Transgender and non-binary youth need support like Zaya Wade


Dwayne Wade and his family at the premiere of the new Gabrielle Union movie. Source: CHRIS DELMAS/Getty

Dwayne wade seems to serve as a role model for other parents to help their children navigate life and make their own decisions. Most important is his love and public support for his daughter Zaya Wade.

When Zaya came out as transgender in 2020, her transition caused a social media frenzy. But the former basketball player and his wife, Gabrielle Union, have been firm in their support for young Zaya.

As reported by Hello Beautiful, Dwayne Wade opened up about his support for his daughter and his concerns for her safety at the Time 100 Summit in New York. He also shared that he was bothered that he wasn’t always there to protect her.

“As blessed as it is for my daughter to have parents who can support her, I still fear every moment she leaves the house,” he said. “And not just because of gun violence, but because of how people perceive it in this world.” Dwayne went on to call states that enforce bans on trans sports a “joke.”

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Hello Beautiful also noted that “Since Zaya came out, the former NBA star has been at the forefront of a few transgender conversations. He hopes to continue the conversation and turn the negative narrative into a positive.

If only more kids and young adults had passionate followers like Dwayne Wade and Gabrielle Union in their lives. A recent Trevor Project survey found that having spaces for support and affirmation reduced suicide attempts.

Released last month during Mental Health Awareness Month, the 2022 National Survey of the Mental Health of LGBTQ Youth found that more than half of transgender and non-binary youth have considered suicide in the past year. elapsed. Nearly one in five transgender and non-binary youth has attempted suicide during the same period.

Speaking to NewsOne, lead researcher Dr Myeshia Price shared the importance of providing LGBTQ youth with the support and resources to thrive.

“We found that when young people said their community was more accepting, overall rates of suicide attempts dropped significantly,” Price said. “Every time we collect data, we see the true value of support, especially from family, friends, people close to you, people who spend most of their time. We also see what our strengthening environments in schools can do.

Price, who uses the pronouns she/they, said there was also clear evidence of the importance of having affirming school environments as well. Recent legislative attacks on LGBTQ youth not only threaten the supportive environment, but can also negatively impact individual mental health.

“It’s something that I think reflects a lot of the challenges young people are facing and have faced over the past year related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and some of that adoption really intense anti-LGBTQ legislation that specifically targets transgender and non-binary youth,” Price explained.

As explained in the report, “LGBTQ youth are not inherently at risk for suicide because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, but rather at higher risk because of how they are mistreated and stigmatized in society. Those interested in learning how to support transgender or non-binary youth should consider checking out the Trevor Project’s guide on the subject.

The organization surveyed nearly 34,000 LGBTQ youth, 45% of whom identify as youth of color. Price said the survey was one of the most diverse ever undertaken.

“It allows us to disaggregate that data, not only by sexual orientation and gender identity, but also by race,” Price said. “It allows us to give a more nuanced understanding of how some of the mental health outcomes are experienced differently in some of these different groups of people.”

Another interesting tidbit from the report is that at least 60% of young people surveyed wanted mental health treatment in the past year, but couldn’t get it. Price said this research is helpful in being able to identify needed supports for LGBTQ youth.

“We know that if we’re able to get in there and have better environments, more supportive spaces for these young people, then we’re able to enhance or diminish some of these discoveries in mental health that we’re seeing,” Price said. Explain. “Everyone has a role to play and they can provide a place of support and be that support person. So we hope people will understand that there is a problem that we can all do our part to solve.


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