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Dwyane Wade’s powerful message on 12-year-old Zion becoming ‘who she now’ is

Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade recently appeared on Showtime’s All The Smoke podcast, where he discussed a handful of topics, including his 12-year-old child, Zion, who recently came under fire thanks to a Thanksgiving picture featuring the family.

Wade, who now uses she/her pronouns in reference to Zion, says he’s constantly trying to evolve as the parent of someone who is a member of the LGBTQ community (h/t Bleacher Report):

“I’ve watched my son from day one come into who she now has eventually come into … Nothing changes with my love, nothing changes with my responsibilities,” he said.” The only thing I got to do now is get smarter and educate myself more.”

Wade also mentioned how, thanks to his closeness with the LGBTQ community, he has learned that change doesn’t come from people within the community, as they should be who they are. Instead, Wade said, change should come from other people as they learn to accept and embrace people for who they are, which he began to when he noticed that Zion was different from his other child, Zaire, early on:

“He wasn’t on the boy vibe that Zaire was on,” Wade said. “I had to look myself in the mirror and say, ‘What if your son comes home and tell you he’s gay?’ What are you gonna do? How are you gonna be? How are you gonna act? It ain’t about him. He knows who he is. It’s about you. Who are you?”

This is an excellent sentiment from Wade, who seems to have fully embraced his family for who they are.