NBA star and dad Dwyane Wade has been very open lately about discussing his 12-year-old daughter’s gender identity, and her transition from male to female.
12-year-old Zaya recently came out to Dwyane and his wife Gabrielle Union as transgender, and Dwyane truly is an all-star dad for how supportive he is.
Gabrielle also posted a video from Zaya on her Instagram channel, where she discusses how important it really is to be your true self.
Even though Zaya is so young, she really knows who she is and what she wants.
Dwyane had a lot to share with Robin Roberts from Good Morning America, including that his daughter Zaya pretty much knew she was transgender from the time she was 3-years-old.
Instagram; Dwyane and Robin chat together in the above photo
“She’s a kid that wants to focus on school,” Dwyane replied when Robin asked him about how Zaya is doing now that the spotlight is on her for recently coming out.
“Today she has a mock trial at school that she’s stressing about, and she’s like: ‘Dad, I came out to everyone because I wanted to be me,” Dwyane went on to say about her.
“And I’m thankful I’m able to be me but I want to focus on my trial at school.’ She’s focused.”
“I think for her and myself and my wife and my family, we love the fact that she doesn’t have to hide who she is.”
“She is our leader.”
“Zaya, early on, knew two things. She knew ‘straight’ and she knew ‘gay.’ But Zaya started doing more research.”
“She’s the one who sat down with us as a family and said, ‘I don’t think I’m gay.’ And she went down the list and said: ‘This is how I identify myself.”
“This is my gender identity. I identify myself as a young lady. I think I’m a straight trans because I still like boys.”
“So it was a process for us to sit down with our daughter and find out who she is and what she likes and not put something on her.”
“As parents, we put our hopes and we put our fears on our kids, and with Zaya, we decided to listen to her.”
“She’s leading us along this journey.”
Instagram; Zaya talks about how important it is to be yourself in the above video still
When Robin inquired about how Dwayne and his family deal with those that don’t support them and how supportive they are about Zaya, he replied with, “Our family, we love.”
“We’re imperfect, but we love each other for who we are and whatever we’re gonna become in life.”
“I think we understand that we have to protect each other. We get amazing support from people.”
“We get a lot of hate from people, but along the way, we inside, together, as the Wade family, we have to be the ones that have each other’s backs.”
“And for us, it was important that Zaya understood that her family has her back, just from the world and what people will say and what people think.”
“But she’s known that for nine years. She’s known since she was 3 years old.”
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