Retired NBA star Dwyane Wade said in recent interview that he moved his family out of Florida over the state's LBGTQ policies. Indeed, Wade's child — Zaya, 15 — came out as transgender in 2020.
What are the details?
Rachel Nichols of "Headliners" asked Wade — a Miami Heat legend — about Florida politicians who presumably loved him on the basketball court but advocated for LGBTQ policies Wade doesn't like, People reported.
"That's another reason why I don't live in that state," Wade replied. "A lot of people don't know that. I have to make decisions for my family, not just personal, individual decisions."
He added that while elements like taxes are "great" in Florida, "my family would not be accepted or feel comfortable there. And so that's one of the reasons why I don't live there."
What's the background?
When news hit about Zaya Wade — a biological male — coming out as transgender, Wade said Zaya led the way.
"Well, she's our leader. ... It was a process for us to sit down with our daughter and find out who she is and what she likes and not put something on her, because, as parents, we put our hopes and we put our fears on our kids," he explained in a "Good Morning America" interview.
In 2021, Wade and his wife, Gabrielle Union, said they fully support Zaya and that their home will "never be a safe space for bigots."
Wade and Union said in their interview with People at the time that when Zaya was just three years old, they began discussing "possibilities" regarding Zaya's future.
"We decided to approach it a different way," Wade said. "I come from a locker room of a macho, male-dominated sport. But I started learning, and I started to watch her. And from then on, we started having more conversations."
In February, Zaya completed a legal name change from Zion Malachi Airamis Wade to Zaya Malachi Airamis. Zaya also switched genders after a six-month court battle.
Zaya's mother — Wade's ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches-Wade — objected to Zaya's transition and wanted it delayed until Zaya became an adult. Funches-Wade previously tried to prevent Zaya's birth certificate from being altered.
Earlier this month, a Florida LGBTQ group issued a warning that the state may not be safe to live in or visit due to "hostile" policies of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. Just days prior to the warning, Florida's NAACP said it wants its national board to urge black people to avoid visiting or moving to the state because of DeSantis' policies and actions.