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Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union Praise Transgender Daughter at GLAAD Awards

Learning life lessons from their little one. Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union shared how his transgender daughter, Zaya, “teaches” them.

“We are allies of the LGBTQ + community as proud parents of a transgender child,” said the 38-year-old professional basketball player at the GLAAD Awards on Thursday, July 30. “Our daughter Zaya is guiding us on our journey and we are committed to giving all of our children the opportunity to live their truth. I didn’t always understand how to do that, but I thank Zaya for teaching me and GLAAD for improving the images and messages that accelerate acceptance in every family. ”

Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade attend the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Los Angeles on February 9, 2020. Evan Agostini / Invision / AP / Shutterstock

The 47-year-old actress agreed, “That mission now means even more to us as we raise all our black children. Black lives matter and black trans lives matter. We call on all our racial justice fighters to open your heart and mind to the LGBT + community so that we can empower each other and save lives. “

In February, the athlete said Ellen DeGeneres how Zaya came to him and the We are going to need more wine author. ‘[She] said, “Hey, so I want to talk to you. I think in the future I am ready to live my truth. And I want to be called as her and her. I would love you to call me Zaya, ” the Chicago resident recalled at the time. “Now our job is to be one, go out and get information, to reach every relationship we have.”

As for his answer, Wade said, “I said,” You are a leader. You are a leader and this is an opportunity to make you a voice. “Right now it is through us because she is 12 years old, but in the end it will be through her. ‘

The former Miami Heat player shares Zaya and her older brother, Zaire, 18, with his ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches, as well as son Xavier, 6, with Aja Metoyer. He and Union welcomed their daughter Kaavia, 20 months, via surrogate in November 2018.

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