Zaya is Dwyane and Siohvaughn’s second-born child. She was originally born with the name Zion, but has since come out as transgender — which is something both Dwyane and Gabrielle have publicly addressed and supported in recent months.
During a February appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Dwayne opened up about his daughter’s gender identity and how his family has approached it.
“Zaya, our 12-year-old, came home and said, ‘Hey, so I want to talk to you guys. I think going forward I’m ready to live my truth. And I want to be referenced as ‘she and ‘her.’ I would love for you guys to call me Zaya,'” he told Ellen. “And so internally, now it’s our job to go out and get information, to reach out to every relationship that we have.”
Gabrielle also shared her support for Zaya via Instagram — by “introducing” her followers to her step-daughter. “Meet Zaya,” the actress wrote alongside a video of the 12-year-old talking about living her truth. “She’s compassionate, loving, whip smart and we are so proud of her. It’s Ok to listen to, love & respect your children exactly as they are. Love and light good people.”
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