NBA superstarand 3x NBA champion, Dwyane Wade, is the father to a transgender daughter, Zaya Wade. However, with the new policy being put in place by the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, Wade has moved out of Florida. The policies put in place by the governor are deemed to be controversial. Some families like the Wade s are right to feel they are restrictive laws to the LGBTQ residents of the state.
The 3x Champion sat down for an interview onHeadliner, reported by Rachel Nichols. He talked about his decision to move out of a state where he delivered 3 NBA titles during his illustrious career. Wade certainly does not feel welcome by the law the policymakers have passed. Along with his decisions, he talked about how it is affecting other families like his, making them opt to move out.
Retired Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade said Florida s restrictive laws that target LGBTQ+ people contributed to he and his family moving out of the state. Wade, who grew up in Chicago and spent 15 seasons with the Heat, said his family moved to California once he left the NBA pic.twitter.com/p7NFc158B3
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According to TMZ, Alot of people don t know that. I have to make decisions for my family, not just personal, individual decisions,Wade said.You know, obviously, the taxes is great. Having Wade County is great. But my family would not be accepted or feel comfortable there. And, so that s one of the reasons why I don t live there,Dwyanecontinued as he spoke about it in the interview.
Wade has a 15-year-old daughter, Zaya Wade, who came out as transgender back in 2020. Both Wade and Union, have supported her decision and have been vocal about their support to the public. Since retiring from the Miami Heat in 2019, his jersey and number have been retired by the franchise. This goes to show what kind of a figure Wade is in the eyes of the Floridan community. This year, Wade also got inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame.
What is the policy which has affected Dwyane Wade s family among other families?
The Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis is looking to expand the controversialDon t Say Gaypolicy. Officially called theParental Rights in Education, it bans lessons regarding sexual orientation or gender identity , from Kindergarten to grade 3 in schools. Any instructions that are not age appropriate or developmentally oriented are not yet replaced in several states.
With the policy in place, it debars young students to talk about their sexual orientation. The policymakers defend their decision by stating that it should be the parents and not the teachers, holding talks about their child s sexual orientation or gender identity. The controversial law is gaining national popularity, as mass protests continue to remove the law. The teachers have avoided talking on the topic for fear of losing their teaching licenses.