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Warren Beatty: My trans son Stephen is “my hero”

Stephen Beatty slams "straight people slime journalism" after his father praised him to Vanity Fair

Warren Beatty in "Rules Don't Apply", Photo: 20th Century Fox

Warren Beatty in “Rules Don’t Apply”, Photo: 20th Century Fox

“He’s a revolutionary, a genius, and my hero, as are all my children.”

Warren Beatty, in an interview with Vanity Fair. Beatty’s son Stephen transitioned at fourteen, and is now a poet, writer, and activist for the transgender community.

In 2012, he recorded a video for WeHappyTrans in which he said: “I identify as a trans man, a faggy queen, a homosexual, a queer, a nerd fighter, a writer, an artist and a guy who needs a haircut.”

However, following the release of the Vanity Fair interview, Stephen has taken to Twitter to slam “straight people slime journalism.”

Vanity Fair‘s Sam Kashner wrote that Stephen was “challenging cultural norms of sexuality” and that “he manages to be playful, erudite, and eloquent all at once” in the WeHappyTrans video.

Stephen Beatty also referenced conversion therapy, something he’s spoken before about surviving.

However, he also tweeted that Warren Beatty is “an amazing artist and father.”

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