Dwyane Wade says he’s scared to death for his transgender daughter’s safety.
The Miami Heat legend spoke about his concerns at the TIME 100 Summit in NYC this week. When asked — as the father of 15-year-old Zaya — about the current struggles for trans youth in this country he said :
“As blessed as it is for my daughter to have parents who can support her, I’m still afraid every moment she leaves our house. And not just because of gun violence, but because of the way people perceive her in this world,” he said.
— TIME (@TIME) June 7, 2022
Zaya came out publicly, with Wade beside her, as transgender in February 2020. The retired NBA player also criticized lawmakers for the trans sports ban currently under consideration in nearly 20 states.
“To me, it’s a joke. This is our life. We live this. When you’re out there making rules, if you’re not experiencing this,” he said to CNN host Poppy Harlow. “Come and live a day with my daughter. Come and see how it is to walk through this world as her.”
Wade, alongside his wife Gabrielle Union, has been open about sharing his family’s journey with Zaya.
“I went years without telling my chef that I don’t like cilantro on my burger—as an adult, it took me years to have the confidence to say that,” he said. “My daughter, at eight years old, had the confidence to say ‘This is who I am. This is who I want to be.”
Popular on Hip Hollywood
Jo Key Brings Filipino Culture To Big Screen With ‘Easter Sunday’
If you’ve seen Jo Koy’s stand-up routines then you know it’s all about his fun-loving Filipino family. Now the veteran...
Brad Pitt Says ‘The Youngin’s Couldn’t Keep Up’ While Filming ‘Bullet Train’
Brad Pitt is kicking butt and taking names in the new David Leitch directed-flick Bullet Train. The “Fight Club” actor takes...
Finally! ‘Elvis’ Showcases Presley’s Black Music Roots
Just in time for black music month the highly anticipated film Elvis is hitting theaters shedding light not only on...
‘The Wire’ Cast And Creators Look Back On Making A Masterpiece
Believe it or not, it’s been 20 years since HBO released the masterpiece that is “The Wire.” The hour-long cop...