It’s that time of year when people start sharing family portraits as everyone gathers around the turkey together. Gabrielle Union shared a picture of herself, her husband Dwayne Wade, and their two kids, 12-year-old Zion Malachi Airamis Wade, and baby Kaavia James Union Wade.
The group looks adorable and happy, but haters zeroed in on Zion’s outfit, commenting on his crop top shirt and long nails:
Apparently, he was targeted with some homophobic and hateful comments for his attire, which was not something his family would stand for. Wade went on Twitter, and wrote, “I’ve seen some post-thanksgiving hate on social about my family photo. Stupidity is apart of this world we live in—so I get it. But here’s the thing—I’ve been chosen to lead my family not y’all. So we will continue to be us and support each other with pride, love & a smile!”
I’ve seen some post-thanksgiving hate on social about my family photo. Stupidity is apart of this world we live in—so i get it. But here’s the thing—I’ve been chosen to lead my family not y’all. So we will continue to be us and support each other with pride, love & a smile! ✌🏾— DWade (@DwyaneWade) November 30, 2019
Many people wrote to Wade and Gabrielle Union to tell them how much it meant to see the support and unconditional love they were offering their son, especially in the face of any backlash:
Idk if @DwyaneWade & @itsgabrielleu know how POWERFUL & MOVING it is that they’re embracing their son’s individuality. (Damnit I’m crying) In our community, being given autonomy over your body, beliefs, image, & statements as a child isn’t a thing. That child is free & happy 🙌🏾— Miyoncé (@Miata_Shanay) November 30, 2019
Shout out D. Wade for setting the example of a Black father loving and accepting their children as they are. There’d be a lot less trauma in our community if more Black dads were like this. https://t.co/F63IVqQbhy— Financial literacy is capitalist propaganda. (@mattblessesyou) November 29, 2019
Which Wade shared on his own timeline:
As a parent my only goal is that my kids feel that i see them , love them and support them. https://t.co/ZrJp9WFdbi— DWade (@DwyaneWade) November 30, 2019
The family attended the Miami Pride parade with Zion, but Wade said in an interview with Variety last June that he doesn’t like to speak for his son.
“I don’t really talk about it much because it’s Zion’s story to tell,” he said. “I think as a family, we should support each other. That’s our job. And my job as a father is to facilitate their lives and to support them and be behind them in whatever they want to do.”
That’s parenting to be thankful for.