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Only a tiny portion of American children reject their biological gender, but the trans trend is all the rage Tinseltown.
Though trans individuals often make headlines, a 2019 Gallup poll shows that only 0.6% of the 5.6% of Americans who identify as LGBT consider themself trans. Given these incredibly small numbers, one might question: Why do so many in Hollywood — A-listers like Jamie Lee Curtis, Charlize Theron and Gabrielle Union — have children who claim to be trans?
While trans identification in America has certainly increased in recent years, this growth doesn’t fully explain the fast rising number of trans children in Hollywood. This move toward transgender identity among Hollywood’s youth is reminiscent of the former “trend” that celebrities were questioned for concerning the rise in children being adopted from foreign countries. Sandra Bullock, Madonna, Connie Britton, Mariska Hargitay, Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise, and Charlize Theron (whose name will come up later) were all accused of following this new “trend.” Now, foreign adoptions are less common, and celebrity children coming out as trans is the new phenomenon.
One of the latest examples of a celebrity claiming their child is trans is actress Jamie Lee Curtis. She said her child, formerly Thomas, now goes by the name Ruby. The 63-year-old “Halloween” alum told People that the most difficult adjustment has been learning a new name.
“It’s speaking a new language…learning new terminology and words… that was the hardest thing, just the regularity of the word…” Curtis said.
Curtis continued discussing the struggle she has had with calling her child by a new name: “The name that you’d given a child. That you’ve been saying their whole life… Then the pronoun. My husband and I still slip occasionally… You slow your speech down a little… You still mess up, I’ve messed up today twice. We’re human.”
Basketball star Dwayne Wade and actress Gabrielle Union are outspoken supporters of their trans child. The couple announced in February 2020 that their son, Zion, was actually their daughter, Zaya.
“[Their child] said, ‘Hey, so I want to talk to you guys. I think going forward, I’m ready to live my truth. And I want to be referenced as she and her. I would love for you guys to call me Zaya,’” the former Miami Heat star recalled during an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” per US Weekly.
“Now it’s our job to one, go out and get information, to reach out to every relationship that we have,” Wade continued during his interview.
The NBA player went on to explain how he and Union decided to contact the cast of the FX drama “Pose” — a show heralded for its trans representation — after hearing the news.
“We’re just trying to figure out as much information as we can to make sure that we give our child the best opportunity to be her best self,” Wade stated.
Union had similar words of support for the couple’s child, who is now 14. The “Cheaper By the Dozen” actress told Buzzfeed, “It’s important for us to live and love out loud. We didn’t exactly understand why [supporting Zaya’s trans identity] was a thing because it’s like, we love all our kids out loud. But it is a thing and a lot of people do need an example. [People] do need that [kind of] representation.”
“Sex and the City” alum Cynthia Nixon, who uses the term “queer” to describe her own sexual identity, shared a photo of her child to Instagram on Trans Day of Action in 2018.
“I’m so proud of my son Samuel Joseph Mozes (called Seph) who graduated college this month. I salute him and everyone else marking today’s #TransDayOfAction,” Nixon wrote in the caption.
In 2019, the actress shared more thoughts during an interview with US Weekly.
“I’m very proud of him. It’s one of those things. I felt really weird using the other pronoun in public, but people didn’t know it yet,” the “Sex and the City” star said.
“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… I was kind of shocked at what a non-event it was, which is just how far we’ve come in such a short amount of time.”
Charlize Theron is yet another big-name celebrity who says her child is trans. The “Atomic Blonde” star claimed to know that her child was “born in the wrong gender” when the child said so as a toddler. Theron told the media about the whole event in 2019.
“Yes, I thought she was a boy, too,” the actress said during an interview with The Daily Mail. “Until she looked at me when she was three years old and said: ‘I am not a boy!’”
“I have two beautiful daughters who, just like any parent, I want to protect and I want to see thrive,” she continued.
“They 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. My job as a parent is to celebrate them and to love them and to make sure that they have everything they need in order to be what they want to be. And I will do everything in my power for my kids to have that right and to be protected within that.”
In 2019 she told Pride Source, “It became harder for us the older she got that people were still writing about her in the wrong pronouns, and also I was still talking about her in the press using the wrong pronoun. It really hurt her feelings.”
Annette Bening and Warren Beatty are two other Hollywood mainstays who just so happen to have a kid who identifies as trans. Stephen Ira Beatty is 30 now but was only 14 when Beatty and Bening first discovered that they had a trans child.
Beatty’s parents have been supportive all along, with Bening telling AARP during a 2019 interview, “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.”
These instances highlight the increasing popularity of celebrities having trans children. As these children become more publicized, trans kids, in general, continue to make headlines. There’s a good chance that’s not a coincidence.
The views expressed in this opinion piece are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Wire.