Former NBA player talks about being a proud parent

Dwayne Wade talks on the Ellen DeGeneres Show what it was like having one of his four children come out as transgender, and how he and his wife, Gabrielle Union are proud allies and parents to an LGBTQ youth.

Zaya, previously known as Zion, had one day decided she was ready to “live my truth," the former basketball player tells DeGeneres.


“Once Zaya, our 12-year-old, came home… first, Zion. I don’t know if everyone 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’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’.”

Wade shares, “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.

He continued, "And that doesn’t change because sexuality is now involved in it."

“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 says.

Gabrielle also introduced her Instagram followers to her "compassionate, loving, whip smart" Zaya!