Dwyane Wade Says Daughter Zaya Knew She Was Transgender At 3!
NBA star Dwyane Wade was rather hesitant to share Zaya Wade’s gender identity story with the world, but now the father of a Transgender daughter he is telling her story. Read on for more about Dwyane Wade Transgender daughter...
FULL INTERVIEW: NBA superstar @DwyaneWade opens up to @robinroberts about daughter Zaya’s gender identity and why it was important to feature this journey his new @ESPN documentary. https://t.co/ZdCAUU3gAQ pic.twitter.com/Bf6xUJQvcx
— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 18, 2020
CelebNSports247.com reports that Dwyane Wade told Good Morning America why he was reluctant to talk about his daughter’s journey in his forthcoming ESPN documentary, D. Wade: Life Unexpected.
Dwyane Wade admits:
I struggled on how much I wanted to talk about it in the doc. I actually did talk about it a lot, but I knew if I put it in the doc at all it would be a big conversation.
The celebrity father says that Zaya Wade knew that she was transgender at the age of 3-years-old:
She’s known it for nine years. She’s known since she was 3 years old. Along this way we’ve asked questions and we’ve learned. But she’s known.
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Wade, 38, said he was keenly conscious in the beginning of one thing and one thing only: that he needed to confront some of his own biases and open himself up to his child’s feelings.
I knew early on that I had to check myself. That’s what I knew. I knew early on that I had to ask myself questions.
The Miami Heat star went on to say:
I’ve been a person in a locker room that has been a part of the conversation that has said the wrong phrases and the wrong words myself.
As I got older and I watched my daughter grow, I had to go and look at myself in the mirror and say, ‘Who are you? What are you going to do if your child comes home and says, Dad, I’m not a boy … I’m a trans girl.” What are you going to do?’ That was my moment of real.
Wade added that Zaya came to him one day and said:
‘Hey, I don’t think I’m gay,’ and she went down the list and said, ‘This is how I identify myself, this is my gender identity. I identify myself as a young lady. I think I’m a straight trans [girl] because I like boys.’