Article Refers To Gabrielle Union As Zaya Wade’s Parent, Ignores Her Birth Mother
Zaya Wade is just 15 years old, and already she’s become the face of the Black transgender community. This month, LOGO has honored the teenager with a profile where Zaya explains her journey.
The articles also refers to Zaya’s “trailblazing parents” – Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade.
The article doesn’t mention Zaya’s birth mother, and the woman who raised Zaya from a baby – Siovaughn Wade, who is a prominent Christian pastor and podcaster. Siovaughn has been noticeably silent on Zaya’s new public “coming out.” But it’s clear that Zaya and her mom still have a strong relationship.
During the interview, the 15 year old says, “There are genuinely people out there who think that you’re a kid, this is a phase, or you don’t actually know what you’re talking about. I know that I’m trans and it’s not like one day I just went, ‘I want to try out being trans.’ No. So just suck it up. We are who we are.”
Zaya’s father is former professional basketball player Dwyane Wade, who spent the majority of his 16-year career playing for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and won three NBA championships.
He was a 13-time NBA All-Star, an 8-time member of the All-NBA Team, and a 3-time member of the All-Defensive Team. Wade is also Miami’s all-time leader in points, games, assists, steals, shots made, and shots taken.
Wade is currently the host of the American adaptation of the game show The Cube.