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NBA Legend Dwyane Wade Stands Up For His Transgender Daughter Zaya

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By Kirstin Chock

Transgenders face a lot of scrutiny. A lot of people will make threats towards the transgender community and people who support transgenders as some people think being transgender is "wrong." Despite dealing with some hateful messages, Dwyane Wade has been a great father in supporting all of his children, especially with his transgender daughter Zaya. Wade talks about daughter Zaya's journey, about the challenges of fatherhood, and his utmost love and support for Zaya and her bravery.

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Zaya Has Always Known

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Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union have faced a lot of criticism for "allowing" Zaya to dress the way she does. It all started with a family photo posted on Instagram when people were making rude remarks about the way Zaya was dressed.

Zaya, originally born as a male with the name Zion, has been pictured wearing feminine clothes but Zaya says shes always known who her true self was. And parents Gabrielle and Dwayne have both taken to social media to her support and to defend her. While there has been a lot of support, some celebrity figures have slammed Zaya and the Wade family.

Lil Boosie Throws Shade

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Rapper, Lil Boosie, took to Instagram and Twitter dissing Dwyane Wade, Zaya, and the LGBTQ community. He publicly said on social media that "Dwayne Wade, you've gone too fucking far, bro. That is a male. A 12-year-old. At 12, they don't even know what they next meal gonna be." Implying that Zaya is just "confused" about her sexuality because she is so young and that Zaya shouldn't be allowed to be a transgender or dress feminine. Boosie did not have support with his comments about Zaya.

Young Thug Throws Shade

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Rapper Young Thug had similar views to fellow rapper, Lil Boosie, on Zaya being transgender. Young Thug took to twitter saying, "All I wanna say to Dwade son is "GOD DONT MAKE MISTAKES." And he capitalized how "god" doesn't make mistakes.

A lot of people who don't support the LGBTQ community reference religion and aregue how LGBTQ individuals are "wrong" because God stated in the Bible that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender is wrong. Let's just say, Young Thug didn't have support on his disrespectful words towards Zaya.

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Despite the hate, Dwyane Wade has made a handful of appearances on national television talking about Zaya. He has appeared on the Ellen Show and Good Morning America, amongst other broadcasts. The entire Wade family supports Zaya, and many celebrities like Jessica Alba and Jamie Foxx have shown their support for Zaya and the Wade family. Even politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reached out and publicly stated, "Hey, Zaya! We are all so proud of you. “Your strength, intelligence, and conscientious worldview is impressive - thank you for being you!” And we agree, keep being you Zaya!

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