Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union have been great examples of parents that have been embracing their children for who they truly are and showing them love and support both privately and publicly. Recently, Dwyane Wade made an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show where he talked about his 12-year-old coming out to him and Gabrielle.
He recalled the moment his 12-year-old made the decision to go by the name Zaya and to be referred to by she/her pronouns. He said, “So once Zaya, our 12-year-old, came home and said, ‘Hey, I want to talk to you guys. I think going forward I’m ready to live my truth. I want to be referenced as she and her, I would love for you guys to call me Zaya.’”
Dwyane also shared how proud he and Gabrielle are. He continued, “Me and my wife Gabrielle Union are proud parents of a child in the LGBTQ+ community, and we are proud allies as well. We take our roles and our responsibility as parents very seriously. So when our child comes home with a question, when a child comes home with an issue, when a child comes home with anything, it’s our job as parents to listen to that, to give them the best information that we can, to give them the best feedback that we can — and that doesn’t change because sexuality is now involved in it.”
During the conversation with Ellen, Dwyane also shared that Gabrielle reached out to the cast of FX’s hit show “Pose” to get more information so Zaya could get the best opportunities to be herself.
Angelic Ross, who starred on the show said, I was so touched when @itsgabrielleu reached out! BOTH she and @DwyaneWade are so committed to getting it right as parents. So looking for to Queen Z schooling ALL of y’all!!!”
I was so touched when @itsgabrielleu reached out! BOTH she and @DwyaneWade are so committed to getting it right as parents. So looking for to Queen Z schooling ALL of y’all!!! ❤️ https://t.co/02HkKE0koh
— Angelica Ross (@angelicaross) February 11, 2020
Check out D. Wade talk about his love for Zaya below: