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Wade says he is proud dad of 12-year-old LGBTQ child

Wade to trans daughter: ‘You are a leader. It’s our opportunity to allow you to be a voice’

Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat poses for a photo with his wife, Gabrielle Union, nephew, Dahveon Morris, and children, Kaavia James Union Wade, Zaire Wade, Xavier Wade and Zion Wade after his final career home game at American Airlines Arena on April 09, 2019.
Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat poses for a photo with his wife, Gabrielle Union, nephew, Dahveon Morris, and children, Kaavia James Union Wade, Zaire Wade, Xavier Wade and Zion Wade after his final career home game at American Airlines Arena on April 09, 2019. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

MIAMI – The Ellen DeGeneres Show released a YouTube video Tuesday showing Dwyane Wade said he is proud of his transgender daughter Zaya.

The Miami Heat legend recently told DeGeneres that he and his wife, Gabrielle Union, are taking their role as parents of a 12-year-old child, who is a member of the LGBTQ community, very seriously.

“Zion, born as a boy, came home and said, ‘Hey! So, I want to talk to you guys. I think going forward, I am ready to live my truth, and I want to be referenced as she and her,” Wade said, adding that “once Zaya 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.’”


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