The Wade family is uniting around 12-year-old Zaya.
Wednesday on Instagram, Dwyane Wade’s 18-year-old son, Zaire, wrote his transgender sister a loving message after their father detailed her coming-out story on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
While sharing pics of him and his sister as little kids, Zaire gives loves to his “best friend,” and reiterates his promise to “lay my life down to make sure you are ten toes down and happy on this earth.”
“I don’t care what they think Z, you are my best friend and I love you kid, and if it means anything, just know there’s no love lost on this side,” Zaire concluded his touching note.
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Man, I remember bugging my mom as a kid telling her I wanted a brother so bad. I was the only child looking for company and someone to look after and take care of. I have been blessed to have my best friend, Zaya with me for 12 years. We did everything together...we fought, we played, we laughed and we cried. But the one thing we never did was leave each other behind... I’ve told you that I would lay my life down to make sure you are ten toes down and happy on this earth. I don’t care what they think Z, you are my best friend and I love you kid, and if it means anything, just know there’s no love lost on this side ✊🏾
On Tuesday’s episode, Dwyane explained to Ellen DeGeneres how Zaya told him and stepmother Gabrielle Union about her gender identity.
“So once Zaya, our 12-year-old, came home — first Zion, I don’t know if everyone knows, originally named Zion, born as a boy — came home and said, ‘Hey, I want to talk to you guys. I think going forward I’m ready to live my truth. I want to be referenced as she and her. I would love for you guys to call me Zaya,’” the former basketball player exclaimed.
As “proud parents of a child in the LGBTQ+ community,” the 38-year-old athlete and the 47-year-old actress “take our roles and our responsibility as parents very seriously.”
“So internally, it’s now our job to go out and get information, to reach out to every relationship that we have — my wife reached out to everybody on the cast of ‘Pose’ — we’re just trying to figure out as much information as we can to make sure that we give our child the best opportunity to be her best self,” he continued.
Following Wade’s interview, Union posted an Instagram clip in which Zaya highlights the importance of being your authentic self.
"[For those who] are afraid they will be judged, I would say don't even think about that. Just be true to yourself because what's the point of being on this Earth if you're going to try and be someone you're not?" she said while on a golf course with her father. "It's like you're not even living as yourself, which is the dumbest concept to me. Be true and don't really care what the stereotypical way of being you is."