ABC/Image Group LAFormer NBA star Dwyane Wade, husband of actress Gabrielle Union, spoke at length Thursday about his support for the LGBTQ community, and more specifically, his 12-year-old child, whom he referred to as “she.”
In an interview with All the Smoke with Matt Barnes & Stephen Jackson, Wade shared that he hasn’t allowed the preteen to give any public interviews, and as a result, feels an obligation to use his platform to preach equality and be an ally.
Sharing that his child, Zion, has more “strength and courage” than he does, Wade stated, “You can learn something from your kids.”
“I had to look myself in the mirror when my son at the time was 3 years old and me and my wife started having conversations about us noticing that he wasn’t on the boy vibe that [his elder child] Zaire was on,” Wade recalled. “I had to look myself in the mirror and say, ‘What if your son comes home and tell you he’s gay? What are you gonna do? How are you gonna be?’ How are you gonna act?’ It ain’t about him. He knows who he is. It’s about you. Who are you?”
“I’ve watched my son, from day one, become into who she now eventually has come into,” Wade said. “For me, it’s all about nothing changes with my love. Nothing changes with my responsibilities. Only thing I gotta do now is get smarter and educate myself more. And that’s my job.”
“So all these people that’s out there saying those [hateful] things, look at yourself,” Wade continued. “Understand that you’re the one that’s got the issues. You’re the one that’s got the problems. It’s not the kids.”
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