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

  • Published: 11 February 2020
  • 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.

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Comments • 517

  • Jbsayzwhat
    Jbsayzwhat  18 hours back

    I respect him for being a super suportive of what his child tells him

    • Chester Wilson Jr.
      Chester Wilson Jr.  20 hours back

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

      • Zakiya Wiltz
        Zakiya Wiltz  21 hours back

        So Amazing❤️❤️❤️❤️

        • Stephanie Castillo
          Stephanie Castillo  21 hours back

          He’s the best father hands on 🙌🏻

          • Angel Perez
            Angel Perez  1 days back

            bro, no cap, that jacket is straight fire

            • KAHZI UP NEXT
              KAHZI UP NEXT  2 days back

              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

              • Lehlohonolo Tsolo
                Lehlohonolo Tsolo  4 days back


                • seeni gzty
                  seeni gzty  4 days back


                  • Austin Rodriguez
                    Austin Rodriguez  6 days back

                    Great dad seems like a smart guy not just hoops

                    • Joy Blue
                      Joy Blue  7 days back

                      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

                      • opzz xsin
                        opzz xsin  7 days back

                        My only thought watching this was “Wow, he spoke so eloquently and with so much love”.

                        • Daysha Moore
                          Daysha Moore  7 days back

                          I'm am completely shook his love and support is unreal.

                          • Gwen30
                            Gwen30  7 days back

                            Thank goodness for you loving your child Dwyane!!! Miss you on the court man! God bless you and your family.

                            • j m
                              j m  1 weeks back

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

                              • Miaya
                                Miaya  1 weeks back

                                I love this 😍😍❤️❤️❤️

                                • Hammer63
                                  Hammer63  1 weeks back

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

                                  • Wolvez Lionz
                                    Wolvez Lionz  1 weeks back


                                    • Marina Desiree
                                      Marina Desiree  1 weeks back

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

                                      • Pauline Bhalai
                                        Pauline Bhalai  1 weeks back

                                        DWad3 was always my favorite player not because he was great but because of the respect he as for himself and others!

                                        • just me
                                          just me  1 weeks back

                                          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

                                          • Lil Nip
                                            Lil Nip  1 weeks back

                                            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

                                            • Makeda Phillips
                                              Makeda Phillips  1 weeks back

                                              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.

                                              • Ashleyjusto29
                                                Ashleyjusto29  1 weeks back

                                                Keep Zaya safe and away from the internet for as long as you can 🙏🏼

                                                • Tiffany Zaman
                                                  Tiffany Zaman  1 weeks back

                                                  amazing 😭

                                                  • joan kearns
                                                    joan kearns  1 weeks back

                                                    Good parents!

                                                    • Naomie J
                                                      Naomie J  1 weeks back

                                                      I’m surprised the comments are on.

                                                      • Khalil Brim
                                                        Khalil Brim  1 weeks back

                                                        Lots of people are mad because they didn’t have a dad like this

                                                        • MANUEL ESTRADA
                                                          MANUEL ESTRADA  1 weeks back

                                                          Great parent support!!!

                                                          • AMERICA FIRST
                                                            AMERICA FIRST  1 weeks back

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

                                                            • Dream dean dream ‘
                                                              Dream dean dream ‘  1 weeks back

                                                              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

                                                              • SZNS DJ
                                                                SZNS DJ  1 weeks back

                                                                Idk who they r but so glad he supports her. 💘

                                                                • Carmel Latte
                                                                  Carmel Latte  1 weeks back

                                                                  Definition of a Classic Man. ✊🏾💪🏽🙌🏽

                                                                  • chosen elite76
                                                                    chosen elite76  1 weeks back

                                                                    Is it ok for me to disagree?

                                                                    • Brady80
                                                                      Brady80  1 weeks back

                                                                      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.

                                                                      • Morgana Moonshard
                                                                        Morgana Moonshard  1 weeks back

                                                                        As a Transwoman I wish I had parents like them.

                                                                        • Secret Admirer
                                                                          Secret Admirer  1 weeks back

                                                                          This was really needed a famous black family standing up for the LGBQT community

                                                                          • Robert Williams
                                                                            Robert Williams  1 weeks back


                                                                            • Sheldon Conk
                                                                              Sheldon Conk  1 weeks back

                                                                              This shit is regular. He’s a great Father.

                                                                              • Dsgb Georgiaboy
                                                                                Dsgb Georgiaboy  1 weeks back

                                                                                At the end of the day its his family their choices doesnt affect my life

                                                                                • Cyber Boy
                                                                                  Cyber Boy  1 weeks back

                                                                                  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

                                                                                  • Jay Li
                                                                                    Jay Li  1 weeks back

                                                                                    if you will not love and support your child unconditionally..... DO NOT HAVE CHILDREN

                                                                                    • J
                                                                                      J  1 weeks back

                                                                                      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.

                                                                                      • Naomi Meme
                                                                                        Naomi Meme  1 weeks back

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

                                                                                        • Syani Rose
                                                                                          Syani Rose  1 weeks back

                                                                                          I love that her family don’t judge her ❤️

                                                                                          • Mellie Pierce
                                                                                            Mellie Pierce  1 weeks back

                                                                                            What a great father, his children are so lucky

                                                                                            • Jeffrey Colon
                                                                                              Jeffrey Colon  1 weeks back

                                                                                              EVERYONE WITH A NEGATIVE COMMENT CAN EITHER SEE ME OR JUMP OFF A MFING BRIDGE, ALLLLLL CAPSSSSSSSSSS🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽✊🏽

                                                                                              • Dario Hall
                                                                                                Dario Hall  1 weeks back

                                                                                                Raise your kids how you want and love your kids support them

                                                                                                • SOB Hijo
                                                                                                  SOB Hijo  1 weeks back

                                                                                                  All his kids look just like him that’s brazy their like twins