NBA star Dwyane Wade said in a recent interview that his son’s decision to transition from male to female is the “new normal.”
The former Miami Heat star spoke to the podcast “All the Smoke” about his son Zion Malachi Airamis, who is 12.
“I watched my son, from day one, become into who she now eventually come into,” he said.
“This is the new normal. So, if anybody different, we’re looked at as different. The ones that don’t understand it. The ones that don’t get it. The ones that get stuck in the box, you know, they’re different. Not the people out here living their lives,” he said.
He said that he and his wife, Gabrielle Union, noticed differences in Zion at age three.
“Me and my wife are having conversations about, you know, us noticing that, you know, he wasn’t on the boy vibe that Zaire was on. And 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 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?” he said.
“All these people that’s out there saying these things, look at yourself. Understand that you’re the one that’s got the issues. You’re the one that’s got the problem,” he said. “It’s not the kids, it’s not the ones who decide, ‘Yeah, you born a certain way, you gotta be that way.’ That’s not life, man.”
“I’ve seen some post-thanksgiving hate on social about my family photo. Stupidity is apart [sic] of this world we live in — so I get it. But here’s the thing — I’ve been chosen to lead my family not y’all. So we will continue to be us and support each other with pride, love & a smile!” he tweeted later.
I’ve seen some post-thanksgiving hate on social about my family photo. Stupidity is apart of this world we live in—so i get it. But here’s the thing—I’ve been chosen to lead my family not y’all. So we will continue to be us and support each other with pride, love & a smile! ✌🏾
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) November 30, 2019
On the podcast, he said he was speaking for more than just his family.
“I understand that I’m speaking for a lot of people who don’t have the same voice that I have,” Wade said. “I’m speaking for so many others in the LGBTQ-plus community.”
He said that his son was a lesson for him and others.
“First of all, you want to talk about strength and courage, my 12-year-old has way more than I have. You can learn something from your kids,” he said.
Wade said he and his wife “talk about making sure our kids understand the power in their voice. We want them to be whoever they feel that they can be in this world. That’s our goal. Understand you can be whoever and you can be whatever.”
Wade said his goal was to have his children become who they want to be.
“You want your kids to be free and living their lives. And I don’t care what you want to do from this standpoint. If you want to play a sport, then play a sport. You don’t have to be like me. Play your sport and be yourself,” he said.
“You know, whatever you want to do, it’s my job to support you and make sure that you have all the tools you need to be as happy as you can be in this world while you’re doing it. While you’re growing into the person you are, that you’re going to grow into. So, they’re not different, they’re normal. The ones that don’t understand it are the ones that are different,” he said.
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