Dwyane Wade is another parent who fears for their child’s safety in America. Except, the retired athlete fears for Zaya Wade’s life because the world might accept her as a black, transgender girl. While talking to CNNPoppy Harlow’s Poppy Harlow at the TIME100 Summit, Dwyane expressed fear every time Zaya stood outside their door and the safety of their fatherhood.
“As lucky as my daughter is to have parents who can support her, I still fear every moment she leaves our home and not just because of the gun violence but because of the way people perceive her. in this world”.
His comments were part of their larger conversation about the recent passage of an anti-transgender ban, particularly in Louisiana on Monday. Governor John Bel Edwards made no veto or ratification of SB 44, and his inaction allowed the state’s Republican majority legislature to ban transgender women and girls from competing in state championships. Women’s and girls’ sports teams. The ban affects teams competing at all public and private elementary and high schools and even colleges.
Poppy asked for Dwyane’s response to legislators and states enacting such bans. Dwyane didn’t hold back, calling the bans “a joke.”
“This is our life, we live like this and so when you’re making the rules and if you’re not going through this, if you’re not living it then you’re just out there signing it, doing it. law, that’s not true. a joke.”
He then challenged these legislators to “live a day in [his] world with [his] daughter” and was moved by the path he believes humanity is on.
Dwyane said: “Come and see what it’s like to walk through the world as she is. “I just think we’re losing our humanity, we’re losing our human side.”
Dwyane suggests people talk more
At one point, Dwyane stopped the conversation midway through and said there wasn’t enough time for him to dive into his thoughts. But Poppy encourages him to share his thoughts and makes sure he has the time.
Dwyane claims that bans don’t make sense for him, especially in an age of technology where information is available from multiple sources. Not only is it available, but according to Dwyane, kids already have access to it so it makes more sense to allow conversations.
“Why don’t we talk about it, why don’t we educate our children,” Dwyane said. “Why don’t we educate ourselves instead of trying to put the book in it. You can’t close the book on what someone wants and who they feel they are. We are not going to end the book about anyone who is gay, bisexual, transgender. We can’t close the book on that..”
In 2020, Dwyane Wade announced transgender for her daughter. Zaya was 12 years old at the time. Since then, both Dwyane and his wife Gabrielle Union have publicly embraced their daughter and welcomed conversations about the LGBTQ+ community.