20 Celebrity Parents Whose Children Are Out And Proud As LGBTQ+

It can be hard to come out of the closet when your family is in the media spotlight, no matter how close you are to them. These twenty famous celebrities or celebrity pairs all have children who have revealed themselves as part of the LGBT community. Here are their stories of anxiety and acceptance.

20. Magic Johnson

Back in 2013, Magic Johnson’s son E.J. faced the unpleasant situation of being outed by gossip website TMZ. But E.J.’s parents were there for him. Speaking to the YouTube show Gwissues that year, the young man said, “I am very, very, very blessed to have the family that I do. My parents have always been super supportive.”

Three years later, Johnson confessed on Good Morning America that he “didn’t want” E.J. to be gay but soon changed his mind. He said, “I had to come to realize that this is who he is, and he’s going to be happy. And so why am I judging him? I’m his father, so I got to be the first one to say, ‘it’s okay and I love you. Now, how can I help you?’”

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19. Marcia Gay Harden

Hudson, the son of actress Marcia Gay Harden, came out as gay while still a young teenager. Harden quickly began working to support him. In 2018 she attended the Family Equality Council’s Impact Awards and while there told Us Weekly magazine, “The cause is dear to me, yes. My son is gay. I just want to make sure he gets to have a family when he wants one.”

And in 2019 Harden filmed a clip in support of the Equality Act. She said “Over half of LGBT people live in states where they are not protected. That makes me think about my son, who is part of the LGBT community, and I would never in a second think that he should not have the same rights that his twin sister does, who is not gay.”

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18. Mia Farrow

Critically acclaimed actress Mia Farrow is the mother of journalist Ronan Farrow. He was one of the people who helped bring Harvey Weinstein to justice by uncovering many of the sexual abuse allegations against him in 2017. A year later, he came out as part of the LGBT community.

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During an acceptance speech at the Point Foundation, Ronan said, “Being a part of the LGBT community – which recognized that 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.”

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17. Isiah Thomas

In 2010 retired NBA star Isiah Thomas and his gay son Joshua joined the NOH8te campaign, which was working to oppose California’s ban on same-sex marriage. On the campaign’s website the pair announced, “It is time for full equality and equal rights for everyone, regardless of race, sexual orientation, religion, or gender.”

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A few years later in 2013 Joshua told Out magazine, “I came out in 2008, my sophomore year at college. My parents like to say they always knew I was gay. I came out to them, and they were very accepting. I always knew they would be accepting. Growing up, I had gay uncles, like every kid in America. I never was so scared that my parents were going to shun or disown me – the horror stories you hear.”

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16. Ally Sheedy

Ally Sheedy of The Breakfast Club is the daughter of a lesbian mother and a mom herself to a transgender son. Speaking to the Windy City Times in 2011, she said, “I feel that if you are a well-known person and you have a voice to bring attention to something, it’s nothing but honorable to do so. I specifically have my heart in the LGBTQI cause and a lot of it is very personal.”

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Sheedy’s son is named Beckett. And in 2017 both mother and son spoke to the Boom! Lawyered podcast, and Sheedy remembered, “I didn’t have a judgment call on Beck himself, I was just afraid. I was really afraid of the whole process… I needed him to educate me in a very patient, loving way, not feel like I was making judgements just because I didn’t understand.”

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15. Sally Field

When Sally Field’s son Sam Greisman came out as gay, she was instantly supportive of him. In 2018 the young man told the Liverpool City Champion newspaper, “A lot of young gay men would kill to have Sally Field as a mom. And a lot of parents of gay kids could learn a lot from her. I’m very, very lucky.”

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Sally Field herself is considered a gay icon. Sam also said in the interview, “She still doesn’t get it. I didn’t understand it myself until I came out and started dating. I said you’re a strong woman who wears her heart on her sleeve and you’re a protective mother and you’re emotional and you celebrate being emotional. And she says: ‘But I don’t sing!’”

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14. Marlon Wayans

Marlon Wayans fiercely defends his gay daughter, Amai Zackary Wayans, against internet trolls. In 2019 he posted a picture of her on Instagram with the caption, “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.”

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There were a few nasty responses on the post, and Marlon responded in kind to them. When asked why he didn’t delete the comments, the actor said, “I thought of erasing them but I need the world to see the ignorance that still exists. Objective without obstacles is a worthless triumph. We all will some day get to unconditional love. Because of my daughter, I am one step closer.”

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13. Donal Logue

Gotham star Donald Logue has a transgender daughter called Jade, and this was brought to wide attention when she went missing in 2017. The actor posted via his Twitter account. “Jade. We miss you and love you. Please come home. If you can see this, just know I love and miss you dearly.”

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Several of Donal’s fellow actors went to social media to spread the missing person post, including Stana Katic and Olivia Wilde. And thankfully, Jade was found. A few weeks after she disappeared Donal posted, “Thank you ALL for the love and support. We are good. Kasey (Jade’s mother) and I wish to thank the NYPD, FBI, @MissingKids and countless others.”

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12. Sting

Sting’s daughter Eliot Sumner never used to discuss her sexuality publically. But come 2015 she talked to the Evening Standard newspaper about it and the girlfriend she lived with, Austrian model Lucie von Alten. Then the conversation turned to when and how the young singer-songwriter came out to her parents.

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In fact, Eliot said she never actually had to talk to her famous parents – her mother is actress Trudie Styler – about her sexuality, because “they knew already.” She added, “So I didn’t need to. I’ve never come out to anyone.” She also mentioned that she didn’t identify as any gender but was “very happy” in her own skin.

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11. Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger

The daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, Ireland, came out as part of the LGBT community back in 2014. Although Baldwin had an apparently difficult relationship with Ireland when she was younger, he stepped up to the plate to support her. And during an interview with another celebrity, he revealed more.

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Yes, during a 2015 interview with Amy Schumer on his own podcast, Alec said of his daughter, “She had a girlfriend for a while, and she said to me, ‘You don’t sleep with a man or a woman – you sleep with the person. I’m attracted to that person.’ So she slept with somebody who was a woman. And I was like, ‘Wow.’”

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10. Barbra Streisand

In 1988 Barbra Streisand’s son Jason Gould told his parents he was gay, but the tabloids only got wind of the story years later and outed him. Come 1999, Streisand was interviewed by The Advocate magazine, and she launched a blistering attack on the homophobes of the world.

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Streisand declared, “I would never wish for my son to be anything but what he is. He is bright, kind, sensitive, caring, and a very conscientious and good person. He is a very gifted actor and filmmaker. What more could a parent ask for in their child?… Nobody on this earth has the right to tell anyone that their love for another human being is morally wrong.”

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9. Cynthia Nixon

Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon is a lesbian, an activist for LGBT rights, and the mother of a transgender son, Samuel Joseph Mozes, known as “Seph.” She’s spent so much of her life campaigning for equality that she’s won awards for her work. In 2018 she spoke to US Weekly magazine about her child’s transition and how very proud she was of him.

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Nixon told the magazine, “It’s one of those things. I felt really weird using the other pronoun in public, but people didn’t know yet. … He was good with it, and it was really nice, actually, when we announced it. There was some general, you know, voicings of support but generally it was not a big deal.”

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8. Cher

Cher’s son Chaz Bono came out as transgender in 2008, after a period of identifying as a lesbian. The music icon has admitted in the past that she found it difficult, telling PrideSource in 2018, “I didn’t go through it that easily. Both times. When I found out Chaz was gay, I didn’t go through it that easily.”

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Cher went on, “And what I think is, there’s such a fear of losing the child you love, and what will replace that child…I felt, who will this new person be? Because I know who the person is now, but who will the new person be and how will it work and will I have lost somebody?” But, she concluded, “Chaz is so happy now and we get along better than ever.”

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7. Annette Bening & Warren Beatty

Married Hollywood icons Annette Bening and Warren Beatty have a transgender son named Stephen, who is also gay. Stephen has been known to campaign on his Twitter about LGBT issues, including the well-known Leelah Alcorn case. And both his parents have spoken to the media about how proud they are of him.

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In 2016 fifteen-time Academy Award nominee Beatty told Vanity Fair magazine, “He’s a revolutionary, a genius, and my hero, as are all my children.” And in November 2019 Bening said of Stephen to AARP, “He’s managed something that’s very challenging with great style and great intelligence. He’s an articulate, thoughtful person, and I’m very, very proud of him.”

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6. Marie Osmond

Marie Osmond, one of the highest profile Mormons in show business, has a gay daughter. However, Marie was adamant that she wouldn’t choose religion over her child. In 2009 she told Entertainment Tonight, “So what if she’s gay? She’s my daughter and she’s an amazing woman and a good kid. I raised her, she better be good.”

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The singer went on, “A lot of women out there have gay children. Who cares? It’s so sad that we have to even segregate all these things. The thing I want is love. You know, I’m a Christian and Christ was that way. He loved everybody.” To this day Marie supports her daughter, even though she says she’s been shamed for it.

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5. Billy Ray Cyrus

Most people know that Billy Ray Cyrus is the father of headline-grabbing pop sensation Miley Cyrus, even though she’s arguably even more famous than he is now. However, many folks might not necessarily know that Miley doesn’t identify as straight. That’s right, for in 2015 she came out to the world as pansexual and gender-fluid.

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In 2019, after getting married to actor Liam Hemsworth (they’re already divorced), Miley told Vanity Fair magazine, “We’re redefining, to be f***ing frank, what it looks like for someone that’s a queer person like myself to be in a hetero relationship. A big part of my pride and my identity is being a queer person.”

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4. Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron’s daughter Jackson is a transgender girl. And the actress is incredibly supportive. In April 2019 she told the Daily Mail newspaper, “Yes, I thought she was a boy, too… [My kids] were born who they are and exactly where in the world both of them get to find themselves as they grow up, and who they want to be, is not for me to decide.”

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And in December of that year, Charlize told Pride Source that she’d revealed the news because, “I was still talking about her in the press using the wrong pronoun. It really hurt her feelings. I don’t want to be that mom, and that was really why I said what I said a while back.” But she hoped Jackson would tell her own story one day.

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3. Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union

When Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union learned their child was transgender, they immediately began supporting her. In March 2020 Dwyane wrote on Instagram, “Everyone allow her to re-introduce herself her name is Zaya Wade. Last night was Zaya’s first red carpet and we couldn’t have been prouder of how she handled the questions that were asked of her.”

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Gabrielle Union did a similar thing after Zaya’s first red carpet. She wrote on her own social media account, “It was important for Zaya to be a part of such a beautiful night and reminding her of all the love & support she has.” She also added, “Stay put and stay mad if you want. We keep it pushing. Always.”

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2. Johnny Depp

A-list actor Johnny Depp had one daughter with Vanessa Paradis, Lily-Rose. And in 2015 the teenage Lily-Rose decided to contribute to a campaign about people in the United States who “identify as anything other than 100 percent straight.” She revealed that she considered herself “somewhere on the vast spectrum” of sexuality.

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Johnny Depp was completely fine about this. In November 2015 he told the Daily Mail, “She’s got thousands of followers on social media, and they were all taken completely by surprise. But not me. I already knew because she tells me everything – she’s not afraid to say anything to me. We’re super-tight and I’m very proud of our relationship.”

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1. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith

Acting couple Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith always said they would raise their children to be individuals and “live their truth.” Well, son Jaden not so long ago claimed he was in a gay relationship with rapper Tyler, the Creator. And their daughter Willow Smith casually revealed her sexuality in 2019, while on an episode of Red Table Talk with her mother and grandmother.

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On the show Willow said, “I love men and women equally, and so I would definitely want one man, one woman. I feel like I could be polyfidelitous with those two people…I feel like if I were to find two people of different genders that I really connected with… I don’t feel like I would feel the need to try to go find more.” Her family were surprised, but very supportive.

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