Three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade went viral on Monday after he gave advice to parents of transgender children at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala.
Wade made the comments while he and his spouse, Gabrielle Union, spoke about Zaya, Wade's transgender daughter, according to a report.
Wade was asked about his support for Zaya, and the basketball star expressed what keeps him fighting for his child.
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"Just being a father, just seeing our child grow up every day. And doing what you're supposed to do as a parent is to make sure that you sit back and you see what it is in life that they want to do, and you try to go there with them and try to help mold them into what it is they want to be and who they want to be," Wade said.
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"So, we're just doing our part as parents and we love our kids and we get to see them every day. That's what people on the outside don't get to see, but we know them and see them all the time."
Wade, 40, was also asked what his message was for fathers who have children who come out as transgender.
"I say the moment when you're in the hospital, and you grabbed your daughter, and you looked at your daughter and all the things that went through your mind, all the emotions that went through your mind, and how much love filled your heart at that moment," Wade said. "Don't let that ever leave you, no matter what. The one thing as parents — what we do is we find our mini-me's, and we try to make them just like us."
"Our kids are going to be who they are. It's our job to help mold them and help try to push them in the right places that they want to go. But, just remember that moment, what you said in that hospital that day they were born."
Wade is an outspoken advocate for the LGBT community and supports transgender children through the Wade Family Foundation, the report noted.
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Zaya, a biological male who identifies as a female, was born Zaire while Wade was with his first wife.