Gabrielle Union Says Stepdaughter Zaya Felt 'Outed' By Instagram Photo

Written by on December 15, 2020

Gabrielle Union’s outspoken help of her transgender stepdaughter, Zaya Wade, continues to garner reward from LGBTQ rights advocates. Nonetheless, the actor admitted her position because the stepparent of a trans teen may be very a lot a piece in progress.

Showing on the Fb Watch collection “Peace of Thoughts With Taraji” on Monday, Union recalled the time Zaya endured on-line hypothesis about her gender identification after she appeared on her dad and mom’ social media.

“Zaya’s peace is nonnegotiable,” Union informed host Taraji P. Henson. “As Zaya gathered extra language, she was in a position to inform us about her identification. She was in a position to inform us about her sexuality.”

“She was in a position to inform us, ‘I’m trans,’” she continued. “And she or he says, ‘I’ve come out a couple of occasions. I got here out to my trainer in third grade, after which once you guys posted that image of me in Chicago at my birthday celebration.’ And it’s simply Zaya standing subsequent to her cake.”

Union, who’s married to retired NBA star Dwayne Wade, hadn’t meant to immediate scrutiny with the put up. Nonetheless, the picture went on to be “dissected on sure Black blogs,” she stated, “and the feedback have been guessing as to who Zaya was and why. … She stated, ‘It felt like I used to be outed, and I used to be simply standing subsequent to my cake.’”

Each Union and Wade have clarified that Zaya has since given them permission to speak publicly about her journey.

Zaya, 13, made her purple carpet debut alongside Union and Dwayne Wade on the 2020 Fact Awards in Los Angeles in March. The looks got here simply weeks after Dwayne Wade went public about his daughter’s gender identification in an ESPN documentary “D. Wade: Life Surprising.”

“As soon as Zaya got here house and stated, ‘I need you to name me Zaya and I’m able to tackle this,’” he informed Ellen DeGeneres in a February interview to advertise the movie. “I checked out her and stated, ‘You’re a chief. And that is our alternative to help you be a voice.’”

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