"Kids should be there..."
Pro basketball player Dwyane Wade got some heat on social media after his wife Gabrielle Union took their 11-year-old son Zion to the Miami Gay Pride parade this past weekend. Union is not Zion's birth mother, but is very supportive of her stepson and made sure he had a great time.
Photos of the family, chronicling the day, were added by older brother Zaire's to his Instagram story.
Miami Gay Pride is one of the largest in the country, and many fans supported the Wades and their participation in the event, but some felt it was inappropriate for an 11-year-old.
Gossip publication The Shade Room shared an Instagram photo of the family at Pride which garnered a lot of support, but was also filled with haters.
"This is not about being a supportive parent, why is this okay?" wrote jayyy_doe. "A child doesn’t know who they are at this age, we need to stop encouraging this."
Wrote another, "This is not a great support system. Unfortunately, his father failed him. He failed to raise him up to be a man as God intended."
Of course, that wasn't the sentiment of Zion's dad who was on the road but still managed to post some love, "We support each other with pride," adding, "It's a family thing."
Queer Eye alum Carson Kressley came to the family's defense, saying detractors of Pride don't know it's about a lot more than just the parade.
"I would say [to those people] come to a gay pride [event] and you'll see how beautiful and embracing and how diverse and how wonderful it is ... and kids should be there to see it!" He told TMZ.
He added, "It's a beautiful thing. It's great when parents bring their kids."
Kressley has been a leader in the LGBTQ community for years -- and was the grand marshal at the 2018 Come Out with Pride parade in Orlando.