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Dwayne Wade Says 11 Year Old Son Is Old Enough to Know : What Is Age Appropriate ?

M. LaJeanne McCloud



by M. LaJeanne McCloud

Unpopular opinion…..we sexualize EVERYTHING. This was my first thought while reading comments under a post about Dwyane Wade’s son Zion. People were saying that he was “too young to know” that he was not a straight cisgender male. I feel like I should give people the benefit of the doubt and see this as a knee jerk reaction to his age. Maybe they are concerned with the potential for bullying and would prefer that he keep it in the closet until he’s a little older – for everyone else’s comfort – and his own well being. We’re all entitled to an opinion, so here is mine.


How old were you when you met someone you couldn’t take your eyes off. What grade were you in? What school did you attend? Why is it so hard to believe that those among us who identify as anything other than straight are making an impulsive, en vogue, or deviant decision. Perhaps people believe that being straight is the human default and being gay is only unlocked when you have a gay encounter *Kanye shrug*. I don’t identify as anything other than a straight cis woman. With that being said, I also consider myself an ally, so I feel comfortable saying that people know when they know. Every one of us can remember the first time we gazed upon someone and thought that person was the most amazing thing we’d ever seen. So asking if 11-year-old Zion is “old enough to decide” sounds silly to me. Of course, he’s old enough. He’s as old as your little nephew who you insist on asking “how many girlfriends you have”. He’s old enough to know that girls don’t make his stomach get butterflies, or that boys and girls do, or that he doesn’t feel anything either way and is open to discovering who he is and what makes him tick. I don’t know how Zion identifies and really that isn’t my business. What is my business is the fact that society is better when a person can be who they are with the full support of their loved ones. The world is better when we make room for individuals without concerning ourselves with who THEIR perfect mate is – as long as no one is being hurt – love who you love, my baby.

I’m very happy that this young man does not have to pretend, hide, or conceal who he is in order to fit into a box-shaped for public family perfection. The Wade family’s support of young Zion is an example of unconditional love. I hope that this love empowers him with a sense of who he is as a black man in this world, that can accomplish anything with hard work and dedication, I hope it pushes him to have positive impacts on youth and acceptance. Lastly, I hope that the examples being set by Dwyane, Gabrielle, and Zion can help other families who are struggling to support their own loved one who is discovering love outside of the hetero norm.

M. LaJeanne McCloud

Author: M. LaJeanne McCloud

Mommy, writer, content creator, cultural observer
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    Dontrail Detroit

    June 7, 2019 at 11:13 am

    The dopes column ever. Opinions are cool, but everyone feels their opinion should be weighted so strongly, despite their imperfections. I’m proud of him

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    May 2, 2019 at 10:29 am

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    918 kiss

    May 2, 2019 at 10:29 am

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    NBA is fixed

    April 24, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    As you can see by this picture, the white devil’s war against us is now being direct against our children. They’re using homosexuality as a weapon to attack our children. What are we going to do about it?

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    NBA is fixed

    April 24, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    The purpose of having sex is to create a new life. Two men having sex can not create a black baby. Two women having sex can not create a baby. Only a black man and a black woman having sex can create a black baby. Reject and shun any black person who promotes homosexuality to us. That goes double for Barack Obama.

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    NBA is fixed

    April 24, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    Homosexuality is the latest weapon being used to destroy us:

    1. Dwyane Wade and Gabby Union encouraging a black child to become gay
    2. Charlize Theron adopts a black child, encourages the child to be gay
    3. Morehouse College admits transgendered black men.
    4. In 2016, the movie Moonlight wins the Academy Award for best picture
    5. Former President Barack Obama promotes and encourages homosexuality to the black community

    We are at war brothers and sistas. America promotes the gay lifestyle on us in order to decrease our population and to infest us with incurable diseases. We must reject the gay lifestyle; satan’s lifestyle.

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    April 24, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    I was actually about 13 when I had my 1st crush, surely would not have appreciated my family making it a grand announcement for the world, painted up at an “Adult” gay pride parade. Their child is going to have to interact with his peers who are likely more influential at this stage of life than parents, no matter how supporting parents might be.

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    Marvin A. Smith

    April 24, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    It should concern us greatly that state sanctioned homosexuality might serve to destroy the claimed moral fabric of our country! Conversely, this is the country that sanctioned Slavery & Lynching of people of African Descent! We Demand Reparations!

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    marcus davis

    April 23, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    What the bloody hell ? how can any 11 year old know anything as to whether he’s or she is gay or not?Nowadays kids are getting too sexed up at such a young age they don’t even have a childhood anymore.Whatever happened to the innocence of a child? Hopefully the kid will grow out of it.No kid knows who he or she is or what he is at 11 years of age.

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    Shawn J.

    April 23, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    No comment; except that a lot of people seem to use the word,”cisgender”. Doesn’t anybody use the word “heterosexual” anymore?

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    April 23, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    @M. LaJeanne McCloud, Faulty Logic! At 11 years old a child is just getting started with puberty! If it’s body produces semen then know for sure that he’s boy / if it produces an embryo Then it’s a girl no two ways about it! Sex has nothing to do with it! Semen and Eggs Are purposed to manifest life! There is no other way! Also , the definition of Love as a feeling is off. Love is an action “To do the right thing to and for whoever or whatever you love”! All human beings are comprised of male and female characteristics from both Parents! There is a truth to how things work correctly! To teach anything otherwise is to defy, challenge, oppose, and conflict with the true order of life and thus represent the nature of perdition!

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