Dwyane Wade dyes his hair bright red in solidarity with trans daughter Zaya. This is what a supportive parent looks like
Dwyane Wade has, once again, shown us the confidence trans kids can have when they are loved and supported – this time, dying his hair a vibrant red alongside his daughter, Zaya.
In a post on Instagram, Dwyane shared a snap of himself and his daughter sporting matching dyed hair.
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He later shared more pictures and a video on TikTok – where his bio is: “Here to embarrass my kids” – of him and Zaya posing for the camera.
The ex-NBA player, who has four children and is married to actor and activist Gabrielle Union, revealed that his 12-year-old Zaya is transgender in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres in February, ahead of the release of a documentary about their family life.
Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle have been widely praised for their attitude towards Zaya coming out, beginning with how they handled things at the start of the year.
“For my wife and my family, we love the fact she doesn’t have to hide who she is,” Dwyane said when Zaya came out.
Wade admitted that he had been “ignorant” about trans issues before his daughter came out – moving him and Union to do research.
“But we know our child, and it’s our job as parents to find the most information we can.
“We’ve reached out to people and researched as many things as we can to try to help, not only our family, but other people in this journey and along the way.”
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He added: “I’ve been a person in a locker room that has been a part of the conversation that has said the wrong phrases and the wrong words myself…
“It was a process for us to sit down with our daughter and find out who she is and what she likes, and not put something on her – because as parents, we put our hopes and our fears on our kids.
“With Zaya, we decided to listen to her. She’s leading us along this journey.
“She’s known it for nine years. She’s known since she was three years old along this way we’ve asked questions and we’ve learned. But she’s known.”