Dwyane Wade's daughter Zaya Wade speaks out about her transition for the first time while at the Truth Awards over the weekend.
Zaya Wade is officially free to express herself the way she wants to, and proud dad Dwyane Wade and stepmom Gabrielle Union were right there to back her up during her very first appearance following her transition.
While it took a while for Dwyane Wade to understand Zaya's sexuality, he ultimately embraced it and supported it fully.
Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat smiles before their game against the Phoenix Suns at American Airlines Arena on February 25, 2019 in Miami, Florida | Photo: Getty Images
When interviewed by "Where is the Buzz TV" at the Truth Awards on Sunday, Zaya revealed that she's feeling great.
"It feels great. I feel like there was always something that was like I was meant to do, but I was never able to find it… I eventually just stopped looking for it and I think I found it."
The Truth Awards, which was created by the Better Brothers Organization of Los Angeles, honors Black members of the LGBTQ community. Now that Zaya is a member of this community, Gabrielle Union stated that her family's attendance is a testimony to their dedication to being allies of the LGBTQ family.
According to Zaya, 12, it is important to "experience life to the fullest," and that includes being true to one's self regardless of sexual orientation.
"I think that really includes knowing who you are truly and being able to show other people who you are, and that's just what it's all about."
While it took a while for Dwyane Wade to understand Zaya's sexuality, he ultimately embraced it and supported it fully. In fact, he's showed his support for his daughter multiple times on social media, the most recent being an image of his 12-year-old carrying bouquets of flowers.
Zaya, who used to be known as Zion, was beaming with happiness as he held up the bouquets, and for Dwyane, seeing his daughter's smile was the only caption he needed.
Through all the challenges and criticism, the Wade family has made it clear that they weren't going to let what strangers say affect the way they treat each other as family. In fact, they'll be supporting one another until the end of the world, and that's something they've constantly been proving through the years.