Singer R. Kelly and TV Star Andrea Kelly’s youngest daughter, Jaya, who was biologically born female, announced today that he is transgender on a number of social media sites, and has changed his name from “Jaya” to “Jay". Jay says he has identified himself as a male since he was about six or seven years old, and that his mother, Andrea Kelly, R. Kelly’s ex-wife, has known for a year.
Andrea Kelly has been extremely supportive of Jay’s decision, and has posted a number of photos of her and her son online.
“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',” stated Jay on his Ask.fm page.
Jay’s sister has also been extremely acceptive of her younger sibling’s decision, and has begun to address Jay as her "little brother", oftentimes describing him as "handsome".
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Though both Jay’s mother and sister have supported Jay’s gender identification, unnamed sources claim that R. Kelly has yet to speak to Jay since his announcement. Other sources say R. Kelly is just clueless on the matter.
“I believe I am a boy and want surgery, and the medication to help me become who I was supposed to be,” stated Jay.
At only 13, Jay has not yet undergone sex reassignment surgery. He currently binds his chest, but hopes to have the surgery sometime in the future. With the help of both the surgery and testosterone, he feels he can truly be comfortable in his own skin.
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Sources: MSN and Examiner