Dwayne Wade's transgender daughter legally granted name and gender change

The NBA star revealed his son had transitioned back in 2020 and wished to be identified as a female

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American professional basketball player, Dwayne Wade's transgender daughter has finally been legally granted an official name and gender change.

This comes 3 years after Zaya publicly came out as a transgender, back in February 2020 with her dad right beside her.

However, she only made the petition for the name and gender change last year.

And it had been making its way through the courts since August 2022.

Now the 15-year-old has a reason to smile after a Los Angeles County judge signed off on her new legal identity.


Dwyane's kid now legally goes by the name Zaya Malachi Airamis Wade and to top it off, the judge has also ruled in favor of her official gender change from male to female.

The former NBA star, 41, first revealed that his eldest daughter is transgender while on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in February 2020

“First of all, me and my wife, Gabrielle Union, we are proud parents of a child in the LGBTQ+ community, and we’re proud allies as well,” the three-time NBA Championship winner shared at the time, recalling that Zaya spoke to him and his wife Bring It On actress Gabriel Union about her gender identity when she was 12 years old.


A move Zaya's biological mom didn't seem to 100% support.

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The NBA star and his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches-Wade were at odds over the move.

However, Dwyane called her out highlighting that the change was in their child's best interest as he ripped Shiovaughn's opposition as "nonsensical."

Wade delivered a speech honouring his daughter when she came out.

“Zaya, as your father, all I’ve wanted to do was get it right,” the Chicago native said.

He went on to add, “I’ve sat back and watched how gracefully you have taken on the public scrutiny. And even though it’s not easy, I watched you walk out of the house every morning as yourself.

I admire how you handle the ignorance in our world … that you face every day. To say that your village is proud of you is an understatement.”

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