Dwyane Wade’s Words for Parents of Trans Kids Is Great Advice for All Parents

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Dwyane Wade is used to getting asked on-the-spot interview questions with a microphone in his face, and this week at the Met Gala was no different. This time, however, he was asked about being a parent as opposed to his thoughts on basketball.

As he and wife Gabrielle Union-Wade walked the carpet towards the museum, a reporter asked the duo what kept them fighting for their daughter. Without hesitation, Wade replied “Just being a father, just seeing our child grow up every day and doing what you’re supposed to do as a parent is to make sure that you sit back and you see what it is in life that they want to do, and you try to go there with them and try to help mold them into what it is they want to be and who they want to be.”

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Dwyane and Gabrielle share Kaavia James, 3 and are raising Zaya and Zaire from Wade’s previous marriage, his son Xavier and his nephew Dahveon. In 2020, Zaya, now 14, came out as transgender and the parents have been nothing but supportive and even becoming LGBTQ activists.

After his initial question, the reported then asked the dad what advice he would give to parents whose child just came out as trans. While Dwyane’s response to the reporter was likely coming from a place as a parent of a transgender child, his advice stems to parents of all children.

“I say the moment when you’re in the hospital and you grabbed your daughter, and you looked at your daughter and all the things that went through your mind, all the emotions that went through your mind and how much love filled your heart at that moment,” Wade says. “Don’t let that ever leave you, no matter what…Our kids are going to be who they are. It’s our job to help mold them and help try to push them in the right places that they want to go.”

Mic drop.



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