LeBron James sparked rumors when he posted this adorable Instagram.com photo of his daughter Zuri James posing in the driveway of his $21 million mansion in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles.
The 4-year-old is holding a stuffed toy unicorn while wearing a unicorn horn headband and a billowy lace dress with small unicorn appliqués.
The unicorn is a mythical creature known around the world as the symbol for young homosexual children.
James posted the image just days after Dwyane Wade's 11-year-old son, Zion Wade, came out as homosexual during Miami's Gay Pride parade. Zion is seen in photos wearing red lipstick and a unicorn horn headband.
James, Dwyane Wade and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union are among the high-profile Black celebrities recruited to help normalize homosexuality in the Black community.
Some of James' followers wondered if the NBA legend was trying to drop hints about his daughter.
Statistics shows the number of children identifying as homosexual and transgender has increased substantially since former President Barack Obama urged the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage.
In New York state alone between 4 and 10% of the population is homosexual. There are at least 40,000 to 100,000 children identifying as homosexual or transgender. The number is higher in liberal Democratic stronghold California.
Researchers say homosexuality arises from multiple environmental factors including the quality or lack of child-parent attachment or inadequate bonding between child and parent.
The Atlanta chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians And Gays) published a guide to help parents who may have a gay child.
The organization says gay children who are not accepted by their parents usually have a higher risk of depression, suicide, drug use or engage in high risk unsafe sex.
"Sadly, many parents find themselves alienating their children and lose sight of what is truly important; their child’s love and well-being."
PFLAG says parents should not rush to judgment based on their son's body language or the fact that he hugs boys.
"Some parents act on every little sign that their child is gay, only to find themselves doing seemingly crazy things to find out."
PLAG provided advice to parents who suspect their child might be homosexual.
PFLAG suggests creating a dialogue between you and your son.
It’s best to start this dialogue when you begin talking to them as babies, "but anytime is a good time to start. Let your child know you love them unconditionally and mean it."
Leave the door open for your son to tell you he's gay
You will not turn your child gay by letting them know you accept the idea. When you see gay people or talk about them make sure it isn’t negative. These are opportunities to express your acceptance towards gay people and open the door for your child to tell you about themselves.
Ask your son how he feels about homosexuality
Create a dialogue with your son early, but don't push. [A]sk them if they’ve ever considered being gay. Be careful not to accuse or degrade the possibility if you want an honest answer. If a straight child feels like you think they are gay it can be equally harmful as not accepting a gay child.
Schedule an appointment with a therapist who specializes in sexuality
Take action if your child seems to be confused about his sexuality. Remember that homosexuality arises from improper child-parent attachment. Sexual confusion is one of the symptoms. Make an appointment with a therapist who specializes in sexuality. "Be careful not to choose a therapist that is based solely on a religious principle. Your child will feel alienated and as though there is no place to turn. They likely already feel alone."
Never assume your son is gay until you know for certain
"[D]on't assume your child is not gay either. Regardless of whether they are gay or straight, they are your child and they need you. As their parent, you need them too."
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