Former NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade says he’s fully supportive of his 12-year-old son’s “transition” into becoming a girl, telling Ellen DeGeneres on "The Ellen Show" this week, just before his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, posted a video introducing “Zaya” to the world.
"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 we can, the best feedback we can," Wade told DeGeneres. "And that doesn't change because sexuality is now involved."
On Tuesday, Union posted a video to social media introducing “Zaya,” who was born Zion.
"Meet Zaya," Union posted along with the clip. "She's compassionate, loving, whip smart and we are so proud of her. It’s Ok to listen to, love & respect your children exactly as they are. Love and light good people."
Meet Zaya. She's compassionate, loving, whip smart and we are so proud of her. It’s Ok to listen to, love & respect your children exactly as they are. Love and light good people. pic.twitter.com/G2lLVdD2VT— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) February 11, 2020
“What’s the point of even being on this earth if you’re going to try to be someone you’re not?” the newly-renamed Zaya said in the video. “It's like you are 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."
Zion-turned-Zaya joins a slew of other celebrity-born kids who’ve decided (or, in many cases, had it decided for them) to “transition” to the opposite gender. Other notables include Charlize Theron’s 7-year-old biological son Jackson, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s daughter Shiloh (now “John”), Cynthia Nixon’s “son” Samuel, Warren Beatty’s biological daughter Stephen, and Cher’s daughter “Chastity,” now a transgender man named “Chaz.”
(Cover Photo: Flickr / Keith Allison)