Dwayne Wade Reveals His Child Zion Is Now Female And Goes By A Feminine Name
Dwyane Wade has spoken about the gender journey of his child formerly Zion, 12, who made the decision to identify as female and now goes by the name Zaya.
The basketball star, 38, opened up during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres about parenting Zaya, which he shares with his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches.
Wade explained that he and his wife Gabrielle Union, 47, are “proud allies” of the LGBTQ+ community and detailed how they are educating themselves on the situation.
“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… 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.'” He said at The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
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Last year, Dwayne Wade hit back at a troll who mocked Zion after a family photo uploaded by Gabrielle showed him wearing artificial nails and a crop top.
“I’ve seen some post-thanksgiving hate on social about my family photo. Stupidity is apart 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. So we will continue to be us and support each other with pride, love & a smile!” he had tweeted.
So far, Dwayne’s family seems happy living the reality of Zaya’s choice.
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