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VIDEO: Dwyane Wade opens up about his child identifying as transgender

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Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) waves to the fans as he is introduced in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday Dec. 12, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Retired NBA superstar Dwyane Wade is opening up about his 12-year-old daughter Zaya coming out as transgender.

Zaya was born a male, named Zion. But as Wade told Ellen DeGeneres on Tuesday's "Ellen," his family are LGBTQ+ allies. Wade says:

Me and my wife, my wife Gabrielle Union...we are proud parents of a child in the LGBTQ+ community and we're proud allies as well. We take our roles and responsibility as parents very seriously.

Zaya's mother is Wade's ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches.

Wade told Ellen about the experience:

Zion, born as a boy, came home and said, 'Hey, so I want to talk to you guys. I think going forward I am ready to live my truth. I want to be referenced as 'she' and 'her.' I would love for you guys to call me Zaya. When our child comes home with a question, when our child comes home with an issue, when our child comes home with anything, it's our job as parents to listen to that, to give them the best information that we can, the best feedback that we can. And that doesn't change because sexuality is now involved in it. Now it's our job to one, go out and get information, to reach out to every relationship that we have. We're just trying to figure out as much information as we can to make sure that we give our child the best opportunity to be her best self.

In the clip above, Wade also talks about the death of his friend Kobe Bryant.

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