It has been a minute since former NBA player Dwyane Wade spoke about his daughter Zaya coming out as transgender. She made her first appearance on Saturday at the 2020 Better Brothers LA’s Truth Awards, an annual celebration of the black LGBTQ community, with her dad and Gabrielle Union.
"Everyone allow her to re-introduce herself her name is Zaya Wade. Last night was Zaya’s first red carpet and we couldn’t have been prouder of how she handled the questions that were asked of her," Dwyane captioned his Instagram post.
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Gabrielle expressed how proud and grateful she was that the awards existed. "It was important for Zaya to be part of such a beautiful night and reminding her of all the love and support she has."
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The three wore coordinating outfits. Zaya wore a bright green tuxedo, black pants, a pink sash and black boots.
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When Dwyane appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he opened up about how Zaya wanted to be addressed with the pronouns she/her.
"Zaya, our 12-year-old came home – I don’t know if everyone knows, originally named Zion; Zion as a boy child – came home and said, 'Hey, so I want to talk to you guys. I think I am going forward, I’m ready to live my truth. And I want to be referenced as she and her. I’d like for you guys to call me Zaya'," Dwyane said.
He later told Entertainment Tonight that the family understood it’s not always popular to speak on issues that make people feel uncomfortable but God gave him and the family a platform. "So, we will use it," he said.