“So there you go!”
Actress Charlize Theron revealed on Thursday that her oldest child is a transgender girl.
Asked why Jackson, 7, has been spotted wearing dresses and braided hair, Theron explained to the Daily Mail that her biological son identifies as a girl. She said the child declared as much at age 3.
“Yes, I thought she was a boy, too,” Theron said. “Until she looked at me when she was 3 years old and said: ‘I am not a boy!'”
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“So there you go!” Theron continued. “I have two beautiful daughters who, just like any parent, I want to protect and I want to see thrive.”
Theron also has a younger daughter, 3-year-old August. Both of the children are adopted.
“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,” Theron said. “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.”
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She added: “And I will do everything in my power for my kids to have that right and to be protected within that.”
Fellow celebrities and activists hailed news of Jackson’s gender identity.
“Thank you beyond,” tweeted Sense8 actress Jamie Clayton.
.@CharlizeAfrica Sending you so much ✨💓✨ Thank you beyond. ⚡️
— Jamie Clayton (@MsJamieClayton) April 19, 2019
The CEO of Mermaids, a U.K. group that advocates for transgender children, praised Theron for “listening to her daughter.”
“Too often children are dismissed, their feelings regarded as irrelevant,” she told Gay Star News. “Recognition that a child or young person knows who they are is hugely important, whatever age they trust their parents with this truth.”
Theron, a 43 year-old Oscar winner, has long been an outspoken LGBT ally and feminist. In 2017, she criticized the lack of bisexual representation in Hollywood. In 2012, she vowed not to get married until same-sex marriage was legalized in the United States.
However, earlier this month, about four years after the Supreme Court fulfilled her demand, she complained that she was still “shockingly available.”
“Somebody just needs to grow a pair and step up,” she said.
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