Retired NBA star Dwyane Wade said on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Tuesday that he and his wife will do everything they can to support their child, Zaya Wade, who recently came out as transgender.

Born Zion Wade, the 12-year-old recently told her parents that she wished to be referred to by "she" and "her" pronouns going forward, a decision Wade says he immediately supported.

"Zaya, our 12-year-old, came home — I don't know if everyone knows, originally named Zion; Zion, born as a boy — 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,'" Wade said on the show.


"I looked at her and said, 'You are a leader. It's our opportunity to allow you to be a voice,'" Wade continued.

DeGeneres said that Wade was serving as a role model for other parents with his public statements on the matter.

"What every parent should be is what you're being now — which is unconditionally loving your child and supporting your child in whoever they are," she said.

Wade is married to Gabrielle Union, who said that she was fired last year from "America's Got Talent" after being told her hairstyles were "too black" for TV.

At the time, Wade commented on the issue through Twitter, demanding an answer for his wife's ouster from the show.

"So when i got the news that my wife was being fired—my first question was obviously why!? Iam still waiting on a good answer to that question. But if anyone knows @itsgabrielleu or have heard of her you know she’s an advocate for our community and culture," he tweeted in November.