Gabrielle Union Explains Attending Gay Pride Parade With Family: “It Feels Normal”

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She says she went to her first Pride parade when she was eight-years-old

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A week ago, the Wade family made an appearance at the Miami Beach Gay Pride parade, reportedly in support of their 11-year-old son, Zion Wade. Union shared a photo of herself and Zion enjoying the festivities, and while Dwyane couldn’t be there with them, showed his support in his Instagram stories. “We support each other with Pride,” D-Wade posted. Over another image, Wade wrote, “Zion had his own cheering section today. Wish I was there to see you smile kid!” Zaire, Zion’s 17-year-old brother, also shared his public support on IG, writing: “Love you lil bro no matter what.”

There were some on social media who congratulated the Wades for being there for their son, but there were others who didn’t approve of a child so young attending Pride, an event that many believe should be reserved for adults. However, Union recently spoke with Us Weekly about their decision to attend pride, saying that it was nothing strange or out of the ordinary for her.

“It feels normal,” the 46-year-old actress told them at the Black Design Collective Honors Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter event. “My mom took me to my first pride at eight-years-old. We moved to San Francisco, and it’s kind of part of being a global citizen.”

After the parade, the family reportedly went to a drag queen show together. “People talk a lot about diversity and inclusion, but they don’t actually mean it,” Union continued. “In our household, we mean that, and that’s why the entire household went to pride.”


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