And for them, that love means supporting their 11-year-old daugher Zaya Wade who appeared at the annual Miami Beach Pride March on Sunday.
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, Zaya and her 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 sister, writing: “Love you lil bro no matter what.”
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#ZionWade had the support of his family, including his step-mom #GabrielleUnion and his older brother #ZaireWade, at the #MiamiBeachPride celebration on Sunday. _______ Though #DwyaneWade could not be at the parade to cheer on his son, the #NBA star supported his 11-year-old boy by posting photos from the event. In one photo, Zion and Gabrielle are posing together. Dwyane captioned, “We support each other with pride”. ____ MORE ON SITE. LINK IN BIO. DIRECT LINK IN INSTASTORIES #miamipride
Sadly, there will always be people who take issue with the Wades supporting Zaya, 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:
***Editor’s Note: Due to Zaya’s recent coming out as trans, all past stories that were written about her have been updated to reflect her correct gender identity and pronouns.