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Since Dwyane Wade announced that his 12-year-old daughter, Zaya, identifies as a transgender teenager, the support has been overwhelming. And as Wade and Zaya's stepmom, Gabrielle Union, publicly announced their support, Zaya's older brother, Zaire, is doing the same. In a beautiful tribute to his little sister, the 18-year-old wrote a supportive tribute to her that has everyone near tears. 

This is further proof that Zaya has a brilliant support system around her. 

Yesterday, Dwyane Wade shared the news of his daughter, Zaya. 

During a visit to The Ellen Show, he shared with viewers that his former son, Zion, identifies as a young woman and will now be known as Zaya. The NBA star expressed not only how proud he is of his daughter, but how he and his wife Gabrielle Union have made it a point to support their daughter every step of the way. 

And Zaya's older brother, Zaire, just shared the most heartwarming message with his younger sister following the news. 

"Man, I remember bugging my mom as a kid telling her I wanted a brother so bad," he captioned photos on Instagram. "I was the only child looking for company and someone to look after and take care of. I have been blessed to have my best friend, Zaya, with me for 12 years. We did everything together … we fought, we played, we laughed and we cried. But the one thing we never did was leave each other behind... I’ve told you that I would lay my life down to make sure you are ten toes down and happy on this earth. I don’t care what they think Z, you are my best friend and I love you kid, and if it means anything, just know there’s no love lost on this side." 


But it's not just her family showing their support. 

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared her well wishes on Twitter. "Hey, Zaya!" she exclaimed. "We are all so proud of you. Your strength, intelligence, and conscientious worldview is impressive — thank you for being you!"

It's a testament to what all trans children deserve. 

The unconditional love and support that the Wade family has and is continuing to show is an awesome example of how to accept your child no matter how they identify. "The fact that Zaya is a young black trans girl with such a supportive family genuinely brings tears to my eyes," a fan tweeted. "I’ve seen her family show her nothing but love and kindness. Every lgbt kid deserves and needs this."

And to the critics, no, she's not too young. 

Just as many of us were aware of what we identified with and were attracted to at a young age, Zaya is allowed that same liberty. "I knew that I was a boy who would become a man one day, and that I liked girls when I was 12," a supportive heterosexual man tweeted. "So, yes, 12-year-old Zaya Wade and others like her can and do know who they are at that age as well. Respect people for who they tell you they are."