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Dwyane Wade spoke to Ellen about his daughter formerly know as Zion’s, journey to becoming Zaya.
NBA player Dwyane Wade and his wide Gabrielle Union have previously showed their support for the LGBTQ community as allies and even attended the Miami Pride parade as a family last year.
Now in a new interview with Ellen, Wade revealed that his 12-year-old son Zion, now identifies as female, preferring the pronouns she/her and has asked him and Union, to refer to her Zaya. “Zion, born as a boy, came home and said, ‘Hey, so, I want to talk to you guys. I think going forward I’m ready to live my truth. And, I want to be referenced as she and her. I would love for you guys to call me Zaya.'”
Wade says he and Union could not be more proud of Zaya and upon hearing about her decision to transition, sought out all the information possible on how to best love and support her through this journey. Wow! Powerful y’all!
“We take our roles and responsibilities as parents very seriously,” D Wade explained to Ellen. “So, when our child comes home with a question…it’s our job as parents to listen to that to give them the best information that we can, the best feedback that we can, and that doesn’t change now that sexuality [and gender] is involved.”
Watch the full clip below:
.@DwyaneWade is an NBA All-Star. Now he’s a parenting all-star as well. pic.twitter.com/GlBL897qYs
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) February 11, 2020
After the interview aired, Union posted a video of Zaya giving advice to anyone who may be experiencing a similar situations and is afraid to live their truth. Union said in the caption, “Meet Zaya. She’s compassionate, loving, whip smart and we are so proud of her. It’s Ok to listen to, love & respect your children exactly as they are. Love and light good people.”
Meet Zaya. She's compassionate, loving, whip smart and we are so proud of her. It’s Ok to listen to, love & respect your children exactly as they are. Love and light good people. pic.twitter.com/G2lLVdD2VT
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) February 11, 2020