Dwyane Wade and Zaya Wade Launch Initiative For Trans Youth

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INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MAY 09: (L-R) Zaya Wade and Dwyane Wade attend When We Gather: A Night of Stand-Up Comedy Curated by Dwyane Wade during Netflix is a Joke Fest at The Miracle Theater on May 09, 2024 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Netflix)

Dwyane Wade and his daughter, Zaya, have launched Translatable, an organization aimed at supporting trans youth, especially those of color. The initiative was introduced via social media on May 23, where Wade expressed pride in Zaya’s leadership and vision. “Translatable is also a resource hub for parents, families, and support systems of the LGBTQIA+ youth,” Wade explained in the Instagram announcement. He emphasized how their family’s support system inspired the project, aiming to offer similar resources to others.

The Wades Create a New Safe Space for Trans Youth

Translatable provides a safe space for trans youth to express themselves through creative outlets. It focuses on marginalized communities and emphasizes the importance of family support. “For our family, we were blessed to have a community of supporters and knowledgeable experts who could swiftly arm us with the tools we needed to support Zaya and her journey,” Wade said. Zaya added that the project centers the most marginalized and promotes continuous learning.

At the Elevate Prize Foundation’s Make Good Famous Summit, Wade received the Catalyst Award and shared more about Translatable’s origin. “The question was presented to her as, ‘If you have one thing that you want to see change in this community, what would it be?’” Wade recalled. Zaya’s response highlighted the need for a safe space for both parents and children. Wade plans to use the $250,000 grant from the award to support Translatable’s growth, mental health initiatives, and overall well-being.

Supporting Change and Promoting Understanding

Wade, a former Miami Heat star, moved his family from Florida to California due to the state’s anti-LGBTQ+ environment. Despite this, he launched Translatable in Florida, aiming to foster understanding and acceptance. “We understand that in this state not everyone thinks the way some others think,” Wade said. He believes that personal connections can lead to greater understanding.

Translatable, supported by the Wade Family Foundation, the Human Rights Campaign, and the Trevor Project, aims to be a beacon of hope. Alexander Roque of the Ali Forney Center praised Wade’s advocacy amidst increasing anti-LGBTQ+ legislation. “Not all bills turn into law, but they’re all acts of hate that affect our kids in very devastating ways,” Roque noted.

Dwyane Wade’s advocacy, bolstered by his celebrity, aims to change the tide for trans youth. By creating Translatable, the Wade family is working towards a more inclusive future.