Dwyane Wade’s Candid Talk About Supporting His 12-Year-Old's Gender Identity

Feb 11, 2020
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Dwyane Wade candidly chatted with Ellen about embracing his 12-year-old's gender identity, and how he and his wife Gabrielle Union made it a priority to educate themselves about the LGBTQ+ community to give Zaya the opportunity to be her best self. The NBA star also opened up about the passing of his friend Kobe Bryant.

  • I respect this man so much.

    Manik KreatorManik Kreator3 days ago
  • I love this... makes me reminded to step up the same way even higher than I already think I do... love this fam! My kid is an only child, would love Zaya to be my son's cousin, someone he can look up too; she's a leader.... Zaya is confident and strong and most of all loved... what more can a parent ask for... kudos ya'll!

    carla codycarla cody4 days ago
  • To the people making all these hateful reaction videos to this, what is it that makes you so upset about how someone is living THEIR life? Are you that insecure in your image of yourself and how things should be according to you? All LOVE to d wade and the whole wade FAMILY ❤️ one love, one life

  • She she she she she she she she

    Over ItOver It4 days ago
  • I respect him for being a super suportive of what his child tells him

    JbsayzwhatJbsayzwhat5 days ago
  • salute to Dwayne Wade 12 year old child for deciding to be their self I'm happy

    Chester Wilson Jr.Chester Wilson Jr.5 days ago
  • So Amazing❤️❤️❤️❤️

    Zakiya WiltzZakiya Wiltz5 days ago
  • He’s the best father hands on 🙌🏻

    Stephanie CastilloStephanie Castillo5 days ago
  • bro, no cap, that jacket is straight fire

    Angel PerezAngel Perez6 days ago
  • It doesn't matter about the gender of your child is its still your child and you shouldn't be down that your child isn't what you thought it might be just know as long as your taking care of your child and there being happy you will be to idk wtf I just said all I'm tryna say is treat everyone the same way no matter there gender or anything and treat them with respect

    MD KAHZIMD KAHZI7 days ago
  • Wow

    Lehlohonolo TsoloLehlohonolo Tsolo9 days ago
  • 💗

    seeni gztyseeni gzty9 days ago
  • Great dad seems like a smart guy not just hoops

    Austin RodriguezAustin Rodriguez10 days ago
  • You know when a man loves his woman or a woman loves her man, s/he never stops talking about him/her, even when the subject is not necessarily about him/her. Dwayne truly loves his wife

    Joy BlueJoy Blue11 days ago
  • My only thought watching this was “Wow, he spoke so eloquently and with so much love”.

    opzz xsinopzz xsin11 days ago
  • I'm am completely shook his love and support is unreal.

    Daysha MooreDaysha Moore11 days ago
  • Thank goodness for you loving your child Dwyane!!! Miss you on the court man! God bless you and your family.

    Gwen30Gwen3012 days ago
  • Growing up, Dwyane Wade was my hero. Today he has shown me why he’s still my hero.

    j mj m12 days ago
  • I love this 😍😍❤️❤️❤️

    MiayaMiaya12 days ago
  • Everyone is forgetting that the number one job of a parent is to LOVE and CARE for your CHILD! End of story!

    Hammer63Hammer6312 days ago

    Wolvez LionzWolvez Lionz12 days ago
  • This is probably the most mature way I've seen this situation handled.. Absolutely beautiful parenting and human interaction!!

    Marina DesireeMarina Desiree12 days ago
  • DWad3 was always my favorite player not because he was great but because of the respect he as for himself and others!

    Pauline BhalaiPauline Bhalai12 days ago
  • To see a black family support and love and understand and listen to her is beautiful and many black families need to take note and support their kids and not create a stigma around important social issues and need to watch how they talk about social issues around their kids because they never know what their children are going through

    just mejust me12 days ago
  • I don’t think I could support my child for being gay at that age smh I guess I don’t need to be having children anytime soon if I feel this way

    Lil NipLil Nip12 days ago
  • This is so beautiful. Let me tell y'all a lot of black people have a lot of homophobia and transphobia because we've already been fighting so hard for our humanity in terms of race, so to add queerness on top of that seems impossible. But we must understand we don't have to be just like our oppressors to be successful. Thank you, Dwayne. You're doing so much good.

    Makeda PhillipsMakeda Phillips12 days ago
  • Keep Zaya safe and away from the internet for as long as you can 🙏🏼

    Ashleyjusto29Ashleyjusto2912 days ago
  • amazing 😭

    Tiffany ZamanTiffany Zaman12 days ago
  • Good parents!

    joan kearnsjoan kearns12 days ago
  • I’m surprised the comments are on.

    Naomie JNaomie J12 days ago
  • Lots of people are mad because they didn’t have a dad like this

    Khalil BrimKhalil Brim12 days ago
  • Great parent support!!! Respect!!!

  • Good for you Dwayne. Love your child no matter what.

  • Holy shit just please do not give this kid estrogen or any other chemical if they want to be a girl that’s fine just don’t do anything too permanent

    Dream dean dream ‘Dream dean dream ‘12 days ago
  • Idk who they r but so glad he supports her. 💘

    SZNS DJSZNS DJ12 days ago
  • Definition of a Classic Man. ✊🏾💪🏽🙌🏽

    Carmel LatteCarmel Latte12 days ago
  • Is it ok for me to disagree?

    chosen elite76chosen elite7612 days ago
  • Wade youre an idiot this child is far too young to decide something like this. Most children who consider themselves trans at a young age (as low as 5-20 percent) just wind up being discovering that they were just gay. However, its typically not until AFTER "supportive" parents pay for them to drastically alter their bodies and take hormones and other irreversible changes that they realize that doing this does not actually make them happy. I know no one wants to condemn a father being supportive of your child but for the love of god let him grow into an adult before this child alters their body.

    Brady80Brady8012 days ago
  • As a Transwoman I wish I had parents like them.

    Morgana MoonshardMorgana Moonshard12 days ago
  • This was really needed a famous black family standing up for the LGBQT community

    Secret AdmirerSecret Admirer12 days ago
  • 💛💛💛

    Robert WilliamsRobert Williams12 days ago
  • This shit is regular. He’s a great Father.

    Sheldon ConkSheldon Conk12 days ago
  • At the end of the day its his family their choices doesnt affect my life

    Dsgb GeorgiaboyDsgb Georgiaboy12 days ago
  • This is honestly so refreshing to see. Sexuality is such a taboo subject in the black community (I know from first hand experience). Being gay is one thing, but to come out as trans is considered the worst of the worst. So to see a prominent black male figure publicly expressing his unconditional acceptance of his daughter and solidarity to the LGBTQ+ is so amazing to see. Hopefully he has inspired others to lead by his example🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽xx

    Cyber BoyCyber Boy12 days ago
  • if you will not love and support your child unconditionally..... DO NOT HAVE CHILDREN

    Jay LiJay Li12 days ago
  • I love the support that they show for Zaya. I hope in the future, they will let Zaya tell her own story. This interview is nothing new because they've been posting and commenting every step of the way. I want to hear from Zaya, with the parents being supportive in the background. For all of the people saying everyone should mind their own business, it's impossible when your parents tell the world. Everybody can't have everything. Let Zaya get ahead of her own story and let her control the narrative.

    JJ12 days ago
  • Not my life not my concern. Its HIS child and their life..do what makes you happy 🙂

    Naomi MemeNaomi Meme12 days ago
  • I love that her family don’t judge her ❤️

    Syani RoseSyani Rose12 days ago
  • What a great father, his children are so lucky

    Mellie PierceMellie Pierce12 days ago

    Jeffrey ColonJeffrey Colon12 days ago
  • Raise your kids how you want and love your kids support them

    Dario HallDario Hall12 days ago
  • All his kids look just like him that’s brazy their like twins

    SOB HijoSOB Hijo12 days ago
  • I Wonder if Ellen ever reads our comments . Her soul is so beautiful ❤️

    JuicytribeJuicytribe12 days ago
  • Does insurance pay for gender surgery

    sonny atchesonsonny atcheson12 days ago
  • hellaaaa respect for him what an amazing father

    Kaylee AldridgeKaylee Aldridge12 days ago
  • 💖💖💖💖

    Kayla MonroeKayla Monroe12 days ago
  • Cyril MooreCyril Moore12 days ago
  • I have so much respect for this man. He is an awesome dad for doing what he has to for his child. Screw the haters!

    Ebony LambEbony Lamb12 days ago
  • Much respect DWade Love your kids unconditionally

    Raji Abdul Shabaaz AbbarRaji Abdul Shabaaz Abbar12 days ago
  • Gender identity has nothing to do with sexuality...

    Josh WitteJosh Witte12 days ago