April 20, 2020
Dwyane Wade and his father, Dwyane Sr. share a special relationship that you need to know about.
Although Dwyane Wade became a force to reckon with when he joined the NBA's Miami Heat in 2003, what many do not know is the part his father, Dwyane Sr., played in his success story.
[Dwyane Wade] addressed how dealing with his daughter, Zaya's identification as transgender, has led him to become a voice for the LGBTQ+ community.
During an interview, Dwyane narrated that his life took a different path when he moved in with his father at the age of 9. Up until that move, the father-of-four and husband to actress Gabrielle Union was living with his mother.
He explained that not only was his mother dependent on drugs, but his entire family was living in the "gang environment, so it was a rough childhood."
Thus when he began living with his father, Dwyane realized that he needed the discipline that came with having that "male voice." It was also during that time that the basketballer discovered his love for the game as he recalled:
"He kept us out of a lot of trouble because we respected his 'nos' and 'don'ts...But he also put us in sports."
Now that he has become a father, Dwyane has come to understand the power of showing full support for his children, especially when they are going through specific issues.
According to the Miami Herald, the 38-year-old addressed how dealing with his daughter, Zaya's identification as transgender, has led him to become a voice for the LGBTQ+ community.
The Miami Heat legend stated that watching his daughter growing into her present identity made him realize how much he needed to educate. Amid the cheers and praise he received from thousands of his fans across the globe, Dwyane said that:
"I understand that I'm speaking for a lot of people that don't have the same voice that I have. So for me, it's just my version of supporting."
The basketballer also noted that the show of leadership in his home has made him happy as it has allowed him to teach the same to each of his children.