Some topics trend for a day or a week, and others trend for months. One such example is that of individuals who are transgender. It was once a hush-hush topic that people couldn’t even put a name to. Now, it’s all the public wants to talk about. And as per usual, celebrities are a focal point. It is often through celebrities that the mainstream public gets to explore the new and different, to live vicariously and to form opinions. If it weren’t for Magic Johnson, the world would have been slower to understand HIV/AIDS. Had it not been for Carnie Wilson, gastric bypass surgery may not have been so quick to catch on. And had it not been for Will & Grace, there would definitely be no Cam and Mitchell on Modern Family. Whether one supports the transgender community or not, most would agree that it takes a lot of guts for celebrities to become public with their lifestyle. But along the way, transgender individuals inadvertently expose their family members to public scrutiny as well. Some families celebrate the bravery of their loved ones, whereas some hide in the shadows, so much so that one may be surprised as to which celebrities have transgender people in their family tree. Below is a list of a dozen celebrities you didn’t know had transgender family members – from the functional to the dysfunctional and everywhere in between.
11 The De la Hoya Family
Remember the pint-sized reality show vixen Daisy from Rock of Love and Daisy of Love on VH1? Turns out this stripper with a heart of gold has some famous family – she is the niece of boxer Oscar de la Hoya. Once most famous for his prowess in the ring and his luck with the ladies, Oscar is now most associated with the pictures of him cross-dressing that surfaced several years ago. In 2011, he admitted they were real. While Oscar hasn’t formally come out as transgender, there is a medical term for men that enjoy the eroticism of dressing up as women in the bedroom: transvetistic fetishism. Close enough.
10 Warren Beatty, Annette Benning And Son
9 R. Kelly And Son
8 Ally Sheedy And Family
Ally Sheedy’s heyday was in the 1980s, when she was a member of the famous Brat Pack with such stars as Demi Moore and Rob Lowe. Now she is making headlines due to her daughter, Rebecca. The two have confirmed that Rebecca is “genderqueer.” According to Urban Dictionary, the term is used to refer to a person that believes their gender doesn’t fit into socially described norms; thus, their gender can be anywhere on the spectrum between male and female. Sheedy has been fully supportive of her daughter’s identity. This comes as no surprise to those who know Sheedy best, as she grew up with a lesbian mother.
7 Magic Johnson and Daughter
Magic Johnson shocked the world when he came out as being HIV positive in the early 1990's. Then the Johnson family shocked the world again when it was revealed in 2013 that their son, E.J., was gay. But things didn’t stop there. E.J. has since been photographed wearing women’s clothing and accessories, including fur coats, leather leggings, hot pink handbags and nail polish. This has led to tongues wagging that E.J. will be the next celebrity to come out as transgender, as reported in People magazine. E.J. is starring on the reality show Rich Kids of Beverly Hills and apparently has already chronicled some of his alleged transition, including gastric bypass surgery as well as wearing dresses, and high heels.
6 Jamie Lee Curtis and Parent
5 Kelsey and Camille Grammer
4 Cher and Chaz
3 The Jenner Family
2 The Arquette Family
1 The Jolie-Pitt Family
The media has finally reported what shrewd fans knew for years – Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s biological daughter, Shiloh, may be transgender. Jolie reported to Vanity Fair magazine back in 2010 that Shiloh wanted to be a boy, and that she and Pitt even consulted a gender identity specialist. Shiloh allegedly wants to be called “John” and sports short hair and wears boy’s clothing. The jury is still out on this one, since Shiloh is so young and her parents want her to come to her own conclusions. But this hasn’t stopped the public from weighing in. Even family friend Amber Rose refers to Shiloh as a “transkid.”
Other celebrities have children that are rumored to be nontraditional. For example, Gwyneth Paltrow reported in an interview that she thinks her daughter, Apple, may be a lipstick lesbian. Gwen Stefani’s son, Kingston, was photographed wearing eyeliner during a family outing. Only time will tell how these children will choose to lead their lives. But we feel bad knowing that they have already been thrust into the spotlight.
Sources: PeopleMagazine, TheDailyBeast, RollingStone, IBTimes, abcnews.go.com, hollywoodlife.com
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