Cardi B was on Instagram live lending her voice in support for Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union’s transgendered daughter, Zaya, and shut down the transphobic opinions expressed by other public figures since Zaya came out.
“A lot of people have been giving opinions about this little kid wanting to transition and everything,” Cardi said. “And I feel like a lot of people are forgetting that this is a 12-year-old kid, that before you say your opinions and everything, let’s not forget that this is a kid. Let’s not forget that this kid could be very, very sensitive.” She went on to explain how nobody is “too young” to know who they are. “People are saying that this kid is too young to transition but it’s like…if you were born thinking that you are a girl in a boy’s body, how old do you have to be to keep knowing that that’s who you are? That’s who you are, that’s your identity. If that’s who you feel that you are, what is the age limit for you to know that that’s what you want to be?”
Cardi then refers to a video she watched that gave her some perspective on trans issues. “I’ve seen a long, 18-minute video on Youtube—way before this Zaya situation—about this 5-year-old little girl,” she explains. “At 5 years old, she transitioned to be a girl and she knew that that’s what she wanted to be because…she knew that! She likes to wear dresses, she likes to play with Barbies. If you’re born like that you’re forever going to be like that. Whether the age that you pick it to be, it’s your choice.”
She also relates Zaya’s struggles growing up trans to her struggles growing up poor, indicating that children should be able to find their happiness now if they have the resources instead of waiting until they’re older. “There are certain things that I always wanted to do when I was younger, right?” she says. “And I’ve started to do [them] now, now that I have money. I be like, ‘Wow, I wish I would’ve been learned how to do this. I wish I would’ve been knowing this and that.’ I would’ve been happy. What’s the point of you being older, and then transitioning, and then being like, ‘Damn, I should’ve been doing this. I could have found my happiness.’ Let people find their happiness, especially kids. Let them feel comfortable doing what they want to be.”