The couple's 12-year-old daughter, previously known as Zion, "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'd love for you guys to call me Zaya,' " the retired basketball player told Ellen DeGeneres on Tuesday's February 11, 2020 instalment of her hit talk show.
After accepting his daughter's decision to live as a female, the star confessed, "(it was) our job as parents to listen to that, to give them the best information we can, to give the best feedback we can," and Dwyane revealed the couple approached the cast of "Pose", about New York City's African-American and Latino LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming ballroom culture scene in the 1980s, for advice from its largely transgender and non-binary cast.
"That was our job to go out and get information, to reach out to every relationship we have," he said. "My wife reached out to everybody on the cast of Pose. We just tried to figure out as much information as we (could) to make sure we give our child the best opportunity to be her best self."
And he insisted neither he or the Breaking In star ever questioned Zaya's decision to come out, adding, "Once Zion came home and said, 'Call me Zaya,' and was ready to take on this, I looked at her and said, 'You are a leader. It's our opportunity to allow you to be a voice.' "
"Right now it's through us, because she's 12 years old, but eventually it will be through her."