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Dwayne Wade’s 12 Year Old Son Transitioning To Female – From Zion To Zaya



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Dwayne Wade's Son Transitioning From Zion To Zaya 

Dwayne Wade’s Son Transitioning From Zion To Zaya

NBA star Dwyane Wade’s 12 year old son is transitioning, from a male to a female. The boy, who was named Zion at birth, now goes by the name Zaya Wade.

Dwyane Wade, 38, spoke candidly in a new interview with Ellen DeGeneres, which iwill air later today. In the interview, he discusses being a father to Zaya (formerly Zion).

The NBA baller revealed to Ellen that he reached out to the cast of Pose for help with addressing the situation.


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Dwayne, who shares Zaya with his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches, explained how he and his new wife Gabrielle Union had to educate themselves about the LGBTQ community and said they are ‘proud parents and allies’ of the child.

Dwayne told the NBC chat show host: ‘First of all, me and my wife Gabrielle, we are proud parents of a child in the LGBTQ+ community and we are proud allies as well.”

‘Once Zaya, our 12-year-old, came home… first, Zion. 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, 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”‘.


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Zaya wast at the Miami Pride in 2019 with Gabrielle Union. In March 2020, she attended the Truth Awards in Los Angeles, which honor accomplishments in the Black LGBTQ+ community. There, the 12-year-old walked the red carpet with Dwyane and Union; the three sported matching custom-made suits. When asked how she felt about being an inspiration for others, Zaya answered, “I think it feels great. I feel like there was always something that I was meant to do…. I think I found it.”

“Everyone allow her to re-introduce herself her name is Zaya Wade!,” her father wrote on Instagram after the event. “Last night was Zaya’s first red carpet and we couldn’t have been prouder of how she handled the questions that were asked of her. She has emerged as one of the young faces and voices for the LGBTQ+ community.”

Coming out turned Zaya into a figure of inspiration for the LGBTQ+ community and beyond. In 2020, she was selected as one of The Advocate’s Women of the Year and as one of The Root’s Young Futurists as a Black individual who’s worked to improve the world.

In March 2021, Zaya interviewed former First Lady Michelle Obama in connection with the release of an edition of Obama’s memoir Becoming targeted to younger readers.