Yesterday, Page Six reported that Dwyane Wade's ex-wife was accusing the former NBA star of exploiting their trans daughter Zaya and her gender identity for financial gain.
In court documents where Siohvaughn Funches-Wade legally challenged Zaya's name change, Funches-Wade alleges that Wade "is positioned to profit from the minor child's name and gender change with various companies through contacts and marketing opportunities including but not limited to deals with Disney."
"I have concerns that [Wade] 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 continued.
Wade reluctantly made a post on Instagram slamming the allegations as "serious and harmful."
"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," Wade wrote.
"I've given her the opportunity to reach out to Zaya's teachers, doctors, and therapists over the years and even meet her friends, so she could get her own understanding of our child's needs for her LIFE," Wade continued. "She won't do it! 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. She won't do it!"
"Zaya is not that same 3 year child anymore and she's screaming that to the world but most importantly to her mother! No one in our house would ever force Zaya or any of our children to do anything against their will, much less force an identity on them," he added. "This isn't a game for my family and definitely not for Zaya. This is her life!"
Once again, Dwyane Wade is showing exactly how to be a good parent to a trans child. He's standing up for his daughter's right to be herself and make decisions that she wants to. He's providing her with the resources to be best informed and allowing her to be her most authentic self.
We could really use more parents like him.
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