On Monday, Dwyane Wade appeared on Ellen, where he talked about supporting his 12-year-old's gender identity.
Ellen told Dwyane, "It's what every parent should be — loving and supporting your child, whoever they are."
"Me and my wife — my wife Gabrielle Union — are proud parents of a child in the LGBTQ+ community, and we're proud allies as well," Dwyane said. "We take our roles and responsibility as parents very seriously."
"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."
Back in December, Dwyane called out people who criticized Zaya for wearing a crop top and fake nails.
Dwyane talked about the moment Zaya said she wanted to talk to Dwyane and Gabrielle.
"I don't know if everybody knows, originally 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.'"
"Now it's our job to one, go out and get information, to reach out to every relationship that we have," he said. "My wife reached out to everybody on the cast of Pose. 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."
He said after that conversation, he told Zaya she is their leader. "You are our leader and this is our opportunity to allow you to be a voice. Right now, it's through us because she's 12 years old, but eventually it will be through her."
I can't even emphasize how important this is — the way Dwyane and Gabrielle handle their child's identity with such love, compassion, and care is a template for how all parents should be.
Bravo, Dwyane and Gabrielle. And congratulations, Zaya!
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