Gabrielle Union learns about transgender issues after her 12-year-old son opens up about being transgender

Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade France. Photographed by Berthelot
Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade France. Photographed by Berthelot

Gabrielle Union’s husband Dwayne Wade has revealed that his wife spoke to the cast of FX show 'Pose' after his daughter Zaya, 12, came out as transgender.

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“I don’t know if everyone knows, [she was] 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’m ready to live my truth and I want to be referenced as she and her. I’d love for you guys to call me Zaya’, ” Dwayne says.

“So, that was our job to go out and get information to reach out to every relationship we have. My wife reached out to everybody on the cast of Pose. We just tried to figure out as much information as we could, to make sure we give our child the best opportunity to be her best self” he explained.

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“Once Zion came home and said, ‘call me Zaya’ and was ready to take on this, I looked at her and said ‘you are leader. It’s 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,” he said. 

The proud parents believe it is their 'duty' to help her through this journey. 

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Compiled for Parent24 by Futhi Masilel

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