Dwyane Wade Opens Up About His 12-Year-Old Daughter's Trans Identity
NBA star opened up about his daughter's trans identity during an appearance on Good Morning America. He admitted it has been a learning experience for him, and that he and his family want to help educate people about the transgender experience.
During an appearance on Good Morning America, Dwyane Wade opened up about his 12-year-old daughter's trans journey.
The NBA star admitted he struggled when deciding whether to talk about it publicly; however, the topic is heavily featured in his new documentary D.Wade: Life Unexpected.
"This is her life ... this is no game to us. We're about protecting her heart. We're about protecting her joy. ... To do that, we have to support them." @DwyaneWade spoke with @RobinRoberts about his daughter Zaya's gender identity. (via @GMA)pic.twitter.com/n5TtFm8DAf— ESPN (@espn) February 18, 2020
Dwyane Wade's daughter knew her gender identity before coming out
Dwyane Wade revealed his daughter knew her gender identity for nine years before coming out. After a family discussion, it was decided that it was best to share his daughter's journey publicly in order to help educate people about the transgender experience.
"We struggled with what people would say about a 12-year-old making a decision about her life. But we also know our child," he said. "We know there are other families out there dealing with their kid finding themselves and learning who they are," added Wade.
Dwyane Wade also admitted that the whole thing has been a learning experience not only for him, but also for his wife, She's All That star Gabrielle Union.