"Zaya started doing more research. She was the one that sat down with us as a family and said, 'Hey, I don't think I'm gay.' And she went down the list and said, you know, this is how I identify myself, this is my gender identity. I identify myself as a young lady. I think I'm a straight trans, because I still like boys,'" Wade said in the interview that aired Tuesday. "So it was a process for us to sit down with our daughter and find out who she is and what she likes and not put something on her because as parents, we put our hopes and we put our fears on our kids. And with Zaya, we decided to listen to her and she's leading us along this journey."
The retired NBA star said in both recent TV appearances that he and Union have tried to educate themselves about the LGBTQ community so that they can be supportive parents.
"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, you know, her best self," Wade told DeGeneres.
The responses to his appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" were mostly positive, with Wade and Union getting praised for their candor.
Union responded to one such note of praise by saying in a tweet: "This has been a journey. We're still humbly learning but we decided quickly w/ our family that we wouldn't be led by fear. We refuse to sacrifice the freedom to live authentically becuz we are afraid of what ppl might say. U have the ability to learn & evolve. Try that sh--."
Janelle Griffith is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.