Zaya Wade is the 13-year-old daughter of Dwyane Wade and stepmother Gabrielle Union, and her courageousness of sharing her journey of discovery that she was trans has been inspiring to many. Her parents have also shared their journey of understanding, and recently just learned another lesson – that Zaya had felt “outed” by them previously, even with their support.
Their support has been crucial, as the young girl has been targeted by many with their opinions but also support.
Union, appearing on the debut episode of Taraji P. Henson’s new Facebook Watch show Peace of Mind with Taraji, shared that Zaya had recently told her she felt outed before – once when she came out to her teacher in the third grade, and again on her 10th birthday.
“Zaya’s peace is non-negotiable. As Zaya gathered more language, she was able to tell us about her identity. She was able to tell us about her sexuality. She was able to tell us, ‘I’m trans.’ And she says, ‘I’ve come out a few times.’”
“She said, ‘Well, I came out to my teacher in the third grade and then [again] when you guys posted that picture of me in Chicago at my birthday party.’”
It was that picture, shared in 2017 at her 10th birthday, that caused Zaya to feel that way.
“That picture was dissected on black blogs. The comments were guessing as to who Zaya was and why… She said ‘I felt like I was outed and I was just standing next to the cake,’” said Zaya to Union.
See the clip below.