According to The Blast and Daily mail, the ex-wife of retired NBA star Dwyane Wade has filed a suit to prevent her transgender daughter Zaya Wade 15, from legally changing her gender identity before 18. Zaya born Zion Wade came out transgender from male to female at age 12. Since then the child has received heavy media attention. Along with multiple brand deals from companies such as Tiffany, Dove and gained thousands of followers on social media after coming out.

Her mother Siohvaughn Funches-Wade filed court documents asking a judge to ban her child from changing her name-gender from male to female on her birth certificate until the age of 18 allegedly. She allegedly also accused Dwyane Wade of pushing Zaya Wade to change her gender identity legally for financial gain.

She is trying to fight her child name and sex change due to her belief Zaya is being pressured by the adults around her to due so.

‘I have concerns that (Dwyane) may be 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,’ she said in her legal filing.’

This was a reply to Dwyane Wade petition filed in August to change his child’s name from Zion Malachi Airamis Wade to Zaya Malachi Airamis Wade. The athlete claimed he had legal right to change his child’s name and gender due to Zaya being in his custody full time since 2012.

She believes he was only awarded custody because of his money and fame.

‘I think influence had a lot to do with it. Celebrity had a lot to do with it. Money had a lot to do with it,’ she said at the time. 

Now, she says her ex-husband is ‘poised’ to profit from the transition.

She cited a conversation in April during which she claims Dwyane told her ‘that a lot of money had been already made and that additional money will be made in relation to our child’s name and gender issue.’ 

‘(Dwyane) told me that he intended to make our child very famous due to the name and gender issue and also informed me that there would be endorsements/contracts associated therewith,’ she claims. 

‘I am concerned that our child is being commercialized at a young age and also of the uncontrollable consequences of media exposure i.e. cyberbullying, statements and/or pictures taken out of context of our child, and the unwanted spotlight focused on our child.’

She also expressed in her court filing Wade is legally obligated to consult her on ‘major decisions affecting care, welfare, activities, health, education and religious upbringing.’ However, allegedly the former NBA star doesn’t agree with that decision. She also alleged he acts ‘entitled’ to make decisions regarding Zaya’s life regardless of her input.

Source: The Blast| Daily Mail



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