Family photo on Instagram sparks conversation about gender fluidity

CBC Kids News • Published 2019-12-02 15:24

Meanwhile, original Star Wars actor comes out as gender fluid

A 12-year-old named Zion has been deflecting hate after the tween’s celebrity stepmom posted a photo on Instagram that showed Zion wearing a crop top and long, painted nails.

Gabrielle Union, who until recently was a judge on America’s Got Talent, uploaded the pic to mark American Thanksgiving on Nov. 28.

She’s married to Zion’s dad, retired NBA star Dwayne Wade.

Does Zion identify as male or female? We don’t actually know.

But it didn’t take long for the negative comments to start flowing about Zion’s wardrobe choices.

“So sad these boys turning into girls,” wrote one person on Instagram.

Instagram post from Gabunion shows family photo with caption. Grateful. Happy Thanksgiving good people. To all the friends and family that have my back and all the friends and family I've never met who show love and support when everyone is looking and when no one is looking. All praise, gratitude and thankfulness.

Wade made a point of publicly defending his child on Twitter the next day.

In one post, Wade said his goal as a parent is to make sure his kids feel that “I see them, love them and support them.”

Tweet from Dwayne Wade says I've seen some post-thanksgiving hate on social about my family photo. Stupidity is a part 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 and a smile.

Wade has spoken out in support of Zion before.

In an Instagram story from October, he included a photo of his wife, baby daughter and Zion with the tag “My girls."

Wade also gave Zion a shout-out on Instagram after the family attended the Miami Pride parade earlier this year.

The family also made T-shirts to raise money for a safe schools organization.

Instagram post from Gabunion shows family in branded Tshirts with slogan that says As a family we believe inclusion and equality are two essential pillars needed to move towards growth and progressive thinking and action in our society.

Although Zion’s gender identity isn’t public, this story seems to have sparked a conversation about what it means to be gender fluid.

At its most basic, somebody is gender fluid when they don’t feel they have a fixed gender. They might have some stereotypically feminine attributes and some stereotypically masculine ones.

Being gender fluid isn’t the same as being transgender, when your gender doesn’t match the one assigned to you at birth.

Actor Billy Dee Williams, who will revise his role as the smuggler Lando Calrissian in the next Star Wars movie, has come out as being gender-fluid. (Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Disney)

Actor Billy Dee Williams, known for playing Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars franchise, hinted at a gender-fluid identity in a Nov. 26 interview with Esquire.

Turns out, Williams uses him or her, depending on the situation.

“I’m not afraid to show that side of myself,” Williams told Esquire.

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