March 04, 2021
Former NBA star Dwyane Wade openly shared his excitement for 13-year-old daughter Zaya Wade on her appearance in an important podcast conversation with former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Former professional basketballer Dwyane Wade took to his Instagram Story to share a picture of his daughter, Zaya, in a red dress matching her tinted red hair.
Wade revealed that Zaya would be part of an important conversation with former First Lady Michelle Obama. The picture he shared seemed to be from a post Zaya made, where she said that life is a process of becoming herself.
Dwyane Wade hugs his daughter, Zaya Wade, after his final home game at the American Airlines Arena on April 09, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images
The 13-year-old also expressed delight in speaking with the former FLOTUS, saying there was no better person to discuss "Becoming" than her, referencing the latter's book by the same title.
Wade is highly supportive and responsible for Zaya's journey since her coming out as a transgender person. The 38-year-old first reacted publicly to his daughter's announcement during an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."
He disclosed that he had supported Zaya since she admitted to him and his wife, Gabrielle Union, that she wanted to be referred to using female pronouns.
At the interview, Wade clarified that he and Union are proud parents of a child in the LGBTQ community and are pleased to be, adding that they take their parental responsibilities very seriously.
A short clip of Wade and Zaya was shared on Union's Twitter
Dwyane Wade pays tribute to his daughter Zaya on his podcast appearance with Michelle Obama. | Photo: Instagram/Dwyanewade
The former Miami Heat player, accompanied by his wife, also gave out honors at the GLAAD Media Awards last year and used the opportunity to shout out to Zaya.
During the awards ceremony, he emphasized that they stand as allies of the LGBTQ+ community. The proud parents said Zaya was leading them in their journey and vowed to give every one of their kids the chance to live their truth.
The retired hooper understands that being in the public eye means helping other parents by speaking out and advising them to keep their minds open, do their research, and have conversations with their kids.
He pushed further, claiming he has not always understood how to do that, so he is grateful to Zaya for being his muse and GLAAD for elevating the images and messages that accelerate acceptance in every family.
To show continuing support and total acceptance of Zaya's life decision, a short clip of Wade and Zaya was shared on Union's Twitter captioned:
"Meet Zaya. She's compassionate, loving, whip-smart and we are so proud of her."
Union further stressed that it is okay for parents to listen to, love, and respect their kids exactly as they are. The love and support Wade and Union show to Zaya is remarkable and commendable.