The Sweet Way Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade honored daughter Zaya on her 14th birthday
Zaya’s older brother and Dwyne’s oldest child Zaire blesses Dwyane Wade wrote on his Instagram page: “I will always be here to love and protect you, through thick and thin. You have a brother in me 5L, no matter what and I make sure that you understand as you get older, that … I love you child, happy g-day @zayawade. Keep inspiring and persevering through everyone! We have your back on this side, Zaya. “
This is the second birthday of the transgender teen who has publicly used her first name Zaya since her stepmother and father, who also have a 7-year-old son. Xavier Zechariah Wade, 19, introduced her in February 2020.
“Meet Zaya,” wrote Gabrielle on social media at the time. “She is compassionate, loving, smart, and we are so proud of her. It’s okay to listen to your children, love and respect them for who they are.
Around the same time, Dwyane spoke about his and Gabrielle’s support for Zaya on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, saying, “We are proud parents of a child in the LGBTQ + community and proud allies too.”
In March 2020, Zaya made her first red carpet appearance at the sixth annual Truth Awards in Los Angeles. She was accompanied by Gabrielle and Dwyane, who wrote on Instagram at the time: “Everyone allows her to introduce themselves, her name is Zaya Wade! Last night was Zaya’s first red carpet and we couldn’t have been more proud of the way she treated the questions she was asked. She has developed into one of the young faces and voices for the LGBTQ + community. “
Check out Zaya’s cutest family photos over the years: