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The Miami Heat star, who was in Toronto playing the Raptures, sent his support via Instagram.
“We support each other with Pride,” Wade wrote over a photo of his son and his wife.
According to NBC News, Zion and his stepmom were on a float during Sunday’s LGBTQ pride festival. They were also joined by other family members such as his 17-year-old big brother, Zaire and baby sister Kaavia.
Zaire Wade shared his public support on Instagram for his younger brother, writing: “Love you lil bro no matter what.”
Sadly, there will always be people who take issue with the Wades supporting Zion, accusing the couple of encouraging “a lifestyle” on a “child so young.”
But thankfully, there were more people flocking to Twitter commending the parents for loving their child unconditionally and supporting their son for being who he is and living out loud. In addition, Black LGBTQ folks shared their own stories and stressed why it’s important for Black parents to not turn their backs on their children for coming out.
Take a look:
Proud Parents! Dwyane Wade And Gabrielle Union Support 11-Year-Old Son At Miami Pride Parade was originally published on hellobeautiful.com
The support D Wade and Gabby are giving Zion is simply beautiful to see. It truly is what queer kids deserve 💗💗. https://t.co/UZT1zHtA3v— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) April 7, 2019
I would love to interview Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union about their encouragement/support of Zion. I think it is important when they discuss Zion’s story that they speak to someone of related intersections. Zion is celebrated by them. This is powerful.— Morgan Sherm (@morganLOOKS) April 8, 2019
still not over @itsgabrielleu and @DwyaneWade's IG stories from Miami Beach #pride today. THIS is being a great parent. There is nothing wrong or "inappropriate" about LGBTQ ppl or culture. Baby Kaavia at the drag show is everything! pic.twitter.com/FGSdwgphsn— Mark Sundstrom (@106th) April 8, 2019
This just makes me so happy. Seeing Dwayne Wade embrace his son no matter who is, is what LGBTQ youth deserve! 🏳️🌈😭💙💚💛🧡❤️💜 pic.twitter.com/VWVB7xys9c— JT 👨🏾💻 (@JTizzlle) April 7, 2019
Dwayne Wade publicly supporting his son at pride, how do I send this man a father of the year award. 😭👏🏽— Taurus (@coconutoilpapi) April 7, 2019
I just sobbed! This right here moved me so much... Zion Malachi Airamis Wade (son of @DwyaneWade) had the support of his family @itsgabrielleu and his older brother Zaire Wade, at the Miami Beach Gay Pride celebration on Sunday. 🏳️🌈🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/5p9rcpyHbx— #SHADEDVIEW_OUT (@SHADE_WORLDWIDE) April 8, 2019
As a queer black man it’s so amazing to see the way that @itsgabrielleu & @DwyaneWade embrace the LGBTQ community & give their son room to express himself which is something you rarely see in the black community.Your son will benefit so much from that support,Im so happy for him— CHRIST🕊 (@christxrose) April 7, 2019
I was just looking at the comments under that TheShadeRoom post about Dwayne Wade, Gabrielle Union, and their son at LGBT pride. There's a segment of heterosexual Black people that are so brainwashed, bigoted, and violent towards Black LGBT. Y'all are just awful. Whew.— Jason (Your Gay BFF) (@EscaflowneClown) April 8, 2019
I applaud @DwyaneWade @itsgabrielleu for the unconditional love and support they are showing to their son. Whether you approve of the lifestyle or not, parents all your kids want is for you accept and love them unconditionally #wesupporteachotherwithpride @glaad #LGBTQTwitter pic.twitter.com/VCGdN3fsNJ— Czezre T. Adams💛🐝 (@CzezreAdams8889) April 8, 2019
Seeing @DwyaneWade and his family supporting his young son Zion at a Pride parade is amazing, astonishing and astounding! That’s real family love!— Dylan Ennis (@canadiankidDJE) April 8, 2019
People really asked “how is Dwayne Wade’s son gay already”... like please THINK before speaking— Bianca (@africvndon) April 7, 2019
I didn’t know Dwayne Wade son was gay. It’s different to see black parents embracing their kids as they are. He’s so young and the internet is cruel. Hope they continue to protect him.— Tray (@HaitiPerry) April 8, 2019
What do y’all mean “gay already” In regards to Dwayne Wade’s son? 😂 Gay ppl been telling y’all they born gay for centuries. Y’all just dense. Y’all really think being gay is something you can catch.— Rena (@Rena_TwatchinU) April 8, 2019
The way Dwayne wade & Gabrielle Union supports his son, is everything. Especially coming from a black family 💜💜— Alayssa Torrencia🇬🇾 (@SwallowMyHeart_) April 7, 2019