Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union support all star's son at Miami Pride
As LGBTQ+ people become more and more accepted in society, and the general public becomes better educated, more people will come to accept their true gender identity. With more exposure and representation in the media, and queer role models for young people to look up to, coming out of the closet can happen much earlier and be much less of a source of anxiety. This progressiveness is now crossing generational boundaries, as youths and adolescents can be much more open about their own romantic inclinations or gender identity.
If you want an example of good parenting, and how to raise your kids in a non-prejudiced way, then look no further than how basketball player Dwyane Wade and actress Gabrielle Union have handled it this week. At the weekend, Gabrielle took Wade's young son, 11-year-old Zion Wade, to Miami's LGBTQ+ Pride Week in a heartwarming show of support.
And judging from the videos she shared, they had a great time:
Dwyane took to Instagram to share his family's day out with his social media followers. He posted a picture of Gabrielle and Zion together and captioned it: "We support each other with pride."
Zion's older brother Zaire later uploaded a picture of his own, captioning it: "Love you lil bro no matter what."
Many social media users were impressed that Gabrielle made such an effort to take her son to pride and immerse him in the positivity of gay culture. Sadly, Dwyane was unable to attend in person since he was in Toronto at the time.
In a recent interview with Oprah, Gabrielle discussed her feelings about motherhood and caring for Wade's sons from his first marriage to Siohvaughn Funches, as well as how she'd had a baby girl with Wade through IVF and the use of a surrogate. Gabrielle stated: "I saw motherhood and parenthood with very realistic eyes. It looked hard."
She added: "I wanted a life of flitting around the country and lack of responsibility and all that. Parenthood is about sacrifice, being consistent, and being present. Then [Wade] got full custody. I signed up for the boys quicker than I signed up for him ... There's many paths to parenthood and motherhood. It doesn't have to match your friend's, your sister's, or your mama's. Every path is beautiful, real, valid, and worthwhile. You don't have to suffer in silence or alone. There's hope and answers. We got you."