During a virtual chat with Dwyane Wade's 13-year-old Zaya Wade, the former First Lady dropped gems about growing up and learning about one's self.
At the beginning of the call, Zaya admitted her split feeling of nervousness and excitement about meeting Michelle. "I'm meeting an idol," she expressed. "I'm literally meeting an idol, but like just preparing for this moment for so long but I'm very excited today. I also get to miss one of my classes, so you knowâ¦"
During the conversation Michelle Obama pointed out, "Well, like you have and currently are, you know, I am just so proud of you being an amazing role model and embracing your truth. You're already doing this so maybe this is for some other young people that are listening."
Wade, 38, first revealed his daughter's announcement during an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," speaking about how he supported his child since she told her parents she wanted to be referred to using female pronouns.
â Wade said his trans daughter Zaya knew gender identity since she was 3 years old
Dwyane Wade, son Zaire, Gabrielle Union share support for 12-year-old Zaya, pronoun change
The bottom line for Wade and wife Gabrielle Union: Making sure Zaya knows they support her wholeheartedly.
"This is her life every day. This is no game to us," Wade said Tuesday. "We're all about protecting her heart, we're about protecting her joy and to do that, we have to support her."
Wade said Zaya was the one who began doing research on gender identity and approached her family.
"'I don't think I'm gay,'" he recalled her saying. "'This is how I identify myself. This is my gender identity. I identify as a young lady. I think I'm a straight trans (girl) because I like boys.'"
Wade said he didn't know anyone who came out as a member of the LGBTQ community when he was growing up and realized "early on" with Zaya he had to evaluate himself to help his child. He and Union sat down "together as a family" and did research and outreach on their own to learn how they could best support Zaya. Union even reached out to cast members from the FX show "Pose" â a drama series centered around black and Latino LGBTQ characters â for advice. â
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