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How Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade ‘Handle the Hate’ Surrounding Transgender Daughter Zaya

Putting on a united front. Gabrielle Union opened up about the “calvary” of support that has come since her husband Dwyane Wade’s daughter Zaya came out as transgender.

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“With all of the love comes the hate too,” the actress, 47, told Variety in her cover story, published on Wednesday, May 27. “It’s watching the love handle the hate that has been encouraging. We’re just loving and accepting our kids, which is not revolutionary. To some people it’s nuts.”

The L.A.’s Finest star went on tell the outlet: “For those people who have spoken out so publicly against our family … I’m not standing on my own. The cavalry is arriving, and they are unafraid to stand in their truth and not be compromising when we look at right and wrong.”

How Gabrielle Union Dwyane Wade Handle the Hate Surrounding Transgender Daughter Zaya
Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union with their children Kaavia James and Zaya Courtesy of Gabrielle Union-Wade/Instagram

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In February, Wade, 38, told Ellen DeGeneres how Zaya came out to him and Union. “[She] said, ‘Hey, so I want to talk to you guys. I think going forward, I’m ready to live my truth. And I want to be referenced as she and her. I would love for you guys to call me Zaya,’” the former professional basketball player said at the time. “Now it’s our job to one, go out and get information, to reach out to every relationship that we have.”

The athlete said that he and the We’re Going to Need More Wine author “are proud parents of a child in the LGBTQ+ community and proud allies as well.”

The Chicago native added, “When our child comes home with a question, when our child comes home with an issue, when our child comes home with anything, it’s our job as parents to listen to that, to give them the best information that we can, the best feedback that we can. And that doesn’t change because sexuality is now involved in it.”

Zaya has known her gender identity “for nine years, since she was 3,” Wade told Robin Roberts on Good Morning America later that same month.

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“As I got older and I watched my daughter grow, I had to go and look at myself in the mirror and say, ‘Who are you? What are you going to do if your child comes home and says, ‘Dad, I’m not a boy. … I’m a trans girl.’ What are you going to do?’” the athlete said. “That was my moment of real.”

Wade shares Zaya and her older brother, Zaire, 18, with his ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches, as well as son Xavier, 6, with ex Aja Metoyer and daughter Kaavia, 18 months, with Union.

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