Zaya Wade made a neon splash on the red carpet at the Truth Awards in Los Angeles Saturday night, her first public event since her father announced she had chosen her name as a transgender girl.
Her dad, of course, is retired NBA star Dwyane Wade. The former Heat shooting guard and stepmother, actress Gabrielle Union, accompanied the 12-year-old at the event. Wade shared photos on Instagram on Sunday of Zaya and show his support. “Everyone allow her to re-introduce herself, her name is Zaya Wade!”
”Last night was Zaya’s first red carpet and we couldn’t have been prouder of how she handled the questions that were asked of her,” he wrote. “She has emerged as one of the young faces and voices for the LGBTQ+ community.”
View this post on Instagram
Everyone allow her to re-introduce herself her name is Zaya Wade! Last night was Zaya’s first red carpet and we couldn’t have been prouder of how she handled the questions that were asked of her. She has emerged as one of the young faces and voices for the LGBTQ+ community. #truthawards
According to CNN, Zaya wore a custom Richfresh suit which featured a bright green suit jacket and button-down with flared black dress pants and a hot pink diagonal stripe detail. She carried a hot pink clutch and accessorized with rings and a necklace.Her parents matched her: Wade and Union wore coordinating black and white suits with hot pink and green tops underneath.
The Truth Awards highlight the achievements and cultural contributions of the black LGBTQ community and its allies, and provides funding for scholarships that support educational opportunities for youth in the LGBTQ community.