Dwayne Wade sat down with Ellen DeGeneres to discuss how he and his wife, Gabrielle Union, came together after their child came out as transgender.
“We take our roles and responsibilities as parents very seriously. So when our child comes home with a question, our child comes home with an issue, our child comes home with anything, it’s our job as parents to listen to that, to give them the best information we can, to give the best feedback we can. And that doesn’t change because sexuality is now involved in it,” says Wade.
Wade says that after learning about his 12-year-old son, Zion, wanting to be referenced as “she” and “her” and be called “Zaya,” Union reached out to the cast of Pose and they both got familiar with the LGBTQ+ community so they would have answers for their daughter.
Dwayne says he told Zaya after she came out, ‘You are a leader. It’s our opportunity to allow you to be a voice.’
How did you handle your child coming out? What advice would you give others who are going through the process?