Dwyane Wade Leaves Florida Due To New LGBTQ Policies

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade discusses one of the factors that led his family to leave Florida.

On Thursday’s edition of Headliners with Rachel Nichols, the 41-year-old retired Miami Heat legend is a guest and is questioned about Florida lawmakers who identify as his supporters yet are outspoken supporters of LGBTQ laws that are harmful to families like the Wades.

Dwyane Wade, the father of 15-year-old Zaya, who came out as transgender in 2020, says in footage provided exclusively to PEOPLE, “That’s another reason why I don’t live in that state.”

Dwyane Wade Against LGBTQ Policies

“A lot of people are unaware of that. “I have to make decisions for my family, not just for myself,” the former NBA star continued.

“Obviously, the tax position is excellent. Wade County is fantastic. However, my family would not be accepted or feel at ease there. That is one of the reasons I don’t live there.” Wade also talks more about his parenting ideas, which he attributes in part to his father’s example. Wade and their wife Gabrielle Union took their daughter Kaavia James, 4, to the Kaseya Center (previously known as American Airlines Arena) in Miami earlier this month and pointed out his jersey hanging in the rafters. 

In February 2020, Kaavia, who was only a baby at the time, and Union attended the ceremony to officially retire Wade’s Miami Heat jersey.

Dwyane Wade, a father of two sons, Zaire, 20, and Xavier Zechariah, 8, could be spotted cradling his daughter while they were both decked up in matching Udonis Haslem jerseys. Kaavia gazed up at the uniform before giving her father a hug as he appeared to be explaining something to her while pointing to his jersey in the rafter.

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