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2/19/2020

Dwayne Wade Hopes To Inspire Others

Dwayne Wade hopes his daughter's openness in coming out as transgender will inspire other families.

The NBA superstar and his 12 year-old daughter Zaya spoke about their journey in new documentary 'D Wade: Life Unexpected' in a bid to shine a spotlight on the topic.

While it was a personal conversation to have, the star is confident it will help others in a similar situation.

Speaking on 'Good Morning America' he said: "I struggled on how much I wanted to talk about it in the doc.

"I actually didn't talk about it a lot, but I knew if I put it in the doc at all, it would be a big conversation...

"We struggled with what people would say about a 12 year old making a decision about her life. But we also know our child.

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"We've been through so many different things that other people and other families go through and they thank us for speaking out on it.

"That's what we're trying to do. We know there are other families out there dealing with their kid finding themselves and learning who they are."

The sportsman - who has Zaya, and Zaire, 18, with his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches, as well as six-year-old Xavier with Aja Metoyer, and 15-month-old Kaavia with spouse Gabrielle Union - told of how his daughter has questioned her identity since she was just three years old.

He said: "Zaya, early on, knew two things: She knew straight and she knew gay.

"But Zaya started doing more research. She is the one who sat down with us, as a family, and said, 'Hey, I don't think I'm gay.' She went down a list and said, 'This is how I identify myself. This is my gender identity. I identity myself as a young lady. I identify as straight trans because I like boys.'

"It was a process for us to sit down with our daughter and find out who she is and what she likes and not put something on her because, as parents, we put our hopes and we put our fears on our kids.

"With Zaya, we decided to listen to her and she's leading us on this journey."



(JG/MH)

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"Dwayne Wade hopes his daughter's openness in coming out as transgender will inspire other families."