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R Kelly’s child comes out as transgender

14-year-old Jay was born with female genitalia and the name Jaya.

One of the children of R Kelly has bravely come out as a transgender boy.

The 14-year-old was born biologically female and went by the name Jaya. He announced on social media over the weekend that he is trans and now wants to be known as Jay.

Taking to the online forum Ask.fm, Jay said, “I believe I am a boy and want surgery, and the medication to help me be who I was supposed to be.”

He is continuing to answer questions from curious fans online, and has just revealed that while his mother (who stars in the TV show Hollywood Exes) and sister are both being extremely supportive of him, his famous father seems to be ignoring the whole thing.

"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'," he wrote on his profile.

"She was very proud of me, I was like, 'Thank you mom for accepting the fact that I'm a transgender'.

"And same with my sister, she told me that she was proud of me, and respects me by calling me handsome and calling me her little brother now, and I love her for that, so you know it was great for me.

"I absolutely love my mother... and yea my dad has not reached out."

Jay started to identify as male at around age six or seven, and when he looked up ‘boy changes to girl’ or ‘girl changes to boy’ on the internet, he realised there were “people who feel EXACTLY the way I feel and then I knew like that’s what transgender is”.

He says he wants to start taking hormonal treatments and have surgery to complete his transition when he turns 16.