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Matt Barnes asked Dwyane Wade what it’s like raising a gay son coming from a hyper-masculine NBA background … and what Wade says is powerful stuff, reports TMZ.
Dwyane and his wife, Gabrielle Union, have been publicly supportive of 12-year-old Zion (Wade’s son from a previous relationship) over the past year … even taking him to a Gay Pride Festival in Miami Beach last April.
So, when Wade appeared on Stephen Jackson and Barnes‘ All The Smoke podcast this week … Matt asked Dwyane about his approach to parenting a gay son.
That’s when Dwyane delivered a powerful message … saying Zion essentially forced him to learn about accepting people for who they are, reports TMZ.
“I had to look myself in the mirror when my son at the time was 3 years old and me and my wife started having conversations about us noticing that he wasn’t on the boy vibe that Zaire [Wade’s other son] was on,” Wade said.
“And, I had to look myself in the mirror and say, ‘What if your son come home and tell you he’s gay? What are you going to do? How are you going to be? How are you going to act? It ain’t about him. He knows who he is. It’s about you. Who are you?'”
As for how his son is handling it all … Wade said, “You want to talk about strength and courage? My 12-year-old has way more than I have.”