Last week, Dywane Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union announced their daughter Zaya was coming out as transgender in a video posted on social media showing Wade and Zaya discussing the importance of “being true” to oneself.
Wade would later go on Ellen to discuss about why the family decided to go public about Zaya’s transformation.
Me and my wife, my wife Gabrielle Union…we are proud parents of a child in the LGBTQ+ community and we’re proud allies as well,” “We take our roles and responsibility as parents very seriously.”
“Zion, born as a boy, came home and said, ‘Hey, so I want to talk to you guys. I think going forward I am ready to live my truth. I want to be referenced as ‘she’ and ‘her.’ I would love for you guys to call me Zaya,'”
When our child comes home with a question, when our child comes home with an issue, when our child comes home with anything, it’s our job as parents to listen to that, to give them the best information that we can, the best feedback that we can. And that doesn’t change because sexuality is now involved in it.”
“Now it’s our job to go out and get information, to reach out to every relationship that we have,” Wade said. “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.”
Not everyone agrees with Wade’s decision to allow his daughter to come out as transgender. On Tuesday, rapper Boosie Badazz posted a NSFW rant saying Wade had gone too far for allowing his 12-year-old to “cut his dick off”. It is worth noting that Wade has not spoken about Zaya possibly getting gender transformation surgery.
I gotta say something about this shit, bro. Dwyane Wade, you gone too fucking far, dawg,” “That is a male. A 12-year-old. At 12, they don’t even know what they next meal gon’ be. They don’t have shit figured out yet. He might meet a woman, anything, at 16 and fall in love with her. But his dick be gone—how he gon’—like, bruh, you going too far, dawg.”
Don’t cut his dick off, bruh. Like, bruh, for real, if he gon’ be gay, let him be gay,” “But don’t cut his dick off, bruh. Don’t—and dress him as a woman, dawg. He’s 12 years old. He’s not up there year. He hasn’t made his final decisions yet. Don’t cut his fucking dick off, Dwyane Wade, bruh. You fucking trippin’, dawg.”
Boosie was immediately criticized for his rant toward the Wades