Marlon Wayans is demonstrating best practices for parents worldwide. Following an earlier appearance on The Breakfast Club, the comedian disclosed that his oldest child identifies as transgender in a new interview. During the open discussion that ensued, Wayans talked about the “transition” he’s gone through as a father—from ignorance to complete embrace and affection for his son. Wayans stated on the program, “I have a daughter that transitioned into a son.” “Amai, my daughter, is now Kai.”
Speaking candidly about his experience as a parent of a transgender child, Wayans disclosed that he intends to delve more into the topic in an upcoming comedy special that he has tentatively named Rainbow Child. He explained his concept for the program, titled “My Transition as a Parent: Going from Ignorance and Denial to Complete Unconditional Love and Acceptance.” He also mentioned that he wanted to talk about his personal experience in the hopes that it would assist other families going through similar circumstances. “I think there’s a lot of parents out there who need to have that message, and I know I’m dealing with it.”
Wayans continued, calling Kai “brilliant” and “the most well-read, the smartest Wayans,” adding that even though he acknowledges he isn’t a great father all the time, “They know I love them.” “They see me trying, and I’m happy, but I have to respect their wishes,” Wayans said.
Wayans is the father of Shawn, age 21, in addition to Kai, age 23. He is co-parents with his former partner, Angelica Zachary. He stated that he now feels it more crucial than ever for his children to “be free” despite the alterations in their family. I want them to be free in spirit, free in thought, free to be themselves. The more you know yourself, the more you can govern yourself; the more you live your truth, the happier your existence,” he remarked. “I’m just so proud of them being them.”