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Dwyane Wade is speaking out about why it was important for him to support his younger son going to a pride parade this spring.

Wade’s 12-year-old-son Zion attended Miami Beach Pride with his stepmother, Gabrielle Union. He shared photos of himself attending the annual event on social media, as did his supportive older brother. In one photo, Zion is surrounded by his family while carrying a rainbow flag. Wade, who was at an away game in Toronto, also shared the photo on his Instagram Stories and captioned it, “Zion had his own cheering section today. Wish I was there to see you smile.”

“We support each other with Pride!,” he added.

“I don’t really talk about it much because it’s Zion’s story to tell,” Wade told Variety (via Complex). “I think as a family, we should support each other. That’s our job. And my job as a father is to facilitate their lives and to support them and be behind them in whatever they want to do.”

 

D. Wade admits he was stunned when he received backlash on social media for allowing his young son to attend a gay pride parade.

“This is my job as a father,” he said. “I’m very uneasy about accolades that come from supporting my kids or the negativity that comes from it. I’m doing what every parent has to do. Once you bring kids into this world, you become unselfish. It’s my job to be their role model, to be their voice in my kids’ lives, to let them know you can conquer the world. So, go and be your amazing self and we’re going to sit back and just love you.”

And when it comes to advice for parents during Pride month, the NBA star had this to say, “I’m asked a question about my kids a lot from a sports perspective.” He continued, “I think people expect you to parent each kid the same. They are all different, and I have to get to know them and where they are. I have to say to most parents, get to know your kids. Don’t put your wants and needs on them.”

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6 thoughts on “Dwyane Wade Drops Some Parenting Gems And Talks Supporting His Gay Son [WATCH]

  1. Susie on said:

    How do you know @ 12 you are gay? To each their own but that would not be happening in my house. He would have to fake it until he was out my house.

  2. D Wade having a gay son and loving him doesn’t make him a bad parent. He’s a father that loves his son and seems like he is just trying to be understanding of him; he chose his words very carefully. I don’t agree w/the lifestyle but you have to love your kid, not condone what they are doing, love them. The problem I have with all of this is that children are being encouraged to make adult decisions. If a 12 year old doesn’t have the mental maturity to make a decision to “be” with a 21 year old, then they don’t have the mental maturity to make a decision about their sexuality or identifying as the opposite sex. Some might say they don’t have anything to do w/each other but they do because they deal with attractions which leads to activity. The question I keep seeing on Social Media is how old were you when you decided you were straight? I think that’s a weak argument. And one that tries to justify why a child can make a major life decision like that. For me the bottom line is no matter what or who you believe in, GOD, Mother Nature or Evolution, if women were meant to be with women and men meant to be with men, a way would have been made so they could procreate with each other w/o needing the opposite sex. If GOD, Mother Nature or Evolution made a mistake and someone decides to ‘change’ their gender, they would also be able to change their DNA which identifies them as their born gender until the day they die. Regardless of what you believe, our bodies are made in such a way that gay people, who have children, needed the very thing they say God did not intend for them to be with so they could have the family they desired……………..

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