Dwyane Wade shows why he’s dad of the year by using she/her pronouns for his 12-year-old child

Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union and their children Zaya, 12, and Kaavia James, one. (Instagram)

Dwyane Wade has proved himself to be dad of the year again, referring to his child with she/her pronouns and commending the 12-year-old’s “strength and courage”.

Speaking on the Showtime basketball podcast All the Smoke, Wade responded compliments of his parenting by saying of his child Zion: “First of all, you want to talk about strength and courage, my 12-year-old has way more than I have. I mean, you can learn something from your kids.

“We make sure our kids understand the power of their voice, you know? 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.”

He continued: “I’ve watched my son, from day one, become into who she now eventually has come into.

“Nothing changes with my love, nothing changes with my responsibilities. The only thing I’ve got to do now is get smarter and educate myself more. And that’s my job.”

Wade later said he warns his children about the “negativity” that might come from being who they are, but added that he responds to people on social media “because I understand my platform, I understand that I’m speaking for a lot of people that don’t have the same voice that I have… I’m speaking for so many others in the LGBTQ+ community.”

He send to people who direct hate at his family: “You’re the one that’s got the problem, you’re the one that has the issues.”

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He said: “Our family is about supporting each other, no matter, no matter… We have togetherness.

“I keep telling my kids they’re going to make mistakes in life, but I keep telling them how proud I am of them because they’re growing into who they want to be.

“And it’s hard in this world to navigate and be who you are because so many people are putting of this energy of who they think you’re supposed to be.

“I’m trying to keep that away from them and show each one of them: ‘Be you and make everybody else figure it out around you’.”