There’s nothing better than watching parents unconditionally accept and uplift their babies because that’s the definition of true love. Dwyane Wade, a former NBA player, stopped today at The Ellen DeGeneres Show to promote his new ESPN documentary called D Wade: Life Unexpected, which had been in the works for 10 years.
During her conversation, Ellen praised how Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union were a positive example of how parents ought to owe their teenage children who are part of the LGBTQ+ community.
Wade responded by saying he and Union were proud parents of a child in the LGBTQ+ community and proud allies too.
As parents we take our positions and our obligations very seriously, Wade said. So when a kid comes home with a request, when a kid comes home with an issue, when a kid comes home with something, it’s our duty as parents to respond to that, to give them the best advice we can, to give them the best input we can and that doesn’t alter because sensuality is now concerned.
Wade, 38, even opened up about the day his Zion-born middle child chose to go by the name Zaya.
Zaya came home and said, Oh, I would like to talk to you guys. I think I’m ready to live my truth going forward. I’d like to be referred as her, I’d want you guys to name me Zaya, Wade shared.
Union did its share by reaching out for more guidance to the cast of the beloved FX show Pose.
Furthermore, as Wade notes, the husband and wife team did their best to find out as much details as we can to make sure we gave our child the best chance to be her best self.
Overall, Wade feels pleased that the tale of Zaya will be an inspiration for other children and their families.
Once Zaya came home and said,’ I want you to call me Zaya and I’m prepared to take it on,’ I looked at her and said,’ You’re a leader. And this is our chance to let you become a speaker.
In repeating the statement made by her husband regarding Ellen, Union followed up with a post championing their compassionate, caring, wise belt girl Zaya. Listening, enjoying and honoring your children just as they are is Okay, she tells fellow parents.