There is a lot of debate in the world today about whether or not to accept LGBTQ+ people for who they are or to keep them from doing so. Transgender people (LGBTQ+) are criminalized in many Muslim countries, as well as in the majority of African countries. As a result of constant awareness and education about these perverts, Europe and the United States appear to be more welcoming to LGBTQ+ individuals.
Because of this, a number of people are coming out as gay or transgender, and one of them is 14-year-old Zaya Wade, a transgender teen. When Zaya came out as transgender in 2020, she became one of the youngest people in the LGBTQ+ community in the United States. As a 12-year-old, she had no experience in the field, and many questioned whether she was telling the truth, given her age at the time. Many critics, including her father, Dwayne Wade, an ex-basketball star, were outraged by her decision.
Zoin Malachi Airamis Wade, better known as Zaya, was born in the United States in 2007. Court rules that Dwayne Wade is entitled to full custody of Zaya Wade and her older brother Zaire, despite their parents’ divorce a few years prior to Zaya’s birth.
Despite her family’s initial shock, when she came out as gay at the age of 8, her parents decided to keep it a secret for her own safety and the safety of others in the community. She told her family at the age of 12 that she wanted to live as a woman because she was unhappy as a male. Because she’s attracted to boys, she sat the family down and said, “I think I’m a girl,” her father claims.
In February 2020, Zaya and her family finally announced her current status. Rather than Zion Malachi Airamis Wade, she changed her name to Zaya Wade and adopted the use of she and her pronouns. Transphobic reactions were mixed with those praising her bravery in making such a big decision.
The support she has received from her father and stepmother, Gabrielle Union, has been overwhelming. His transgender child has changed him as a person, according to the former NBA star.
After her child came out of the closet as transgender, he says he’s constantly researching and talking with others about the best ways he can help her. Take a look at Zaya wade now that she’s 14 years old.