There are many actors, musicians and athletes who have close ties with people in the LGBT community. Some of these stars have trans children, while others were raised by gay parents. Today, many celebrities support their family members regardless of their sexual orientation. Read what some of them have to say about growing up with their LGBT siblings, parents and children…
Former NBA star Magic Johnson’s son, EJ, is gay. The athlete told Ellen DeGeneres in 2017: “I think it’s all about you not trying to decide what your daughter or son should be or what you want them to become. It’s all about loving them no matter who they are, what they decide to do. And when my son came out, I was so happy for him and happy for us as parents. We love him. EJ is amazing. So you got to support your child, because there are so many people who try to discriminate against them, so they need you to support them.”
Annette Bening & Warren Beatty
Actress Annette Bening and actor Warren Beatty have a trans son named Stephen Ira. The actress told The Observer in 2017: “I’m super proud of him. I leave it to him to say what he wants about his life. I don’t think it’s fair for me to speak for any of my kids, quite frankly. Not that I wouldn’t like to!” Beatty also opened up about his son, telling Vanity Fair in 2016 that he considered Ira “a revolutionary, a genius and my hero.” Ira came out at age 14 and has been a vocal advocate for the trans community.
In 2012, former Vice President Dick Cheney’s lesbian daughter Mary married her longtime partner Heather Poe. Cheney and his wife said in a statement: “Mary and Heather have been in a committed relationship for many years, and we are delighted that they were able to take advantage of the opportunity to have that relationship recognized. Mary and Heather and their children are very important and much loved members of our family and we wish them every happiness.” Cheney once supported efforts to ban gay marriage. However, after leaving office in 2009, he changed his position and now opposes a federal ban on gay marriages.
Hip hop star R. Kelly’s daughter, Jaya, came out as transgender in 2014. During an interview, Kelly had a difficult time coming to terms with the situation: “You don’t want to really open it up by saying my daughter is becoming my son. Don’t even give the blogs that kind of credit. Real talk. As far as that’s concerned always believe what you see, with your own eyes that is…. I’ve heard a lot of things about a lot of things, but it was never true… It’s not about me no more. It’s about three lovely, lovely kids. And then even when you see it with your own eyes, it’s a back story.”
Ally Sheedy’s mother and daughter are both lesbians. Her mother, Charlotte Sheedy, divorced her father in 1971 and revealed to Ally that she was a lesbian in the early 1980s. In 2010, Ally revealed at the Trevor Project’s 10th annual East Coast fundraising gala that her daughter, Rebecca Lansbury, was a lesbian. She told Windy City Times in 2011: “I don’t remember a time when I had the thought that, ‘Oh, my God…my mother is gay!’ because it was an ongoing conversation. Just the same, there wasn’t a day when I thought, ‘Oh, now my daughter is gay!’ It’s just a part of life.”