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Dwyane Wade Admits He Fears For His Transgender Daughter's Safety

Dwyane Wade Admits He Fears For His Transgender Daughter's Safety

The NBA icon has spoken out against anti-trans laws, urging politicians to "come and live a day in my world with my daughter".

Dwyane Wade admits he's concerned for his transgender daughter's safety.

The NBA legend has four children, one of which - 15-year-old Zaya - identifying as transgender back in 2020.

But former Miami Heat player Wade has revealed he hold fears for the safety of his daughter every time she steps foot out of the family house.

"As blessed as it is for my daughter to have parents who can support her, I'm still afraid every moment she leaves the house," Wade told the TIME100 Summit.

"And not just because of gun violence, but because of the way people perceive her in this world."

While appearing on the panel, Wade was also asked about his thoughts on the various anti-trans laws popping across different states in America.

 "To me, it's a joke. This is our life. We live this," he said.

"When you're out there making rules, if you're not experiencing this, if you're not living this and you're just out there signing away making laws then that's not right. That's a joke.

"Come and live a day in my world with my daughter. Come and see how it is to walk through this world as her.

"We are losing the human side of us."


Zaya herself has been the subject of some truly vole comments from social media trolls since transitioning.

“As a trans person, once I came out, there was a lot of hateful comments about how I should grow my hair out long or fit into a certain version of femininity, even though that’s not true at all,” she told h People.

“That kind of advice is just trying to break you, but don’t let it.”

She added: “I don’t have to believe everything they say. The only thing I have to believe is what I feel and what beauty means to me. I think focusing on inner beauty is the most important.”

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/TIME/Instagram/zayawade

Topics: Australia, NBA, Basketball