Dwayne Wade Defends His 12-Year-Old Zion’s Choice To Be Called “She”

by Taylor Handberry Staggers

December 20, 2019

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The Wade Union family has made it crystal clear that they support their 12-year-old Zion’s lifestyle and gender choices. They’ve attended Pride activities as a family, made supportive social media posts, and most recently, Dwayne Wade has started to use female identifiers when referring to the pre-teen. 

During an interview on “All The Smoke” the newly retired NBA star opened up about supporting his kids and gave a message to those who have negatively responded to his family.  This portion of the discussion starts 30-minutes into the interview.

“I’ve watched my son from Day 1 become into who she now eventually has come into. Nothing changes [with] my love; nothing changes [with] my responsibilities. Only thing I got to do now is get smarter and educate myself more. And that’s my job.” My 12-year-old has way more than I have. You can learn something from your kids. In our household that’s all, we talk about. We talk about making sure our kids are seen by us. We want them to be whoever they feel they can be in this world. That’s our goal.”

He added that he chooses to speak up not just for his family, but for anyone who may be on the journey as well.

“When I respond to things socially I’m not responding because you’re hurting my feelings…I’m responding because I understand my platform. I understand that I’m speaking for a lot of people that don’t have the same voice that I have.”

The 37-year-old has three sons Zion, Zaire, and Bronny from his previous marriage and 1-year-old baby girl, Kaavia James Union Wade, with wife and superstar actress Gabrielle Union-Wade.

Earlier this year, Marlon Wayans also snapped back at an internet hater, in support of his daughter, Amai Wayans during Pride month.

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