Dwayne Wade says he ‘scared every moment’ trans daughter Zaya, 15, leaves home

Dwayne Wade says he 'scared every moment' trans daughter Zaya, 15, leaves home

NBA superstar Dwayne Wade has spoken out against laws targeting transgender youth, saying he fears for the safety of his 15-year-old daughter, Zaya, who trans, “every time she leaves the house.”

The three-time NBA champion and philanthropist was in New York City on Tuesday as one of the speakers at the Time 100 summit. When asked about his reaction to the ongoing attack on the rights of transgender youth by state lawmakers across the country, Wade said it all felt like a “joke” – in a horrifying way.

“This is our life — we live it,” he told Nation World News’s Poppy Harlow. “And so when you’re out there making rules, and if you’re not experiencing it, or living it, and you’re just there signing and making laws, that’s not right,” he continued. Referring to the MPs who hold, they said, pass a law affecting transgender youth.

Wade and his wife, Hollywood powerhouse Gabrielle Union, have been vocal as both LGBTQ allies and fierce trans rights advocates ever since Zaya announced she was going to start living as her true self almost two years ago.

Speaking passionately about the issue, the 40-year-old sports star suggested that politicians who do not understand families with trans children should not pass laws affecting transgender youth as they do not know that it is for them. How hard can it be?

“Come and live a day in my world with my daughter,” he said, “come and see what it’s like to walk in this world as her.”

As for Wade, it seems “we are losing our human side,” he continued, adding that he is constantly concerned about his daughter’s safety.

“Blessed for my daughter to have parents who can support her, I still feel scared every moment she leaves the house,” he said. “And not just because of gun violence, but because of the way people in this world see it.”

According to the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, there are currently more than 320 anti-LGBTQ bills under consideration in state legislatures across the country. Of those, at least 140 directly affect trans people. Most of them focus on trans youth, banning children from participating in sports or even receiving gender-affirming health care.

On Monday, Louisiana became the 18th state to bar transgender girls and women with their gender identity from competing in school sports, according to the Movement Advancement Project.



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