Dwyane Wade’s 12-year-old trans daughter Zaya has an incredible lesson for us on self-acceptance

Dwyane Wade’s 12-year-old trans daughter Zaya has an incredible lesson for us on self-acceptance

NBA star Dwyane Wade recently appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show where he spoke about the moment his daughter came out as trans and asked to be called Zaya.

A day after the interview aired, Zaya instantly became our favourite new inspirational speaker when her stepmother, the actress Gabrielle Union, shared a video of her delivering some home truths while confidently driving a golf buggy.

Casually discussing her dysphoria with her father, Zaya asks: “What’s the point in being on this Earth if you’re going to try to be someone you’re not? It’s like you’re not even living as yourself, which is the dumbest concept to me… Just be true and don’t really care what the stereotypical way of being is.”

“Even when people are being mean, even when people are getting hurt because they’re trying to be themselves?” Wade said. “Even through that, you still want people to make sure that they live their truth?”

“Yeah, I know that it can get tough, definitely, but I think you push through and be the best you,” Zaya replied. She noted that although times have become more accepting, there are many people who are still set in their ways, but “you’ve gotta just push through.”

“I mean, it’s worth it, I feel like it’s very worth it, when you reach that point of [accepting] yourself,” she concluded.

“Feeling free, feeling like you,” Dwayne prompted. “Feeling like you don’t have to hide.”

“Yeah,” she agreed. “Like you can look in the mirror and say ‘Hi’ to yourself, ‘Nice to meet you,’ instead of, ‘I don’t really know who I am.’ It’s like a full-on identity crisis.”

Proud mum Gabrielle captioned the video: “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.”

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  1. Francis
    February 13, 07:47 Reply

    At point I tuned out as it felt as though she was heavily ignoring the privilege of having accepting parents and money. I may be wrong sha but that’s just the impression I got from her speech. ?‍♂️

    • Mandy
      February 13, 09:34 Reply

      Got the same impression. But I excuse her that ignorance because she’s 12. How much awareness can we expect her, at this age, to have of her privilege and members of the society who don’t have it?

      • Francis
        February 13, 13:43 Reply

        You’re right! *backs off* LOL.

  2. Pete
    February 13, 10:19 Reply

    It still doesn’t sit well with me kids transitioning.

  3. Bruse
    February 17, 01:27 Reply

    I’m thinking though, That it’s a good thing all together, to let them fly with the wings they’ve chosen for themselves.?

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