NBA legend Dwyane Wade just revealed his 12-year-old now identifies as female … saying his child asked him and his wife, Gabrielle Union, to call 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.” Wade said on The Ellen Show.
“And I want to be referenced as she and her. I would love for you guys to call me Zaya.'”
Wade discussed his support for Zaya and the LGBTQ+ community in a powerful interview with Ellen DeGeneres … saying he and Gabrielle couldn’t be more proud of her.
“We take our roles and responsibilities as parents very seriously. 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.”
Wade has been incredibly outspoken about his support for Zaya … and clapped back at people criticizing her in a family photo back on Thanksgiving.
“Stupidity is a part of this world we live in — so I get it. But here’s the thing — I’ve been chosen to lead my family, not y’all,” Wade said at the time.
“So we will continue to be us and support each other with pride, love & a smile!”
In fact, Union and Zaire Wade took Zaya to the Miami Pride parade back in 2019.
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Wade went on to explain, “I looked at her and said you are a leader … It’s our opportunity to allow you to be a voice. Right now, it’s through us because she’s 12 years old, but eventually it will be through her.”