Dwyane Wade Reveals The Moment His Child Came Out as a Transgender Girl

The former Miami Heat player spoke to Ellen DeGeneres, who lauded Wade for how he responded.

Retired NBA star Dwyane Wade opened up Tuesday on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” about his child who came out as a transgender girl. 

“Zaya, our 12-year-old, came home — 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, and 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,’” he explained.

In response to her news, Wade expressed support for Zaya, calling her a “leader.”
“Once Zion came home and said, ‘Call me Zaya,’ and ‘I’m ready to take on this,’ I looked at her and said, ‘You are a leader. It’s our opportunity to allow you to be a voice,’” he explained. “Right now, it’s through us, because she’s 12 years old, but eventually, it will be through her.”

DeGeneres applauded Wade, saying he is setting an example for how every parent should treat their children. Others praised Wade online for being loving, open-minded, and eager to learn.

Wade’s wife, actor and activist Gabrielle Union also celebrated Zaya’s coming out on Twitter. 

Wade and Union have openly supported Zaya in the past. In December, Wade shut down internet trolls who criticized her outfit and fingernails in a family photo.