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 no matter what, and I make sure you understand when you get older.” will that … I love you kid, happy g day @zayawade. Inspire and persevere through everyone! We have your back on this side, Zaya. “
This marks the second birthday of the transgender teen who has been using her first name Zaya in public since her stepmother and father, who also have a 7 year old son, Xavier Zechariah WadeThe 19-year-old introduced them 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 is okay to listen to your children just as much, love them and respect them for who they are. Love and illuminate good people.”
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 we are proud allies too.”
In March 2020, Zaya made her first red carpet appearance at the sixth annual Truth Awards in Los Angeles. She was joined by Gabrielle and Dwyane, who wrote on Instagram at the time: “Everyone allows her to introduce themselves again, her name is Zaya Wade! Last night was Zaya’s first red carpet and we couldn’t have been more proud of how she dealt with the questions that was asked of her. She turned out to be one of the young faces and voices for the LGBTQ + community. “
See Zaya’s cutest family photos over the years: