Dwyane Wade's Daughter Granted Legal Transition and Name Change By Judge
A Los Angeles county judge signed off Friday on Dwyane Wade's petition to officially change his daughter Zaya's name.
Dwyane Wade's transgender daughter Zaya has officially been issued a legal name change and assignment of gender, new court documents reveal.
A Los Angeles county judge signed off Friday, Feb. 24 on a petition filed by the former NBA star in 2022 to legally change his daughter's name and recognize her as female under the law.
The 15-year-old—who has gone by Zaya since coming out as transgender in 2020—is now legally Zaya Malachi Airamis Wade, multiple sources, including PEOPLE, have confirmed.
Wade, 41—along with his current wife Gabrielle Union—has been fully supportive throughout his daughter's transition process, despite allegations made by his ex-wife and Zaya's mom, Siohvaughn Funches, who previously claimed that he was trying to use Zaya's gender identity for his own financial gain.
Months after Wade filed the court petition to legally change Zaya's name in August 2022, Funches publicly spoke out, accusing him of "pressuring our child to move forward with the name and gender change in order to capitalize on the financial opportunities that he has received from companies."
As Parade previously reported, Wade quickly shut down Funches' claims, taking to Instagram in November to denounce the "serious and harmful allegations."
"Since this must be the new way of parenting, I guess I have to address these allegations here, which is a damn shame," he started the post. "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."
"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 finds ways of centering herself and HER needs, without regard to her children," continued Wade, adding that Funches' accusations have negatively impacted their children.
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"Instead of actually trying to co-parent over the years, she's left her home to see more lawyers and has taken the time to talk to more lawyers since I filed for divorce, than she's left her home to actually see or have truly spoken and LISTENED to Zaya over all these years," he explained, going on to call Funches an "absent parent."
"She has not 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," Wade wrote. "I will not sit on my hands this time and allow her to make a mockery of my dedication to my family."
"My lawyer will be in contact and best of luck to the 14th lawyer as they try to unravel this book of lies that's been sold to them," he concluded.
Funches has not yet publicly commented on the judge's decision to grant Wade's petition for Zaya's name change.