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Gabrielle Union Says It Feels 'A Little Odd' She And Dwyane Wade Are Praised For Embracing Their Child

“But unfortunately, there are so many people who just don’t," the actress said of parents accepting their children. "They just don’t. So many people truly feel like their kids are disposable.”

Gabrielle Union said she and her husband, Dwyane Wade, shouldn’t be praised for parenting their daughter, Zaya, who came out as transgender in December 2019.

Union appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday and discussed the praise they have received since opening up about raising Zaya, saying it’s weird to be applauded for doing what you’re supposed to, according to Them.

“To us, it’s a little odd to get any kind of recognition for doing what you’re supposed to do, which is love and accept and embrace your kids,” Union said. “But unfortunately, there are so many people who just don’t. They just don’t. So many people truly feel like their kids are disposable.”






She said raising Zaya is natural to them because of their love for her.

“We just want happy, healthy, compassionate kids, so we try to lead with that,” Union said.






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Wade appeared on Ellen earlier this year and discussed how he and Union were supporting Zaya’s transition, as Blavity previously reported.

“We take our roles and responsibilities as parents very seriously," he said. "So, 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."

In honor of their younger daughter, 1-year-old Kaavia, Union wrote the children’s book Welcome to the Party, which touches on chosen families and different types of “family creations.”

She said the book helps readers understand the ways families are created outside of traditional familial units.

“As an LGBT+ ally, I see a lot of my friends have chosen families, and nobody really celebrates them,” the Being Mary Jane star said. “I want to be able to celebrate all of our families, no matter how they’re created.”


Union said she wants all children to know and understand that they are loved no matter how they came into the world.

The book was also inspired by Union’s own mother who, in her 60s, adopted three children. Union said her mom is now 73 with two teenagers and a preteen.



“There’s not a lot of people that are going ‘Yea! Way to go,'” Union said. “If it’s not the 'traditional' way we just don’t have the words or the language or even books that kind of help us navigate being OK with celebrating all kinds of different families.”

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