Once in a while, I’m given an opportunity to blog about shit that matters (not that the Kardashians the Justin Bieber don’t matter, because in my world they do), and this is one of those instances. Recently, R. Kelly (who is perhaps best known for peeing on teenage girls and hiding in closets) was in the media not because of his antics, but because his own teenage daughter came OUT of the closet as gay and trans-gendered.
Kelly’s 14-year-old daughter, Jaya, bravely came out on Facebook that he will now be known as Jay Kelly and identifies as a “transguy”. Jay says he’s identified as a male since he was 5 or 6 and pulls a Roberta in “Now and Then” everyday by binding down his chest.
In his announcement, Jay said:
[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 mum for accepting the fact that I’m a transgender.’ 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… I believe I am a boy and want surgery, and the medication to help me who I was supposed to be.
No word on what his creepy old dad thinks of the situation, but here’s hoping R. Kelly doesn’t make a douche out of himself with a teenager once again and actually supports his son.
I’d really like to say how badass I think Jay Kelly is right now. Being a teenage fucking sucks (especially middle school age. Junior high nowadays is like Lord of the fucking Flies, but with Instagram) and, sadly, teen suicides are on the rise over the past few years because of dumb shit like cyber bullying, so for a kid his age with a famous parent to come out as trans in such a public forum is brave as fuck.
You seem to have a good support system and, frankly, I think you make a cute boy. Do your thang, Jay, and fuck the haters.
Dave Chappelle as R. Kelly is better than R. Kelly as R. Kelly, btw.