Dwyane Wade Speaks On How He Handled Their Child Coming Out as Transgender, 12-Year-Old Boy Goes By ‘Zaya’ (VIDEO)
On Tuesday, Ellen DeGeneres welcomed Dwyane Wade to her show where he opened up about his 12-year-old son, Zion.
Social media is well aware of Zion being gay, but it wasn’t until this interview where Wade revealed he had recently come out as transgender, asking Dwyane and wife Gabrielle Union to use “she” and “her” pronouns.
Zion asked if they could call her Zaya from that point forward.
“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 that we can, the best feedback that we can,” Dwyane told Ellen. “And that doesn’t change because sexuality is now involved in it.”
“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 sees this as a huge stepping stone for Zaya.
“You are a leader and this is an opportunity to allow you to be a voice,” Dwyane told Zaya, adding for Ellen. “Right now it’s through us because she’s 12 years old, but eventually it will be through her.”
Wade has been incredibly outspoken about his support for Zaya, clapping back at social media users several times for trying to comment negative things about Zion.
“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!”