Jennifer Lopez, Cher, And 12 Other Celebrity Parents Who Champion Their LGBTQ+ Kids

by Ricardo Johnson

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Whether they were supportive from the very start or their acceptance grew over time, here are examples of celebrity parents who have openly supported their LGBTQ+ kids:

1. Jennifer Lopez:

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During her recent Blue Diamond Gala performance, Jennifer introduced her child on stage using "they" pronouns, adding that "they’re my favorite duet partner of all time."

2. Jamie Lee Curtis:

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Jamie has spoken at length about how her language has changed since her daughter, Ruby, came out as transgender in 2020. "You slow your speech down a little. You become a little more mindful about what you're saying," the Halloween star told People, "But if one person reads this, sees a picture of Ruby and me and says, 'I feel free to say this is who I am,' then it's worth it."

3. Cher:

Cher wears a fur coat with a matching beanie and Chaz Bono wears a dark pea coat

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Cher has always been vocal about her love for her son, Chaz, who transitioned in 2011, but she has admitted that she struggled with accepting his identity when he first came out. Cher described the process as "difficult," but she got over her hang ups because "you don't really lose [your child] — they just are in a different shape."

4. Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union:

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When speaking to Variety about raising his daughter, Zaya, after she came out as transgender at 12 years old, Dwayne explained, "Our kids are gonna be who they are. It’s our job to help mold them and help try to push them in the right places that they want to go." Gabrielle echoed his sentiments in the same interview saying that they always "believe them [their kids] when they tell us who they are.”

5. Cynthia Nixon:

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The Sex and the City actor proudly celebrated her son coming out as transgender when he graduated from college in 2018. "I’m so proud of my son Samuel Joseph Mozes (called Seph)," she wrote on Instagram, "I salute him and everyone else marking today’s #TransDayofAction."

6. Charlize Theron:

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After revealing her eldest child came out as transgender when she was three years old, Charlize explained her delight at having "two beautiful daughters who, just like any parent, I want to protect and I want to see thrive.”

7. Busy Philipps:

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During an episode of her podcast, Busy Philipps Is Doing Her Best, Busy revealed her 12-year-old child, Birdie, "prefers they/them" and explained that they were fine with Busy talking "about [the fact] that I'm gay and out."

8. Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus:

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After Miley Cyrus came out as pansexual in 2015, her father explained that he and his ex-wife have "always been very open-minded" and that "seeing her happy is the greatest thing ever."

9. Tori Spelling:

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The 90210 alum wrote a lengthy Instagram post for her stepson, Jack's, 21st birthday in which she praised his confidence in his identity after coming out as gay. "I’m so proud of the amazing human he is," she wrote.

10. Magic Johnson:

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While the former Laker has been open about his struggle with accepting his son, EJ, after he came out as gay, Magic expressed that EJ "helped me get there, because he was so proud," adding his son "changed him."

11. Marlon Wayans:

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In a heartfelt message posted during Pride month 2019, the actor expressed his love and support for his daughter writing that he "wouldn’t change one effing thing about you."

12. Marcia Gay Harden:

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After her 13-year-old son, Hudson, came out as gay, Marcia ramped up her activism for the LGBTQ+ community, especially when it came to advocating for LGBTQ+ families. "The cause is dear to me," she explained while attending the 2018 Family Equality Council’s Impact Awards, "My son is gay. I just want to make sure he gets to have a family when he wants one."

13. Sally Field:

Sally Field wears a dark strapless gown and her son, Sam, wears a dark suit

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During an EW Radio town hall, Sally defended her son, Sam, from hateful trolls who thought she should disapprove of his identity as a gay man. "[There are parents] so brainwashed to think that this is something out of the Bible or ungodly or against nature,” she ranted, "It’s not against nature if nature has actually done this. Sam was always Sam."

14. And finally, Ally Sheedy:

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The Breakfast Club star said she "learned a lot" while watching her son, Beckett's, journey when he came out as transgender. She explained that he "doesn't hide anything" and she feels "very comfortable talking to anyone whose kid is just beginning the process of transition" adding that "parents need to educate themselves."

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