After a six-month court battle, Dwyane Wade’s transgender daughter has been granted an official name change, according to multiple reports.
Wade filed a petition in court in August to change his son’s name. The 15-year-old was born as a boy named Zion Malachi Airamis Wade.
However, the girl came out of trans in 2020 and wanted to be called Zaya.
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Wade’s ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches-Wade, had prevented Zaya from receiving an updated birth certificate, but the NBA legend said it was in the best interest of their daughter.
«This petition is about empowering Zaya to live her truth,» a November court document said about Zaya, who has identified as a female since she was 12 years old.
«A court order affirming her identity will allow Zaya to live more comfortably and honestly in all aspects of her life, from simple introductions and food orders, to applying for a driver’s license and completing college applications.»
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Funches-Wade argued that her ex-husband is trying to cash in on Zaya’s transition, and he «may be pressingZaya about possible «financial opportunities,» the allegations the former NBA star called «nonsensical» and «defamatory to their core.»
The two married in 2007. but they divorced in 2010and they have had a war of words about their daughter.
«I have given her the opportunity to communicate with Zaya’s teachers, doctors and therapist over the years and even meet her friends, so she can understand for herself what our daughter needs for her LIFE! She will not!» Wade wrote about her ex in an Instagram post in early November. «She hasn’t been to a school, recital, graduation, school dance, play date, practice, parent-teacher conference, etc. and Zaya has given her every opportunity to try to get to know her. She won’t!»
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«As a woman who claims to be a good Christian mother, I still haven’t seen her make any sacrifice or effort to leave her own home and be involved in her children’s lives in over a decade. Zaya is no longer the same 3-year-old girl .and she’s screaming that to the world, but most importantly to her mom!
«No one in our house would force Zaya or any of our children to do anything against their will, much less force them to have an identity. This is not a game for my family and definitely not for Zaya. This is her! life! All along, my wife and our town have been her support to help her pick up the pieces after one heartbreak after another!»
Wade is now married to Gabrielle Union.