Gabrielle Union-Wade and Dwyane Wade delivered a passionate speech when they accepted the President’s Awards at the 54th annual NAACP Image Awards.

The couple spoke up on behalf of their daughter Zaya and other transgender people who often face bigotry and discrimination, Variety reported.

“As your father, all I’ve wanted to do was get it right,” Dwyane said, referring to his daughter. “I’ve sat back and watch how gracefully you’ve taken on a public public scrutiny. And even though it’s not easy, I watched you walk out of that house every morning. As yourself. I admire how you’ve handled the ignorance in our world. I admire that you face every day. To say that your village is proud of you is an understatement.”