Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade Sell T-Shirts to Raise Money for LGBTQ Nonprofit

Actress Gabrielle Union and her husband, former NBA star Dwyane Wade, announced they were raising money for GLSEN, a nonprofit that is dedicated to ending the discrimination and bullying LGBTQ students experience in schools.

Union took to Instagram on September 14 to post a picture of her family wearing a limited edition T-shirt made by YnG DnA, with 50 percent of proceeds from the sale of the shirt going to the GLSEN organization.

“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. We have created a Limited Edition T-shirt to help create a more inclusive space with our platform,” Union’s post on Instagram read.

“The Wade family and @yngdna have decided to donate $50k and [50 percent] of the proceeds of sales of the Pride shirts to The GLSEN organization whose mission strives to ensure safe schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation as well as gender identity. For 25 years GLSEN has been the leading national organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for [LGBTQ] students,” she continued.

The shirts, $35 each, read, “Please remain inclusive [and] dedicated 2 equality” on the back. The couple also donated $50,000 to the LGBTQ nonprofit, according to NBC News. In a statement to the news station, GLSEN thanked Union and the rest of the Wade family for the donation.

“GLSEN is honored and humbled by the Wade Family’s gift, and so tremendously grateful for their support in the hard work ahead to ensure that all LGBTQ students and youth feel safe, accepted, and included at school,” Eliza Byard, executive director of GLSEN, said in a statement.

This is not the first time the Wade family has stepped out to support the LGBTQ community. In 2018, Union attended the Miami Pride Parade with her stepsons, Zion and Zaire, and her daughter Kaavia, People magazine previously reported. In an interview with the publication, Wade discussed the importance of supporting his son, Zion.

“I don’t really talk about it much because it’s Zion’s story to tell,” Wade previously told Variety. “I think as a family, we should support each other. That’s our job. And my job as a father is to facilitate their lives and to support them and be behind them in whatever they want to do.”

The former NBA star also talked about the backlash he received for supporting his son, and said he was doing what every parent is supposed to do.

“This is my job as a father,” Wade told the publication. “I’m very uneasy about accolades that come from supporting my kids or the negativity that comes from it. I’m doing what every parent has to do. Once you bring kids into this world, you become unselfish. It’s my job to be their role model, to be their voice in my kids’ lives, to let them know you can conquer the world. So, go and be your amazing self and we’re going to sit back and just love you.”

The couple has also donated money and time to end gun violence. Last year, Wade and Union donated $200,000 to help students from Wade’s hometown of Chicago join the “March For Our Lives” event in Washington, DC. Wade, who was vocal in his support for those protesting after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, took to Twitter to ask for help raising money to send students to participate in the march, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) previously reported.

The former NBA star also visited the school after the shooting and spent time with the parents of Joaquin Oliver, a 17-year-old who was killed in the attack. Oliver’s parents told Wade that their son was a fan and was buried wearing a Wade Miami Heat basketball jersey, according to AJC.

“We want to get a lot of people involved from the NBA and hopefully beyond that so I definitely wanted to get the ball rolling,” Wade previously said. “They’re doing marches in each state, especially NBA cities. We’re trying to get individuals involved in those cities to be able to help kids go to those marches as well if they can’t go to DC”

“For us to be able to send kids to DC, also to support kids in Chicago throughout this process is something that made me and my wife want to do it,” he continued.

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Maria Perez is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has an M.A. in Urban Reporting from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She has been published in various venues, including Newsweek, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, City Limits, and local newspapers like The Wave and The Home Reporter.