Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Dwyane Wade Reveals His Transgender 12-year-old, Zion, Now Goes By the Name Zaya [WATCH]

*Dwyane Wade chopped it up with Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show on Tuesday, and he recalled the moment his 12-year-old son came out to him and wife Gabrielle Union

Wade says he hopes to give his gender transitioning child “the best opportunity to be her best self.”

“First of all, I think it’s what every parent should be is what you’re being right now,” DeGeneres told him, per PEOPLE. “Which is unconditionally loving your child and supporting your child in whoever they are.”

“Me and my wife Gabrielle Union are proud parents of a child in the LGBTQ+ community,” Wade said. “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.”

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Following the retired NBA star’s chat with Ellen, Union posted a clip on her social media of Wade with his son, now named Zaya (formally Zion), cruising around on a golf course while the child drops some wisdom. Check out the clip via the Twitter video embed above. 

Union captioned the clip, “Meet Zaya. She’s compassionate, loving, whip smart and we are so proud of her. It’s Ok to listen to, love & respect your children exactly as they are. Love and light good people.”

The video has been met with praise from the LGBTQ community, and anyone who suggests Wade and Union are exploiting/parading this child around like a prop is immediately attacked.

Many believe the celebration of gay/transgender children is pushing society closer to accepting pedophilia.

Meanwhile, during his chat with Ellen, Wade explained why Zion changed his name of Zaya.

“So once Zaya, our 12-year-old, came home — first Zion, I don’t know if everyone knows, originally named Zion, born as a boy — 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,’ ” Wade shared.

Wade admits he and Union turned to the cast of “Pose” for help understanding the child’s transition journey.

“So internally, it’s now our job to go out and get information, to reach out to every relationship that we have — my wife reached out to everybody on the cast of Pose — we’re just trying to figure out as much information as we can to make sure that we give our child the best opportunity to be her best self,” he continued.

“Once Zaya came home and said, ‘I want you to call me Zaya and I’m ready to take on this,’ I looked at her and said, ‘You are a leader. And this is our opportunity to allow you to be a voice,’ ” Wade added. “Right now it’s through us, because she’s 12 years old, but eventually it will be through her.”

Hear more from D. Wade on the subject via the YouTube clip above.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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