Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union have, time and again, proven they are incredibly supportive parents to their children — a unification that was visualized in bright color on March 7 when they stepped out with 12-year-old Zaya Wade on the red carpet.
E! News reports that the trio attended the Better Brothers Los Angeles 2020 Truth Awards together on Saturday, where they were photographed in bold, coordinating custom Richfresh suits with jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz.
Dwyane sported a black and white colorblock suit jacket with a fuchsia button-down underneath, while Gabrielle wore a similar blazer and pants with a cutout emerald green top. Zaya, who recently opened up about her gender identity and expression, opted for an outfit that pulled from both her parents’ looks: a bright green tuxedo jacket and shirt, paired with black and pink pants.
In a recent video shared on social media by Gabrielle, Zaya talked about the importance of staying true to who you are. “[To anyone] who is afraid they’re going to be judged, I would say don’t even think about that,” the 12-year-old said. “Just be true to yourself, because what’s the point of even living on this earth if you’re going to try to be someone you’re not? It’s like you’re not even living as yourself. Be true and don’t really care what the ‘stereotypical’ way of being you is.”
As noted by E!, Dwyane spoke further at Saturday’s Truth Awards about his family’s journey. “When our 8-year-old daughter, Zaya Wade, came home and said she had something to tell us, when she came out to us, as a family, we admitted that weren’t as educated about the LGBTQ+ community as we should have been,” the former NBA star said, adding that they turned to supportive close friends for guidance. “They…reminded us to make sure Zaya knew her community and felt the love and support inside and outside from home,” Dwyane added. “From working closely with Zaya to design her room in our homes to make sure that her most authentic self was represented and that her bedroom felt like her sanctuary. Now, that may seem small, but taking the time to make sure Zaya felt seen and heard as she created her own space for us was key. It was key to Zaya’s comfort and her confidence.”
On Instagram, Dwyane further expressed how proud he is of Zaya. “Everyone allow her to re-introduce herself her name is Zaya Wade!” he wrote. “Last night was Zaya’s first red carpet and we couldn’t have been prouder of how she handled the questions that were asked of her. She has emerged as one of the young faces and voices for the LGBTQ+ community.”
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