Gabrielle Union took to Twitter on Tuesday to introduce the world to her daughter, Zaya. She posted a video of her daughter a few hours after Dwayne Wade opened up about the 12-year-old being transgender.
“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,’ Union wrote.
“What’s the point of being on this earth if you’re going to try to be someone you’re not?” Zaya, who is seen driving around in a golf cart with Wade, says in the video. “It’s like you’re not even living as yourself, which is the dumbest concept to me. Be true and don’t really care what the stereotypical way of being you is.
“Even through hard times, you gotta just push through,” she said. “It’s worth it. I think it’s very worth it when you reach that point of yourself. You can look in the mirror and say ‘hi’ to yourself. ‘Nice to meet you,’ instead of, ‘I don’t really know who I am.'”
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. pic.twitter.com/G2lLVdD2VT
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) February 11, 2020
Wade was a guest on the Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about it.
She told him, “First of all, I think it’s what every parent should be is what you’re being right now, which is unconditionally loving your child and supporting your child in whoever they are.”
Dwyane Wade said, “Me and my wife Gabrielle Union are proud parents of a child in the LGBTQ+ community. And we are proud allies as well. We take our roles and our responsibility as parents very seriously.”
Expanding on that, Wade continued, “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.”
“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 said.