Dwyane Wade Says His 12-Year-Old Now Identifies as Female | 22 Words

Today in 2020, a person should be allowed to dress in any way they please, regardless of gender.

But sadly, there will always be people out there who will relentlessly troll those who dress differently to others, and these people even target children.

Dwyane Wade is the father to 4 children, and one of which is twelve-year-old Zaya Malachi Airamis Wade, who was pictured wearing false nails and a cropped top. Despite all the unnecessary outrage amongst some of his fans, he addressed the issue, hitting home with a powerful message for all parents out there. And because of his support, she now identifies as a female.

Keep scrolling for the full video of Dwyane talking about the issue on The Ellen Show.

Dwyane Wade is best known for his career as a professional basketball player.

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The thirty-seven-year-old, who was born in Chicago, spent the majority of his 16-year career playing for the Miami Heat in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Dwyane has a pretty big family...

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He has 2 sons with ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches, he is raising his nephew who is the son of his sister, Deanna, and he has a son and a daughter from 2 other relationships.

He is currently married to actress Gabrielle Union...

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And his most recent child arrived through IVF with Gabrielle.

Dwyane maintains a good relationship with all of his children...

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And he posts on social media regularly with his kids. The snaps are pretty adorable.

Dwyane spent some quality time with his family for Thanksgiving...

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And as any family would do, they were posing for some candid photographs together to mark the festive season.

One photograph caught fans' attention...

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This photograph was posted to Gabrielle's Instagram with the caption, "Grateful... Happy Thanksgiving good people. To all the friends and family that have my back and all the friends and family, I've never met who show love and support when everyone is looking and when no one is looking...All praise, gratitude and thankfulness," and it shows Dwyane with Zaya, Gabrielle, and their baby Kaavia James Union Wade.

Fans were quick to point out twelve-year-old Zayas appearance...

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She is pictured wearing false pointy nails and a cropped top, which is literally, not a big deal at all, but people have certainly made it into one.

Cruel comments quickly began to flood in...

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People were making sarcastic comments about the child wearing nails and a cropped top, and even began asking where their biological mother was.

"Like a girl"... Is that meant to be an insult?

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It didn't take long for the narrow-minded comments to come about Zaya "dressing like a girl."

Some people are clearly forgetting what era we're living in...

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People can dress in whatever they please, regardless of gender.

Dwyane and his family noticed the cruel comments...

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So he decided to address it publically himself.

Dwyane's first attempt at addressing the issue went like this...

"I’ve seen some post-thanksgiving hate on social about my family photo. Stupidity is apart of this world we live in - so I get it. But here’s the thing - I’ve been chosen to lead my family not y’all. So we will continue to be us and support each other with pride, love & a smile," he wrote on Twitter. Keep scrolling to see his second attempt which was even more powerful.

Dwyane's tweet caused floods of support and praise from fans...

And he replied to a fan saying, "As a parent my only goal is that my kids feel that I see them, love them and support them."

Dwyane knows the score when it comes to being a good and supportive parent...

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"Shout out D. Wade for setting the example of a Black father loving and accepting their children as they are. There’d be a lot less trauma in our community if more Black dads were like this," one fan wrote.

His second attempt to defend his family came on a podcast.

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While featuring on Stephen Jackson and Barnes' "All The Smoke" podcast this week, Matt Barnes asked the NBA player about how difficult it is parenting his "gay son" because of his "masculine" sports background.

Wade revealed that he grew up "ignorant" and had to lean on his wife for help.

He started off his powerful message like this: "I had to look myself in the mirror when my son at the time was 3 years old and me and my wife started having conversations about us noticing that he wasn't on the boy vibe that Zaire [his other son] was on."

He continued:

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"And, I had to look myself in the mirror and say, 'What if your son come home and tell you he's gay? What are you going to do? How are you going to be? How are you going to act? It ain't about him. He knows who he is. It's about you. Who are you?'"

It's all about perspective to him...

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"I grew up with the same perspective as a lot of these people out here that's a little ignorant. I grew up with a similar perspective," Wade said. "And, you meet people along the way that help you take those glasses off and put on some different ones. Look through life through a different lens. That's what my wife has been able to do. So, it's been cool."

He now vows to use his voice to stand up for those who can't.

"Everybody get used to it, man. This is the new normal. So if anybody different, we looked at as different. You know what I'm saying? The ones that don't understand it. The ones that don't get it. The ones that are stuck in a box. You're different. Not the people that are out here living their lives, man." He ended it with a powerful line, saying: "You can learn something from your kids."

An example of a supportive and kind parent...

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Every parent should allow their children to be who they truly want to be, and Dwyane and his family are completely doing the right thing.

And because of his support, his child now identifies as a female.

Watch the full clip of Dwyane Wade talking about how the situation played out on The Ellen Show. Keep scrolling to read about how Charlize Theron believes that gender-neutral awards should be introduced and how she's raising her son as a girl...