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Cardi B defends Dwyane Wade’s daughter during Instagram Live

She offered some understanding words.

Feb 25, 2020, 9:14 am*

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Kahron Spearman 

Kahron Spearman

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. 

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“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.”

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She explains further that no one, including Zaya, is “too young” to understand their gender.

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“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. 

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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.”

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*First Published: Feb 24, 2020, 11:45 am