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

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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.

  • It absolutely baffles me that this guy is out here loving his child and supporting her, and that people feel the need to criticize him for that. Shame on all of you. I can only hope that you all see how wrong you've been in the future and feel remorse for the hatred you have spread over something you do not understand. Thanks for having him on, Ellen.

    LillliceLilllice29 days ago
  • I respect this man so much.

    Manik KreatorManik KreatorMonth 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 codyMonth 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 ItMonth ago
  • I respect him for being a super suportive of what his child tells him

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

    Chester Wilson Jr.Chester Wilson Jr.Month ago
  • So Amazing❤️❤️❤️❤️

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

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

    Angel PerezAngel PerezMonth 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

  • Wow

    Lehlohonolo TsoloLehlohonolo TsoloMonth ago
  • 💗

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

    Austin RodriguezAustin RodriguezMonth 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 BlueMonth ago
  • My only thought watching this was “Wow, he spoke so eloquently and with so much love”.

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

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

    Gwen30Gwen30Month ago
  • Growing up, Dwyane Wade was my hero. Today he has shown me why he’s still my hero.

    j mj mMonth ago
  • I love this 😍😍❤️❤️❤️

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

    Hammer63Hammer63Month ago

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

    Marina DesireeMarina DesireeMonth 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 BhalaiMonth 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 meMonth 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 NipMonth 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 PhillipsMonth ago
  • Keep Zaya safe and away from the internet for as long as you can 🙏🏼

    Ashleyjusto29Ashleyjusto29Month ago
  • amazing 😭

    Tiffany ZamanTiffany ZamanMonth ago
  • Good parents!

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

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

    Khalil BrimKhalil BrimMonth 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 ‘Month ago
  • Idk who they r but so glad he supports her. 💘

    Stream Lottery, You HoesStream Lottery, You HoesMonth ago
  • Definition of a Classic Man. ✊🏾💪🏽🙌🏽

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

    chosen elite76chosen elite76Month 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.

    Brady80Brady80Month ago
  • As a Transwoman I wish I had parents like them.

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

    Secret AdmirerSecret AdmirerMonth ago
  • 💛💛💛

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

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

    Dsgb GeorgiaboyDsgb GeorgiaboyMonth 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 BoyMonth ago
  • if you will not love and support your child unconditionally..... DO NOT HAVE CHILDREN

    Jay LiJay LiMonth 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.

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

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

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

    Mellie PierceMellie PierceMonth ago

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

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

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

    JuicytribeJuicytribeMonth ago
  • hellaaaa respect for him what an amazing father

    Kaylee AldridgeKaylee AldridgeMonth ago
  • 💖💖💖💖

    Kayla MonroeKayla MonroeMonth ago
  • Cyril MooreCyril MooreMonth 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 LambMonth ago
  • Much respect DWade Love your kids unconditionally

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

    Josh WitteJosh WitteMonth ago
  • Wonderful parents to allow Zaya to be HER

    Smooch💋OKCSmooch💋OKCMonth ago
  • I wish my dad was as accepting as this 😢

    The murrkenn FamilyThe murrkenn FamilyMonth ago
  • What a good man. Wish there was more hearts and genuineity (if that's a word 😄) like him in this world. God bless her for speaking her truth. We need to start teaching our children to be a vessel such as this young child.

    NikkiSiixxNikkiSiixxMonth ago
  • Good on ya Dwyane!!! I think your second act is going to be better than your first one... Hall of Fame basketball career... continue to lead by example... THANK YOU!!!

    john andersonjohn andersonMonth ago
  • Their family is so pure!!! I adore the love they show the world

    Neil RobsonNeil RobsonMonth ago
  • The lesson is this Love Your Child unconditionally, It is their life,Love is always the answer

    James WynnJames WynnMonth ago
  • There thousands of parents of gay kids who love their children.Thousands D wade just famous and on Ellen. No need for a ceremony. Like one of the commenters said to each is own.

    Pooh MitchellPooh MitchellMonth ago
  • 10/10 dad

    allyallyMonth ago
  • this is beautiful❤❤

    shae vlogsshae vlogsMonth ago
  • Very nice Ellen 😊🤗

    freshavacodofreshavacodoMonth ago
  • Ellen basically opened this video up with exactly what I was going to say. Every parent should support their child. loving your child unconditionally is what parents do.

    Lily MaganaLily MaganaMonth ago
  • *I hope every parent are so loving and supportive of their children, irregardless of their gender*

    Krizel's HustleKrizel's HustleMonth ago
  • D Wade is a beast on and off the court.✊🏼

    Ralph3210Ralph3210Month ago
  • Im a huge fan of this man for raising his child with respect. 💕

    SamSamMonth ago
  • The support of this family is through the roof ❤️ #UnconditionalLove

    Mia Renee’s “LIVINGROOMTALK”Mia Renee’s “LIVINGROOMTALK”Month ago
  • Such good parenting.

    Jose HernandezJose HernandezMonth ago
  • my guy wade🙏🐐🐐

    DatBoiiHenryDatBoiiHenryMonth ago
  • Never stop love your child for who they’re , all they need is loveee!.

    Jessica JosephJessica JosephMonth ago
  • I was mad at first and after listening to this I'm happy for what they did for her. Their parenting skills are the best and I respect them for that decision.

    Samara BSamara BMonth ago
  • Great great great father 🙏🏼 blessings 💞

    Lisha BrownLisha BrownMonth ago