"And this is our opportunity to allow you to be a voice.'" He explained, "Right now it's through us, because she's 12 years old, but eventually it will be through her".
"We did everything together... we fought, we played, we laughed and wept".
According to one of his captions, he wrote, "We support each other with Pride".
He went on to say, "I've told you that I would lay my life down to make sure you are ten toes down and happy on this earth".
"Yeah, I know that it can get tough, definitely, but I think you push through and be the best you", Zaya replied.
Wade noted that he and his wife her proud parents of a child who is part of the transgender community and they are proud allies.
Wade went on to tell Ellen that his son now wants to live "her truth".
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Union, who Wade credited with reaching out to all of the family's resources, tweeted to thank those who "provided resources, love & encouragement", after Zaya came home to announce that she'd be using the pronouns she and her going forward. "Meet Zaya. She is compassionate, carious, an intelligent whip and we are very proud of her. It's okay to listen, love and respect your children exactly as they are".
"We take our roles and responsibilities as parents very seriously".
Amid their support, Wade, Zaya and their whole family became the subject of heavy criticisms - particularly because Zaya is only 12 and should be guided through her gender identity crisis.
TSR STAFF: Jade Ashley @Jade_Ashley94 _ #DwyaneWade and #GabrielleUnion have been nice examples of oldsters which were embracing their kids for who they really are and exhibiting them love and help each privately and publicly. So when a child comes home with a question, when a child comes home with an issue, when a child comes home with anything, it's our job as parents to listen to that, to give them the best information we can, the best feedback we can. Love and light good people.
"Even when people are being mean, and when people are getting hurt because they're trying to be themselves and even through that you still want people to live their truth?" her father asks. The host cried tears of joy as she praised Zaya's maturity for discovering who she is at such a young age.
It seems, also, that Zaya is indeed proud to now be living the life she had been supposed to.