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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.
 

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Angela Stanton-King, who is running for Rep. John Lewis's Congressional seat, criticized Dwyane Wade for exploiting his gender confused child Zaya Wade.

Stanton-King, a best-selling author and former reality TV star, was recently granted a full pardon by President Trump in February, after serving a 6-month home confinement for a white collar crime.

Zaya, who was born a boy named Zion Malachi Airamis Wade, believes he is a girl. The 12-year-old made his red carpet debut at a charity event in Los Angeles, alongside Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union.

Union, 47, posted a video of the boy strutting the red carpet in an overtly provocative manner that many saw as inappropriate behavior for a minor child.
 

Stanton-King, 53, was among the critics who voiced their concern that the Wades are exploiting the child.

"PEDOPHILIA" she wrote above a photo of Zaya. "Gay means Men having sex with men. If you wouldn't want your 12 yr old daughter advertising that she enjoys sex with men/boys why your 12 yr old son? This is confusion, pedophilia, and sexual exploitation wrapped up in acceptance."

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Zaya's supporters among the LGBQ and T communities reacted swiftly, labeling Stanton-King "homophobic and transphobic". She followed up with another tweet:

"I am a woman that loves men and appreciates masculinity. We need our men. We need our sons. We need our brothers. Our men are not women and Our boys are not girls."

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Dwyane Wade, 35, and Gabrielle Union, 47, recently listed their Mediterranean style villa in Sherman Oaks, California for $6.2 million. The Wades purchased the 8,700-square-foot crib in 2018 for $6 million.

The house features eight bedrooms and 8.5 bathrooms, incredible mountain views, a grand spiral staircase, a home movie theater, and an Olympic size swimming pool.

The Wades moved out of the house 2 months ago after dropping a cool $18 million on a 22,000 square-foot, 7-bedroom manse in star-studded Hidden Hills, California. The house originally listed off market for $23 million.

Their neighbors in the exclusive guard-gated community include Drake, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, the Kardashians, Miley Cyrus, John Stamos, Matt LeBlanc, and more.

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The Wades also own a Miami Beach mansion that they've been trying to unload for a year. The former NBA star listed the house for $23 million.

The 14,000 square foot, 6-bedroom home boasts a chef's kitchen, a full-service hair salon and a half basketball court.

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Zaya Wade, 12, made his red carpet debut at a private event with Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union on March 07 in Los Angeles, California.

Wade, 35, posted an Instagram image of Zaya dressed in a multicolor tuxedo at the Better Brothers Los Angeles' 6th annual Truth Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Wade captioned the image:

"Everyone allow her to re-introduce herself her name is Zaya Wade! Last night was Zaya’s first red carpet and we couldn’t have been prouder of how she handled the questions that were asked of her. She has emerged as one of the young faces and voices for the LGBTQ+ community. #truthawards."

Wade's wife, actress Gabrielle Union, 47, posted a video of the family entering the event. Her followers were shocked at the child sashaying in an overly exaggerated sexual manner.

"You're serving fierce runway realness!" one homosexual male follower commented to the adolescent.
 

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Others praised the Wades for not allowing Zaya to wear stereotypical feminine attire. A Hollywood source claims Wade sought advice from NBA legend Magic Johnson, whose son EJ is a cross-dresser.

Magic, 60, reportedly told the Wades they made EJ wait until he was 18 to express his lifestyle by dressing in drag.
 


 

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Only 705,000 viewers tuned in to watch ESPN's D. Wade: Life Unexpected, a candid look at Dwyane Wade's life on and off the court.

The documentary drew Less than 1 million viewers despite the heavy press coverage of Wade's gender confused child, Zion Wade, a 12-year-old boy who calls himself Zaya and prefers feminine pronouns.

In addition to Zaya, the former Miami Heat star and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, 47, share 18-month-old daughter Kaavia James. He is also father to 18-year-old son Zaire and 6-year-old son Xavier, whose mother is family friend, Aja Metoyer.

Esquire magazine breathlessly called the documentary "a groundbreaking portrait of modern fatherhood" and "a breakthrough as a sports documentary" that "calls attention to the way we've viewed and discussed fatherhood in past years."

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An advanced screening of Wade's documentary at the massive AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami drew less than 1,000 fans on Sunday.

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In the documentary, Wade, 38, talked about how, when he was "on a break" from Union, he fathered Xavier. And about his public divorce from his first wife, Siohvaughn Funches, with whom he reached a $5 million settlement that included an NDA agreement.

Esquire referred to Wade's announcement about Zaya "the highest point" of the documentary.

"I looked at her and said, 'You are a leader. You are a leader and this is our opportunity to allow you to be a voice," Wade told openly lesbian TV host Ellen Degeneres.

"Right now it's through us because she's 12 years old, but eventually it'll be through her," Wade said.

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Celebrities reacted to rapper Lil Boosie's bizarre and disrespectful video rant about Dwyane Wade's gender confused child, Zaya Wade, 12. Boosie was heavily criticized for telling Wade not to cut his child's d*ck off.

Zaya's older brother, Zaire Wade, 18, responded to Boosie, saying the rapper had his facts wrong.

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Among the celebrities responding to Boosie's toxic rant was Wade's narcissistic wife, Gabrielle Union, 47, who seems to be enjoying all the attention.

Many believe Union pushed the weaker Wade into exploiting his emotionally troubled son for their own selfish benefits.

Union responded to Boosie's rant, saying she covers all of Zaya's haters in the blood of Jesus and will move forward in love and light, or something to that effect.

If you're wondering why Wade won't shut up about his dysfunctional family, it's because he has a documentary coming out on Sunday. The documentary is all about him, of course.

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Dwyane Wade says he dreaded telling his highly emotional wife Gabrielle Union about his break baby when his side piece, Aja Metoyer, told him she was knocked up with their son.

Xavier Zechariah Wade was born on Nov. 19, 2013. In his upcoming documentary on ESPN, Wade, 38, said telling Union about his love child was the hardest thing he has had to do.

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Wade, who is no stranger to sleeping with NBA groupies on the road, forgot to wear a condom when he had a brief sexual liaison with Metoyer, 36.

"I had a child with someone else and I had to tell her." Wade said in his documentary D. Wade: Life Unexpected. He struggled with his secret, knowing it would devastate Union, who is emotionally fragile.

"Hardest thing I've ever had to do is man up and tell Gabrielle Union that I've had a child with somebody else. I couldn't sleep. I wasn't eating. When you hold something in that you know is going to come out and you have this information and you know it's gonna f**k somebody's life up, that you care about, tat you love, if it don't hurt you, then you're not human. Me and Gab just went through something you never want to go through and we still came out of it."

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Wade recently revealed his son Zion Wade prefers to be called "Zaya" and use feminine pronouns - a consequence of Wade's long absences from home when Zion was a toddler.

Wade barely mentions Xavier in interviews or on social media. Despite that, the 6-year-old seems happy and well-adjusted.

His mom, Instagram model Aja Metoyer dotes on Xavier and his sisters Amara, 17, and Aniya, 15 - both by comedian Damon Wayans Jr.

Metoyer makes sure to keep a real man around her son at all times. In one Instagram video, the youngster runs out of the video frame while his sisters are dancing to a rap song.

We find out a few seconds later that he went to join the only man in the room. Even at age 6, Xavier knows that he is a boy who should not be dancing in videos with girly girls.
 

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Dwyane Wade's 12-year-old son Zaya, who was born Zion, shared an empowering message for other kids struggling with their gender identity.

Zaya, who is seen in a video uploaded to Instagram by stepmom actress Gabrielle Union, encourages other gender confused youth to be true to themselves and come out of the closet.

"Don't even worry about that, just be true to yourself," Zaya said, while riding in a golf cart with retired NBA star Dwyane.

"What's the point of being on this earth if you're just going to try to be someone you're not? It's like, you're not even living your true self, which is like, the dumbest concept to me. Be true and don't really care what the stereotypical way of being you is."

Gabrielle proudly tweeted alongside 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."

Interestingly, Zaya avoids reinforcing the stereotypical feminine style of wearing dresses, wigs and makeup to imitate biological women.

Instead, the youngster wears a gender neutral golf shirt, black jacket and cap.

When Dwyane asks about the struggle to be authentic even when "people are being mean", Zaya added: "I know it can get tough, definitely. But I think you can push through, and you be the best you and especially more recently, it's become more accepting."

Zaya continued:

"But I think even through bad times, you just gotta push through. It's worth it. I feel like it's very worth it when you reach that point of like, yourself. You can look in the mirror and say hi to yourself, 'nice to meet you,' instead of, like, I don't even know who I am. It's like, full identity crisis."

Gabrielle was ridiculed on social media after Dwayne told Ellen Degeneres that his wife turned to the cast of cross-dressers and drag queens on the hit TV series POSE for advice on dealing with her gender confused stepson.

Gabrielle, 47, did not respond to the criticism.

She plans to sue Simon Cowell for smoking around her before she was let go from her gig as a judge on America's Got Talent.

California has a strict anti-smoking policy which bans employers from knowingly or intentionally permitting... the smoking of tobacco products in an enclosed place of employment.

Twitter responded to Gabrielle's threat as the last desperate act of a soon-to-be, if-not-already blacklisted actress.

"Good luck getting any work," one user tweeted. Another Twitter user wrote: "Wow, I use [sic] to like her, before she revealed this crazy side. I'd say she is single-handedly ruining her career."
 

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Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union sought advice from the cast of hit FX television series POSE when Wade's 12-year-old son, Zion, told them he wanted to be known as "Zaya" and use feminine pronouns.

During a guest appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show, that will air on Tuesday, Wade said his son, "came home and said, 'Hey, so I want to talk to you guys. I think going forward, I'm ready to live my truth. And I want to be referenced as 'she' and 'her'. I'd love for you guys to call me Zaya'.

The retired NBA player told Ellen DeGeneres that his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, 47, turned to the cast of POSE for advice on dealing with a child who suffers from a gender disorder.

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"That was our job to go out and get information, to reach out to every [LGBT+] relationship we have," Wade said. "My wife reached out to everybody on the cast of Pose. We just tried to figure out as much information as we (could) to make sure we give our child the best opportunity to be her best self."

POSE, about New York City's Black and Latino LGBT+ and gender-nonconforming ballroom culture scene in the 1980s, is a cast of cross-dressing and non-binary actors.

Wade insisted neither he or his wife ever questioned Zaya's decision to come out, adding: "Once Zion came home and said, 'Call me Zaya,' and was ready to take on this, I looked at her and said, 'You are a leader. It's our opportunity to allow you to be a voice.'

"Right now it's through us, because she's 12 years old, but eventually it will be through her."

Wade, 38, shares 16-month-old daughter Kaavia James Union Wade with Union. He also has a son, Zaire, 16, with his first wife Siovaughn Funches; and a love child, Xavier, 6, with a fan, Aja Metoyer, 36.

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Heidi Klum is stunned at the backlash over her comments about Gabrielle Union's exit from America's Got Talent.

"A lot of people got mad at me," said Klum after she weighed in on the controversy surrounding Union, who was fired from the show's panel of judges in November after just one season.

Union claimed staffers with Simon Cowell's Syco production company objected to her many wig changes and her clothing as "too black."

But Klum did not share her experience when she was a judge for six seasons on the music competition series.

Speaking during the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, Klum said of her time on the series: "I can't speak for (Gabrielle). I didn't experience the same thing. To me, everyone treats you with the utmost respect. I've never seen anything that was weird or hurtful."

Some sensitive social media users said Klum kept her job because of her skin color.

"A lot of people got mad at me. I was called, for example, 'a white woman'," Klum said. "I think it is important for everyone to speak their truth. I think that when there is a story, it should be told. I had a different story."

"I can only speak to what I saw — it has nothing to do with what color I am," she added. "I am a human so I just looked at what I saw."

Klum served as a judge on the main show from 2013 to 2018, and returned for America's Got Talent: The Champions, which is airing now, WENN.com reports.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution has come under attack since Barack Obama took office in 2009.

In 2013, Obama signed a bill giving the government and the news media unlimited freedom to publish propaganda against U.S. citizens.

At the same time, the news media and liberal groups waged war against conservative organizations and individuals who dared to speak the truth.

Most Americans, like Klum, are shocked to learn they are not free to express their opinions in a post-Obama world.

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Sofia Vergara is in talks with NBC to replace Gabrielle Union, who was fired for making trouble on the set of America's Got Talent.

According to multiple reports, Vergara, 47, had a meeting with America's Got Talent bosses on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

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She didn't get off to a great start. Sources say the caliente Latina was 20 minutes late to the meeting. Vergara is reportedly also in talks with NBC to star in other projects including a show on Spanish language station Telemundo.

The Modern Family star will likely replace Union, 47, who complained about racism and sexism on the set of the talent competition show.

Union alleges staffers with Simon Cowell's Syco production company objected to her many wig changes and her clothing as "too black."

She also complained about a racist joke made by Jay Leno when he was a guest judge on the series.

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Gabrielle Union appeared to address her firing from America's Got Talent during a panel at the launch of her clothing line in New York on Monday.

Union, 47, was terminated as a celebrity judge on the NBC talent competition show in November.

During the panel discussion, Union suggested she was a "happy negro" who waited until she lost her $15 million gig before speaking out about racism and sexism on the set.

"Don't be the happy negro that does the bidding of the status quo because you're afraid," she said. "Don't allow them to call you angry when someone else is called passionate."

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Union didn't specifically call out NBC or her ex boss Simon Cowell, the creator of AGT. Both Union and her co-host Julianne Hough were fired.

Hough, 31, took the high road and thanked NBC for the opportunity. But Union didn't take her termination well. Union urged her fans not to be that negro who lets opportunity slip between her fingers.

"Do your best because corporations want global dollars," Union continued. "Do your best to hold the door open and hold people responsible."

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While Hough has a full schedule, Union has earned a reputation as being difficult to work with on sets.

Still, she regrets not speaking out until she was forced to depart from the show. She understands if others in her position are afraid to speak out.

"It's terrifying. There's a solid chance you'll lose your job," she said before adding coyly, "I speak from experience."

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Gabrielle Union shared a normal photo of her stepson Zion Wade, 12, on her social media account over the weekend.

Union, 47, posted a series of photos that show her, Zion, and her toddler daughter, Kaavia, posing next to a backyard tree decorated in Christmas lights. She captioned the images, "Family Time Is The Best Time."

In the Christmas photos, Zion appears to be a normal 12-year-old boy. The new images are in contrast to the provocative Thanksgiving photo she shared on Instagram.com that showed Zion wearing a crop top, leggings and acrylic nail tips.

His appearance, which was clearly inappropriate for a minor child, sparked a massive backlash against Union and her husband, retired NBA star Dwyane Wade, on social media.

Many called Wade an unfit father. Critics said the issue was not Zion's assumed sexual identity. They accused Wade and Union of exploiting an emotionally troubled child for their own selfish benefits.

The criticism must have struck a nerve with Wade because the 37-year-old sports analyst hit back, telling concerned social media users to kindly mind their own business.

Union posted the controversial photo after she was fired from NBC's America's Got Talent. She later accused the show's founder, Simon Cowell, of sexism, and she accused guest judge Jay Leno of racism.

After a 5-hour meeting with NBC and lawyers representing Cowell's Syco last week, Union deemed the meeting "productive".

She allegedly said Cowell's staff claimed her hair and clothes were "too black" for the show's audience.