Dwyane Wade is a very proud father.
The 39-year-old retired NBA star spoke with Craig Melvin in the “third hour today” about his experience as a father to his daughter Zaya, who came out as transgender last year.
According to Wade, the experience “made me grow.”
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“I didn’t know anything, I really didn’t know the LGBTQ + community. What she’s done is opening my eyes and ears to something bigger and bigger than me, and my daughter has graciously allowed us to be her support system, ”she explained.
“She is the strongest in this family. She is a hero, ”Wade added of his daughter, whom he raises with his wife Gabrielle Union. “It is our family’s job to make sure we listen to it. We listen to the doctors. We ask questions and formulate our own ideas of how Zaya should be and how she should be raised in this world and we don’t allow others to do that for us. “
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Wade and Union are the parents of Kaavia James, 2, while the host of “The Cube” is the father of their children Zaire, 19, and Xavier, 7, as well as Dahveon, 19, who is the nephew. Wade.
Of his children, Wade says he “has been able to see children of different generations at different times, in different parts of my life.”
“It has helped me grow a lot,” he continued. “It has helped me to be a better father and a better person because I have seen that all children are not equal and cannot be treated as such.”