Her kids are all right, alright.
Annette Bening said that now that her “four amazing children” have all grown up, they are the ones who are educating their parents.
In an interview with The Daily Beast published Thursday, the four-time Oscar-nominated actress spoke about the joys of parenthood — and what it is like to raise a transgender son.
“I adore them and they’re all adults now, so we’re way past the point of me being the teacher. They’re the teachers now. They teach us, and they teach me,” Bening, 62, said of the kids she shares with her husband of nearly 30 years, Oscar-winning director and legendary actor Warren Beatty, 83.
Speaking specifically about the couple’s eldest son, 28-year-old Stephen Ira Beatty, the “American Beauty” star said that, “My son has taught me a lot about what it means to be a human being, and be responsive to your own development, and your own notions of self.”
As a proud mother of a trans son, Bening often uses her voice and visibility to fight for the rights of the transgender community.
Speaking during a virtual fundraiser for the LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign in September, the “The Kids Are All Right” star talked about the importance of raising awareness about the struggles faced by transgender people in the U.S.
“We as a society need to listen to the trans community and let them teach us about what discrimination feels like, what it’s like to be harassed in school, not have health care,” she said in the virtual event called “United for Equality Live!” — which also featured remarks by then-presidential candidate Joe Biden, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg and his husband Chasten Buttigieg.
“And we especially need to listen to trans women of color,” the two-time Golden Globe Award-winning actress added.
In Sept. 2019, Bening, who’s notoriously quiet about her personal life, praised her son’s gender transition during an interview with AARP magazine. “He’s managed something that’s very challenging with great style and great intelligence,” she said.
In her recent interview with The Daily Beast, Bening elaborated on the process: “These are evolving issues for a lot of people, and that’s why some people don’t come out until they’re older — or they come out and as they come out, they might shift and change the way they express their sexuality or their gender,” she said.
To Bening, experiencing her own son’s transition, “as well as having friends who are trans [was] a great boon, because it emphasizes how important it is that we tolerate, and love, and understand other people in the way they choose to represent themselves,” she added.
“It’s not a threat to anyone else if someone has a different gender or identity. That is important to me, and being part of that message is important to me,” Bening said.