Dwayne Wade wants to give his 12-year-old child “the best opportunity to be her best self.” During an appearance on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Tuesday (2/11), the retired NBA player and father of four opened up about the moment his child came out as transgender, stating,
“Zaya, our 12-year-old, came home — I don’t know if everyone knows, originally named Zion; 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’d love for you guys to call me Zaya,'”
“Once Zaya came home and said, ‘Call me Zaya,’ and ‘I’m ready to take on this,’ I looked at her and said, ‘You are a leader. It’s our opportunity to allow you to be a voice,'”
Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union have strongly supported Zaya through the course of the transition. The future NBA Hall Of Famer explained to DeGeneres.
“Me and my wife, Gabrielle Union, we are proud parents of a child in the LGBTQ+ community, and we are proud allies as well “We take our roles and responsibility as parents very seriously. So when our child comes home with a question, when our child comes home with an issue, when our child comes home with anything, it’s our job as parents to listen to that, to give them the best information we can, the best feedback we can. And that doesn’t change because sexuality is now involved in it.”
Catch the video below.