Dwyane Wade says he’s scared to death for the safety of his transgender daughter… saying as more states implement anti-trans sports laws, his fear is getting even stronger.
The Miami Heat legend voiced his concerns at the TIME 100 summit in New York this week … when asked – as a father of 15 Zaya — on current struggles for trans youth in this country.
“As blessed as it is for my daughter to have parents who can support her, I still fear every moment she leaves our home,” Wade said.
“And not just because of gun violence, but because of how people perceive it in this world.”
Wade gave an impassioned response to his fears… while lambasting the idea of bans on trans sports – calling on lawmakers to make rules about things he says they know nothing about.
“To me, it’s a joke,” Wade said, “It’s our life. We live it.”
“When you’re out there making rules and if you’re not living that and you’re not living that and you’re just out there signing and making laws, that’s not not well. It’s a joke.”
FYI – Louisiana just became the latest state to pass a bill preventing trans women from participating in women’s sports…joining states like Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and more.
Wade added, “Come and have a day with my daughter. Come and see what it’s like to walk through this world with her.”
Wade says he’s frustrated that we’re “losing the human side of us”… saying that in reality he thinks people should take the opportunity to educate – instead of being dismissive.
“We’re not going to close the book on anyone being gay, bisexual transgender – we can’t close the book on that!”
Zaya came out publiclywith Wade by his side, as transgender in February 2020.