to be is not for me to decide. My job as a parent is to celebrate them and to love them and to make sure that they have everything they need in order to be what they want to be. And I will do everything in my power for my kids to have that right and to be protected within that.”
The Breakfast Club alum has publicly and proudly supported her trans son, Beckett, now a young adult. Ally recalled how she felt when her son initially came out to her:
“He had been identifying as gender queer and gender fluid and now he was saying he really feels that he identifies with being male and that the hormones were going to help him on his journey. I just got, I didn’t have a judgment call on Beck himself, I was just afraid. I was really afraid of the whole [transition] process,” she said. “I just love Beck, so I wanted to support — I’ve always wanted to support Beck on whatever the particular journey is.
Annette Bening & Warren Beatty
When Annette and Warren’s son, Stephen, came out as transgender at age 14, his parents were nothing but loving and supportive. Now in his late 20’s, Stephen is a writer and vocal trans activist, often sharing his poetry on the subject. In 2019, Annette praised her son on how he;s handled the experience of coming out, recognizing how difficult it can be:
“He’s managed something that’s very challenging with great style and great intelligence. He’s an articulate, thoughtful person, and I’m very, very proud of him.”
Actor Warren Beatty, Annette’s husband of 27 years, mirrored his wife’s feelings about their son:
“He’s a revolutionary, a genius, and my hero, as are all my children.”
When one of the children of notorious R. Kelly and Drea Kelly, Fay, came out as trans at age 13, Drea showed her son 100% support. The Hollywood Exes star spoke about her love for her son, and praised his courage at coming out publicly, sharing:
“All I can say about Jay is he makes it so easy to be a proud mom. For parents, we need to realize, [our kids] have their own journey. Parents get it wrong when they don’t support their children. They have to go out and fight every day and face this world. The first battle should not be at home. I think that a lot of children in the LGBT community don’t succeed because the one thing they need the most is foundation. I just tell Jay all the time, baby you won the war. You’re gonna have a lot of battles but you won the war. Mama accepts and loves you for who you are. Your family does.
The former Real Housewives of New York City revealed in a 2019 interview with People that one of her 9-year-old twins, Jesse, is transgender. She emphasized how important it was to create an open environment for him to be himself:
“When a child feels comfortable and open, identity issues are able to be discussed in the family environment,” she said at the time. “I believe in living and creating an open and positive home so they are able to express themselves.”
After receiving some backlash from other celebrity parents, Cindy doubled-down in her support for trans kids by stating:
“Trans children, they know their identity. It’s not about sexuality and that is the most important thing. Because people are like, ‘Well, how do they know?’ It’s an identity change, not a sexuality,” she said. “So that’s the one clarification I want to make. And you have to be open with your children.”
Singer Sade’s son, Izaak, came out as trans in 2016, and transitioned medically in 2019, with support from his mom. Though the very private Sade has not yet publicly commented on her son’s transition, Isaak recognized her loving support in an Instagram post, stating:
“Thank you for staying by my side these past 6 months Mumma…thank you for fighting with me to complete the man I am. Thank you for your encouragement when things are hard, for the love you give me. The purest heart. I love you so much. Queen of queens.”
When the Walking Dead star shared his feelings after his son, Karter, came out as trans in 2020. The proud dad boasted:
“Man, there is nothing more beautiful than watching your child feel the joy of exploring what it means to be true to themselves … This is his journey, and I am here for it. I hope you all have the opportunity to feel the unquenchable love that I am feeling right now.”
He later followed up with a message to fans in an Instagram video after receiving backlash for his public support of his son:
“I think a lot of you — because I myself didn’t understand what ‘transgender’ meant because I didn’t take the time to look it up until I really had to — and I think you should think about that…This is not about the trappings of our body. This is not about dresses and pants. This is about our mind and how we love ourselves.”
Actress Busy Philipps ensured she obtained her child’s permission to use their preferred pronouns in public, as she was respectful of not ‘outing’ her child before they were ready. In 2020, the Cougar Town star told Health magazine:
“Because Birdie said that they would like their pronouns to be they/them, and I haven’t been doing it, and I said because I have this public persona and I want Birdie to be in control of their own narrative and not have to answer to anybody outside of our friends and family if they don’t want to. Bird was like, ‘I don’t give a f—. You can talk about how I’m gay and out; you can talk about my pronouns. That would be cool with me. That’s great.”
Jamie Lee Curtis & Christopher Guest
When the oldest child of actors Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest came out to her parents as transgender, she was needlessly scared of her parents’ reactions. Always supportive of her children, Jamie Lee describes her parenting experience:
“It’s speaking a new language, it’s learning new terminology and words. I am new at it. I am not someone who is pretending to know much about it. And I’m going to blow it, I’m going to make mistakes. I would like to try to avoid making big mistakes.”
Jamie Lee says she’s learned a few things:
“You slow your speech down a little. You become a little more mindful about what you’re saying. How you’re saying it. You still mess up, I’ve messed up today twice. We’re human…But if one person reads this, sees a picture of Ruby and me and says, ‘I feel free to say this is who I am,’ then it’s worth it.”
She’s now her son’s biggest supporter, though it wasn’t always that way. Singing and acting legend, Cher, admits it took her some time to properly understand what her trans son Chaz–then a young adult– was going through, and now recognizes how vital she was to Chaz’s survival and transition. In 2020, she reflected on grappling with understanding her son’s transition:
“I did [struggle with his transition]. It wasn’t easy. Like I remember calling, and the old message — the old Chaz message was on the phone — and that was very difficult. But then you have one child, but you don’t really lose them — they just are in a different shape.”
In the more than decade since Chaz’s transition, Cher proudly announced:
“Chaz is so happy, so unbelievably happy, and I don’t know what the people’s problems are. They’re fearful, and they just don’t understand how to react to it…Some of it’s religious, I’m just not sure why it’s such a big thing.”
Chaz began transitioning in 2008, long after the passing of his father, Sonny Bono, in 1998.Since he’s living his authentic self, he has also become a documentary filmmaker and author. He created the film Becoming Chaz, and wrote a memoir called Transition: The Story About How I Became a Man. Chaz became the first transgender person to compete on Dancing With the Stars in 2011, and in 2016 he became the first trans man to play a straight male character by starring in the Cannes debut, Dirty.
John Ritter & Amy Yasbeck
Though actor, John Ritter, passed away September 11, 2003 on his youngest child’s 5th birthday, mom and fellow actor Amy Yasbeck has been there every step of the way through their child’s transition from Stella to Noah Lee Ritter.
Noah bravely came out publicly at the age of 18 by updating his name and picture on social media, though has kept fairly private since. Unlike his Hollywood family members, Noah prefers to keep a low public profile. However, we love the few pics he’s shared with us so far!
He’s also an actor and composer in his own right. Under his birth name, Stella, Noah has an IMDb page, with credits including The Namazu (2012), This Is My Friend (2007) and Hannah Lost Her Smile (2013). The Namazu is a short animated piece in which Ritter plays the role of Dani. Hannah Lost Her Smile is another animated short, with Ritter using his voice for the part of Hannah.
Right on, Ritter.
When comedian Colin Mochrie’s adult child came out as transgender, her parents were everso supportive. She even had asked her parents what they’d name her now, and they excitedly came back with a list of over 20 names. However, Kinley’s name change didn’t really change anything, as Colin later reflected:
“This is my child, this is the exact same person with a new coat…When you have a child, all you want for your child is for them to be safe, to be happy and to be better than you are.”
When Colin took to Twitter in 2017 to publicly wish his daughter a happy 28th birthday, his post was met with floods of backlash. Always cheeky, Colin responded:
“Thanks to the fans of this page for being supportive and human,” the father responded. “To the trolls, my thoughts and prayers to your body for losing its mind and soul so tragically.”
Further adding: “My 90-yr-old mother-in-law and 87-yr-old mother[‘s] love and acceptance of our trans daughter warms me…Wonder why some who are younger can’t.”
You said it, Colin.