Dwyane Wade Says "I’m Doing What Every Parent Has to Do" in Supporting His 11-Year Old Son Going to Pride

Dwyane Wade Says "I’m Doing What Every Parent Has to Do" in Supporting His 11-Year Old Son Going to Pride

Dwyane Wade isn't here to be praised for what he sees as his fatherly duty.

By Tamara Palmer
Dwyane Wade and son Zion

While obligations kept Dwyane Wade from attending Miami Pride with his wife, Gabrielle Union, and their children back in April, he fully supports his 11-year-old son Zion's exploration of his own identity.

“I don’t really talk about it much because it’s Zion’s story to tell. I think as a family, we should support each other," Wade explained to Variety on Tuesday. "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.”

He's not really looking to be praised for that, either.

“I’m very uneasy about accolades that come from supporting my kids or the negativity that comes from it," he told the publication. "I’m doing what every parent has to do. Once you bring kids into this world, you become unselfish. It’s my job to be their role model, to be the voice in my kids’ lives, to let them know, ‘You can conquer the world. So, go and be your amazing self and we’re going to sit back and just love you.’”

The Wade family feels that cultural activities such as Pride will help their kids become educated, worldly beings.

“My mom took me to my first pride at eight years old. We moved to San Francisco, and it’s kind of part of being a global citizen," Union told Us Weekly after the parade. "People talk a lot about diversity and inclusion, but they don’t actually mean it. In our household, we mean that, and that’s why the entire household went to Pride.”

Tune in for a special Pride Marathon on Bravo on Friday, June 28 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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