Dwyane Wade reveals how he protects Zaya, his daughter, from online hatred


Dwyane Wade will not be accused of being a bad dad anytime soon. The Miami Heat alum, and former NBA champion, has been an amazing support to Zaya Wade during her transition from being transgender to the NBA in 2020. Although there is no hatred in the family, Gabrielle Union and her stepmother are equally capable of dealing with it.

Wade is the one to blame. He revealed that he had removed comments from Zaya’s Instagram page on Thursday and made it clear why. “For Zaya’s mental health and privacy we’ve decided not to allow the hate into her comments,”Wade replied to this question by posting on social media. “Thank you for wanting to spread and send her love.”

Wade’s decision was immediately endorsed by his fans who showed their support. “And that’s on prioritizing your child’s well-being. She doesn’t need our comments telling us she is non stop serving in every posted photo bc she has a solid, real support system at home and we love to see it!”One wrote. “LOVE this protection for baby girl. I hope she knows she has a whole online community of support from a lot of us on here regardless,”Another added.

PEOPLE claims that Zaya Wade has opened up about her struggles and the criticisms that have flooded her direction 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,”In May, Zaya Wade spoke in a joint interview. “That kind of advice is just trying to break you, but don’t let it.”

Wade, a 15-year old transgender boy, requested that the court change his daughter’s name in August. The court accepted the request since Wade is not yet 18 years. He has been vocal in his support for LGBTQ+ rights, especially in response to bans in the U.S. that have been placed on transgender athletes.

“To me, it’s a joke. This is our life. We live this,”Wade spoke at TIME Magazine’s TIME100 summit. “When you’re out there making rules, if you’re not experiencing this, come and live a day with my daughter. Come and see how it is to walk through this world as her.”

“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. “This is not because of gun violence; it’s because of her perception in the world.” he added. “I said, “You’re a leader.” You are a leader and this is your opportunity to speak up.” he said. “Right now, it’s through us since she’s only 12 years old. But, eventually, it’ll be through her.”

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