Marlon Wayans revealed that his oldest child is transgender.
During an appearance on “The Breakfast Club” podcast, Wayans opened up about his child's transition, per the New York Post.
“I have a daughter that transitioned into a son,” Wayans said on the podcast. “My daughter Amai is now Kai, and so, I talk about the transition.”
“Not his … their transition, but my transition as a parent, going from ignorance and denial to complete unconditional love and acceptance,” the actor continued.
Wayans said he hopes his upcoming comedy show, which has working titles including "Rainbow Child" and "Skittles," will help other parents in the same situation.
“I think there’s a lot of parents out there that need that message and I know I’m dealing with it,” the comedian said. “It was a very painful situation for me but, man, it’s one of the best hours I could ever imagine.”
Wayans, who shares 23-year-old Kai and 21-year-old Shawn with his former partner Angelica Zachary, admitted that he sometimes uses the wrong pronouns, but he is dedicated to learning and doing better.
“They know. They know I love them. They see me try and they’re like, ‘I’m happy'" Wayans said.“I gotta respect their wishes. And as a parent, I just want my kids to be free — 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,” the comedian continued, noting that he was “just so proud of them for being them.” “So if they can’t get that in a household with their father and their mother, how the f – – k do I send them out into the world with that kind of confidence?”
Wayans said Kai has permitted their father to make jokes on the matter.