- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Former NBA star Dwyane Wade and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, are being wildly praised among the LGBTQ community after revealing their 12-year-old daughter is transgender.

“Me and my wife, my wife Gabrielle Union, we are proud parents of a child in the LGBTQ+ community and we’re proud allies as well,” Mr. Wade told host Ellen DeGeneres on Tuesday’s “Ellen.”

“We take our roles and our responsibility as parents very seriously,” he said. “When our child comes home with a question, when our child comes home with an issue, when our child comes home with anything, 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 because sexuality is now involved in it.”

Mr. Wade said his daughter, Zaya, who he shares with ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches, was born a boy 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 am ready to live my truth. I want to be referenced as ‘she’ and ‘her.’ I would love for you guys to call me Zaya,’” the former basketball player recalled.

“So, now it’s our job to one, go out and get information, to reach out to every relationship that we have,” he said. “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.”

Mrs. Union on Tuesday tweeted a video introducing Zaya to the world. In the video, which has been viewed more than 6 million times, Zaya tells her father, “What’s the point of being on this earth is you’re going to try to be someone you’re not? It’s like you’re not even living as yourself, which is the dumbest concept to me.”

The celebrity couple garnered a wave of praise for the way they handled their daughter’s coming out, including Ms. DeGeneres, who called Mr. Wade a “parenting all-star.”

#Zaya also became a top trending on Twitter Tuesday afternoon.

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