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Dwayne Wade Sold His Florida Home Because The State Would Not Accept His Trans Child

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Dwayne Wade Sold His Florida Home Because The State Would Not Accept His Transgender Child

Dwayne Wade Sold His Florida Home Because The State Would Not Accept His Transgender Child

NBA legend Dwyane Wade says he and his family moved away from Florida because of the recent wave of anti-LGBTQ laws being passed there, saying his family “would not be accepted” in the state.

During an interview on Showtime’s “Headliners,” Wade explained to host Rachel Nichols that the reason he doesn’t live in Florida anymore is because of the push from state lawmakers to implement anti-LGBTQ laws in the state.

“A lot of people don’t know that. I have to make decisions for my family, not just personal, individual decisions,” Wade told Nichols during the sit-down interview, which is set to air Thursday.

Wade, a three-time NBA champion with the Miami Heat, is the father to 15-year-old Zaya Wade, who came out as transgender in 2020.

“I mean, obviously, the tax [situation] 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,” Wade told Nichols.

Wade married his high school girlfriend Siohvaughn Funches in 2002. They split in 2007, and he divorced her in 2010 after an acrimonious court battle. In 2011, Wade was granted sole custody of his two children. Wade also raises a nephew, the son of Wade’s sister Deanna. Wade began dating actress Gabrielle Union in 2008.

Wade and Union became engaged in December 2013 and married on August 30, 2014, in Miami. On November 7, 2018, Wade became a father for the fourth time, when he and Union welcomed their daughter, who was born via surrogate. In 2020, Wade’s 12-year-old child came out as a transgender girl and changed her name to Zaya.

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