Marlon Wayans Supports His Transgender Child — and Claps Back at Critics — with Series of Pride Month Posts

"Happy PRIDE to all my LGBTQ+ peoples," the comedian wrote in the first of several Instagram posts

<p>JC Olivera/GA/The Hollywood Reporter via Getty</p> Marlon Wayans and Kai Wayans

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Marlon Wayans and Kai Wayans

Marlon Wayans is unbothered by the haters.

The comedian, 51, recently shared a series of messages on Instagram in support of his transgender son Kai, 24, to celebrate Pride Month.

Wayans participated in a LGBTQ+ photo shoot, featuring him posing shirtless while wearing silver pants and surrounded by rainbow props, as well as wearing a gray sweater adorned with various pride buttons with messages such as "love wins," "100% pride" and "love is love."

He wrote, "Happy PRIDE to all my LGBTQ+ peoples," in a June 14 post showcasing the shoot. "P.S. I’m STRAIGHT… well, according to my child CISGENDER male. I just love and support my peoples."

The White Chicks star followed it with another post, dedicated to the "hate mongers."

"Yeah and just for the HATE MONGERS … I’m posting ANOTHER," Wayans wrote in the caption. "As a father of a child in the LGBTQ+ community I show my support. Zero f‐‐‐‐ what people think. If I lost you… GOOD! Your hateful a‐‐ never loved me in the first place. How can you love anyone when you’re too busy judging. Some of y’all funny. I’m a troll. I’ll post all day."

He continued: "HAPPY PRIDE to all my friends, fam, fans and loved ones. I am happy you’re happy… period."

In a third post, Wayans continued to clap back at the haters. "You mad?! 😡 I can do this s‐‐‐ ALL DAY… but instead I think I’ll do it ALL MONTH," he wrote. "HAPPY PRIDE 🌈💕. Love and Laughter will always drown hate."

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The following day, the actor continued to share images from the photo shoot.

"Happy PRIDE month. Especially to all the hateful dudes out there mad because I’m supporting family and friends," he wrote in the post's caption. "For people to be that homophobic wreaks [SIC] of repressed feelings/desires. Bruh, don’t live like that. Come on out. Be you. That’s what PRIDE is all about… acceptance. I swear I got soooo many more pics."

Sharing a screenshot of a rude comment left by someone on Instagram that said he "failed as a father," Wayans set the record straight. "I’m not regular… don’t come for me. Just quietly unfollow," he wrote.

Several LGBT+ celebrities and allies showed their support in the comment section.

Performer Todrick Hall wrote: "As someone who’s a part of the community and has worked with you closely I just want to say thank you for advocating for the community before and after you knew your child was a part of it! We need more black fathers like you!"

Singer Janelle Monae commented, "Thank you!! Happy Pride to us!" while Taraji P. Henson wrote, "A great father. Love this and you."

Related: Marlon Wayans' Kids: All About His 2 Sons, Kai and Shawn

Wayans announced his son’s transition in November 2023 during an appearance on The Breakfast Club. "I have a daughter that transitioned into a son," he said at the time. "My daughter Amai is now Kai."

In May, he spoke with PEOPLE in an exclusive interview about his new comedy special Good Grief, which addresses his journey to understanding and embracing Kai.

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“I’m very vulnerable nowadays onstage," he said. "I don’t know why it took me so long to do standup. Now I can’t stop... That’s my therapy. Life happens, and I go, 'What’s funny about it?' I’m literally trying to rescue myself."

Wayans shares Kai with his ex-wife Angelica Zachary, along with son Shawn Howell, 22.

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