In an impassioned Instagram Live session, rapper/actress Cardi B came to the defense of recently retired NBA superstar Dwyane Wade’s 12-year-old daughter, Zaya, who recently came out as trans.
“A lot of people have been giving opinions about this little kid wanting to transition and everything,” she started. “And I feel like a lot of people are forgetting that this is a 12-year-old kid, that before you say your opinions and everything, let’s not forget that this is a kid. Let’s not forget that this kid could be very, very sensitive.”
She explains further that no one, including Zaya, is “too young” to understand their gender.
“People are saying that this kid is too young to transition, but it’s like…if you were born thinking that you are a girl in a boy’s body, how old do you have to be to keep knowing that that’s who you are?” she said.
Wade, the NBA champion and former All-Star, revealed that he and his wife, Gabrielle Union, fully support Zaya’s transition.
Social media, though, has brought forth some wildly anti-transgender rhetoric. Rapper Boosie Badazz, in particular, expressed thoroughly uninformed, homophobic thoughts on Instagram.
In a newly released ESPN documentary, D. Wade: A Life Unexpected, the former Miami Heat star shed additional light on his educational experiences parenting his daughter.
“When Zaya came out to us, I had to get educated on every scenario and every situation, and I’m still being educated,” Wade admitted. “My child comes home and says, ‘Hey dad, I feel that I am a she.’ My job is to help you become who you are, but I’m not trying to change who you are. I see you how you see you, I stand for you. That’s a conversation I had to have with my daughter.”