Dwyane Wade defends daughter against ex-wife’s name and gender change appeal

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A Google search for Zaya Wade should bring up a flood of high fashion images and shots of the 15-year-old wearing Miu Miu, Fendi and Gucci at Paris Fashion Week. Instead, the search for retired NBA player Dwyane Wade’s daughter has been obscured by her birth mother’s transphobic claims.

Siovaughn Funches-Wade, Wade’s ex-wife, claimed in a filing Tuesday that Zaya’s father is “able to benefit from the minor child’s name and gender change.” according to to Persons. Funches-Wade is fighting to stop Zaya, who has full custody of her father, from legally changing her name and gender before she turns 18. “I have concerns about that [Dwyane] could pressure our child to proceed with the name and gender change in order to benefit from the financial opportunities they have been given by companies,” she claimed in the filing.

Funches-Wades’ claims are in response to a petition Wade filed in August to help his daughter change her name and gender. In 2019, at the age of 12, Zaya came out as trans with the help of Wade narrating it today then: “Nothing changes in my love. Nothing will change in my tasks.”

Wade and Funches-Wade married in 2002 and divorced in 2010. They share two children including Zaya and 20-year-old son Zaire. (Wade retains sole custody of both children.) In 2014, Wade married Gabrielle Union and together they have a 3-year-old daughter named Kaavia. Although Union is actually Zaya’s stepmother, the actor has been a part of Zaya’s life for almost a decade and has cpersistently spoken in support of Zaya’s gender identity.

Zaya’s biological mother would like the teenager Making decisions about her gender identity when she turns 18, the “age of majority,” and claims there will be “likely media pressure on the underage child” surrounding the decision. Arguments like this are common dog whistle for transphobia because they rest on the assumption that a minor’s gender identity is a passing phase, and that changing their identity regardless of gender-affirming surgery is something they will regret (studies show them largely not). The 41-year-old also claimed that Wade “informed” her in April that “a lot of money has already been made and that additional money will be made in relation to our child’s name and gender.” persons reports.

But Wade responded to the allegations in an Instagram post on Thursday, essentially saying not today:

“These are serious and damaging allegations that have hurt our children,” he wrote, claiming that Zaya’s birth mother did not attend a single school lecture, graduation, prom, or parent-teacher conference to support Zaya. “While none of us are surprised by Siohvaughn’s attempt to battle Zaya’s identity and her relentless attempt to drag me through the mud, I am deeply disappointed that she continually finds ways to support herself and her needs without regard to her children center.”

Zaya’s identity is not a “gender issue,” as claimed by her birth mother. Actually, it’s not even an issue. Through her public role, the teenager already seems to know exactly who she is.

“The High Road has run out of real estate,” Wade concluded. “My attorney will be in touch with the 14th attorney and wish him the best of luck as he tries to unravel this book of lies that was sold to him.” I’m not sure if he’s joking about 14 attorneys, but if he is , sending my best wishes to the top 13 as they deal with this mess.

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Adam Bradshaw

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