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When he finally got home on Wednesday after six months spent in recovery from bottom surgery, Izaak Theo Adu, son of the legendary soul singer Sade, posted a joyous Instagram post thanking his mom for always supporting him.
In the post, which features Adu and his mother hugging in a restaurant, he wrote, "It's been a long hard road but We did it!! We are coming home!!!!"
"Thank you for staying by my side these past 6 months Mumma," the 23-year-old said. "Thank you for fighting with me to complete the man I am. Thank you for your encouragement when things are hard, for the love you give me."
"The purest heart," he said. "I love you so much Queen of queens."
Adu came out as trans in 2016 on National Coming Out Day. He's the only son of Sade and reggae producer Bob Morgan.
Sade joins an enviable club of other proud parents of LGBTQ+ children, including Angelina Jolie, Magic Johnson, Cynthia Nixon, Gabrielle Union, and Dwayne Wade. With mounting evidence backing up what we already knew -- support and love from family is the best way for trans and nonbinary people to live happy and healthy lives -- seeing more public figures supporting their LGBTQ+ kids is a nice reminder that it's not all bathroom bills and violence.
Posts like Adu's show there's a happier side to being trans, one where your family loves you for being who you really are and will be with you every step of the way as you transition.