Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade speak out in support of trans kids

Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade speak out in support of trans kids
Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade at the Met Gala 2022
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Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade have given some sage advice to parents at a time in the USA when trans kids are at their most vilified and vulnerable: Do your part as a parent and love your child.

 

On the red carpet for this year’s Met Gala, the ex Miami Heat basketball player was pulling no punches seeing as he has a trans child, Zaya Wade, who came out when she was 12. Gabrielle Union, who is Zaya’s stepmother, has also been extremely vocal in her support. 

 

Dwayne says in the interview: “[Think of] the moment when you were in the hospital and you grabbed your daughter, and you looked at your daughter,” Wade told Variety on the Met Gala red carpet on Monday night. “All the things that went through your mind and all the emotions that went through your mind. And how much love fills your heart at that moment. Don’t let that ever leave you, no matter what.”

 

He continued: “The one thing we do as parents is we find our mini-mes and we try to make them just like us. But just understand, our kids are gonna be who they are. It’s our job to help mould them and help try to push them in the right places that they want to go, but just remember that moment, what you said in that hospital the day that they were born.”

 

Recognising how difficult it can be for trans kids and their families, he talked about what keeps him fighting for his  daughter, saying: “It’s just being a father. Doing what you’re supposed to do as a parent is to make sure that you sit back and you see what it is in life that they want to do. And you try to go there with them and try to help mould them into what it is they want to be, and who they want to be. We’re just doing our part as parents. We love our kids” to which Gabrielle Union added, “And we believe them when they tell us who they are.” Watch the interview below. 

 

 

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