Dwayne Wade, the former Miami Heat player and NBA star recently opened up about raising and providing his unconditional support to his 12-year-old child during an interview with All The Smoke video podcast.
Many people noticed that Zion, Wade’s child, wore a crop top and had long painted nails in a recent family photo that was posted on Dwayne Wade’s Instagram account. Some ignorant people attacked the child for this gender non-conforming presentation, and the dad stepped in and came out in full support of Zion.
Wade spoke how he loves Zion and supports them in the interview, and the former basketball star used she/her pronouns.
He said that he watched his son from day one become into who she now eventually has come into, and nothing changes his love, as well as his responsibilities. He noted that only thing he has to do now is get smarter and educate himself more.
It’s important to note that Wade did not use any specific identity label for Zion, but his willingness to choose Zion’s chosen pronouns is a heartwarming thing.
Wade admitted that he previously held beliefs about LGBTQ+ people that were “a little ignorant”, but he had to make a choice when he noticed, even at the age three, that Zion was not like his other son.
“And I had to look myself in the mirror and say, ‘What if your son comes home and tells you he’s gay? What are you going to do? How are you going to be? How are you going to act? It ain’t about him. He knows who he is. It’s about you. Who are you?’” – he added.
Dwayne Wade chose the path of acceptance and love, and it’s truly heartwarming to see that.
Dwyane Wade referring to his child Zion, 12, using she pronouns. “I’ve watched my son from day 1 become into who she now eventually has come into. Nothing changes w/ my love; nothing changes w/ my responsibilities. Only thing I got to do now is get smarter & educate myself more.” pic.twitter.com/MeaOXL3cFkAdvertisement
— Ξvan Ross Katz (@evanrosskatz) December 19, 2019
To add to that, the former NBA star also extended his support of Zion to the larger LGBTQ+ community, and he explained that his response to the negative reactions to the Instagram photo wasn’t just because the trolls hurt his feelings, or that he cares about them at all, but it was because he wanted to use his fame to broadcast his support to the LGBTQ+ community.