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Amazing dads who give loud and proud support to their LGBTQ+ children

By PINKY S. ICAMEN Published Jun 02, 2021 9:29 pm

Love for one’s child knows no bounds. 

For those in the LGBTQ+ community, family’s love, acceptance and support are powerful things that would make a lot of difference in their journey—from coming out to sharing their story to the world.

According to the LGBTQ organization PFLAG, “Family support makes a transformative difference in the lives of people who come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer.”

“When parents and families share their stories—coming out in support of their LGBTQ children and loved ones—they not only bolster them, but embolden others to do the same,” PFLAG said in its website.

In celebration of Father’s Day and Pride Month, here are amazing fathers who give unwavering loud and proud support to their LGBTQ+ children.

Ian Veneracion

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Many praised Ian Veneracion on how he supported his daughter, Deirdre (Dids), when she first came out as lesbian.

During a guesting on ABS-CBN’s Magandang Buhay, the 46-year-old actor and singer revealed that Dids was 16 years old when she approached him, teary eyed, “I like girls.” To lighten up the situation a bit, Ian replied, “Me too.”

At that moment, as Dids was surprised that Ian already knew about her sexual orientation, he told her, “Don’t be ever apologetic about it, not even to me. You can be whoever you want to be and I have full support.”

With the support he gives to his daughter, Ian has become an ally to the LGBTQ+ community. In 2019, he attended a Pinoy Pride event in Calgary and posted it on Instagram. “On this joyous occasion, I’m happy to see everyone celebrating kindness through human respect. This should not be limited to annual events but practiced every day, everywhere.”

Dwyane Wade

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Former Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade sends his all-out support to his 14-year-old daughter Zaya, who identifies as transgender. He is also a vocal activist in the LGBTQ+ community together with his wife Gabrielle Union with their Wade Family Foundation.

Zaya was 12 years old when she told her father and stepmother Union that she wanted to live her truth, told them that she laid out her preferred pronouns (she/her) and she wanted to be called Zaya.

Dwyane told Good Morning America that he and his wife took Zaya’s coming out as an opportunity to educate themselves and embrace their daughter’s gender identity to make sure that they gave her the opportunity to be her best self.

“It was a process for us to sit down with our daughter and find out what she likes and who she is,” he said.

Today, Dwyane sees his daughter as someone who provides inspiration to many black transgender youth. “When I look at Zaya, I get hope,” Dwyane told People.

For Zaya’s 14th birthday recently, Dwyane posted on Instagram a photo of them with the caption, “I’m obsessed with your happiness! Happy 14th birthday @zayawade.”

Leandro Muñoz

Former actor Leandro Muñoz, who is now based in San Francisco, California, shared in an interview with Paolo Contis in the online show Just In how his 26-year-old  son, Frankie, a transgender man, opened up about his gender identity.

Leandro said Frankie, who was then 16 years old, went up to him crying and saying he needed help because he was attracted to the same sex. 

“There’s nothing wrong with you. Is that what makes you happy?” Leandro asked Frankie, who answered, “Yeah, that’s what makes me happy, I feel like a boy. I am a man.” 

Leandro told Frankie, “Then go with what you feel.”

On supporting his son, Leandro said, “Kailangan talagang I-support natin what makes our children happy.”

And his advice for parents, “Kung mayroon kayong anak na trying to come out, give a hundred-percent support.”

Chot Reyes

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TNT Tropang Giga coach Chot Reyes is protective of his four children, not even trolls can succeed tearing that father’s love apart.

In 2012 someone asked him on Twitter, “Anak mo yan Coach Chot? Bakit mukhang bakla?” The person was referring to his son Mosh.

Reyes’ reply was nothing short of powerful. “Yes, he’s gay & I’m very proud of him.”

Meanwhile, in 2013, when the topic of “is PBA ready to accept gay players” was brought up on social media, then a coach for Gilas Pilipinas, Reyes said in an interview that he had no problem if there would be gay players in the league. 

“I have a gay son (Mosh) so I have absolutely no problem with any player coming out in the PBA or elsewhere,” he said. 

Marlon Wayans

Actor and comedian Marlon Wayans celebrated on social media his then 19-year-old daughter Amai coming out during Pride Month in 2019.

“Happy pride to my pride and joy. I wouldn’t change one effing thing about you. Love you to the moon around the sun, through the galaxies and back again,” Wayans penned for Amai.

While many showed support to Wayans, there were others who criticized his post saying that his daughter is not old enough to understand being gay. Wayans did not back down.

“She’s 19. She is who she is until or until she don’t choose different. Love her for her not what I want her to be,” he responded to one of the commenters.

He said in another comment that he thought of erasing comments that trolls left in his post but he thought that the world should see that kind of “ignorance still exists.”

He said, “Objective without obstacles is a worthless triumph. We all will someday get to unconditional love. Because of my daughter, I am one step closer. I am not God, I don’t judge, I just LOVE. And still pray for the haters because I refuse to judge them too. I just love.”

Khary Payton

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During Pride Month last year, The Walking Dead star Khary Payton took to Instagram to introduce his 11-year-old transgender son, Karter.

Payton wrote, “This is my kid. One of the most happy, well-adjusted individuals I’ve ever known.”

He shared that Karter was born female but has always identified as a boy. “He (Karter) thought it would be cool if I announced it on social media.”

Payton let Karter know that there will be a lot of supporters but there will also be those who would be harsh. Karter just said, “Yeah, I know about trolls, daddy. I can handle trolls.”

“Man, there is nothing more beautiful than watching your child feel the joy of exploring what it means to be true to themselves,” Payton said.

He concluded, “This is his journey and I am here for it. I hope you all have the opportunity to feel the unquenchable love that I am feeling right now."