The transgender daughter of former NBA star, Dwayne Wade has finally been given the green light by the court to officially change her name to Zaya Wade after about six months court battle.
Zaya Wade was born a boy named Zion Malachi Airamis Wade to the NBA legend and his ex-wife.
However, Zaya identified as a female since 2020 when she was 12 years old and received the blessing from her dad right from the get go. Unfortunately that isn’t the case for her biological mother as she is against her changing her gender and name.
So Siohvaughn Funches-Wade, the ex-wife of the former NBA tried to stop Zaya from receiving an updated birth certificate. However, Wade was of the opinion that it was in his daughters best interest.
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According to him, it’s about empowering Zaya to live her truth and that a court order affirming her identity will allow her to live more comfortably and honestly in all aspects of her life. From simple introductions and food orders to applying for a drivers license and filling out college applications.
However, his ex-wife is of a different opinion. She believes the NBA legend is only trying to make money off Zaya’s transition and that he may actually be the one pressuring their daughter over potential financial opportunities.