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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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Dwyane Wade confessed he used to play dress up in his sister's clothes and heels when he was a kid.

Wade revealed his childhood explorations in a discussion about parenting on the "I Am Athlete" podcast. Wade, a father of four, said he wanted to be that parent who loves his children "unconditionally" and "selflessly".

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Wade, 40, said he and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, realized his son Zion, 49, was different early on.

"At three years old, me and my wife looked at each other and said, 'What if? What if Zaya comes home - at the time, the name was Zion - if Zion comes home and says 'Dad I'm gay...' What are you gonna do, sir?"

Wade said:

"The reason we looked at each other is because... as kids, I used to put on heels, I used to put on, I used to do all those things. I'd try to put on, whatever my sisters wear, whatever my sisters did, I'd try to do those things. So at first, I said to myself, 'Ah no, I did that. Zion is just doing the things I did. And then it went further and further and me and my wife had to look at each other and say 'What if?'"

Wade said he looked in a mirror and prepared himself for the day that came when Zaya was 8 years old. Wade said he changed the way he spoke in the locker room and challenged his teammates to change their views on LGBT+ people.

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Wade is also father to son Zaire, 20, daughter Kaavia, 3, and son Xavier,8.

Wade revealed the name his children calls his wife behind closed doors.

"They have a mother. She's not their mother. Right? We call her bonus mom. They don't call her Gab - they call her a totally different name that her family calls her... Nicky. Everyone calls her Nicky. My wife name is Nicky..."

Wade also discussed the relationship Zaya has with his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches.

"One day they're gonna be able to read what the hell is going on, and that's unfortunate. But, we're never putting shade on their mother. Right? We're not doing any of that. Right? We're the adults. We're the imperfect ones that have made these decisions. The only thing we're gonna do is lift them up. We're gonna lift their mother up and we're gonna lift everyone up. And that's what we all did. We all made sure at all times. No matter the situation - how ugly my divorce was... All we did is pump positive juice into the relationship that they mother would have with Zion and Zaya."

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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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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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Claudia Jordan expressed concern for 13-year-old male-to-female transgender Zaya Wade after former B2K singer J Boog criticized Michelle Obama for praising Zaya.

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"This is not cool, very demonic," said Boog (pictured). "Using this child for their new agenda. Take away the man - make the woman the new man - and no more reproduction."

Jordan, 47, responded to Boog's rant on her "Cocktails with Queens" web series, saying she shares Boog's sentiment that Zaya is being pushed to be an LGBT+ activist at a tender age.

"I think two things can be possible at the same time. I think the fact that — what Michelle Obama was doing was encouraging to a child. She was looking out for someone — an individual — and other kids that are like that."

The former beauty queen and Miss Teen USA (1990) added:

"On the other hand — I think some people are not properly articulating how uncomfortable they may feel about a child being pushed. They may think that child is being pushed to the front of the agenda — pushed to be the face of this. Now if Zaya is 1000% okay with that, then I'm all for it. It's really none of my business, but I feel like it's our job to talk about these things."

"I just hope that there are no regrets later on," she continued.

"I just want Zaya at the end of it to not feel and pressure. Like if Zaya ever felt like, 'You know what? I don’t feel this way anymore.' Does Zaya feel this uncomfortable, ridiculous amount of pressure to not be able to go back? Not saying that she wants to, but I just feel like [it’s] such a young age to have so much pressure on her shoulders."

Zaya, whose father is retired NBA player Dwyane Wade, came out as homosexual at age 11.
 

 


 

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Michelle Obama took time out of her busy schedule to chat with male-to-female adolescent Zaya Wade.

The former First Lady told Zaya she was proud of the youngster who is ex-NBA star Dwyane Wade's youngest born son, formerly Zion Wade.

The chat was awkward and both participants seemed at a loss for words at times.

What does a grown woman say to a 12-year-old child who is apparently on female hormones and puberty blockers?

"We've already heard so many great things about you," Mrs. Obama said, as the youngster giggled.

Zaya skipped a class to chat with Mrs. Obama who was very appreciative.

"I am just so proud of you, being an amazing role model and embracing your truth right?" Obama said.

Democrats are gently steering more Black boys to try puberty blockers. Joe Biden's assistant health secretary Dr. Rachel Levine previously expressed support for gender confirming surgery in teens.

Dr. Levine, who is openly transgender, said "street youth" should not receive puberty blockers, but proceed immediately to taking cross-sex hormones.

"You're already doing this," Mrs. Obama told Zaya, "so maybe this is for some other young people that are listening."
 


 

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Rapper Boosie Badazz sent a desperate message to Mark Zuckerberg after his Instagram page was banned this week.

Instagram bloggers who followed his account claim his IG was banned for constantly promoting suggestive photos from his OnlyFans account.

"They just took my Instagram," the 37-year-old said, addressing Instagram owner Zuckerberg in a video on Thursday. "Mark Zuckinburger, I need to talk to you. Bosses need to talk to bosses [sic]. I don't know what I did but I need my Instagram back. I don't even know what I did! But this is how I feed my family. Mark, do not do this to 2020. Do not take Boosie off Instagram! We need to talk, Mark."

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In February, Boosie was banned from a Planet Fitness gym in Georgia after he and his son disparaged Dwyane Wade's transgender child, Zaya Wade.

In May 2020, Boosie was heavily criticized for another deleted video in which he described hiring adult sex workers to service his teenage son and nephew. At the time he said p0rnography was more appropriate for children to watch than "cartoons with two men kissing.

Watch Boosie's desperate plea to Zuckerberg below.
 

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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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LeBron James's eldest son Bronny James is over people constantly asking him if he would date Dwyane Wade's MtF transgender child, Zaya Wade.

Zaya, 13, was born a boy named Zion, but he changed his name in 2019 after coming out during a Pride parade in Miami.

Bronny, 15, was repeatedly asked the question during his Twitch livestream sessions. The star high school player was asked by someone if he'd date Zaya Wade.

"Did I just hear that?" Bronny said, while frowning.

In another video, while playing a basketball game, a fan asked if Bronny would "smash" Zaya. He looked perplexed and said, "Why would you ask that?" Before asking his followers to "flame" the person for asking the question.

Bronny, who is heterosexual, has come under scrutiny for mentioning the type of females he is attracted to on TikTok.

Black females were upset when Bronny declared his preference for light-skinned exoticals or Hispanic women.
 

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Boosie Badazz claims he declined a meeting with rap mogul Jay-Z who tried to entice him to apologize to retired NBA star Dwyane Wade.

In an interview with The Breakfast Club radio show, Boosie claims Jay-Z tried to arrange for him to apologize to Wade over comments the rapper made about Wade's gender confused child, Zaya Wade.

Zaya, who was born Zion, is a 12-year-old boy who suffers from the mental disorder Gender Dysphoria and prefers to use feminine pronouns.

Boosie, whose real name is Torrence Hatch, said Wade went too far by announcing his child's sexual and gender preference.

"Nah, they already tried to do that. They was trying to hook up some shit with a meeting," said Boosie. "They say Jay-Z was gonna get him on the phone and all that shit. I need to apologize to save this and save that."

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Boosie's 16-year-old son (pictured left) supported his father in an Instagram stories post, writing:

"F*ck Dwayne [sic] and his son, [I don't care if] he gay. My pops said what he said. Stop sending me that. I bet you won't say it to our face. I know this girl that will do sum thangs to DWade son that will make that boy back str8."

 

Boosie went on to say he declined to speak with Jay-Z because he didn't think he said anything wrong.

"I'm not apologizing for shit. I don't give a f*ck if Jesus calling to get me to apologize. I said what I said, man. I felt that was right."
 

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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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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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Pictures and video have surfaced of the male nanny hired by Dwyane Wade to watch his two young sons 24 hours-a-day.

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Wade had just divorced his first wife, Siohvaughn Funches, and received full custody of his young sons. But he was a star NBA player who was often on the road. He needed someone to watch his kids. So, rather than call their mother, he turned to a male nanny.

Wade, 38, recently made headlines when he announced his 12-year-old son, Zion Wade, calls himself "Zaya" and prefers feminine pronouns.

The Internet wondered if someone influenced young Zaya to lean towards an alternative lifestyle.

In one video uploaded to social media by activist Tariq Nasheed, the nanny is seen boating with young Zion, who seems to be every bit a wide-eyed, fun-loving boy.

The Internet believes someone touched Zion when he was very young. Child experts say young children are eager to please adults in their lives. Some children are very easily manipulated by trusting adults.

Was Dwyane Wade a little too trusting with a non-family male around his sons? Is that why all images of the male nanny were scrubbed from Wade's social media?

So many questions.
 


 

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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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50 Cent promised to be a kinder, gentler social media troll after the tragic death of NBA star Kobe Bryant in a helicopter accident last month.

But the rapper-turned-TV executive, real name Curtis Jackson, went back on his word when he trolled Dwyane Wade's 12-year-old son, Zaya Wade, on Instagram.

Wade recently announced his son, Zion, now goes by the name Zaya and uses the feminine pronouns she/her.

On Monday, the 44-year-old rap mogul posted a meme on his Instagram page that shows Wade, 38, sitting next to incarcerated singer R. Kelly, 53, at a fashion show.

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A bubble above Kelly's head reads: "I heard you had a daughter now." Wade responds "U touch her I'll kill ya."

Fiddy captioned the meme: "LOL NOW THIS SOME FUNNY SH*T."

Kelly is currently in jail awaiting trial on charges of raping minors in Chicago and other cities. The charges date back to the 1990s.

Wade's wife, actress Gabrielle Union, 47, is fully supportive of her stepson, Zaya's mental illness.

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