Pride Month: Meet Hollywood’s LGBTQ Celebrities, Kids & Parents
Becoming a parent is a dream for many people, but it is not always easy to achieve. This is particularly true for members of the LGBTQ community, whether they are regular people or celebrities. However, despite the challenges involved, there are still many who have achieved their goal of becoming moms and dads! As they say, when it comes to going after what one truly wants in life, nothing is impossible. These proud parents are a testament to that fact.
Will the parenting be any different? Truth be told, isn’t it that every family have their own way of raising children? For LGBTQ moms and dads who work in Hollywood, the same can be said. Aside from investment planning for the future of their children, they are also concerned with the same parenting matters as other people. There will always be plenty to learn from them as well, so if you’re curious then make sure you read on. On this list, we will take a closer look at the lives of Hollywood’s LGBTQ parents.
We were first introduced to model and actress Amber Rose in Kanye West and Young Jeezy’s music video for Put On. Not only did she catch West’s eye, but Rose also achieved fame following the video’s release. Her modeling career took off and she even landed a Louis Vuitton advertisement to promote West’s sneaker collaboration with the luxury fashion house.
Aside from her popularity as a model, Rose is also well-known for being outspoken about her sexuality and LGBTQ rights. She identifies as bisexual and has one son with her former husband, the rapper Wiz Khalifa. Sebastian is now nearly 10 years old. His parents obviously deserve credit for raising him right. In particular, she and Khalifa make sure that he grows up into a good individual and that he never feels as if he needs to conform to societal norms.
Anderson Cooper has achieved many great things when it comes to his career. He has been at the helm of the CNN news program Anderson Cooper 360 since 2003. Cooper is also considered by many to be one of the most trustworthy journalists today. Over the course of his career, he has also received many accolades, including two Peabody Awards and a total of 18 Emmys. The journalist is also a staunch supporter of LGBTQ rights, having come out as gay back in 2012. He is without a doubt the most prominent gay journalist on current American television.
His greatest achievement, however, is becoming a father. His son, Wyatt Morgan, was born through surrogate on April 27, 2020. At that the time, Cooper had already parted ways with his long-time partner, but they do plan to co-parent and make the necessary investments for their son’s future.
Growing up and understanding his sexuality early on, TV personality Andy Cohen never thought that having his own family was even possible. So, instead, he focused his energy on building a career for himself. Cohen earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism before joining CBS, where he produced newscasts for over a decade. In 2005, he was given a chance to join BRAVO, which helped him establish his name in the field. Since then, he has become a familiar face and a household name for fans of the network.
With all that success, anyone would have been elated, but Cohen must have been looking for something more. There are things that work cannot fulfill, no matter how successful one gets. Luckily for him, that wish was answered in the form of his son Benjamin Allen. Born through a surrogate on February 24, 2019, his birth must have been the real highlight of the famed host’s life.
She may have started out as one of Hollywood’s most infamous wild children, but actress Angelina Jolie has certainly made quite a transformation. While she remains as outspoken, as open, and as supportive of her advocacies, there is a softness to her that many would attribute to her becoming a mother. Jolie has never hidden her bisexuality and once spoke about the relationship she had with Jenny Shimizu, who was her co-star in Firefox. Since then, outside of her high-profile relationships, she has mostly kept her personal life private.
These days, she’s more concerned about her six children. Her eldest is Maddox Chivan, who has since made the move to Seoul for his studies. Left behind are his younger siblings Pax Thien, Zahara Marley, Shiloh Nouvel, Knox Leon, and Vivienne Marcheline. Aside from receiving a great amount of love and support from their mother, these kids wouldn’t have to worry about student loans in the future as well.
It seems as if actress Anna Paquin literally grew up in front of our eyes. She made her debut in The Piano and, at the age of 11, won her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. While most talents have trouble transitioning from being a child star to a full-fledged adult actor, Paquin was able to do so quite successfully. Along the way, she was collecting countless accolades and notable roles from some of the biggest productions in the industry. This includes her appearance in Fly Away Home, Almost Famous, Jane Eyre, and the X-Men Franchise.
Aside from being a prolific actress, she also gets credit for being an advocate for LGBTQ issues and openly announced that she was bisexual. At present, she has two children with her partner Stephen Moyer. The two were co-stars in the series True Blood and wed in 2010.
Billie Joe Armstrong
Even from the early beginnings of his career as front man for the band Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong had always defied convention when it comes to what’s feminine and what’s masculine. His bisexuality isn’t a secret either, and the musician never hesitates to discuss the topic when asked. In fact, he believes that people end up leaning toward one sexuality due to preference as well as societal pressures. He goes on to say that he finds it to be a “very beautiful thing” as opposed to the taboo it is sometimes treated as.
These are wise words coming from a father of two who strives to raise his children in a manner that gives them the freedom to be themselves. We’re sure that this is something Joseph Marciano and Jakob Danger certainly appreciate about their dad. There is no better investment than imparting life lessons to one’s children, right?
Some people come to terms with their sexuality early on, while others may take a bit of time when it comes to figuring it out. This is the thing that makes Braunwyn Windham-Burke and Sean Burke’s relationship quite beautiful. The pair had been married for over two decades when Windham-Burke admitted that she had never been attracted to men and identified as a lesbian. Of course, it wasn’t easy news to hear for her husband, but the most surprising thing is the degree of support he showed her after.
It might have taken her 42 years, but Windham-Burke she is more comfortable in her own skin now. The couple, who are now in an open marriage, share seven children together. There isn’t much information about how their kids reacted, but the pair assures fans that while it isn’t a smooth road, they are taking things day by day.
Cynthia Nixon & Christine Marinoni
We know actress Cynthia Nixon best for her role as the street smart and witty lawyer Miranda Hobbes on a popular HBO program. Thanks to her performance, she gained further prominence and eventually became a household name along with the rest of the cast. Over the years, she has had a few high-profile relationships with men, but it is with Christine Marinoni that she found stability. The two were wed back in 2012 but have been together since 2004. Nixon has two children from her first marriage, Samuel Joseph and Charles Ezekiel. She welcomed a son, Max Ellington, with Marinoni back in 2011.
So, how does she handle being a mother to three while also balancing a successful career? For Nixon and Marinoni, it’s all about investment planning and team work. They are also raising their kids to be individuals, so when Samuel Joseph came out as transgender not too long ago, they were incredibly supportive of his journey.
In 1976, Bowie certainly expressed to Cameron Crowe for Playboy that he is bisexual. “But I can’t deny that I’ve used that fact very well,” the singer claimed. This was four years after he said to Melody Maker that he’s “gay, and always has been, even when I was David Jones.” The androgynous rock star of the 1960s and beyond reinvented popular music with singles such as Space Oddity and Starman. Additionally, his first two albums to go platinum were 1971’s Hunky Dory and 1972’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
Let me remind you that Bowie was and remains a queer icon. His legacy will live on past his 2016 death, both in his music and in his kids, Duncan Jones (formerly Zowie) and Alexandria “Lexi” Jones. His credit score might just be unimaginable. But did you know that the icon would get into fist fights while attending Stockwell Infants School? More than that, he founded his first band The Konrads when he was just fifteen.
Barrymore’s response to Contact Magazine way back in 2003 was, “Do I like women sexually? Yeah, I do. Totally,” the star stressed with conviction. She explained that she has always considered herself bisexual and she loves a woman’s body. “I think a woman and a woman together are beautiful, just as a man and a woman together are beautiful.”
Given that frankness, she is admirable for raising her daughters, Frankie and Olive, with a no-holds-barred approach to everything from reproductive health to aging. “I’m now determined more than ever to show my daughters that aging is a luxury,” Barrymore told NewBeauty. “If we’re lucky, we are all going to age. I just want them to be at peace with who they are and not what they look like. If they are good, cool people; that’s all I care about,” she added. I don’t know about you but the heat is on from this savage queen. Better get away from the nearest gas source as possible, folks!
Elton John & David Furnish
Here’s a fun fact: Elton began playing the piano at age three and won a junior scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. The rock and roll legend has sold over 250 million albums in a career that’s spanned over 50 years. Elton is marked for his hit songs such as Rocket Man, Tiny Dancer, Bennie and the Jets, and Candle in the Wind.
Elton later married David Furnish on December 21, 2014. Together, they have two sons named Zachary and Elijah. “I love every minute of fatherhood,” John told OK Magazine. “Staying up all night, changing nappies, kids crying, I find it really funny and inspiring. It connects you to the world in a new way.” The couple welcomed their sons both via the same surrogate; Zachary in 2010, and Elijah in 2013. For sure, the kids won’t have any trouble regarding their home finance anytime in the future.
Evan Rachel Wood
Wood has starred in the film The Wrestler and performed a role in The Beatles-inspired movie Across the Universe. Her acting in Thirteen bolstered her fame. Eventually, the actress got the main role in the HBO science fiction series Westworld. Furthermore, Wood was also noted for playing a credit role in the TV show American Gothic. Did you know that Wood began her acting career in her father’s production of Theater in the Park?
When Wood was probed on whether she’d talked to her 6-year-old son, Jack Matfin Bell, about her bisexuality, she responded “Oh yeah.” It seems that the actress also rocks Motherhood 101 because when she asked Jack what he’d think if she started dating a woman again, his response was utterly enthusiastic. “He was like, ‘I think that would be amazing. That would be so cool!’” she revealed to the publication.
Baptized as Stacy Ann Ferguson, Fergie is known for being the lead singer of the Black Eyed Peas, the group that released the hit single Where is the Love? The singer, in due course, released her solo debut album The Dutchess in 2006, played the voice of Sally in two Peanuts cartoons, and was a spelling bee champion and a Girl Scout. Later on, Fergie married Josh Duhamel on January 10, 2009. They have a son named Axl who was born in August 2013.
The Don’t Phunk with My Heart singer told The Advocate that her bisexuality is so much more than “trendy,” which is unfortunately how many fans and critics alike have viewed it. “The funny thing is that I was very open and honest about that from the very beginning, and everyone was acting like it was some new trend. Go back four or five years, people, and you’ll see the same answer,” she stressed. Someone please call the roof repair cos Fergie has just dropped the mic! Feisty and fervent, this woman is, to her credit, no regular mom.
Anderson is a Golden Globe-winning actress who starred alongside David Duchovny, portraying FBI agent Dana Scully on the television series The X-Files. Anderson launched her career by joining an amateur actor group while in high school. Next, she starred in the 2000 film The House of Mirth and also appeared in the movies The Mighty Celt, Sister, and Mr. Morgan’s Last Love.
“I could be with a woman next year!” she expressed to The Times Magazine. “Part of me looks long-term. As long as there’s always a back door,” she added. Fortunately, neither did her partner Peter Morgan, or her kids, Piper, Oscar, and Felix, raise an issue about her sexuality. “It’s just who I am. I have absolutely no issue with it whatsoever, and I don’t really care if other people have an issue with it,” the actress declared. Lawyers, get a grip. This woman may be a real-life special agent, after all.
Jillian Michaels is a celebrity fitness trainer whose appearance in The Biggest Loser led to her fame. She later starred in The Doctors and the reality show Just Jillian. Michaels also ventured into businesses to make good use of her investment money. Michaels came up with her own fitness app called Jillian Michaels: The Fitness App as well as a fitness video website, Fitfusion.com, that features collections of workout routines from several top fitness trainers. As Michaels’s career sailed steady, her relationship and family life met a bumpy road in 2018.
Jillian Michaels announced her separation from longtime partner Heidi Rhoades in 2018 after being together since 2009. The couple has two kids, Lukensia and Phoenix. The couple adopted Lukensia in 2012 in Haiti when she was just two years old, and subsequently, Rhoades gave birth to Phoenix in May 2012. As the rulings of the court favored Rhoades to have more time with the kids, Michaels was ordered to provide spousal support for Rhoades and the kids. Despite their separation and different family setup, Michaels makes sure that her children know that they are loved.
Karamo Brown & Ian Jordan
Karamo Brown has been out and about regarding his personal preferences since he was 16. The Queer Eye host is also a proponent of LGBTQ+ rights and has worked in social services focusing on kids struggling with gender issues. Brown found out about his biological son, Jason, when he received a letter from the court in 2007 ordering him to pay for child support. Brown worked with his lawyer to have Jason in his full custody along with his half-brother, Chris.
Since then, Brown has been a dedicated parent to his sons, and he got his long-time partner involved in parenting. As such, Brown admits that he was hurt when his 23-years-old son, Jason, took time before admitting his preference. Jason came out to his parents when he was 21 years old. Brown was upset about the fact that he runs a household that supports freedom of choice, yet his son felt uncomfortable coming out to him. In the end, Brown has nothing but love for his son.
Maria Bello & Dominique Crenn
Being a parent puts you in a situation where you have to consider every move you make as there is a little one looking up to you and following your lead. For the same reason, the actress Maria Bello took time before she opened herself up to her then 12-years -old son, Jackson Blue McDermott, who is now pursuing a college degree in New York.
Maria had Jackson from her relationship with Dan McDermott. Upon her separation from Dan, Maria started a relationship with a close friend, Clare Munn, who is also acting as a godmother to Jackson. Fearing that her preferences might have a negative impact on Jackson, she tried to hide it. Jackson was a bright kid and knew that his mom was up to something. As she explained her situation with Jackson, his response comforted Maria. He told his mom, “love is love, whatever you are.” Since then, Maria felt at ease knowing that her son embraces who she is, including her relationship with her now-fiancé, Dominique Crenn.
Matt Bomer & Simon Halls
The actor, Matt Bomer, has opened up about his personal life to the public since he made his acceptance speech in 2012, including about his family life with Simon Halls, his husband since 2011. Matt earned popularity through his TV series White Collar and later on the film Magic Mike. As he gained credits for his high-profile acting career, he felt obligated to let the world know about his family.
Matt and Halls have been married since 2011. They have three sons through surrogacy; Kit, born in 2005, and the twins, Walker and Henry, born in 2009. Matt says that being a father is hard and rewarding. Matt makes sure to have time for his family even if it entails saying no to projects, especially now that they are growing up. Since Matt created a strong bond with his children, he was moved when his eldest son, Kit, came out to him straight at 14. Though pun intended for his admission, Matt thought it was sweet and considerate for Kitt to pay him respect.
The former Spice Girl Melanie Brown opened up about her life in her explosive memoir. Sharing the details of her life as a celebrity down to the nitty-gritty of her failed marriages, Mel B caused a major stir in the media, especially since she came out and shared her thrilling relationship with women.
Mel B has been through a lot in the past years, including a nasty separation from her ex-husband in 2017. Now that she’s become a single mom, she made sure to be up and ready for her children. She refused to let her interest in a dynamic relationship be an issue in raising her children. Mel B is a proud mom of three — of Phoenix, Angel, and Madison. As such, her eldest daughter, Phoenix, seems to be a fan of her mom’s style. Phoenix is making her mom proud for pursuing a degree in college despite the temptation of getting into the entertainment industry.
Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka are among the most popular modern parents in the industry. The couple has been together for 17 years, and the two are also doting dads of two. Neil and David decided to build a family and have kids through surrogacy. Now they have Harper and Gideon, both born in 2010.
With Neil’s fame and busy schedule, David claims to be the mother-figure to their children, at least for the first year of their lives. Neil, on the other hand, also shares the same hardship and joys of being a parent. Especially since of the events of 2020 required them to assist their middle-schoolers with their online classes. Neil and David admit that keeping their marriage is also hard work, considering that they are not the only ones in the relationship. That is why they do couple’s therapy to help them with their differences.
Thank heavens for the technology that allows people who want to have children to do so. Apart from adoption, anyone can opt to have a biological child through surrogacy. As such, celebs are one of its proponents, including those in the LGBTQ+ community. Among the celebs who have surrogate kids is the celebrity columnist-blogger Perez Hilton.
Perez Hilton might be harsh and intimidating at times, but he has a soft spot, too, as evidence by his wanting to have his own family and kids. For that reason, Perez chose to have surrogacy three times despite the costs — after all, he’s rich enough to make do without a personal loan. As he is not in a domestic partnership, Perez got his mother’s help in taking care of his children. Since being a parent gives him fulfillment, Perez went hats-off and paid respect to surrogates all over the world — after all, they are the vessel through which others’ dreams come true.
Ricky Martin & Jwan Yosef
Another pair who did not miss the opportunity to build a family is Ricky Martin and his husband, Jwan Yosef. Ricky is a well-known Latino singer and was a member of the band Menudo. Although his coming out crushed many women’s hearts, it was a win for the LGBTQ+ community. His union with the equally successful artist, Jwan Yosef, is impressive, too.
Ricky and Jwan are fathers to twin boys and a girl. Like most modern parents, their children ask questions about their family setup, and Ricky finds it the perfect opportunity to let their kids understand their unique family. Likewise, he also lets his kids be seen in public. Unlike other parents, Ricky lets their children get exposed to their lifestyle so they can get to know who they are. This is Ricky’s way of making things normal, not only for his children but also for other families like them. For that, he can take credit for his parenting style.
Everything in Sia’s life seems to be moving fast. Her career started when she dashed the music scene. Her efforts instantly made her a big star with a big credit score. Apparently, her personal life is also being fast tracked. In a recent interview, Sia shared that she has a new role as a mother to two adult sons whom she adopted recently. Both aged 18, Sia decided to be a single mother and raise adult sons who were aging in the center. Apparently, after just a year, Sia is now a grandmother.
Squealing about the shocking event, Sia realized that she was still learning how to be a mother, and here comes her son having his own. As such, Sia also says that she will stop talking about her children from now on since they are both adults and that she must respect their privacy. Likewise, talking about her grandchildren will be off-limits as it is not her news to share, says Sia. Although Sia’s bold choices in life and her coming out as queer might have made some raised eyebrows, it was an evident show of care and love nonetheless.
Tess Holliday is an American plus-size model and a body-positive activist. Holliday is also a social media influencer and makeup blogger. Through her social presence, she was able to air her voice about several topics, such as body positivity and mental health awareness. Behind the glam makeup and fierce personality, Holliday is a single mother of two.
Tess is no stranger to dealing with several issues in her life. She might be successful as a plus-size model and have a pretty face, but she still receives a lot of criticism for her weight. Fighting back, Tess launched a campaign that aims to take down conventional standards of beauty. Tess received a lot of credit for it and she became a positive influence on young girls. Moreover, she has dealt with several issues, including those concerning her romantic preferences. Of course, none of these make her any less of a mother.
Wanda Sykes & Alex Niedbalski Sykes
When Wanda Sykes came out in public, it was for a purpose. She joined the rally to support same-sex marriage and also gave due credit to her identity. Wanda had been private about her romantic preferences since childhood, and it was only when she got older that she dared to come out. Likewise, she didn’t receive much support from her parents when she came out to them. In 2006, Wanda met Alex Niedbalski.
Wanda first saw Alex at a ferry ride to New York and was immediately attracted to her. Later, Alex was introduced to her by a friend since she was looking for materials for a kitchen renovation. Wanda then realized that Alex was the woman she had a little crush on. Since then, the two were inseperable — they eloped in 2008. Since the couple wanted to complete their family, they welcomed fraternal twins, Olivia and Lucas, in 2009.
50 cent is one of the rappers who supports marriage equality. It was not surprising as 50 grew up in a household where women had a certain degree of liberation. During an interview, 50 narrated about his relationship with his mother and how he found out about her personal preferences. At a young age, 50 was used to seeing his mother having close relationships with women not men.
Though he admitted that it brought some confusion since he did not understand what was going on until he got older. When 50’s mother passed away when he was eight, his grandmother explained to him his mother’s romantic attraction to women. For sharing this story, 50 gained respect and admiration from people in different walks of life, especially since he is known for his masculine persona in the music industry.
Nowadays, more and more celebrities are expressing their support for gender equality. It’s not a surprise though, as many celebs themselves have been in the closet due to the stigma of being in the spectrum. Likewise, those who have had a close relationship with LGBTQ+ members have shown their support and love by advocating for gender equality. One example is the actress Ally Sheedy, an actress who was raised by a lesbian mother.
Ally Sheedy knew about her mother’s romantic preferences when she was young, especially after her parents went their separate ways. Because of this, when her daughter came out to her, she had nothing but love and support to offer her. Having first-hand experience motivated her to be an advocate of gender equality. Sheedy also credits the strength of her mother for inspiring her to be a proponent of gender equality. She now uses her influence to voice her activism.
Amy Adams admitted to having a difficult childhood. People think that, as a celebrity, her life had been easy sailing, but she stressed that this wasn’t the case. The award-winning actress told her story for an interview — it began when her parents parted ways when she was just 11. Amy grew up in a religious family, and when her parents separated and her mother began a same-gender relationship, it came as a surprise.
Although she did not attribute much of her difficult childhood to her mother’s preferences, it sort of led her to leave their church and begin an independent life. When Amy’s parents went their separate ways, her father struggled financially, which led them their low credit and debt. She began supporting herself. Still, Amy does not blame her parents for anything. In fact, she invited her mother to come with her to a red carpet event.
Talk about having a nonconventional family, Ana Matronic of the band Scissor Sisters is a witness to such. At a very young age, she went through tough times dealing with her parent’s separation and her father’s gender orientation. Ana’s father fled home and began a relationship with a man when she was just three. Although she credits her mother’s honesty about their family situation, she covered the truth about her father for a long time, which was the cause of his demise.
Ana had a close relationship with her father despite that he lived a different life away from them. As such, Ana was devastated when her father died from AIDS when she was 15. However, due to rampant discrimination against people with the illness, Ana felt the need to keep her father’s story to herself. As times change, Ana found the courage to tell her story to honor her father, hoping it would be be an inspiration to others as well.
Shawn Corey Carter, the real name of Jay-Z, was born in Brooklyn, New York, on December 4, 1969. His father left their family when he was 11, while his mother, Gloria Carter, came out as bisexual in 2017. Jay reportedly cried after realizing that his mom must’ve been in a rough situation for hiding her sexuality. In his album 4:44, the song Smile was dedicated to the matriarch, and it had lyrics suggesting he’ll be happy for her whoever she chooses to love, “Don’t matter to me if it’s him or her.”
He rose to prominence in the ‘90s and has charted numerous singles, including Empire State Of Mind, and as a featured artist in his now-wife Beyonce’s Crazy In Love. The power couple secretly tied the knot in 2008, and they are blessed with three adorable children, Blue Ivy, and twins Rumi and Sir. Jay-Z doesn’t have a finance degree, but his net worth is $1.3 billion.
She is an actress and musician who became known for her acting credits in films such as Bastard Out Of Carolina, where she received award nominations, including a Screen Actor’s Guild award and an Independent Spirit Award. She also appeared in three of The Hunger Games movies — Catching Fire, Mockingjay Part 1, and Part 2 — where she portrayed the role of Johanna Mason. Jena was born in Sparks, Nevada, on November 21, 1984, to Edward Berge and Deborah Malone. However, she grew up with her mother and her mother’s girlfriend, whom she calls God mom. Unfortunately, the couple broke up when she was ten years old.
Malone became interested in acting because her mom was a part of a community theater. With her eagerness and compassion, she convinced her mother to fly to Los Angeles so she could pursue a career in acting. It’s safe to say that moving to the City of Angels was a good move since she has was cast in numerous projects and was able to accumulate a net worth of $4 million.
On November 19, 1968, a child who was destined to win multiple Academy Awards was born. Her name is Alicia Christian Foster. Jodie doesn’t have a well-established relationship with her father since he and her mother were divorced before she was born. She might have lost a parent, but her mother’s partner, who she calls Aunt Jo, was around for her while she was growing up.
Foster is a gifted child. She learned how to read at the age of three, graduate valedictorian in high school, and finished her degree at Yale University as Magna Cum Laude. She received two Oscars for her performance in The Accused and Silence of The Lambs. In 2013, she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes, and in her acceptance speech, she came out as a lesbian. She was in a 14-year relationship with producer Cydney Bernard and they have two children. In 2014, after a year of dating, Jodie married Alexandra Hedison.
Being real to yourself is very difficult especially if you have a lot to protect. As a wealthy public figure who doesn’t have problems with mortgage and stuff, Kendall’s dad, Bruce Jenner, certainly experienced difficulties in staying true to himself. Imagine, he was living with cameras around him every single day. However, in 2015, Bruce turned into Caitlyn and floored all of his supporters, including his family, with his gender transition. So from now on, we’ll use a different pronoun — her.
Kendall, whom she shared with Kris Jenner, has eventually embraced the new look of her Dad and they snap photos together while hanging out. If you’re wondering what she has been doing lately, she’s totally fine. Well, she might be the first LGBTQ+ member to be the governor of California after she announced her candidacy in April 2021. I guess this might not be the last surprising revelation from Caitlyn.
For the information of those from younger generations, Liza is an American singer and actress who became known in the 60s and the 70s. She was born Liza May Minnelli in Los Angeles, California. Her mother was the late Judy Garland while her father, who turned out to be homosexual, was Vincente Minnelli. The LGBTQ+ community faced more adversities at the time compared to today. Since Liza’s father was a film legend and homosexuality was not accepted at the time, he didn’t reveal his sexuality until later in life.
However, his sexuality didn’t become a hindrance to raising his child right. As a singer, Liza released numerous albums, including Liza! Liza! and Come Saturday Morning. As an actress, she has won numerous accolades such as an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy, multiple Tony Awards, and a Grammy Legend Award. It’s uncertain where she displays these golden trophies of hers, but she has an apartment in New York, which we hope has the best home security system.
Amanda Leigh Moore was born on April 10, 1984, in Nashua, New Hampshire. Her parents called their attorneys to separate after almost 30 years of being together. Since then, Mandy’s mom, Stacy Moore-Friedman, has started a new relationship with a female partner, tennis player Claudette Laliberte.
Mandy became widely famous as a singer and actress. In 1999, she signed a deal with Epic Records, and her debut single, Candy, catapulted her career to another level. She already released multiple albums that went on to chart inside the Billboard Top 200 chart since then and starred in several movies, including The Princess Diaries with Anne Hathaway and the heart-wrenching A Walk To Remember (opposite Shane West). As of 2021, Moore is still one of the lead ensembles of the hit family drama This Is Us, which started airing in 2016 and now has six successful seasons.
She somehow doesn’t need any introduction since she is one of the most famous personalities in pop culture right now. However, in case you’re living inside a box, Kylie is the youngest daughter of Kris Jenner, the matriarch of the Kardashian-Jenner clan. Her father is Bruce Jenner, who after his gender transition became Caitlyn Jenner.
Although Kylie felt “a little uncomfortable” by the fact that her Dad is now boasting long hair and is using makeup from her very own Kylie Cosmetics, she seems pretty cool about it now. In fact, on Caitlyn’s YouTube channel, she even appeared as a guest to do her dad’s makeup. With all the dramas before, I guess it’s all water under a bridge now. As we all know, Kylie has a cute little daughter, Stormi, whom she shares with artist Travis Scott. Recently, she made waves after purchasing one of the best roofings in Holmby Hills, California — she reportedly spent $36.5 million to get it.
Rene Marie Russo is an American actress who became popular for starring in many film projects, including Major League, One Good Cop, and Lethal Weapon 3. She was born on February 17, 1954, in Burbank, California. At age two, her parents worked with their respective lawyers to undo their marriage. From then on, she and her sister were raised by her mother, her mom’s female partner, and with the assistance of their homosexual friends.
In the tenth grade, Rene dropped out of school after she experienced bullying. She also mentioned that her family struggled financially and that she and her sister had to work in numerous part-time jobs to help. Fortunately, a modeling scout spotted her and the rest is history for her long-running career. She has been married to established screenwriter, Dan Gilroy, and they are blessed with a child born in 1993. As of 2021, Russo has accumulated a net worth of $40 million.
Robert De Niro
You might be surprised that De Niro is here but he has every right to be. Actually, when he was just a kid, his parents called it quits. Later on, his father, who’s a famous abstract expressionist painter, Robert De Niro Sr., started a romantic relationship with Robert Duncan, a poet. That’s a lot of Robert, I know. Actor De Niro stated that he didn’t have a typical father and son relationship, but they have a great connection and he even made a documentary about his life that touched on it.
Anyway, De Niro became a successful performer. He appeared in a long list of movies, including The Godfather II, Goodfellas, and This Boy’s Life, alongside Leonardo DeCaprio. With everything that he has done, he received two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes. Aside from winning these recognitions, he also won in his investment in the hospitality industry. He co-founded the restaurant chain Nobu, which has 40 locations, and he also co-owns The Greenwich Hotel in New York.
O.J. was born Orenthal James Simpson, on July 9, 1947, in San Francisco, California. His father Jimmy, who eventually came out as gay, was a famous drag queen in the San Francisco Bay Area. On the other hand, his mom, Eunice, was a hospital administrator.
He might currently be living in a problematic situation because of his legal battles, but his legacy as a professional football player still stands up to this date. O.J was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983. In 2008, Simpson was sentenced to more than three decades of imprisonment and at least nine years without eligibility for parole. However, he was granted parole on July 20, 2017, and was released on October 1, 2017. He is reportedly living a quiet life these days, away from the media’s prying eyes.
She was an English actress who was a part of a famous family — the Redgraves. Natasha Jane Richardson was born in London, England in the 1960s, to Vanessa Redgrave and Tony Richardson. In 1967, her parents untied the knot. Her mother, who is also an actress, had numerous relationships after the split, while her father, who was an Academy award-winning director, eventually came out as bisexual. Natasha performed on both stage and screen. In 1986, she gave life to Mary Shelley in the film Gothic. Two years later, she portrayed Patty Hearst in a biopic film.
On stage, she received a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for the revival of Cabaret on Broadway. Because of her undeniable talent and skills, she also was able to land numerous credits on TV, including an appearance in Tales from the Crypt and Haven. Unfortunately, and unexpectedly, Richardson kicked the bucket in 2009, at the age of 45.
Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. was born on April 2, 1939, in Washington, D.C. His mother, Alberta, was a domestic helper, while his father was a church minister. It might seem odd but his dad was secretly homosexual for a time. In his early years as a musician, Gaye experienced numerous adversities and rejections that would have overwhelmed others to not continue with their ambition.
However, his perseverance eventually bore fruit, and he found success in his song releases in the 1960s. Stubborn Kind of Fellow and Pride and Joy both charted in the Hot 100, while the latter became his first top 10 hit. His growing success gave him the opportunity to record one album after another. Among the notable ones are What’s Going On and Let’s Get It On. The title track from the latter album is likely his most iconic song to date — in fact, it peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Sadly, Gaye passed away in 1984 at the hands of his own father.
Frances Ethel Gumm was the real name of Liza Minnelli’s mother, Judy Garland. She was widely recognized both in the US and internationally. Judy was an American actress and singer, among her numerous artistic jobs. She is the first female in history to win Album of The Year at The Grammys. She was also the first woman and the youngest recipient of the Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award.
Why did she become part of this list? Well, her mother Ethel Marion was married to Francis Avent “Frank” Gumm, who was infamous for seducing young men and turning them into his toys. It’s uncertain how one would describe it, but her second husband, Vincente Minelli, was “openly gay in New York”. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Garland earned a whopping $100 million, which was already adjusted for inflation, throughout her long-running career. However, at the time of her passing, she must’ve failed to seek a financial advisor as her net worth was just $40,000, which is equivalent to $300,000 today.
Since Sea recently came out as non-binary. The L Word, where she portrayed the credit role of Max Sweeney, was a drama series aired on Showtime from 2004 to 2009. This is probably the best program to distinguish who Daniela Sea is. She was born on January 7, 1977, in Malibu, California.
Unlike other members of the group mentioned, Daniela’s coming out was very easy as her father has been in the same community as well. Aside from acting, she also has a very successful music career. She can play pennywhistle, guitar, and accordion, which led her to be in a band called The Thorns Of Life, along with her friends Blake Schwarzenbach and Aaron Cometbus. Dating-wise, according to All-Star Bio, she has been with Betsy B for many years now. We’re sure we’ll be hearing more from this star soon as it looks like she has a lot of projects in the pipeline.
This American actress had been through a lot at the hands of her own father. In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Heche gave details about what happened in her life — and it’s overwhelming that a young girl had to go through that experience. Her father eventually passed away at age 45, when Anne was just 13.
After the unfortunate events in her life, she is now, to her credit, an award-winning actress who became popular for films such as Gracie’s Choice and the drama series, Another World. For the latter project, she received a Daytime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series category. In case you didn’t know, she was romantically linked to Ellen DeGeneres from 1997 to 2000, and she became one of the celebrities who competed in Dancing with The Stars, According to Celebrity Net Worth, Heche has an estimated net worth of $8 million.
Alison Bechdel was born on September 10, 1960, and she spent her formative years in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. She was raised in a Roman Catholic family and her parents, Helen Augusta and Bruce Allen Bechdel, were both school teachers. Her father, Bruce, was also an army veteran. Living with a Catholic family, it is pleasing to know that he had no issues about being gay. The entire household knew of this fact and they did not mind. Alison grew up in a loving environment and she gives credit to her parents for their contribution to her career as a cartoonist.
Today, Alison is a distinguished cartoonist best known for her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. In 2006, she received commercial success for her work, Fun Home, which would eventually be adapted to an award-winning musical. Moreover, Alison is a proud recipient of a McArthur “Genius” Award in 2015.
Joely Richardson is a London native and was born into the theatrical Redgrave family. Her father was director Tony Richardson and her mother was actress Vanessa Redgrave. She is the sister of the late actress Natasha Richardson and the sister-in-law of Liam Neeson. Natasha and Joely grew up surrounded by thespians but they also had a unique relationship with their father Tony. He was a closet gay but many others suspected he was bisexual.
Nowadays, Joely is an accomplished English actress. She is best known for her performance in the show Nip/Tuck, where she plays Julia McNamara. The show aired from 2003 up to 2010. After which, she furthered her career, giving credit to the acclaimed TV series The Tudors, where she played the role of Queen Catherine Parr. Apart from her distinguished television career, she also starred in several films such as Event Horizon, The Patriot, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Rebecca Walker is an openly gay accomplished author. She was born in 1969 and her mother, Alice Walker, is also a renowned openly gay author. Alice is known for her great literary works such as The Color Purple, which is notably one of Oprah Winfrey’s favorite reads. Her father, Melvyn R. Leventhal, was a Jewish American civil rights lawyer. After her parents separated in 1976, she went back and forth living with her father and mother.
Rebecca’s father’s civil duties and her mother’s literary prowess inevitably had a degree of contribution to her accomplishments in her career. After graduating cum laude in 1992 at Yale University, she would rise to prominence as a feminist by the age of 22. She is widely known for introducing and spearheading Third-Wave Feminism, which was coined in an article she wrote in Ms. magazine titled, Becoming the Third Wave.
Ana Lynch, professionally known as Ana Matronic, is a popular American singer. She was born in Portland, Oregon, and had a gay father. Though her father passed away during her early teenage years, she stated that she knew of her father’s sexuality all along. Ana is best known for being the co-lead vocalist of the band Scissor Sisters. She initially joined the band after their first gig in the Lower East Side of Manhattan at Club Knockoff.
In 2005, she collaborated with the band New Order with their hit single Jetstream. She would continue on to music success, performing on the glass harmonica at NYC’s New Museum in 2009. In 2010, she collaborated with Mark Ronson on the song Safe (In the Heat of the Moment). And in 2012, Ana would earn a degree of mainstream success when she appeared as an advisor on the hit talent show The Voice UK, where she worked with Jessie J.
At this point in our list, we know of Joely Richardson’s gay father, Tony Richarchardson. However, Tony wasn’t the only gay person in the Redgrave family. Sir Richard Redgrave is the father of Lynn Redgrave and Tony’s father-in-law. During the early 1980s, Sir Richard came out while writing his autobiography. Although the entire world was shocked to learn about this, the esteemed Redgrave family was not.
Nowadays, Lyne is known for her degree of success in acting. She is the recipient of two Golden Globe Awards and was nominated for two Academy Awards. She is best known for her performances in films such as Tom Jones and Georgy Girl. Apart from her movie career and for being a proud member of the Redgrave family, she is also an accomplished theater performer. She made her theatrical debut in 1962, and by 1967 she made her debut on Broadway. One of her most notable theater performances was with her sister Vanessa Redgrave in Three Sisters.
Corin Redgrave is the brother of Lynn Redgrave. And as we mentioned above, their father is openly gay and came out in the early 1980s. Corin was working with Sir Richard Redgrave in writing his autobiography when he made the announcement. Corin, just like his sister, Lynn, is an esteemed British Actor. They kept true to their family’s legacy of talented thespians and became one themselves.
He is given credit for his Shakespeare performances in The Tempest, Antony and Cleopatra, Henry IV, and Much Ado About Nothing. Moreover, he is known for his roles in plays such as Not About Nightingales, The General from America, and De Profundis, which is a one-man play that is about the great Oscar Wilde. Apart from his theatrical appearances, he also appeared in several British television programs such as Ultraviolet, Trial & Retribution, Shameless, The Vice, and The Girl in the Cafe.
Alec Baldwin is one of Hollywood’s most distinguished actors, comedians, and film producers. In recent years, he has been known for his political activism, but before all that, he was famous for films such as Beetlejuice, The Hunt for Red October, Alice, and To Rome With Love, among many others. In the early ‘90s, Baldwin married famous actress Kim Basinger. Together they had a daughter, Ireland Baldwin.
Today, Ireland is also a celebrity herself and has been in the limelight after she gained recognition after signing a modeling contract with IMG Models. To her credit, she has made some reasonable accomplishments, having appeared in magazines such as Grazia. She has also made several films such as 2013’s Grudge Match. In 2014, she was in a lesbian relationship with rapper Angel Haze, who identifies as a pansexual. Unfortunately, their relationship was short-lived and only lasted for over ten months.
Alice Walker is a famous novelist. She is openly gay and is widely celebrated for her works such as The Color Purple. She earned a National Book Award and the coveted Pulitzer Prize for Fiction to her credit. She also coined the term womanist, which refers to a black feminist or feminist of color. Alice, with all of her literary achievements and cultural accomplishments, is more than pleased for her daughter’s achievements.
Her daughter, Rebecca Walker, is also an accomplished author and activist. Moreover, Rebecca is also openly gay. Rebecca followed in her mother’s footsteps, authoring literary works such as the Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self, which received much deserved critical acclaim. Moreover, Rebecca is also responsible for the third-wave feminism movement. She initially coined the term in the article Becoming the Third Wave, which she wrote in Ms. magazine.
Ally Sheedy is a famous American author and actress. She is known for appearing in films such as Bad Boys, the critically acclaimed Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire, and WarGames, among others. She has achieved a distinguished degree of success in her career having been the recipient of several accolades, including an Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Actress for her performance in the film High Art back in 1998.
It is no secret that Ally was raised by a lesbian mother. That being said, she welcomed the news that her daughter, Rebecca, was also a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community. She is very supportive of her daughter’s genderqueer sexuality and she states that she finds it hard to comprehend how other people can judge a family member by their sexuality and not whole-heartedly accept them for who they are. Moreover, Ally has been an advocate for homeless LBQT+ youth in New York and has played a vital role in her daughter’s coming out process.
Annette Bening & Warren Beatty
Anette Bening and Warren Beatty are both distinguished Hollywood actors. Annette is a four-time Academy Award nominee and is known for her performances in films such as American Beauty, The Kids Are All Right, The Grifters, and Being Julia. She also has a Tony Award to her credit for her performance in the play Coastal Disturbances. On the other hand, Warren has also been nominated for several Academy Awards throughout his illustrious career. In 1981, he won the Academy Award for Best Director for his film Reds.
Anette and Warren have been happily married since 1992. Together, they are parents to four children. Among which is their son, Stephen, who has identified as transgender since the age of 14. In one of Annette’s interviews, she said, “He’s managed something very challenging with great style and great intelligence.”She continues to laud Stephen as an articulate, loving, and thoughtful person and remains to be a proud mother.
Barbra Streisand is one of America’s most famous singers and actresses. Throughout her career, she has won countless distinguished accolades to her credit. This talented celebrity is one of the few ever to have won a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, a Tony Award, and an Academy Award. She initially started by performing in Broadway plays and nightclubs. Eventually, the superstar would make appearances on various television shows. Barbra released her debut music album back in 1963. Thereafter, she would make a prolific rise in the music industry and her acting career soon followed in tow.
Barbra, with all her achievements, has always basked in the limelight— and the public was witness to personal life. In 1963, she married her first husband, Elliot Gould. Together they are parents to Jason Gould. Being the son of the esteemed entertainer, he experienced his fair share of the limelight. During the ’90s, he was outed as being gay by several tabloids. In one of Barbra’s Instagram posts, she refers to Jason as her pride and joy.
Belinda Carlisle is a famous American musician. She is famous for being the lead vocalist of the band The Go-Gos. The band was formed in 1978 and is widely known for its hit album Beauty and the Beat. It topped the charts and brought a degree of lucrative success to the band and Belinda. In an article Belinda wrote for Los Angeles Blade, titled Queery: James Duke Mason, she shared the process of learning about his son’s sexuality.
His son, James, came out as gay when he was 14. To her credit, She whole-heartedly accepted him for who he is as she has many friends who are also gay and lesbians. However, that didn’t stop her from worrying about her son’s situation. She knew of the many challenges the LGBTQ+ community continues to face to this day. Belinda then continues to proudly share his son’s achievements, being elected as the first openly gay president of his high school student council. By the age of 20, he served as a surrogate on President Obama’s re-election campaign.
Billy Ray Cyrus
We all know and love Billy Ray Cyrus for his hit country song Achy Breaky Heart. We also grew up recognizing him as the father of the famous actor-singer, Miley Cyrus. They have worked hand-in-hand in achieving great things throughout Miley’s career ever since she first achieved stardom in the hit show Hannah Montana. Since her early beginnings in the Hannah Montana saga, Miley has earned a lucrative degree of success with her acting and music career.
Fans from all over the world have witnessed her transformation from a teen idol to a fully-fledged cultural pop icon. Her music has evolved with her through the years displaying influences from a wide array of music genres such as hip-hop, country, pop, rock, and experimental. Now 28 years of age, her fans have also witnessed several of her relationships. Recently, she was married to Liam Hemsworth but they separated after two years. In case you’re not up to speed, Miley is well known for having identified as being queer.
In 2013, Vanna White’s son, Nikko Santo Pietro, headlined Hollywood news due to his close relationship with Jaycee Akinsanya – a Hare Krishna monk. As a mother, Vanna got concerned about his then 19-year-old son developing a relationship with someone twice his age. Additionally, the TV personality feared that her son might be taken advantage of due to the sect’s reputation. This issue then led to Niko’s admission of exploring an intimate relationship with the same gender through Jaycee.
However, Niko does not identify himself with any label yet as he is still in pursuit of knowing himself. It has been years, and Nikko received his college degree already, and nothing was heard about Nikko and Jaycee’s relationship. Likewise, Nikko has not confirmed his gender orientation. Whatever it may be, White’s love for her son has not changed. The Wheel of Fortune hostess maintains a close relationship with her children despite them having their own lives.
Charlize Theron is one of Hollywood’s esteemed actresses. Throughout her illustrious career, she has accumulated several accolades to her credit. These include an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Moreover, she is recognized to be one of the most influential people in the world by Time, an American news magazine. Theron is best known for starring in films such as Mad Max: Fury Road, The Italian Job, The Devil’s Advocate, Bombshell, and Prometheus, among others. Apart from her acting career, Theron has also delved into the business of film production.
Her company, Denver and Delilah Productions are responsible for movies such as Long SHot and Dark Places. Ultimately, all the riches and acclaim brought to Theron by her career pale in comparison to the love and joy she gets from her two children, Jackson, and August Theron. In one of her interviews, she shared that her son Jackson told her, when he was three years old, that he was not a boy. Theron happily accepted his son’s inclinations and shared that she now has two daughters.
Cher’s son, Chaz Bono, has been open about his real identity to the public since time immemorial. He was born a girl but later came out as a trans man. Though accepting the transition was initially hard for his mom, Cher, she did everything to support her child. In an interview with the Goddess of Pop, she revealed she helped people understand her kid’s situation. She said the only way to explain Chaz’s transition was using herself as an example. Cher admitted she loved being a woman, but she could not function if she woke up one day as a man.
Chaz was first known as Chastity Bono, Cher’s kid with her then-husband Sonny Bono. Fans saw the young Chastity on the show The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour and Cher. In his 1998 memoir entitled Family Outing, Chaz revealed coming out at the time was difficult to a terrifying degree due to his being a celebrity kid. Decades have passed, everything is now going well for Chaz after being honest to himself, the public, and having a supportive mother like Cher.
Screen legend Cybill Shepherd was given the 2010 Golden Gate Awardby her daughters Clementine and Ariel at the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards. Since then, bisexual daughter Clementine has married a man and given birth to her first child, Ariel. The latter has since come out as a lesbian. The Moonlightingand L Word actress is an activist for marriage equality and same-sex parental rights for years.
But in terms of her Shepherd’s personal life, Clementine was married to her first husband, Chad Todhunter, but only lasted from 2000-2004. After the divorce, she met her second and current spouse, Cyrus Wilcox. The couple shares two kids, Elijah and Welles, according to IMDb. Like her mom, Clementine is a talented actress, having starred in Girltrash: All Night Long, Last Goodbye, and Cherry Falls. This just shows the degree of her acting range!
When Cynthia Bailey spoke about her kid Noelle Robinson’s coming out, she admitted it was heartbreaking. The 54-year-old star, however, said it was her proudest moment that her kid bravely revealed who he truly is. Cynthia explained that she could not imagine other kids who were afraid to come out and openly talk to their parents about their sexuality after what it took Noelle to do so.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star openly accepted and supported Noelle. Her message didn’t just come as electricity that opened up people’s minds about their kids’ sexuality but an inspiration to many. Cynthia said everyone has to feel safe regardless of their sexuality or race. She just wishes that everyone who has seen and heard her message of support for her kid will find comfort talking to their children about this issue. After seeing Noelle come out, Cynthia reveals she just starts talking about it and eventually accepting it.
Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp
Nowadays, people are getting more and more comfortable with showing their true selves. Credits are due for groundbreakers who fought the stigma about sexuality. As such, young celebs now are no longer have to hide, unlike before. With many celebrities are becoming aware of their sexuality with no fear of coming out, Lily-Rose Depp voiced her support in gender fluidity and the LGBTQA community.
In 2016, the model participated in a campaign for gender fluidity. The caption of the photo suggests the Depp falls somewhere in the LGBTQA spectrum leading to the interpretation that Depp will soon reveal her gender orientation. While the whole world was in shock, her parents – French singer Vanessa Paradis and the talented actor Johnny Depp, have nothing but love and support for the young model. However, Lily clarifies that she does not identify herself in any of the labels as opposed to what most think. Depp further explains and corrects the misinterpretation about her as she reiterates that she supports sexual fluidity and will date whoever she wants.
Dean McDermott is never shy to scream all over the world that his son, Jack McDermott, is gay. The 53-year-old actor reveals he is 100% behind his kid and wants nothing but the best for him. The Canadian star says he never wishes ill of his child. He doesn’t want him to live a life of persecution and hardships just because of his sexuality. The Chopped Canada star sees nothing wrong with being gay.
They even openly talk about his relationships at home, just like the usual. Dean gives an example of their sweet father-and-child bond. Though Jack is very quiet about who he is dating, he will update his dad about his romances. Jack seems to be shy to tell his dad about his relationships, but Dean assures his kid it is okay, asking his son why he has not told him anything. Doesn’t Dean deserve credit for being the best dad?
A clash between sisters Mary and Liz Cheney over equal rights got heatedrecently, but former Vice President Dick Cheney has publicly supported same-sex marriage since 2009. He’s often cited by activists as a yardstick to Republicans when lobbyingto get marriage passed at the state level. In addition, Mary married her longtime partner, Heather Poe, in 2012. Her parents posted a statement explaining they were “delighted” the couple could have their “relationship recognized.”
The former VP expressed that Mary and Heather have been in a committed relationship for many years, and they 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,” they stressed. Well, the siblings could still reconcile someday and stop quarreling like friends over cash loans. We hope we’d see that bright tomorrow for them.
Last year, Dwyane Wade announced that his 12 year-old child Zion will furthermore be known as Zaya, transitioning from male to female. Wade has been very expressive in his support of his daughter’s decision, telling People: “I’ve learned to keep my mind open, keep my eyes open, keep my heart open, keep my thoughts open.”
“Zaya knew two things: she knew straight and she knew gay. But Zaya started doing more research. She was the one who sat down with us as a family and said, ‘Hey, I don’t think I’m gay.’ And she explained further down the list and stressed, ‘This is how I identify myself. This is my gender identity. I identify myself as a young lady,’” he told NBC. The basketball figure shared that it was a process for them to sit down with their daughter and find out what she likes and who she is. Give Wade’s credit score, the family must have talked as a family with comfort and no judgment.
Designer and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt’s son, TV journalist Anderson Cooper, came out publicly in 2012. Cooper has received nothing but support from his famous mother. At the same time, she mentioned her desire for her son to settle down and adopt children so she can be a grandmother again.
But before Vanderbilt passed away, she wrote a book with him in 2016. It was called The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son Talk About Life, Love, and Loss. “I hope you know that I am more than ‘OK’ with it; I rejoice that you are gay! It’s part of what makes you the person you are,” Vanderbilt told People. Someone pass the tissue, please. But on a different note, Cooper is grateful to his mom because not only did inherit her investments but also the love for arts and others.
Former NBA All-Star Isiah Thomas has supported the LGBTQ community since his son, Zeke Thomas, came out as gay in 2008. The younger Thomas revealed his parents always knew he was gay, so when the time came that he came out to them, they were very accepting. Zeke already knew his mom and dad would be supportive of him. Growing up, he had gay uncles, so he never worries that Isiah would shun or disown him, though he admitted he was very nervous.
Since coming out, the father-and-child duo has been actively campaigning against LGBTQ+ discrimination. They even support the MY NOH8 Self-Submission Project together, saying all forms of hate and discrimination are wrong. They both call for equality and equal rights for everyone, regardless of their race, sexuality, religion, or gender. Fortunately, Isiah is not only there to support his child to a full degree but the whole community as well.
In an Instagram post on her account (@stolenmilktea), Etta had captioned a picture of herself against a rainbow background with the words: “In case no one got the memo, I’m gay.” She is the child of martial arts superstar and former Hong Kong beauty queen Elaine Ng. Etta has since removed that caption to replace it with several hashtags – #lgbtqai, #lgbt, #lesbian, and #androgynous.
Only a short gap of time after that, she married her Andi Autumn. The latter is a Canadian social media influencer. Recognized for her Barbie doll-like get-ups, she also designs and sells clothes online. Chan’s daughter and daughter-in-law are now based in Hong Kong while their marriage was certified in Canada. The couple was reported to be together when Etta was 17 and Andi was 30. Needless to say, their love has zoomed past the ceiling and we might call for roof repair. Stay happily married, ladies!
Marcia Gay Harden
Advocating for LGBTQ families is salient to the actress, she closely told Us in March 2018. “My son Hudson is gay. I just want to make sure he gets to have a family when he wants one,” Harden expressed. As posted by IMDb, Harden got the opportunity to show her quality onscreen when she was cast Lee Krasner in the film Pollock. Her performance was deeply moving and unforgettable, giving the actress her Oscar and New York Film Critic’s Circle accolades for best supporting actress.
As an actress, Marcia attends her fair share of celebrity events. But the Family Equality Council’s Impact Awards once had special meaning to her. “The cause is dear to me, yes,” Harden added. “I just want to make sure he gets to have a family when he wants one,” the actress shared. One could just feel how protective Harden is; she could surpass someone’s home security system for putting up boundaries from harm a mile away. What a great mom and thespian.
Although she is a practicing Mormon, Osmond is a proud supporter of LGBTQ+ causes. Her degree of love for her lesbian daughter, Jessica, is just astounding. She even told ABC News, “I don’t think God made one color flower. I think he made many.” The Talk co-host also opened up on the struggle she faced for supporting Jessica. She revealed how she was shamed for attending the wedding of her daughter. Someone get a lawyer, guys! Love is love no matter how hard it may seem to others.
Moreover, the music star’s adopted daughter is now a married woman. This can be proven when had finally Jessica tied the knot with her wife, Sara, back in 2019. “She’s loving it,” the artist exclusively shared with Closer Weekly, gushing over her 31-year-old daughter’s new life as a doting wife. “I just talked to her, she works full-time—she’s a counselor and she helps people get off drugs and do all those things and she’s loving that,” she stressed.
Wayans is an impeccable star who enjoyed her breakthrough in the 90s when he and his siblings worked together in “The Wayans Bros.” Subsequently, he appeared in different TV shows and movies like “White Chicks,” “Little Man,” and “GI Joe.” As a father, he showed his support for his daughter Amai Zackary Wayans in 2019 with a touching Instagram post. “Happy pride to my pride and joy. I wouldn’t change one effing thing about you. Love you to the moon around the sun through the galaxies and back again,” he captioned.
In addition, the actor penned that he would not change “one effing thing” about his daughter, noting that he loved her deeply. However, several people took to the comment section to blame him for his allegedly bad parenting. But the “White Chicks” star made it clear that he would not tolerate disrespectful remarks about Amai. Woah. The bashers better tend their personal loans rather than spread negativity, am I right?
Mia Farrow’s son, Ronan Farrow, was vital in exposing sexual misconduct in Hollywood. He came out in 2018. And during accepting an award for LGBT Advocacy from the Point Foundation, he said, “Being a part of the LGBT community… which recognized the reporting I was doing early on and elevated it, and has been such a stalwart source of support through the sexual assault reporting I did involving survivors who felt equally invisible… that has been an incredible source of strength for me,” the journalist said.
Ronan expounded that the LGBTQ+ people are some of the bravest and most potent change agents and leaders he has encountered, and the most forceful defenders of the vulnerable and voiceless, because they know what it’s like to be there. To think Ronan actually graduated with a degree in philosophy, Mia must be a proud mom just to hear these prolific words from his son!
As R.Kelly plunged into a series of controversies and legal battles in the past years, Kelly also has to deal with the issue of his son, Jay Kelly, stirred after coming out as a transgender man. Alleging that he is not showing support to his son, Kelly addressed the issue with no less than how a father should respond. In 2014, Jay Kelly or formerly known as Jaah Kelly, posted a video outing himself as a transman.
Jay, assigned a female at birth, identifies himself as a man who is attracted to girls. He elaborated that he has known about his identity since he was six. Jay later revealed that he is looking forward to getting treatment to be in the form he is supposed to be. Jay thanked his mother and sister for their support over his coming out. As R. Kelly’s name wasn’t mentioned in the video, it stirred rumors that Kelly does not support Jay. Kelly cleared the air by saying he saved up for his children to have a college degree and support them no matter what they are or who they become.
Sade Adu is known as a very private person and rarely gives interviews or shows herself in events. In the same manner, expressing her love and support for her son needs no words from Sade since it is evident through her actions. Sade Adu is a British soul singer who became popular for her hits Smooth Operator, Sweetest Taboo, and Paradise. In 2016’s National Coming Out Day, Adu’s daughter, Mickailia Ila Adu, outed himself as a transgender man. He later adopted a new name, Izaak Theo Adu.
Although no words were heard from Sade, considering her private lifestyle, it was no doubt that she has been supportive of her son all along, emotionally and financially. In a recent post of Theo, he thanked his mother for staying with him for the whole six -months recovery. He also thanked her for being supportive and encouraging when he feels he can no longer go on. Seemingly, Sade must have used her investment money to help Theo with his transition.
If you ask us, the actress Sally Field must be given credits and awards for being such a supportive mother to her son, Sam Field, and his choices in life. Notably, the veteran actress campaigns for the civil rights bill that protects LGBTQ. Likewise, Sam is very much proud of having Sally as her mom for many reasons.
The award-winning actress is an endearing mother to her children despite her busy schedule and her magnificent career. Sam recalls how his mother tried to talk him out of his gender orientation. Although Sally is very supportive and created a safe space for him, it took him time to gather courage and talk about it. Not to mention, she found it hard to admit to himself and be okay with what he truly is. As for Sally, for parents not to accept their children for who they are is quite awful as there is nothing wrong with being true to themselves.
For some, coming out and elaborating on their gender preference or orientation is unnecessary as they don’t feel obligated to explain themselves. On the other hand, others feel like talking about it is unnecessary because everybody knows already. The same thing goes for Sting and Trudie Styler’s daughter, Eliot Sumner, who confessed to not having a serious talk with her parents over her identity.
Eliot Sumner is a 30-year-old musician and daughter of Sting and Trudie Styler. Ever since she made her relationship public, people started asking about the details of her coming out to her parents. According to Elliot, that she did not come out to her parents since they always knew. The same thing goes with her friends because they always knew. Additionally, Eliot says no one dares to ask her. As such, the musician is not concerned about what people will think about her, but she is more concerned about being under the shadow of his parents. Hoping to be known and gain credits as herself in the music industry, Eliot resumes her music career with another album.