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Real Housewives of Salt Lake City cast member Heather Gay is being praised by the LGBT+ community for her response to a social media troll who called her a male-to-female transgender.

Heather, a divorced mother of three girls, had the perfect response when a cheeky social media user asked her: "Could you share more about your transition from male to female? You're going to inspire SO MANY PEOPLE!"

Heather politely responded, "I'm happy to be an advocate for the transgender community if it helps! I'm not transgender but I don't consider it an insult to be called trans either. Let's bring as much awareness as possible to the LGBTQ community! I'm here for it."

Heather is the co-owner of Beauty Lab + Laser, a specialty cosmetics practice that she says is worth $20 million.

In a recent interview with Page Six, Heather said she aspired to be a ghey icon.

"Oh my gosh, I've been praying my whole life to become a ghey icon. If the gheys will take me I will carry the badge of honor."

Heather was born into the Mormon religion and married a member of the influential Gay family, who she says inherited billions from Howard Hughes.

Her divorce was finalized in 2015.
 

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Democrats Ritchie Torres (right) and Mondaire Jones became the first openly LGBT Black men elected to Congress.

Torres will represent New York's 15th District and Jones will represent New York's 17th Congressional District.

"It is the honor of a lifetime to represent a borough filled with essential workers who risked their lives to that New York City could live," said Torres in a statement. "My pledge to the district is simple: I will fight for you. The Bronx is my home, it is what made me who I am, and it is what I will fight for in Congress."

Jones, 33, previously served under the Obama administration in the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice.

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Also on Tuesday, Sarah McBride, a Democrat, became the first openly male-to-female trans ever elected to Congress. McBride won the election in Joe Biden's home state of Delaware.

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Robert Carter grew up in foster care separated from his eight siblings. "I didn't eat for a week," Carter tells TODAY Parents. "I didn't know where my family was. I didn't know if I would ever see them again. It was traumatizing."

Carter says he didn't want the three boys he began fostering in 2019 to experience the same emotional trauma.

After adopting Robert Jr., 9, Giovanni, 5, and Kiontae, 4, Carter realized they had two sisters: Marionna, 10, and Makayla, 7, still in foster care.

The five siblings were reunited after six months apart.

"Everybody was just boo-hoo crying and hugging and not wanting to let go," Carter recalled. "In that moment, I knew I had to adopt all five."

After the adoption ceremony on Oct. 30, Carter went into the courthouse bathroom to cry.

"I was so nervous it would fall through at the last minute," he told TODAY Parents. "But I get to be there for them for the rest of their life. They never have to worry about being neglected or alone ever again. We're a family forever."

A friend launched a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for a larger house for the siblings.
 


 

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Lil Nas X hit back at fellow rapper Dave East for "homophobic" comments he made about the "Old Town Road" rapper's decision to dress up as his idol Nicki Minaj for Halloween.

The country music crossover artist turned heads over the weekend as he showed off his transformation into a 2010 version of Nicki, wearing a skin-tight pink animal print bodysuit with fake boobs. He also rocked a half blonde and half pink wig and matching lipstick.

Lil Nas X, who used to run a Nicki Minaj fan page on Twitter, completed his bold costume with fake nails, chunky pink and yellow bangles, and a pair of neon green stilettos. He posed for photos while straddling a motorcycle ice sculpture, similar to the one featured in Nicki's video for her "Super Bass" hit.

While many Instagram followers applauded the effeminate 21 year old for his eye-popping costume, Dave East made it clear he still wasn't a fan, after previously dismissing Lil Nas X's only hit as "super wack".

"And y'all was mad at me about this n***a", said Dave, referencing the backlash he received last year for criticizing the openly ghey rapper's viral success.

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"BATI MON BUN UP!!!!" East wrote in another now-deleted post, using Jamaican patois to utter a gay slur, typically spelled, "batty man". It originated in the Caribbean country, where homosexuality is still considered illegal.

Dave also added, "I gotta move to Jamaica," and tagged Jamaican artist Popcaan as he declared, "on my wayyyyy".

Lil Nas X, who emerged from the closet to much fanfare in June, 2019, pointed out that Dave misspelled his insult.

"It's 'batty man'," Nas X tweeted. "n**gas can't even be homophobic the proper way smh [shaking my head] butchering the hell out of the patois".

"Bro I don't bother a soul in this industry," he continued. "All I do is tweet and make bangers. Leave me alone D**n."

When a fan tweeted: "The Bible says that a man is not supposed to wear anything that pertains to a woman," Nas X responded, "with all due respect that's not my problem that’s yours."

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LGBT community is outraged after President Donald Trump's eldest son, Donald Jr, made an insensitive joke about Hunter Biden's corruption scandal.

Speaking to a crowd at a Daytona Beach shooting range on Wednesday, Don Jr. said he would be in jail if he was in Hunter's shoes.

Hunter Biden is accused of taking advantage of his father Joe Biden's public office to enrich himself to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars from foreign entities.

The evidence detailing the corruption was found on a laptop that Hunter dropped off at a Delaware shop for repair in 2019.

"They impeached Donald Trump for being right about Joe Biden," Don Jr. told the crowd.

"I'd be in jail a long time ago. I'd call my friend Kyle, I'd say put me on the phone, I'll be in Rikers Island prison, I'd be feeding quarters into a pay phone trying to do a little rally."

He continued: "I'd try to give a stump speech doing my best not to drop the soap. It's true!" he said as the crowd laughed.

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But not everyone found his joke amusing.

One Twitter user wrote: "Don Jr. makes jail soap 'joke' talking about Biden corruption (Don't worry @DonaldJTrumpJr we are holding "The Epstein Suite" for you for a January Arrival!)."

Another user wrote: "You'll be seeing those red flashing lights more in the near future. Don’t drop the soap!!"

And a third tweeted: "This a@@hole @DonaldJTrumpJr will be in prison soon enough. Settledown, Jr.! Don Jr. makes jail soap 'joke' talking about Biden corruption."

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Megan Thee Stallion isn't the first woman to shoot her shot at rumored LGBT actor Michael B. Jordan.

There are numerous reports of the Black Panther star making moves on other men -- including his personal assistant who claims Jordan had a habit of parading naked around him at home.

Apparently, Megan hasn't gotten the memo or she just doesn't care.

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According to Urban Islandz, the rapper dropped a "Savage" freestyle in which she shoots her shot at the hunky actor.

"I'ma hot girl, I don't do titles/If I do date, it'll be Michael," the 25-year-old Aquarius raps.

Fans immediately speculated she was referring to the actor since the king of pop and the NBA icon are both unavailable.

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Megan and Michael have met at least twice this year. They were spotted sitting together in the front row at two different Coach 1941 fashion shows in February.

His body language in both photos says there's nothing to see here.

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Michael has never been linked to a woman or even remotely resembling a relationship with a woman. In fact, the 33-year-old Aquarius still lives at home with his mom.

An anonymous Instagram user posted a comment under one of Michael's photos:

"I've given you two years of my life, Michael, two years! You will never find someone who's going to love you like I did."

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The actor addressed the rumors in a comment of his own, "today I got time. So look, whoever's angry, bitter, upset for whatever reason, grow the f*ck up 'cause karma's real."

He continued: "I usually take the high road. I usually don't say sh*t, I just let it roll [off] because people are going to be people. Y'all my fans. Y'all don't need to hear me ranting about some B.S. Enjoy your family, enjoy your blessings, enjoy the people you hold close and cherish that."

Question: Do you think Megan can turn Michael out?

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Ricky Martin is saddened that his fellow Latinos will be voting for U.S. President Donald Trump at the polls on Nov. 3.

The former Puerto Rican child star launched his solo pop career in 1991 after aging out of the Latino boy band Menudo.

The "Livin' La Vida Loca" singer admits he knows Latinos who will be among those trying to get Trump elected for another term, and he thinks they are "super sad".

"I am a Latino, gay (and) married to an Arab living in Trump's America," he told Variety. "We check all the (progressive) boxes."

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The father of four posed with life partner Jwan Yosef and their 12-year-old twins Matteo and Valentino at a movie premiere in 2016.

"I think there is a lot of Hispanics who will vote him out [sic]. Trumpeters make a lot of noise. And it's scary to see their enthusiasm but us, we're doing what's right, the right way and we'll see what happens in November. I'm very optimistic."

The 48-year-old continued: "This is the moment. We all need to get together and be loud about the course of this nation."

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Martin recently introduced Trump's challenger, Joe Biden, during a Hispanic heritage event in Florida.

"I've been supporting Biden forever," the hitmaker says on an upcoming episode of the Variety and iHeart podcast "The Big Ticket." "I think he is the only option we have and he is great and he has been in politics all his life. This is the moment. We all need to get together and be loud about the course of this nation."

Martin added: "I think when you have 50 million people voting already, it's because we are not the only ones concerned about this and for that I am extremely happy. We just take it one day at a time and we've had plans like we might leave the country, but no. We have to stay here and we have to fight for our rights and what we believe."

Democrats received a setback last night when Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. She was sworn in by Chief Justice Clarence Thomas at the White House.

Barrett filled the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, giving the SCOTUS a 6-3 conservative majority for the first time since the Ronald Reagan era.

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A Tallahassee, Florida woman is charged with brutally beating a 3-year-old boy to death with a tire iron.

Te’Lea Jefferson, 23, was arrested Tuesday, Oct. 20 and charged with murder and aggravated battery after she confessed to beating the boy with a tire iron for climbing on a bathroom sink to brush his teeth.

Jefferson, who lived with the child's mother and his 6-year-old brother, first told investigators the toddler fell off the sink and hit his head on the toilet.

But emergency room staff told police the boy's injuries -- including severe lacerations to his face and hands and bruises on his arms and legs, were "not consistent" with falling off a sink, court records show.

Jefferson, who told police she was in a domestic relationship with the boys' mother, later confessed that she attacked the toddler with a tire iron after he refused her demands to get off the sink.

Jefferson said his refusal to get down off the sink angered her. She went into a bedroom and retrieved a tire iron from a tool box.

She then returned to the bathroom and threw the tire iron at the boy, striking him in the face, according to the police report.

Jefferson admitted to hitting the boy several more times with the tire iron and she recalled seeing blood gushing from his body.

Jefferson's girlfriend hid the bloody murder weapon outside the home.

Police believe the child died in the home before Jefferson brought him to the hospital on Oct. 19 with severe trauma to his face and head. He was unresponsive and pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital at 7 p.m.

Hospital staff called 911 to report the "suspicious death" of a child.

According to the affidavit -- based on the timeline of events -- she should have arrived at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital's emergency room around 4 p.m. Jefferson confessed after investigators confronted her about the 3-hour gap in her story.

The male-identified lesbian told police she disciplined the boys when they misbehaved. She said the 3-year-old "often required more strikes or blows than his older" brother, according to the affidavit.

Jefferson is being held without bond in the Leon County Detention Facility.

At her first court appearance on Oct. 21, Jefferson said she preferred to hire her own attorney rather than be assigned a public defender, even though she qualified for public assistance, WCTV reported.

Public defender Nancy Showalter said she spoke with Jefferson and her mother, and the family would rather hire a private attorney.

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A man-hating lesbian is racking up 5 star reviews for her book, titled Lesbian Genius.

"We have to erase men," said Alice Coffin, a lesbian activist and Paris city councillor. According to DailyMail.com, Alice said she doesn't listen to music, read books, or watch films made by men.

Alice and her partner, a male-identified lesbian named Yuri, belong to a growing sisterhood who see men as a danger to women everywhere.

"We have to erase them. Erase them from our minds, from our pictures, from our representation. I don't read books by men anymore, I don't watch their movies, I don't listen to their music", she writes.

Alice, who is a male-identified lesbian, says she "imagined" herself as a boy when she was younger. But she now believes being a lesbian is a "greater" achievement than being male.

She claims men are waging a "permanent war on women" and her book is a response to the favor men continue to receive in society.

Alice said society erects monuments to men and celebrate their male heroes, while women are objectified and reduced to their feminine parts.

Alice's book received a flood of 5 star reviews on Amazon as readers gush that the author makes points they haven't heard before.

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Dalton Harris' fans were concerned after The X Factor winner took to Twitter to say he was going through a rough time and contemplating suicide.

On Oct. 14, Harris tweeted that he was on a dark road of despair after breaking up with his lover.

"I had a deep realization last night," tweeted Harris. "The only reason I didn't take my life today is because I spoke with GOD and I decided to make the biggest change [I] will ever make in my life. I want to live my life not running away from pain inflicted on me or the pain I inflict on anyone."

He continued: "I want to be happy and truly smile. I ended a relationship that was the best thing that happened to me and that taught me so many things. Taught me that I am valuable and that I matter and deserve love. Thank you Ayose. I will love you forever."

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Fans speculated that Ayose may be a man. The 26-year-old Capricorn grew up in a one-room shack in Jamaica with his single mom, who didn't accept her son's lifestyle.

Harris, who never knew his dad, left home at age 15. He performed dancehall and reggae music in juke joints.

He released many tracks including "I'm Numb", "Watch Over Me" and "That Wonderful Sound" in Jamaica in 2015.

After moving to England, Harris auditioned for season 15 of The X Factor UK. Harris' cover of Elton John's "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" moved judge Ayda Field to tears.

His winning single was "The Power of Love", performed as a duet with James Arthur, who won The X Factor in 2012.

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Cuban-American singer-songwriter Gloria Estefan is bringing her personal family drama to the Red Table by launching her own "Red Table Talk" series.

Gloria's new web series, titled "Red Table Talk: The Estefans," is a spin-off from Jada Pinkett Smith's popular Facebook Watch web series, which Gloria will co-host with her daughter, singer Emily Estefan and her niece Lili.

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Gloria, 63, wants to break taboos in the Latin community by tackling Emily's coming out story in an upcoming Red Table episode.

"Emily came out three years ago," Gloria told The Talk on Tuesday, "and no one knows because we really never had the reason or opportunity to talk about how we dealt with it as a family."

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Emily is pictured with her parents Gloria and Emilio Estefan at The Cutting Room on February 8, 2017 in New York City.

Gloria continued: "It was important for [Emily] to talk about it (on 'Red Table') and it was important for us to put it on the table. We share so much of our personal lives and private lives through (social media) that we wanted to use it in a good way, a healing way."

The "Turn The Beat Around" singer notes the LGBT discussion "got a little heated here and there" and her niece even had to be "kind of the referee".

"It's important, because some people are going through these types of things. We hope to at least get it out there and speak about it, especially in the Latin community. So many things are taboo - like everything is taboo. My mother never even kissed my father 'til they were married by the church."

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Emily, pictured with her famous parents in 2010, is a talented singer-songwriter who plays multiple musical instruments. She revealed her LGBT lifestyle in interviews last year and has performed at the 2019 Miami Beach Pride, Essence, SXSW, and GroundUp Music Festivals. The 25-year-old graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in 2016.

Red Table Talk: The Estefans premieres on Wednesday. Watch the sneak peek trailer below.
 

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Anne Heche (right) said her three-year lesbian romance with Ellen DeGeneres (left) ruined her movie career.

Heche met DeGeneres at a Vanity Fair party in 1997 and the pair soon began dating, but she admits her highly-publicized relationship with the comedienne deeply affected her career.

"My movie premiere for Volcano, I had told them (producers) that I was taking Ellen as my date and I was told if I took Ellen I would lose my Fox contract," she tells People magazine.

"At that moment, she took my hand and said, 'Do what they say' and I said, 'No thanks'. I took Ellen to the premiere and I was ushered out before the movie even ended and was told I was not allowed to go to my own after party for fear that they would get pictures of me with a woman.

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"She was warning me, 'This is going to happen'. I was in a relationship with Ellen DeGeneres for three-and-a-half years and the stigma attached to that relationship was so bad that I was fired from my multi-million dollar picture deal and I did not work in a studio picture for 10 years."

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DeGeneres and Heche split in August 2000 and Heche gave up the lesbian lifestyle.

Heche, 51, married Coleman Laffoon in September, 2001. She then moved on to a romance with actor James Tupper.

DeGeneres, 62, tied the knot with actress Portia De Rossi in 2008.

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Jeffree Star's storybook romance with another woman's husband is apparently over.

The 34-year-old fashion designer and makeup artist took to his Instagram story to accuse Andre Marhold of stealing from him and refusing to answer his phone calls.

Jeffree accused Andre of robbing his Huntington Beach home and fleeing.

"Hey! Since you can't answer the phone right now, can you give me all the stuff back that you stole from my house?? What kind of lowlife f**king scum does that? Give it back!!! If you need a return label, just ask [crying laughing emojis]."

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Andre, 30, is a professional basketball player who has played for Germany's Giessen 46ers. He is probably out of the country by now.

Turnabout is fair game: Jeffree reportedly stole Andre from his baby mama, Emmanuella "Leezy" Chartol. Leezy fell apart when she saw a photo of her baby daddy sitting on Jeffree's lap. She poured her heart out on Instagram.

"My son matters. My son was so happy last week. Idc if it's about money but this hurts me a lot and affects my son," she wrote. "God please help me to keep my head up for my son cause this s**t is unreal. Please help me God to be strong for my son."

In a follow-up post, she wrote:

"Tell me what I've done to you? Tell me why to expose yourself but my son? Money? Cause I could work harder to make our life better. I was your ride and die, I could do anything to save our relationship. Anything."

 

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President Donald Trump's son, Eric Trump shocked the world when he apparently came out as "part of the LGBT community".

No one was prepared for the stunning revelation when Eric came out during an appearance on "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday morning.

"The LGBT community, they are incredible. And you should see how they come out in full force for my father every single day. I'm part of that community, and we love the man," Eric said.

Some believe Eric was simply quoting what others say to him.

The LGBT community was sent reeling after Eric dropped a bombshell on Fox News. Some suggested that Eric made a Freudian slip -- something he was thinking but he never meant to say out loud.

Eric Trump is married to wife, Lara, since 2014. They share two children - a son, Eric Luke, 3, and daughter Carolina, 13 months.

LGBT journalist Erica Lenti was not impressed: "the gay committee, have had an emergency meeting and we have rejected Eric Trump's application."

And LGBT singer Simon Curtis said, "Eric Trump coming out on Fox News is not what I expected from the timeline this morning."

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12-year-old Eric is pictured far left with his siblings at his father's 50th birthday party on June 13, 1996. Also pictured is Trump's ex-wife Marla Maples (right).

Eric, a 36-year-old Capricorn, was raised in a loving, two-parent household with his siblings Ivanka, 38, and Donald Jr., 42. He also has a half-sister, Tiffany, 26, and a 14-year-old brother, Barron Trump.

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Eric Trump clarified that he is not "part of the LGBT community".

Eric told The NY Post he was paraphrasing what LGBT Trump supporters told him about his father.

"To clarify, many of our close friends are part of the LGBT community, which was the intent of my statement — the left has taken that vote for granted for a long time and support from the gay community for my father is incredible."

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Months after (finally) coming out of the closet as a lesbian, rapper Da Brat claims she had a close personal relationship with former NBA star Allen Iverson and Rasheeda's promiscuous husband, Kirk Frost (not at the same time).

Da Brat, 46, was recently interviewed by RHOA cast member Kandi Burruss on "Kandi Online." The rapper, real name Shawntae Harris, claims she once dated Iverson, but she chose not to make the relationship public.

She swears she cooked and ironed his clothes for him and she even gave him a hand when he woke up in the morning.

"I was like, 'This is it!' But then I think you know, basketball players? (expletive)," she said. "He had a baby mama, some kids. He had a lot of stuff going on."

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Da Brat had a lot of things going on, too. She was at the peak of her career as a rapper, and she lived in Atlanta with her steady girlfriend. But I digress.

Da Brat's revelations probably left her fiancée, Jesseca Dupart, scratching her head. Da Brat does have a habit of getting touchy/feely with men. But that may be because she lacked a father figure growing up.

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John Legend praised Gabrielle Union and her effeminate husband Dwyane Wade as "powerful LGBTQ+ allies."

John, who is rumored to be bisexual, delivered a gushing tribute to the 47-year-old Deliver Us from Eva actress and the 38-year-old basketball star as they were named in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The couple were named not for their career achievements, but for "being forces of change," after they accepted Dwyane's transgender child, Zaya, who was born a boy named Zion Wade.

The "All of Me" singer praised them for setting "a powerful example for parents to be good allies to young people who are figuring out who they are."

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Dwyane is dad to Zaya, his son with his ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches. Earlier this year, the NBA star revealed Zion told them he'd "love for you guys to call me Zaya" after coming out as transgender.

"Freedom exists in so many different forms. But we are so blessed to be in a household where we have free children," Gabrielle said during Tuesday's ABC TV special.

"We have a daughter that is almost two, that the world has seen is bound to nothing but whatever is in her heart and on her soul at the moment. And it's beautiful to watch truly free children."

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"We have another daughter who's 13 (Zaya), who has the freedom to be exactly who she is, who she was born to be, to be her most authentic self. She doesn't ask permission to exist. That is wildly inspiring," the star added.

In a brief essay for Time, crooner John heaped praise on the couple, writing: "Every kid is going to be different in some way or another. Every kid is going to have their own individuality and their own interests and their own identity.

Dwyane and Gabrielle started dating in 2008 and they wed in August, 2014. They welcomed their first child, Kaavia, via surrogate in 2018. The sportsman also has sons Zaire, 18, and Xavier, 6, from previous relationships.

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Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union were the "proud parents of a transgender child" as they thanked 13-year-old Zaya Wade for expanding their view of the world at the GLAAD Media Awards on Thursday night.

The pair appeared via remote camera during the 31st annual awards ceremony to present the prize for Outstanding Drama Series to the cast of Pose.

The couple honored Zaya, who came out as a male-to-female trans, with father Dwyane stating: "We stand as allies with the LGBTQ+ community, as proud parents of a transgender child. Our daughter Zaya is leading us on our journey, and we're doing all we can to give every one of our kids the ability to live their truth.

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"I didn't always understand how to do that, but I want to thank Zaya for teaching me, and GLAAD for elevating the images and messages that accelerate acceptance in every family."

Gabrielle added: "That mission means even more to us now as we raise all of our black children. Black lives matter, and Black trans lives matter.

"We are calling on all of our racial justice warriors out there to open your hearts and your mind to the LGBTQ+ community, so that we can work together and empower each other and save lives."

Pose, a drama series about New York's ballroom culture in the 1980s and 1990s, was among the big winners at the evening's virtual ceremony, where other victors included Schitt's Creek, which took home the Outstanding Comedy Series trophy, and Booksmart, which was crowned Outstanding Film.

Rapper Lil Nas X was named Outstanding Music Artist, while Country singer Dolly Parton made a special remote appearance to collect her trophy for Outstanding Individual Episode for the "Two Doors Down" installment of her Netflix show, Dolly Parton's "Heartstrings."
 

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Avery Wilson came out as bisexual in a dramatic way on his 25th birthday on Saturday, July 18. The Voice season 3 contestant announced his sexual lifestyle in a tweet.

"I'm bisexual. Ok bye," the singer/dancer tweeted.

When one of his followers questioned his bisexuality as a cover for his homosexuality, Wilson replied: "There is no [in] between for me sir. I like woman and men ! The bus stops here stop trying to paint your narrative on others . WHOS NEXT !?"

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Wilson, far right, is pictured with singers (L-R) Tony Terry, Tevin Campbell and Freddie Jackson at the 2019 Black Music Honors near Atlanta in 2019.

Wilson was born in Hamden, Connecticut and grew up in a 2-parent household. His dad encouraged his singing talent and entered the 9 year old in open mic nights at one of the 14 McDonald's he oversaw as regional director of operations.

Wilson was first discovered by singer/producer Sean Garrett who began managing him in 2011. Wilson appeared on season 3 of The Voice when he was 16. He performed on team Cee Lo Green and made it to the knockouts.

Wilson was a favorite to win but he was eliminated in Oct. 2012 after he performed "Yeah X3." His performance got the attention of Clive Davis who signed Wilson to a record deal at RCA Records.

Wilson's surprise announcement inspired other bisexuals to speak their minds on Twitter.