Na terça-feira, the former Miami Heat player, 40, spoke to CNN’S Poppy Harlow and revealed he worries every time Zaya — who saiu as trasgender in 2020 — leaves the house.
“As blessed as it is for my daughter to have parents who can support her, I’m still afraid every moment she leaves the house,” he said during the TIME100 Summit. “And not just because of gun violence, but because of the way people perceive her in this world.”
“Para mim, it’s a joke. This is our life. We live this. When you’re out there making rules, if you’re not experiencing this,” Wade continuou. “Come and live a day with my daughter. Come and see how it is to walk through this world as her.”
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The retired NBA star praised Zaya’s ability to be her authentic self, noting that his daughter has even taught him valuable life lessons since she came out.
“I went years without telling my chef that I don’t like cilantro on my burger — as an adult, it took me years to have the confidence to say that,” Wade said. “Minha filha, no 8 anos, had the confidence to say ‘This is who I am. This is who I want to be.’ “
Mês passado, Zaya spoke to PEOPLE about her transgender journey and shared how she has been impacted by detrimental beauty advice online.
“As a trans person, once I came out, there was a lot of hateful comments about how I should grow my hair out long or fit into a certain version of femininity, even though that’s not true at all,” Ela explica. “That kind of advice is just trying to break you, but don’t let it.”
Zaya revealed that her stepmother Gabrielle Union has given her important lessons about how each person has the ability to decide how they want to “exist in the world.”
“Her telling me that not everyone in the world and in the media is going to be truthful about what you look like,” ela disse.
“I don’t have to believe everything they say. The only thing I have to believe is what I feel and what beauty means to me,” Zaya continued. “I think focusing on inner beauty is the most important.”