Dwyane Wade’s eldest son, Zaire, has shown support for his sibling Zaya, who recently came out as transgender.
In a heartfelt Instagram post, the 18-year-old posted an image of him and Zaya, writing, “I have been blessed to have my best friend, Zaya with me for 12 years.”
He went on to say, “I’ve told you that I would lay my life down to make sure you are ten toes down and happy on this earth. I don’t care what they think Z, you are my best friend and I love you kid, and if it means anything, just know there’s no love lost on this side.”
Shortly after Dwyane Wade shared the news of the transition on the Ellen Show — Gabrielle Union shared a video of her daughter speaking on some very honest truths about identity with her father.
“What’s the point of being on this earth if you’re gonna try to be someone you’re not? It’s like you’re not even living as yourself, which is like the dumbest concept to me,” Zaya said.
She added, “It’s just like, be true and don’t really care what the stereotypical way of being you is.”
“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 told Ellen. “‘And, I want to be referenced as she and her. I would love for you guys to call me Zaya.’”
“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.”
It was just last year when Wade faced heavy scrutiny over a photo he shared of Zaya, who was Zion at the time, in a crop top and nails, and captioning the photo as “My girls.”