In a new interview with David Letterman for his Netflix series, Jay-Z opens up about his mother coming out as a lesbian last year. Hearing his story and his acceptance of his mother, we couldn’t but think about other famous people who are proud of their LGBT parents.
From Robert De Niro to the Jenner children, we round-up 9 celebrities proud of their LGBT parents.
Jay-Z’s mom, Gloria Carter, came out as gay on her son’s album 4:44, released in June 2017. “Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian / Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian … Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate / Society shame and the pain was too much to take,” read some of the lyrics.
“That’s a real story,” he says in a clip released yesterday for the upcoming episode of the Netflix show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman. “I cried, because I was so happy for her that she was free,” he tells Letterman.
Gloria Carter’s verse in the outro of the song reflects that feeling: “Living in the shadow / Can you imagine what kind of life it is to live?” she asks. “In the shadows people see you as happy and free / Because that’s what you want them to see …Living in the shadow feels like the safe place to be / No harm for them, no harm for me / But life is short, and it’s time to be free / Love who you love, because life isn’t guaranteed.”
2. Robert De Niro
Actor Robert De Niro’s loving tribute to his father Robert Sr., the 2014 HBO documentary Remembering the Artist, examines the life of the late painter through the eyes of the actor. Robert De Niro Sr., who died in 1993, was a distinguished painter who saw both his art and his homosexuality as an “affliction.” He wrote in his journal about his struggles (“I am past the point where I can walk the streets looking for a gallery or a lover”), as documented in the film.
“We were not the type of father and son who played baseball together, as you can surmise. But we had a connection. I wasn’t with him a lot, because my mother and he were separated and divorced. As I say in the documentary, I looked after him in certain ways,” De Niro told Out in 2014. “My father wasn’t a bad father, or absent. He was absent in some ways. He was very loving. He adored me … as I do my kids.”
3. Jodie Foster
The two-time Oscar winner grew up with two moms, her biological mother Evelyn — called “Brandy” — and Evelyn’s partner. Foster herself came out in a cryptic but moving speech at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards, in which she addressed her mother, who was suffering from dementia: “Mom, I know you’re inside those blue eyes somewhere and that there are so many things you won’t understand tonight. But this is the only important one to take in: I love you, I love you, I love you.”
4. Ally Sheedy
Ally Sheedy — whose mother Charlotte and daughter Rebecca are both lesbians— is proof against the idea that LGBTQ parents will make their kids queer. “It’s difficult for me to understand a family member judging or not loving or accepting another family member because they are gay,” Sheedy has said, adding that it all comes down to a simple question: “Do you love that person or not?”
5. Jennifer Grey
“I feel very happy for my dad that he has come to a point in his life where he feels safe and/or comfortable enough to declare himself in a public way as a gay man,” Jennifer Grey told People magazine in 2015, when her father, Oscar winner and Cabaret star Joel Grey, came out at the age of 82.
She continues, “Mostly because the more people are free to own their true nature, and can hopefully come closer to love and accept themselves as they really are, no matter what age, no matter how long it takes, to finally be free of the lies or half truths, it is freedom.”
“To love who you love,” the Dirty Dancing star added, “I think it can only be a good thing.”
6. Ana Matronic
Scissor Sisters singer Ana Matronic has said that her parents broke up when she was an infant because her dad was gay. He died of AIDS-related complications when she was 15. She’s said that as an adult, she’s explored gay culture to try and feel connected to her father.
7. Kendall and 8. Kylie Jenner
Kylie and Kendall Jenner’s parent Caitlyn came out as transgender on the cover of Vanity Fair back in 2015.
On Feb. 5 of this year, the 68-year-old reality star celebrated the arrival of daughter Kylie’s baby girl on Instagram with a throwback photo of her when she was an infant.
“My daughter just had a daughter. It’s amazing to be by your side through this journey. She’s SO beautiful already. Can’t wait to watch her grow,” Caitlyn captioned the picture. Kylie expressed thanks for the sweet message by commenting, “Love you.”
In January, Caitlyn shared a photo posing with Kendall and a grey horse. “My girl loves her horses!” Caitlyn wrote in the caption.
9. Jena Malone
Hunger Games and Donnie Darko star Jena Malone was raised by her mother Deborah Malone and her partner. Malone referred to her mother’s partner as her godmother.
“They were lovers,” she told the Daily Beast back in 2015. “I had two moms, and it was awesome. Double the pleasure! The more love you have as a child, the better.”