Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade praise daughter Zaya at GLAAD Awards

Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union with Zaya
Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union with Zaya
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  • Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade presented at the GLAAD Media Awards on Thursday.
  • They said at the awards show: "We stand as allies with the LGBTQ+ community as proud parents of a transgender child," before praising their daughter Zaya.
  • "We're doing all we can to give every one of our kids the ability to live their truth," Dwyane Wade said.


Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade presented the award for Outstanding Drama Series at the GLAAD Media Awards on Thursday, reports People – all the while delivering a lesson in stellar parenting.

The couple, who share one-year-old Kaavia James, as well as three other children from Dwyane's previous relationships, have been advocates for the LGBTQ+ community and open about their transgender daughter, Zaya's journey.

At the awards show, before presenting, the former basketball player said: "We stand as allies with the LGBTQ+ community as proud parents of a transgender child. Our daughter Zaya is leading us in our journey, and we're doing all we can to give every one of our kids the ability to live their truth.

"I didn't always understand how to do that – but I thank Zaya for teaching me, and GLAAD for elevating the images and messages that accelerate acceptance in every family."

The LA's Finest star stood alongside her husband in the clip and added: "That mission means even more to us now as we raise all of our black children. Black lives matter and Black trans lives matter. We are calling on all of our racial justice warriors out there to open your hearts and your minds to the LGBTQ+ community so that we can work together and empower each other and save lives."

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In February, the Being Mary Jane actress opened up about Zaya, born Zion, who requested her parents use she/her pronouns when addressing her.

The clip, titled Meet Zaya, showed the 12-year-old talking about the importance of being "true to yourself".

"What's the point of being on this earth if you're going to be someone you're not?" she asks in the powerful video.

SEE IT HERE: