This comes a day after the 15-year-old daughter of a 40-year-old former professional basketball player who came out as transgender at the age of 12 in 2019 was legally recognized. Change name and genderdespite her mother’s objections.
The NBA star spoke to his daughter (now officially named Zaya Malaki Airamis Wade) and praised her for dealing with “the ignorance of our world.”
“Zaya, as your father, all I wanted to do was get it right. It’s not a big deal, but I’ve watched you walk out of the house every morning like myself.”
“I admire how you have dealt with the ignorance of our world. It’s not too much,” continued the proud father.
Prestigious Award: Dwyane Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union received the prestigious Presidential Award for their support of the LGBTQ+ community at the 2023 NAACP Awards on Saturday.
Update: A day after our transgender daughter, Xayah, 15, was granted a legal name and gender change following a legal battle with ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches-Wade.Dwayne and Xayah pictured in 2022
“Thank you for showing me that there is more than one way to communicate effectively. You taught me that verbal communication is not enough,” he continued.
“I also have to communicate with two ears and two eyes. My job as your father is not to create versions of myself or dictate your future. No. My role is to be the facilitator of your hopes, wishes and dreams.
“Zayah, you made me a better person just because you were the one you were born with. Our baby girl, Zaya Wade. Show the world what courage looks like.” I am proud to have been chosen to serve as your father. Thank you to the NAACP for this incredible honor,” he added. I was.
Dwayne also talked about him and Gabriel using their platform. As two people willing to use our mics for what we believe and what other families are going through.
“When I use my platform, I am purposeful. I am aware of what I am given and it is my job to elevate the voices of others and share my access and resources.
The actress also took a moment to talk about the couple’s activism. It is a humble honor to stand here in honor of an organization that has guided us through , victories and change.’
And now it stands with us again at the foot of a new era of activism. A new era that demands collective answers to one simple question: Fight for some or for all will you fight for
“Let’s just list some hard truths. First, the intersections between Black rights and those of LGBTQ, transgender, and gender non-conforming people continue to be rough. That’s a huge understatement.
Kudos: The NBA star spoke to his daughter (now officially named Zaya Malaki Airamis Wade) and praised her for dealing with “the ignorance of our world.”
She continued, “We demand equality at the top of our lungs, yet we consistently fail to build support to protect the most vulnerable among us. Second, black transgender people are targeted, terrorized and hunted down in this country every day, everywhere.
‘And we rarely whisper about it. Honestly, we don’t go into this work as activists and leaders, but rather what we can do to love our children, see them, keep them safe, and keep them safe. I do this as a parent who does all I can.
“This is the value of doing it in a way that builds bridges, doesn’t fan the flames of hatred and division, and doesn’t allow lawmakers and the justice system to look away when black transgender people are under attack. It’s a conversation with someone,” she added.
“It doesn’t drive more young people to hate or hurt themselves, it doesn’t cost people’s lives. So we are humble and hopeful for the future. For justice. I hope to see a real change in the fight, the moment when the movement makes room for everyone. Everyone,” Union said, ending his impassioned speech.
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