Dwyane Wade appears on Ellen to reveal transgender daughter’s name change

Dwyane Wade with Zaya Wade
 Dwyane Wade with Zaya Wade
Dwyane Wade with Zaya Wade.
Dwyane Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union have been a force not to be reckoned with in their support and allegiance to Wade’s son Zion. Last year Wade announced that the 12-year-old was transgender.

Appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wade revealed his now daughter’s new name is Zaya.

The retired NBA star talked to Ellen about the support he and Union have provided to Zaya, “First of all, me and my wife Gabrielle, we are proud parents of a child in the LGBTQ+ community and we are proud allies as well… Once Zaya, our 12-year-old, came home… first, Zion. I don’t know if everyone knows, originally named Zion. 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’d 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, our child comes home with an issue, our child comes home with anything, it’s our job as parents to listen to that, to give them the best information we can, to give the best feedback we can. And that doesn’t change because sexuality is now involved in it.'”

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Union also announced the name change, posting a video on Twitter of Wade and Zaya talking through Zaya’s understanding and acceptance of herself.


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