NBA star Dwyane Wade’s transgender daughter Zaya Wade has officially been granted a name change and gender change. Zaya who is 15 years old right now has received a green light from the court’s side for an official name and gender change.
According to a report by TMZ, a Los Angeles County judge signed off on the new legal identity for the 15-year-old. Keep scrolling further to know more details about the whole matter.
Dwyane Wade’s trans daughter Zaya granted an official name and gender change
Yeah, you read that right. The NBA champion’s transgender daughter Zaya Wade has been granted an official name and gender change. It has been reported by the media outlet, TMZ, on Friday, a Los Angeles County judge signed off on the new legal identity for the 15-year-old.
In August 2022, Dwyane Wade first filed a petition for the same in the court. Now, the 15-year-old teenager is legally female and her full legal name is officially Zaya Malachi Airamis Wade.
When did Dwyane Wade’s daughter Zaya Wade come out as transgender?
Since the time, Zaya came out as transgender in 2020, she has received immense love and support from both her former NBA player dad and her stepmom Gabrielle Union.
Although Zaya’s mom Siohvaughn Funches-Wade last year alleged in court that Dwayne was trying to “profit” from their daughter’s outreach towards a name and gender change.
Dwayne responded to the allegations made by his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches
The basketball player replied to the allegations on Instagram and wrote, “I’ve received a social media post about me forcing our 15 year old child to be someone she’s not and to do something against her will. These are serious and harmful allegations that have hurt our children.”
He went on to say, “While none of us are surprised by Siohvaughn’s attempt to fight Zaya’s identity and her unwavering attempt to drag my name through the mud, I’m very disappointed that she continuously find[s] ways of centering herself and HER needs, without regard to her children.”
In his lengthy statement, Dwyane talked about how his ex-wife Funches-Wade, “tried a similar attempt over a decade ago (with equally damaging lies and causing irreparable harm to her children) and 13 lawyers later, I was awarded sole custody of our two kids as an active NBA player.”
The athlete continued, “All I ever wanted was to have my parenting time uninterrupted, as I knew that it would be a very difficult time for our kids to navigate their new normal.”
Wade mentioned that his former partner had “the opportunity to reach out to Zaya’s teachers, doctors, and therapist over the years and even meet her friends, so she could get her own understanding of our child’s needs for her LIFE.” He claimed that his ex-wife was not willing to do so.
Dwyane and Funches tied the knot in the year 2002 and they parted ways in 2010 after 8 years of marriage. The former couple shares two kids, a son named Zaire Wade along with Zaya.
We must say Dwyane Wade is a doting dad to his daughter Zaya Wade. We are happy to see that he is supporting his little one at every stage of her journey. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world of showbiz.