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R. Kelly’s child comes out as transgender man

Mon., Jun. 9, 2014 8:49 AM EST
by Nicholas Robinson
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When most people think of the transgender celebrities, they rarely associate them with the world of hip-hop and R&B. But all of that changed last week when R. Kelly and his ex-wife, Andrea Kelly’s, 14-year-old daughter, Jaya Kelly, came out as a transgender.

The news first hit the web last week after several media sites took notice of Jaya’s Facebook page, where he announced that he is a “transguy” and was now going by the name Jay.

According to Sandra Rose, Andrea has reportedly embraced her son and photos on Jay’s social media show him and his mom regularly spending quality time together. However, the site claims that R. Kelly has not been a consistent presence in Jay’s life, leaving many to wonder how how feels about his son.

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Since the news of Jay’s transition broke, the Kellys have been mum about the matter and it’s unclear if they’ll ever address the public on Jay’s life. But considering that most of the family seems to have embraced Jay and that R. Kelly and Andrea, understandably, have kept their children’s lives private, we wouldn’t be surprised if they stay mum.

Most importantly though, we’re happy that Jay seems to have a loving family and that he felt loved and supported enough to stand in his truth at such a young age. –nicholas robinson

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  • Malik Wilson

    mental sickness!!!!!

    • http://skimasqkydd.tumblr.com/ Ski Masq Khid

      Is exactly what you have.

  • Missgee62

    i call it karma…

  • MISSYCAT

    JUST AWFUL JUST DEVASTATING

    • http://skimasqkydd.tumblr.com/ Ski Masq Khid

      That people like you are so broke and ignorant.

  • mrhowell2002

    Spiritual warfare.. We must raise our kids in the way of The Lord…wow..

    • Nick

      Just stop breeding already. Let your gene pool end with you.

      • mrhowell2002

        If your brother was a crackhead would you tell him he was doing wrong or keep your mouth shut because you didn’t want to judge him?? Smh

        • http://skimasqkydd.tumblr.com/ Ski Masq Khid

          Why do you think we are criticizing you on your judgmental stupidity?

        • John Watkins

          If my brother was a crackhead, of course I would tell him what he was doing was wrong.

          For the same reason, if one of my siblings was transgender but trying to deny it, I would reach out and help them be who they are meant to be, instead of keeping my mouth shut and trying to shove them back into the closet.

          What’s right is right. Being open about your trans* identity is right.

          • mrhowell2002

            What if your child loved beastiality , or having sex with infants, inanimate objects..etc.. You wouldn’t judge huh??? Interesting so crack is bad being a transvestite is ok… Because it doesn’t offend you… That’s the problem… We takeGods ordinances and throw them out the window but things we tolerate is ok.. People are not born gay !!! Hello it is a choice… And I can prove it…

          • http://skimasqkydd.tumblr.com/ Ski Masq Khid

            Bestiality involves victimizing animals who cannot consent. Sex with infants involves raping children who cannot consent. Inanimate objects used for sex are called “sex toys” and if people use sex toys, that is their business so no they shouldn’t be judged. And Jay is not a transvestite, he is trans-gendered which are totally different but equally fine. My hair color or skin color may offend some people but that doesn’t give them the right to HATE & discriminate. Not everyone believes in God and those that do don’t all believe in the same hateful, vindictive, petty & wrathful deity that you bow to. People are born gay. Ignorance is a choice and your little article about a bisexual woman cannot nearly be considered proof of anything but your stupidity. The Bible doesn’t even say that being gay is a choice, it’s something people like you have pulled from the darkest, dirtiest reaches of your assholes to justify your antiquated behavior.

          • Jana Neal

            Well said!

          • Asch

            You have a sick mind. Shove your sick and twisted thoughts up your own throat.

          • mrhowell2002
          • http://skimasqkydd.tumblr.com/ Ski Masq Khid

            Your little article about a bisexual woman cannot nearly be considered proof of anything but your stupidity. The Bible doesn’t even say that being gay is a choice, it’s something people like you have pulled from the darkest, dirtiest reaches of your assholes to justify your antiquated behavior.

      • mrhowell2002
        • http://skimasqkydd.tumblr.com/ Ski Masq Khid

          “This essay is the first in a new series on Salon about bisexual experiences.”

        • Cys-girl

          Bi-sexuality is being attracted to both genders and there lies the choice. Being bi means that the person can chose who they want to be with because they enjoy both genders. Being trans is something that is not a choice. I wish people could separate gender and sex, they are two separate things. The Bible which you so freely throw around, yeah I’ve read it, and no where did Jesus say,”hate those you are different than you.” He actually says the opposite.
          Sincerely,
          A Cysgender female ( look it up if you don’t know what it is )

          • mrhowell2002

            First of all who said hate?? I never said I hated anybody… I love them that’s y I’m telling them the truth .. If I did love I wouldn’t say a word let them continue to live their lives pleasing their flesh… And not pleasing God .. She was born with female gentalia therefore she is a woman.. But she is choosing to become a man and that my friend is a choice…

  • aloreeng

    Doesn’t affect anyone BUT Jay so nobody should have anything to say about it. I’m happy he has a supportive family that love him unconditionally. #TeamNOJudgment

    • mrhowell2002

      If your brother was a crackhead would you tell him he was doing wrong or keep your mouth shut because you didn’t want to judge him?? Smh.. #repentandtrustinjesus

      • http://skimasqkydd.tumblr.com/ Ski Masq Khid

        What aloreeng is doing is telling YOU that YOU’RE wrong. if you really trust in Jesus then you’d let him do his job and stop insisting that you can do it better than him.

        • mrhowell2002

          It is a choice… http://www.salon.com/2012/03/01/san_francisco_turned_me_straight/ … People are not born gay , bi, tranny… Lustful spirits

          • Guest

            Mountains of scientific research vs an article about a bisexual woman who may just as well be a made up character. The Bible doesn’t even say that being gay is a choice, it’s something people like you have pulled from the darkest, dirtiest reaches of your assholes to justify your antiquated behavior.

          • http://skimasqkydd.tumblr.com/ Ski Masq Khid

            You posted an article about a woman who is attracted to men & women and have the nerve to say people aren’t born bisexual? Your idiocy Is showing. If being gay is a choice then that means being straight is a choice as well, so when did you choose to be straight in spite of your sexual attraction to the same gender?

      • http://huskybro.com The Husky Bro

        Jesus wouldn’t judge Jay. Show me the part in the Bible where He would.

        • mrhowell2002

          Matthew 25:46…

          • http://huskybro.com The Husky Bro

            be more specific, sir.

          • mrhowell2002

            1 Corinthians 6:9 ESV / 10 helpful votes

            Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,

          • http://skimasqkydd.tumblr.com/ Ski Masq Khid

            None of those mention transgender.

          • mrhowell2002

            If she was born a female with female genitals now says she is a boy with female genitals that is a spirit of lust , hence the sexual immorality .. Don’t get it twisted heterosexuals fornicate to … Not just homosexual, bi, tranny… Fornixation is for everyone.. Me 2 I fight with that lustful spirit from time to time… Man was meant to marry woman and multiply… Period…. Candy coat it all you want.. Sin is sin in Gods eyes

          • mrhowell2002

            “A woman shall not wear a man’s garment, nor shall a man put on a woman’s cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God.

          • http://skimasqkydd.tumblr.com/ Ski Masq Khid

            So women go to hell for wearing jeans. Good look trying to attract people to THAT religion lmao!

          • Equality for all

            Yeah, Jay isn’t a woman, he’s a man. ‘Woman’ and ‘man’ are terms to describe gender identity, not genitalia. Gender identity has nothing to do with birth assigned sex. Therefore a transgender individual is not actually wearing the opposite GENDERED clothes, they’re wearing their gendered clothes. By this given biblical example, a transgender individual is going against the bible by wearing clothes that don’t correspond with their gender!

            FAIL!

            Seriously, what difference do transgender individuals make to your life to make you such a vocal, intollerant prick? Grow up! Transgender and gay people exist and scientific evidence and research prove it’s not a choice. Your non scientific links and biblical quotes are irrelevant and unsubstantiated nonsense. The bible especially is just unsubstantiated mythology, and compared with the huge amount of scientific research and evidence, it holds no water. If you blindly follow what you happen to interpret the bible as saying, all these quotes you reference are debatable in interpretation, then you’re really just an intolerant, unintelligent sheep. Take a quick look at reality and you’ll quickly discover there’s no logical reason to hate gay or transgender individuals. They make NO difference to you. They’re not trying to force people to be gay or be transgender, instead these stories only serve as examples to others to either be more tolerant and accept it exists and isn’t scary or weird, or to embrace their true selves, and if they are dealing with gender identity issues themselves that it’s okay. It happens, it’s acceptable and you can still live full and happy lives.

            Why must you be the prick that tells kids that they’re wrong? Suicide is rife among the transgender youth community because of intollerant, wrong idiots like you. To be intollerant is to be on the wrong side of a battle you’re quickly losing. In the future, people like you will be viewed with the same disdain as a white person today trying to claim black people should be slaves.

          • mrhowell2002

            http://mobile.wnd.com/2007/07/42385/. Everything we do in this life is a CHOICE , either we follow in our footsteps or we follow Gods path for us… We have a choice.. What will you choose… With one there is peace in your spirit the other is despair, confusion etc.. If I didn’t love you I wouldn’t tell you.. B blessed.. Time is running out repent and trust in Christ Jesus

  • Bri

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with him. And for all of you “Christians”, maybe you need to read your bible because it isn’t your place to judge. The only “judge” is God, so keep your mouths shut and your unwanted opinions to yourselves.

    • mrhowell2002

      If your brother was a crackhead would you tell him he was doing wrong or keep your mouth shut because you didn’t want to judge him?? Smh…

      • Bri

        Bring transgender isn’t detrimental to Jay’s health or wellbeing. What is, is a bunch of assholes making fun of him and telling him hes not allowed to live his life and be who he wants to be.

        • mrhowell2002

          It is in the afterlife… You gonna obey Gods law or our fleshly ways…http://www.salon.com/2012/03/01/san_francisco_turned_me_straight/

          • http://skimasqkydd.tumblr.com/ Ski Masq Khid

            What afterlife? The Christian one? The Buddhist one? The Hindu one? The Islamic one? The Jewish one? The Sikh one? The Swahili one? There are hundreds and thousands of afterlives and nobody cares about yours anymore than you care about theirs. According to Hindus, you will suffer in the afterlife for eating beef. How would you like it if someone judged you every time you picked up a nice juicy hamburger or dick for that matter?

          • Bri

            You just can’t argue with ignorant and hateful people.

          • mrhowell2002

            I wish that everyone here has eternal life… We are only here for a season … Then it’s on to eternity.. Where will you all spend eternity..??? Heaven or hell?? B..basic. I… instructions B.. before L.. leaving E… earth…. If we don’t follow the instructions and be obedient to our father who created us then we will suffer the judgement… This is not a joke.. The more this country goes against the will of GOD the more we are going to suffer…

      • http://skimasqkydd.tumblr.com/ Ski Masq Khid

        You keep using that analogy but sweetey, you ARE the crackhead in this conversation and we are telling you that you addiction stupidity is harmful to yourself and others.

    • Joe Haymon

      YOU SEE, THIS IS THE TRICK YOU PEOPLE PLAY, USING THE WORDS IN THE BIBLE TO SUIT UR OWN SELFISH PURPOSE. THATS WHY U HAVE “BABIES” LIKE THIS ONE TRYING TO BE A BOY. WHEN UR A PRE TEEN U GET CONFUSED, & THESE BABIES NEED RESPONSIBLE LOVING PARENTS, NOT POLITICALLY CORRECT ADULTS FEEDING INTO THIS BULLSHIT TO GUIDE THEM!

      • Bri

        Its the same exacr thing people do everyday. Twisting words to suit their own needs. I’m so sure you follow every thing in the bible word word right down to a T.

    • mrhowell2002

      Matthew 25:46

  • Lingeela L. Johnson

    God loves you Jaya. I love you and I intercede on your behalf. You are a beautiful young Lady and you have the spirit of confusion on you. We are not judging anyone because according to scriptures, it is wrong. However, through lovingkindness has he loved you Jaya. Jesus says you are a female. Your grandmother was an anointed woman of God, Evangelist Joann Kelly.You have the spirit of rejection and rebellion on you. Look at 1Samuel 15:23 and Romans 1:24-32. You are doing this to get back at your dad who also has a calling on his life. You are hurting in your spirit and I encourage you to allow the Holy Spirit minister to you. God does not have to punish us to teach us a lesson. He is a loving God, but He hates sin. He is holy and therefore, we should )e as well. You are a lady.Because of the fall of man, we have a sinful nature, but Christ came to redeem us back to Himself. Jays, hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying. He loves you and you are special to him. Love your father and reconnect with him, your Heavenly Father and your natural father. The devil is out to steal, kill, and destroy, but Jesus has come to give you life more abundantly (John 10:10). I speak blessings and peace to your rejected, troubled soul in the name of Jesus. Amen.

    • will

      Your words are not the spirit of the lord. Jay will be fine as long as he stay away from people like you…

      • Raquel

        Applaud deviance and encourage sexual perversions seems to be ALL people like you focus on and promote. Whether its sex with children, animals, the same sex, falsifying biology etc. Your constant lust agenda never sleeps. Thrills by any means necessary is the goal. Celebrating a child this young with an obvious identity crisis just makes you sick bastards jump for joy. More prey for you collection

      • Lingeela L. Johnson

        This is not my opinion. This is according to what the Lord says.Whether we believe it or not, it’s still God’s word. Mr. Will, you ask the Lord, where does he stand? If I am not right, I have to give an account. I must bring my thoughts, attitude, emotions, etc subject to what the Lord says. NO ONE IS EXEMPT.. If these words are not the spirit of the Lord, then who is it from? A house divided cannot stand. Satan cannot cast himself out. If God is in you, the devil is coming out, if the devil is in you, God is coming out. God and Beelzebub cannot be roommates.

    • http://skimasqkydd.tumblr.com/ Ski Masq Khid

      Jay knows exactly who he is. It seem you are the confused idiot in this conversation. i speak correction to your confused, erroneous, disgusting, ignorant hateful soul. In the name of humility!

    • kim

      You do know that you sound insane right? All praise zeus and the flying spagetti monster.

    • John Watkins

      Ms. Johnson, even the devil can quote Scripture. Please stop twisting God’s word.

    • Do You Know Jesus?

      Amen Sister Johnson! Cyber touch & agree. I stand with you in that prayer.

  • KWilliams

    I just wonder why there is this discussion over a child? I hate that children cannot be them without folks having an opinion because dad is a celebrity.

  • lou

    with a father that was a sex offender and pevert what the hell do anyone expect?

    • http://skimasqkydd.tumblr.com/ Ski Masq Khid

      We don’t expect anything from the like of you.

  • Raquel

    She is not transgender. She’s Gay! Call it what it is and stop pretending that God or biology put you in the “wrong” body. I’m so sick of this new bulls#%t of people redefining what is to fit what they want to be. ENOUGH

    • http://skimasqkydd.tumblr.com/ Ski Masq Khid

      He is a boy if that’s what he says he is. I’m so sick of dumb asses pretending they have authority over someone else’s identity. ENOUGH!

      • Raquel

        I was born a Black female. Per science, biology and God. But according to you if I say I am a White male it becomes a reality?! That’s bullshit and the working of a sick mind suffering from mental illness. Point.Blank.Period

        • http://skimasqkydd.tumblr.com/ Ski Masq Khid

          Micheal Jackson was born A black male. Look how that turned out. You were also born with no teeth and couldn’t walk, look how that turned out. Oprah Winfrey was born poor, look how that turned out. Caterpillars are born worms, look how they turn out. You were NOT born a Christian, look how that turned out. It’s funny you cite science and biology both of which support the idea that a man can be born into a feminine body and vice versa. Look at Olympic runner Caster Semenya who was born with male and female parts. Look at hermaphrodites all over the globe who are born with both vaginas and penises. Science and biology has perfect explanations for hermaphrodites, does your god? NOPE! Your religion is bullshit and the workings of delusion minds suffering from mental illness. End of discussion.

    • Curts Jackson

      I totally agree and it is really sad when someone so young embraces this sheet and then all these weak ass adults who reach out to thank all the young gays to follow their own way saaaaad and unnecessary and a choice. You are a girl but obviously get “attention” when doing this and screaming from the rooftops i am a man. Loving yourself would mean being the woman that you are.

    • Equality for all

      I see no reference to this boys sexual orientation so how are you able to claim this? It’s presumptuous. He may be straight, gay, bisexual, pansexual or even asexual. Sexuality has nothing to do with gender identity. You’re just trying to combine them to suit your own unrealistic ideal. I’m friends with a transwoman who is a lesbian. When we go out people think she’s my girlfriend (they can’t tell she’s trangender). How do you mould that to fit your black and white ideal?

  • John Watkins

    eep.
    *came out as transgender
    *came out as transgender
    *came out as transgender

    Otherwise, great article! Proud of their son for stepping up and being who he is. We all should be so brave.

  • Rhonda Wimberly

    Kudos to Andrea and Jay…support and love ! Who r we to judge ?

  • Rhonda Wimberly

    Kudos to Andrea and Jay…Who r we to judge !

  • mrhowell2002
    • http://skimasqkydd.tumblr.com/ Ski Masq Khid

      People are born gay and the Bible doesn’t dispute that nor does an irrelevant article about A bisexual woman. Jay is not a transvestite he’s transgendered and DUH he wasn’t born that way, that’s why it’s called TRANS-gendered. You were not born circumcised so your sexual organs were altered when you were born which means in a way, that you are trans-gendered too!

  • mrhowell2002

    People are not born gay, bi, tranny.. Etc..http://www.salon.com/2012/03/01/san_francisco_turned_me_straight/

  • Azrael

    When I was around middle school age, I thought I was suppose to be a boy. I had self esteem issues, dealt with depression on and off. Just like R.Kelly’s daughter, I don’t have a good relationship with my father and he lived with me. I wanted to be a boy because it seemed like boys get away with alot, I hated how I saw my father treat my mother and looked at being a woman as being weak and submissive. I finally grew out of that moment despite the Devil constantly trying to seal the deal to become transgender. I realized changing my identity won’t change the adversity I’ll face in my life but add more and keep me running from my emotional problems. At first I thought God made me in the wrong body, but I couldn’t find any other mistakes he made in my life, only my own, including putting so much power into gender identity. I’ll pray for this girl and not judge her, I truly understand her pain. People please be in your kids life and have a relationship with them. I know too many people who are gay and come from a broken home or have a traumatic past, that’s not a coincidence at all. So many people are hurting nowadays, they need love and guidance not hate being thrown at them.

  • Juu

    This is what you get when a foetus is exposed to synthetical chemicals in the womb.

  • Peter :)

    Add a pair of huge 80’s glasses and you have steve urkel on the 2nd photo

  • Equality For All

    Power to him. Haters are gonna hate, but I say this young man deserves respect for being true to himself. Jay is Jay. Jay is a he. No matter what your own opinion is, it doesn’t ever change that FACT. Jay is who HE says HE is and no one even remotely has the right to say otherwise. Transgender people exist. It’s not confusion or curable with whatever mythological ancient text you believe in. Scientific medical research and evidence far outweigh unsubstantiated religious claims. It’s NOT a choice. If you actually took the time to get to know a transgendered individual you’d figure out very quickly that it’s anything but a choice. Why would anyone choose to be transgender in a cis privileged world?!

    He looks like a handsome, young, happy young man, and I’m glad he has support and the courage to be himself.

    • Equality For All

      * He looks like a handsome, happy young man, and I’m glad he has support and the courage to be himself.