Dwyane Wade is opening up about raising a transgender child daughter. In a new interview, the 40-year-old retired NBA star praised 15-year-old transgender daughter Zaya for her confidence, but also admitted that he often fears for her safety. Click inside to read more… “As blessed as it is for my daughter to have parents who can support her, I’m still afraid every moment she leaves the house,” Dwyane admitted to CNN. “And not just because of gun violence, but because of the way people perceive her in this world.” Dwyane then went on to address anti-trans politics, inviting lawmakers to experience spending a day in Zaya‘s shoes.

To me, it’s a joke. This is our life. We live this. When you’re out there making rules, if you’re not experiencing this,” Dwyane said. “Come and live a day with my daughter.

Come and see how it is to walk through this world as her.” While voicing his fears for Zaya‘s safety, Dwyane went on to praise Zaya for the lessons she’s taught him about being true to yourself. “I went years without telling my chef that I don’t like cilantro on my burger — as an adult, it took me years to have the confidence to say that,” Dwyane explained. “My daughter, at 8 years old, had the confidence to say, ‘This is who I am.