Gabrielle Union posted a sweet 13th birthday tribute to daughter Zaya, husband Dwayne Wade’s child from a previous relationship. The pair have an amazing relationship and there is nothing but pure love between them. But, fans could not help but focus on one comment from actor Hill Harper that raised questions about his knowledge of transgender youth.
Hill Harper’s Message To Zaya Faced Criticism
In the heartfelt birthday post, Gabrielle said that Zaya is her “inspiration and motivation.” She has truly been on a journey of self-discovery in her 13 years and is finally living as her truest self and has her two loving parents as allies. Zaya was assigned male at birth but now prefers she/her pronouns. But, Hill’s comment really struck a nerve with advocates for the LGBTQ community. He wrote “Happy Birthday young man!! Read ‘Letters To A Young Brother’!!! Your mom wrote something in it!! You’ll love it! Have a great day!” The words “young man” misgenders Zaya who goes by female pronouns. Not to mention, Gabrielle has been pretty outright about her daughter’s transition and her preferred pronouns. Her followers should know the correct pronouns to use, even the famous followers.
The book “Letters To A Young Brother” that he suggests Zaya read was written by Hill himself. It is a book that is meant to help young black males navigate through life. He shares personal experiences and mistakes he made during his younger years that he hopes young black men could learn from. This was another point that had people questioning Hill’s intentions with his comment. Suggesting a book about growing up as a black man to Gabrielle’s transgender daughter seems like a bit of a slap in the face. Hill’s comment has since been deleted from the post. Several people think he misgendered Zaya on purpose and accused him of being transphobic.
Others think he made the comment just to promote his own book.
Not to mention the fact that the book was written 14 years ago, which had people questioning Hill’s intentions even more. It looks pretty shady that he casually dropped the name of his old book on such a sentimental post.
He Apologized For Misgendering Her On Twitter
Everybody knows the drill. Whenever a celebrity does something wrong, they issue a public apology on social media. Hill was no different, posting a few tweets to try and clear his name. He wrote “I misgendered my friend’s child and I am so sorry to Zaya and the entire Wade family. It was not my intention to misgender and misrepresent her in any way. I celebrate Zaya.” He also continued on to say that he is a family friend. As a family friend who claims to have known Gabrielle for many years, shouldn’t Hill know Zaya’s prefered pronouns?
“Zaya’s courage and strength is something I celebrate. And there was absolutely no malicious intent to my post” he continued.
What do you guys think about Hill’s comments. Was it a genuine mistake or did it have malicious intent to generate book sales?