Zaya’s big brother and Dwyane’s oldest child Zaire blessing Dwyane Wade wrote on his Instagram page, “I will always be there to love and protect you, through thick and thin. You have a 5L brother in me no matter what and I make sure that as you get older you understand what … I love kid, happy day @zayawade. Keep inspiring and persevering through all of them! We have our backs on that side Zaya. “
This marks the transgender teenager’s second birthday by using her first name of Zaya publicly from her mother-in-law and father, who also has a 7-year-old son, Xavier Zacharie Wade, 19, presented it in February 2020.
“Meet Zaya,” Gabrielle wrote on social media at the time. “She is compassionate, loving, intelligent and we are so proud of her. It is good to listen to, love and respect your children exactly as they are. Love and enlighten the right people.”
Also around the same time, Dwyane spoke of his and Gabrielle’s support for Zaya on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, stating “We are proud parents of a child from the LGBTQ + community and we are also proud allies.”
In March 2020, Zaya made her first red carpet appearance at the sixth annual Truth Awards in Los Angeles. She was joined by Gabrielle and Dwyane, who wrote on Instagram at the time: “Everyone lets her introduce herself again, her name is Zaya Wade! Last night was Zaya’s first red carpet. and we couldn’t have been more proud of the way she answered the questions that were put to her. She has become one of the young faces and voices of the LGBTQ + community. “
Check out Zaya’s cutest family photos over the years: