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Dwyane Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union were among the well-heeled stars at the 2022 Met Gala in NYC on Monday.

Two years ago, Dwyane's child, Zion Wade, came out as a transgender named Zaya.

Since then, Dwyane, 40, and Gabrielle, 49, have become vocal advocates for the transgender community.

A reporter from Variety and asked them to share encouraging words for other dads of trans children.

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The former NBA star offered fatherly advice to other dads of transgender children.

Dwyane said parents should remember the moment they saw their newborn in the hospital - and the love they felt for their child. "Don't let that ever leave you," he said.

"The moment when you were in the hospital and you grabbed your daughter and you looked at your daughter, all the emotions that went through your mind and how much love filled your heart at that moment. Don't let that ever leave you — no matter what. The one thing we do as parents is we find our 'mini-mes' and we try to make them just like us, but our kids are going to be who they are, and it's our job to help mold them and try to push them in the places that they want to go."

Gabby added: "And we believe them when they tell us who they are."

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Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade pose for photos before dining at Casa Cipriani in New York City on Sunday. Gabby looks stunning in a Loewe gown ahead of the Met Gala on Monday.

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Power couple Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert are seen at Vogue's pre MET gala party at Katz's Deli in NYC.

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Singer/actress Janelle Monáe looked stylish in a black and white jumpsuit and color block coat after having lunch at the Mark Hotel in NYC.

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Bella Hadid drew a crowd as she bares her midriff while leaving the Mercer Hotel heading to her apartment ahead of the Met Gala in New York City.

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Billionaire couple Lauren Sanchez and Jeff Bezos are seen in the SoHo neighborhood of NYC on Sunday, May 1, ahead of their first appearance at the MET Gala in New York City.

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Atlanta rapper Gunna was seen arriving at his midtown hotel with his brother ahead of the Met Gala in NYC.



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and Gabrielle Union's Easter photo went viral on Easter Sunday.

The photo shows the former NBA star and his wife posing with their children, daughter Kaavia James, 3, son Zaire Wade, 20, and his girlfriend, Lola.

Also in the photo are Dwyane's transgender child Zaya Wade, 14, formerly Zion, and Zaya's FtM significant other who identifies as a boy named Hudson (see photos below).

It was all too confusing for Dwyane's IG followers who tried to be open minded.

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According to a new poll, 62% of adults say they would be comfortable if their child came out to them as lesbian, gay, or bisexual.

Additionally, 24% of adolescents and teenagers now identify as transgender since 2020.

In response to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signing a transgender treatment ban into law, Dr. Nola Ernest said "86% of transgender youth contemplate suicide, and almost half attempt it."

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Magic Johnson, his wife, Cookie Johnson and their children Elisa Johnson, EJ Johnson, Andre Johnson and Andre's wife, Lisa Johnson, attended the Apple TV+ premiere of his docuseries, They Call Me Magic, at The Village Regency Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday.

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Magic Jonson and his gender neutral son EJ Johnson attended the Apple TV+ premiere of his "They Call Me Magic" docuseries at The Village Regency Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday.

EJ lost weight and he looks so good! EJ told Fox LA, "Through all of it, he's always been 'dad.' We never understood when I was little why people would faint or cry or scream when they would see him. We're like, he's just a man, what are you freaking out about but after a while, now it makes sense."

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Magic's pals Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union attended the Apple TV+ Premiere of Magic Johnson's 'They Call Me Magic' in Los Angeles. "What Magic has meant to me and my husband and our family is he physically shows up," Gabrielle told Fox LA. "People don't actually show up for anybody these days and he actually shows up every single time for us in literally every area of life."

Music legend Stevie Wonder said about Magic, "I am excited about his story being told by him, excited about being in this celebration. He has definitely written history that will be carried on through the sands of time then he's another person from Michigan."

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NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his well-heeled guest attended the Apple TV+ premiere of his "They Call Me Magic" docuseries at The Village Regency Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday.

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Actors Gabrielle Union and Zach Braff star in the Disney+ remake of "Cheaper By The Dozen" which premiered on Friday, March 18.

Union and Braff star as Paul and Zoey Baker, the interracial parents of a large blended family of 10 kids.

Union, who also executive produced the movie, said she normally doesn't do family-oriented movies, but she changed her mind after reading the script.

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"When I first read the script ... I wanted to be a part of something that our whole family could watch together and, you've seen some of my work, I don't do a lot of family-friendly type of stuff. So, I felt not only was it the perfect time for my own family but I think it's the perfect time for all the families who want to see different kinds of folks and different kinds of families reflected and celebrated on screen."

Union, 49, who shares daughter Kaavia James, 3, with husband Dwyane Wade, 40, said she couldn't manage a large family in real life.

"[The kids would be like], 'Mom went to the store, and in six years she hasn't returned!'" she joked.

"I think we are at max capacity at the Wade-Union household and that's why Zoey Baker is a fictitious character!"

See more of the cast members in the video below and check out photos from the Hollywood premiere.
 

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Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade took their children, Zaya Wade, 14, and Kaavia James, 3, to the Hollywood premiere of Gabrielle's new movie Cheaper By The Dozen.

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Gabrielle, 49, plays Zoey Baker, mom of a blended family of 12 kids in the Disney remake.

She wore a two piece black and white Altuzarra crop top and long skirt set. Her daughter Kaavia wore a matching outfit with black slippers.

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Zaya, Dwyane's child with his first wife, Siohvaughn Funches, was equally stylish in a floral Valentino shorts set, featuring a bandeau top and strappy heels. Zaya accessorized the outfit with a white Valentino handbag.

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Zaya's natural hair was twisted in a tight bun. Zaya and Gabrielle are very close.

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Zaya was noticeably taller at the premiere, and observers noted that the teenager has grown at least 3 inches since October 2021.

Biological males usually go through growth spurts of 3-5 inches a year during puberty, beginning at age 12 until age 16.

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Zaya came out as male-to-female transgender at age 11. Since then, Zaya has been celebrated by LGBT+ groups who are pushing schools to teach gender equality in grades K-12.

States such as Florida and Georgia have passed "Don't Say Gay" laws prohibiting the teaching of LGBT+ subjects in grades K-3.

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Gabrielle Union gave the paparazzi different looks while on a promotional tour in Manhattan this week.

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The 49-year-old mom-of-one was seen leaving the Crosby Hotel in New York while doing promo for her new Disney+ film Cheaper by the Dozen, about two parents raising 12 children in a blended family.

Gabrielle recently relaunched her collaboration with plus-size women's retailer Fashion to Figure.

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"There shouldn't be a divide in what's offered to straight-size customers versus plus," she said. "Inclusivity means all, and that's what's driven my return to Fashion to Figure and the Saadia Group."

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She continued:

"We didn't want to just extend sizes, or to create a new collection specifically for curves. We wanted to give all of our customers — across New York & Company and Fashion to Figure — the same offerings. Because that's what fashion equality is all about."

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Gabrielle is best known for her roles in the films Bad Boys II, Deliver Us From Eva, and Bring It On. She and retired NBA star Dwyane Wade welcomed a daughter named Kaavia James via surrogate in 2018.

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Gabrielle Union shared a shocking secret that explains why the "Bring It On" trailer is so different from the movie.

For years, fans of Bring It On wondered why certain scenes in the trailer were left out of the movie.

Now Gabrielle explains that the scenes were not in the movie because they were shot after the movie wrapped.

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Gabrielle played "Isis," the head cheerleader of the Clovers, a Black cheerleading squad from Compton that takes on a team from an affluent school in the cheerleading championship.

The cult classic also starred the late Natina Reed and Shamari DeVoe as the Clovers and Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, and Jesse Bradford as the rival cheerleaders who lose the title to the more talented Clovers.

"Story time!," Gabby said at the beginning of a now-viral TikTok video, that featured clips from the trailer.

"So, we shot these snippets that you see here after the movie wrapped, because once test-audiences saw the movie they wanted more of the Clovers. We shot these [scenes] only for the trailer, not for the movie, to make people think we were in the movie more than we were. The end."

Over 2 million viewers watched the Tiktok video.

Watch the Tiktok video and movie trailer below.


 

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Gabrielle Union dressed up as Janet Jackson to audition for a part in The Matrix - only to discover the real singer was also trying out for the role.

Gabrielle copied the "Control" singer's clothes, hair, and even her trademark mole, to give her an edge over the other hopefuls. But she was stunned when the real Janet Jackson walked in and sat down opposite her.

Gabrielle recalled her awkward encounter with the music icon, according to WENN.com.

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"Everyone and their mother was auditioning for The Matrix," she told The Late Late Show With James Corden.

"I went to audition (and) I needed to feel like the most powerful, beautiful and amazing woman in the world, so of course, I wanted to channel Janet Jackson," she said.

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"I go to Extensions Plus, which is, like, the Mecca of (hair) weaves. I wanted to get the good hair, the Janet hair, from the weave emporium. I literally find the exact outfit from her album cover. I draw in the damn mole. I fully committed. I play Janet the whole time, waiting for the audition, in there early. No one's going to stop me... (and) in walks Janet Jackson.

"The same audition, and I'm cosplaying as Janet, with a weird drawn-on mole. Neither of us got it. I think we canceled each other out."

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When the two stars crossed paths later at a Miami, Florida nightclub, Gabrielle wasn't sure she wanted to meet the singer after their embarrassing audition moment.

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However, the singer's then-boyfriend, Jermaine Dupri, told her Janet wanted to say hello, and the starstruck actress burst into tears.

"I'm bawling in the club, snot bubbles, the whole thing... but now she knows I'm a weirdo," Gabrielle recalled.

"I don't know what's about to happen, and I get there, and she jumps up and gives me a hug and says, 'I'm so proud of you...!' Now we're friends."

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Gabrielle Union revealed her big chop in a series of photos on her Instagram page on Friday, July 23.

The mom-of-one chopped off all her hair and stopped wearing wigs and hair extensions as she undergoes natural midlife transition at age 48.

The Deliver Us from Eva actress is married to retired NBA player Dwyane Wade. They share 2-year-old daughter Kaavia James.

Gabby shared photos of her newly shorn hair on Instagram. The photos featured Gabrielle standing in her open concept kitchen in a body-hugging black dress. She accessorized with large gold hoop earrings and delicate gold necklaces.

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Gabby captioned the photo gallery:

"So, I did a thing [hug emoji] The movies always show women cutting their hair when all is lost but I wanted to know the feeling of making a change when things are gravy. It hits different and its foreign to me but I [heart emojis] this new new. #SummerChop #FlawlessChop #FlawlessCut."

Menopause signals a woman's natural transition from young adulthood to middle age between the ages of 40-65.

During the onset of menopause, a woman's ovaries shrink and stop producing the female hormones estrogen and progesterone that control the menstrual cycle. Every bio female is born with about 1 million eggs in her ovaries.

One or more eggs are released once a month during the menstrual cycle beginning in adolescence until middle age.

During menopause, the eggs are depleted, the menstrual cycle stops and females are no longer able to become pregnant.

The average age of menopause is 50. Menopause can be distressing for some women due to the symptoms which range from mild to severe.

Hot flashes plague 75 percent of perimenopausal woman, and last for an average of five years.

A hot flash feels like an oven turned up to 450 degrees. The sudden intense heat causes profuse sweating that makes wearing wigs and hair extensions unbearably hot.

Other symptoms include:

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    Kim Kardashian looked hawt in red snakeskin bodice over a black lace bra and black leather pants after enjoying a late-night dinner in Los Angeles. The three-time divorcee caused a paparazzi frenzy as she strutted out the rear exit of the restaurant. The 40-year-old mom-of-four divorced rap producer Kanye West in February 2021.
     

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    Singer Kelly Rowland was spotted out and about after she recently welcomed her second child, a baby boy named Noah Jon, on January 21. She is pictured wearing a black form-fitting dress and throwback Nike sneakers while out running errands around town.
     

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    Rihanna showed off her Bohemian style as she stepped out for a late night dinner with family at Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica. Rihanna displayed her eclectic sense of fashion in a multicolor fur coat with a matching top and rust colored lambskin leather pants with white heels. She accessorized the look with a stylish zebra print fur hat and shades.
     

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    Auntie Gabrielle Union was spotted wearing a wedding gown in an unretouched, unfiltered paparazzi photo taken on the set of "Cheaper by the Dozen" in Los Angeles, CA. The 48-year-old Scorpio stars in the remake of the classic 2003 film alongside actor Zach Braff.
     

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    Amber Rose and her baby daddy Alexander "A" Edwards drew a small crowd as they arrived at a pop-up shop on Melrose for Dipset and Posta Boys in Los Angeles.

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    John Legend praised Gabrielle Union and her effeminate husband Dwyane Wade as "powerful LGBTQ+ allies."

    John, who is rumored to be bisexual, delivered a gushing tribute to the 47-year-old Deliver Us from Eva actress and the 38-year-old basketball star as they were named in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

    The couple were named not for their career achievements, but for "being forces of change," after they accepted Dwyane's transgender child, Zaya, who was born a boy named Zion Wade.

    The "All of Me" singer praised them for setting "a powerful example for parents to be good allies to young people who are figuring out who they are."

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    Dwyane is dad to Zaya, his son with his ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches. Earlier this year, the NBA star revealed Zion told them he'd "love for you guys to call me Zaya" after coming out as transgender.

    "Freedom exists in so many different forms. But we are so blessed to be in a household where we have free children," Gabrielle said during Tuesday's ABC TV special.

    "We have a daughter that is almost two, that the world has seen is bound to nothing but whatever is in her heart and on her soul at the moment. And it's beautiful to watch truly free children."

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    "We have another daughter who's 13 (Zaya), who has the freedom to be exactly who she is, who she was born to be, to be her most authentic self. She doesn't ask permission to exist. That is wildly inspiring," the star added.

    In a brief essay for Time, crooner John heaped praise on the couple, writing: "Every kid is going to be different in some way or another. Every kid is going to have their own individuality and their own interests and their own identity.

    Dwyane and Gabrielle started dating in 2008 and they wed in August, 2014. They welcomed their first child, Kaavia, via surrogate in 2018. The sportsman also has sons Zaire, 18, and Xavier, 6, from previous relationships.

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    Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union were the "proud parents of a transgender child" as they thanked 13-year-old Zaya Wade for expanding their view of the world at the GLAAD Media Awards on Thursday night.

    The pair appeared via remote camera during the 31st annual awards ceremony to present the prize for Outstanding Drama Series to the cast of Pose.

    The couple honored Zaya, who came out as a male-to-female trans, with father Dwyane stating: "We stand as allies with the LGBTQ+ community, as proud parents of a transgender child. Our daughter Zaya is leading us on our journey, and we're doing all we can to give every one of our kids the ability to live their truth.

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    "I didn't always understand how to do that, but I want to thank Zaya for teaching me, and GLAAD for elevating the images and messages that accelerate acceptance in every family."

    Gabrielle added: "That mission means even more to us now as we raise all of our black children. Black lives matter, and Black trans lives matter.

    "We are calling on all of our racial justice warriors out there to open your hearts and your mind to the LGBTQ+ community, so that we can work together and empower each other and save lives."

    Pose, a drama series about New York's ballroom culture in the 1980s and 1990s, was among the big winners at the evening's virtual ceremony, where other victors included Schitt's Creek, which took home the Outstanding Comedy Series trophy, and Booksmart, which was crowned Outstanding Film.

    Rapper Lil Nas X was named Outstanding Music Artist, while Country singer Dolly Parton made a special remote appearance to collect her trophy for Outstanding Individual Episode for the "Two Doors Down" installment of her Netflix show, Dolly Parton's "Heartstrings."
     

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    Gabrielle Union (right) said the coronavirus shutdown is hitting Black entertainers hard. In a recent interview, the 47-year-old actress said she and her celebrity friends are just a paycheck or 2 away from going broke.

    Gabrielle is pictured above with her "L.A.'s Finest" co-star Jessica Alba.

    "For most certainly Black entertainers, Black celebrities we don't really... for all of the Oprahs and the people who have just a lot a lot a lot a lot of money -- most of us are one or two checks away from not having money to pay for all of our things, you know what I mean?"

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    She added that some celebrities live beyond their means and are paying for everything on credit.

    "So this stoppage of work and money is impacting marginalized celebrities the most. You know like all those influencers you see who take all the trips, they're in Dubai one week and they're in London in the next week in Paris next week and they seem to be everywhere. They may not have a lot of liquid income. And you can't charge your rent. You have to pay your rent. So if you don't have the opportunity to do all the things you need to do to be the influencer, your money's funny. And if your money is funny, you don't have much of anything."

    Georgia, Florida and nearly 2 dozen other states have reopened or are opening and lifting restrictions so their residents can go back to work.

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    Gabrielle Union sparked outrage online by posting a quarantine video that shows her and stepson Zaya Wade having harmless fun.

    The video shows Zaya wearing an improvised sarong, while Union dances like the tooth fairy.

    Union, 47, is married to Zaya's dad, retired NBA star Dwyane Wade, who announced Zaya was a transgender who prefers feminine pronouns.