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Dwyane Wade Speaks Out on Anti-Trans Laws

Dwyane Wade Speaks Out on Anti-Trans Laws

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As more states constitute Anti-trans laws, Dwyane Wade, NBA legend, is worried for the future of his daughter Zaya, and he's speaking out in hopes of helping the community.

Zaya, now 15-years-old, came out as transgender in 2019. Since then, anti-trans laws in sports have been in effect in over ten states in the U.S.

“To me, it’s a joke,” Wade told CNN’s Poppy Harlow at the Time100 Summit Tuesday in New York City. "This is our life. We live this."

Wade continued:

“Why are we not talking about it? Why are we not educating our kids? Why are we not educating ourselves? Instead of trying to, you know, close the book on it. We’re not going to close the book on anyone being gay, bisexual, transgender.”

Wade wants to spread awareness about the consequences of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation. The Miami Heat alum spoke out about anti-trans politics, welcoming lawmakers to see what it’s like for them to spend a day in his daughter's shoes.

In 2020, Wade told Ellen Degeneres on "The Ellen Show,"

“Zaya, our 12-year-old, came home…and said, ‘Hey, so I want to talk to you guys. I think going forward, I’m ready to live my truth…I want to be referenced as she and her. I’d love for you guys to call me Zaya.’”

While voicing his fears and anger at transphobic laws, the retired athlete also praised Zaya for the lessons she’s taught him through her gender identity journey.

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