Gabrielle Union has admitted that her family made some mistakes when it came to Dwayne Wade's 12-year-old transgender daughter Zaya Wade. According to The Jasmine Brand, during an interview she revealed that the family went to therapy to help Zaya's transition.
She said, “It’s a slow process where there’s a lot of checks and balances and the first is listening to your child. Talking to your child, meeting them where they are and for us it was getting a lot more therapy, get more educated as a family and giving Zaya safe spaces to be very articulate about her feelings about her identity and going from there step by step. We’re gonna make mistakes, we all did make mistakes, because this is relatively recent for us at the beginning of this school year."
She continued, "She’s been out as a queer child for years but the transition has been since the start of 7th grade. Just getting the pronouns, her preferred pronouns, or even knowing to ask other people ‘what are your preferred pronouns?’ and talking to people the way they prefer you speak to them. It is the most idiot-proof-basic least you can do…to speak to people the way they want to be spoken to, call them by the names they want, understanding what a dead name is versus their chosen name.”
Gabrielle added, “Zaya still has preteen things. You know she flipped up and cussed the other day, so I’m gonna guess that perhaps you been cussing with your friends. We love her as she is and we’re educating ourselves along the way and we’re gonna mess up. The other day there was a misgendering and Zaya has been gracious enough to be like you guys have until the end of the school year to get the pronouns together and the slip-ups are nipped in the bud because I understand this is a journey and a process but get it together. Let me tell you how it feels to be misgendered. And all you have to do is respect that and make the adjustments and change.”