Gabrielle Union Says Her Family Won't Be Led by Fear after Introducing Transgender Daughter Zaya

Gracious Egedegbe
Feb 14, 2020
07:30 P.M.

Gabrielle Union told her fans on February 12 that her family would not be led by fear after introducing transgender step-daughter.


The actress also tweeted about the tremendous support her family has been receiving and hopes to inspire more folks to support, love, and protect the most marginalized of us.

Gabrielle Union & Dwyane Wade during New York Fashion Week on Sept. 13, 2015 in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images

Gabrielle Union & Dwyane Wade during New York Fashion Week on Sept. 13, 2015 in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images


Gabrielle Union replied to African American writer and scholar, Clint Smith's tweet stating that her family won't be led by fear since we — humans — refuse to sacrifice the freedom to live authentically because we are afraid of what people might say.

Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade were "so proud" to introduce his 12-year-old daughter, Zaya Wade, to the rest of the world.


On the same day that Wade opened up about Zaya coming out as transgender, Union posted a video on social media of Wade and Zaya discussing the importance of "being true" to oneself. Gabrielle, 47, captioned the clip:

"Meet Zaya. She's compassionate, loving, whip-smart, and we are so proud of her."

She further advised that it's okay to listen to, love, and respect children precisely as they are.


In the video, Zaya explains that it's important to be true to oneself, stating that there's no point in being on earth if you're going to try to be someone you're not. She said:

"It's like you're not even living as yourself, which is the dumbest concept to me."

The celebrity couple is taking Zaya's change very seriously and doing everything possible to support and protect her.


On Tuesday, February 11, Wade told Ellen DeGeneres that he and Union are "proud parents of a child in the LGBTQ+ community, and we are proud allies as well," as the co-stars reached out to members of the LGBTQ+ community to learn more.

Dwyane Wade also recently spoke out on how twelve-year-old daughter, Zaya came out to him as transgender.

The former NBA player said, Zaya — whose birth name was Zion — got home one day and told her parents that she was "ready to live my truth," and preferred to be addressed with female pronouns.


Zaire Wade, Dwyane Wade's oldest son, always has and will always have his younger sibling's back.

In a heartfelt letter, Zaire penned on his Instagram page; he reminisced on how much be begged his mom for a sibling and promised to always look out for his "best friend" — Zaya.

He accompanied the post with an adorable photo of the two smiling as youngsters, with Zaire proudly holding onto his then-toddler brother.

Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Related posts

Ron Howard Was Most Concerned about His Kids' Values — Inside His Decision to Protect Them

April 26, 2022

Pastor Finds Poor Baby on Church Doorstep While No One Is Around — Story of the Day

March 04, 2022

After Millionaire Husband’s Death, Old Widow Is Forced to Live In Dirty Old Trailer – Story of the Day

May 22, 2022

Poor Girl Sells Family Heirloom for Grandma’s Operation, Sees It on Her Doorstep Days Later — Story of the Day

February 22, 2022

Widowed Mom Learns Her Son Escapes Home Every Night, He Returns One Day with Bag Full of Cash – Story of the Day

April 11, 2022

After Abandoning Her Daughter 24 Years Ago, Mother Shows up at Her Wedding – Story of the Day

March 04, 2022

Rich Girl Pretends to Be Poor to Test Her College Boyfriend Who Comes from a Wealthy Family — Story of the Day

May 08, 2022

Old Lady Adopts Lost Little Boy with Note in His Pocket, His Mother Returns after 13 Years – Story of the Day

March 25, 2022

Candace Cameron Bure Took a Break from Promising Career to Raise Kids – She Is a Happy Mother of 3 Now

March 31, 2022

Poor Old Lady Buys Business Class Ticket to Meet Estranged Son, He Pretends He Doesn’t Know Her — Story of the Day

March 11, 2022

18-Year-Old Dancer Cuts Parents Out of Her $3M Prize After They Urge Her to Get Rid of Her Baby — Story of the Day

February 08, 2022

Sons Refuse to Visit Their Mom, She Leaves Inheritance to Little Boy Next Door – Story of the Day

February 20, 2022

Marlo Thomas’ Spouse Was a Virgin before Marriage to Mom of His 5 Kids & a Lousy Lover Afterward

February 03, 2022

On Mother’s Day, Poor Woman Struggling to Feed Her Kids Receives $200K from Unknown Jake Reid — Story of the Day

May 10, 2022