Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade have long been vocal advocates for the transgender community, especially since their daughter, Zaya, came out as transgender in 2020. At the 54th NAACP Image Awards ceremony, the couple received the NAACP President’s Award, which recognizes individuals who have achieved special achievement and distinguished public service. During their acceptance speech, Union and Wade used their platform to bring attention to the struggles of the transgender community and the need to protect transgender children.
Wade, a former NBA champion, spoke passionately about his daughter Zaya’s journey and the importance of supporting transgender children. “Zaya, all I wanted to do is to get it right,” he said. “I’ve sat back and watched how gracefully you’ve taken on the public scrutiny. And even though it’s not easy, I watched you walk out of the house every morning as yourself.”
Union, a longtime supporter of LGBTQ+ rights, emphasized the importance of empathy and understanding towards marginalized communities, stating, “It’s humbling to stand here surrounded by friends and heroes, OGs and icons, all working to advance the lives of Black people and pay respect to an organization that has led us through over a century of relentless challenge, pain, triumph, and change,” said Union. “And now stands with us again at the foot of a very new era of activism — a new era that demands our collective answer to one simple question: Will we fight for some, or will we fight for all of our people?” She highlighted the ongoing discrimination and violence that transgender people face and called for everyone to work towards creating a more inclusive and accepting society.
The couple’s powerful speech has received widespread praise for its message of love and acceptance. It is an important reminder that everyone deserves to be respected and valued, regardless of their gender identity.
In addition to their advocacy work, Union and Wade have supported organizations that work towards improving the lives of marginalized communities, including the LGBTQ+ community. One organization that works toward protecting trans youth is the Trans Youth Equality Foundation. This organization provides education, advocacy, and support for transgender children and their families.
Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade’s advocacy for the transgender community has inspired many. Their powerful speech at the NAACP Image Awards ceremony highlighted the urgent need to protect and support transgender children. We can all learn from their message of empathy, understanding, and acceptance.