During an appearance on the I Am Athlete podcast, the three-time NBA champion revisited the conversation surrounding his 13-year-old daughter and highlighted his role as a parent in addition to the dangers the transgender community faces.
“At the end of the day, what I’m dealing with people, I’m dealing with life and death,” Wade said around the 1:31:18 mark. “It’s people in the transgender community that are getting killed. It’s kids that are murdering themselves, that are hanging themselves, they’re killing themselves because something as simple as acceptance. Something as simple as unconditional love is not being given to these kids and I’ll be Goddamned if my child gon’ be that person because of something as simple as me supporting who you are.”
Wade continued by thanking Boosie and other critics for continuing the conversation around gender identity even if they have opposing opinions.
“So, Boosie, all the people who got something to say, J-Boogie [J-Boog of B2K] who just came out recently…all the people who got something to say about my kids, I thank you because you’re allowing the conversation to keep going forward because you what? You might not have the answer today, I don’t have all the answers, but we’re growing from all these conversations,” Wade added. “So I thank everybody for even hating and starting these conversations because those conversations are starting other conversations that we need to have. And that’s happening out there.”
To hear more, check out the full conversation above.