Former NBA star Dwyane Wade was on Tuesday at the Ellen DeGeneres Show to promote the upcoming ESPN documentary D. Wade: Life Unneppected. While discussing the “deep personal” documentary, Wade told DeGeneres when her 12-year-old daughter Zaya was trans.
Wade and his wife actress Gabrielle Union became outspoken advocates of the LGBTQ + community, and Wade told the talk show server that they were looking for information from the stars of the TV show Pose, which featured more talented trans actresses. knowledgeable.
Wade: ‘Proud’ Allied to LGBTQ + Community
Wade started by stating that he and his wife “are proud parents of a child in the LGBTQ + community and that we are proud allies.” “As parents, we take our roles and responsibility very seriously.”
Wade also shared a very personal story about how her daughter came to her: “Zaya… was originally born Zion as a child, came home and‘ Hey, that’s why I want to talk to you. I think I’m ready to live my truth forward and I want to be called ‘it’ and ‘it’. I want you to call me Zaya… I mean internally, now our job… go out and learn, to reach every relationship we have. ”
Wade also shared the thought process as a parent: “When our child comes home with a question, when our child comes home with a problem, when our child comes home with something, it is our job as parents to listen to it and give it to them. the best information we can, the best feedback we can. ” “And that doesn’t change because sexuality is now included.”
Dwyane Wade to Daughter Zaya: ‘You Are the Leader’
Wade and Union always supported Zaya publicly and emphasized the importance of identifying as much information as possible for the former NBA champion. “We are trying to find as much information as we can to make sure we give our child the best opportunities for his best self,” said Wade. She also shared her thoughts about Zaya being a defender of trans youth everywhere:
“I looked at him and said,” You are a leader. You are a leader and this is our opportunity to let you be a voice. ” “Right now through us because he’s 12, but he’ll eventually be through him.”
You can see Wade’s interview with DeGeneres below.