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Dwyane Wade supports 11-year-old son coming out as gay

Zion Wade with Gabrielle Union. Photo: Instagram/@dwyanewade

It may be serendipity that Future Hall of Fame basketball star Dwyane Wade is retiring at the end of the 2018-19 NBA season, which is in April.

In addition to spending time with his Hollywood actress wife, Gabrielle Union, and his biological and adopted sons, Wade, aka “D-Wade,” will be there personally to help navigate his 11-year-old son, Zion, through the oftentimes awkward prepubescent and adolescent years. Complications may be amplified for Zion Wade because he has revealed to the world that he is gay.

The entire Wade clan ventured out to suburban Miami Beach, Florida, for the island city’s annual Pride event. Union joined stepson Zion on a float during the parade, while his older brother, Zaire, baby Kaavia and other family members followed on foot.

All of the Wades showed Zion support by sporting rainbow colors to the event. According to D-Wade and Union’s InstaStories, the family went out afterward to eat at the R House in Wynwood, which featured drag performances.

Zion’s older brother Zaire also showed support for Zion, captioning an IG photo of them together: “Love you bro, no matter what. Gotcha back, kid. Support gang!”

Zion’s older brother, Zaire Wade, with Gabby Union and toddler Kaavia James Union Wade. Photo: Instagram/@gabunion.

D-Wade, 37, was not able to attend the Pride event on Sunday, as his Miami Heat had an NBA game in Toronto. The patriarch, however, was there in spirit for Zion as he posted this message on his InstaStories.

“We support each other with Pride!”

Zion Wade and Gabrielle Union. Photo: Instagram/@dwyanewade

He also captioned an image of brothers Zion and Zaire embracing: “It’s a family thing.”

The Wade family, sans Dwyane Wade. Photo: Instagram/@dwyanewade

In another photo on his InstaStories, D-Wade said “Zion had his on [sic] cheering section today,” Dwyane wrote about the entire family going to the Pride event. “Wish i was there to see you smile kid!”

Last month, D-Wade supported Zion as he walked in his charity fashion show, “A Night on the Runwade.” D-Wade initially caught some heat for that support as some critics believed the famous father was allowing Zion to “bend and conform to societal pressures.” That fire was quickly extinguished, however, with the overwhelming majority of respondents throwing their support behind D-Wade

Other celebs such as musician Pharrell Williams lauded D-Wade and Union’s decision to publicly support their young son.

One member of the LGBTQ community was actually envious of the support that young Zion Wade has received from his family: