The ex-wife of a retired NBA all-star is speaking out against her husband’s role in legally changing the gender of the former couple’s 15-year-old child.
Siohvaughn Funches-Wade has filed a petition, attempting to block Dwyane Wade from legally changing the gender of Zaya Wade and requesting a new birth certificate for the 15-year-old in Los Angeles court, according to court documents obtained Wednesday by The Blast.
Zaya Wade, born Zion Wade, publicly identifies as transgender. Dwyane filed a legal request to process the name and governmental sex change in August, according to Page Six. Dwyane previously said he would seek changes without the consent of the child’s mother.
Siohvaughn is accusing Dwyane of facilitating the gender transition with personal profit as a motive, indicating that Dwayne has already profited off the transition and anticipates more profit in future.
“He informed me 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,” Siohvaughn said of an April meeting when Dwayne gave her his plans for the transition.
In addition, Siohvaughn alleges that her ex-husband has eyes on lucrative deals with the corporate media related to the transition, according to the court filing.
“I inquired what companies had made deals, or was willing to make deals, with (Dwyane) regarding our child,” Siohvaughn recalled of the meeting. “Zion, who was present at the time, answered that various companies were interested and that Disney was a prospective company.”
Siohvaughn refuses to use the female name her child has identified with, using the given name in the court filing.
Already, Zaya has been profiled as a “14-year-old LGBTQ+ activist” in a photo feature for Vice’s i-D media division.
Siohvaughn also claimed that her ex-husband has violated previous divorce agreements that protected the rights of both parents to make fundamental decisions for their children, citing a 2011 custody agreement in the court filing which obligates Dwyane to “discuss with and obtain input in the major decisions affecting care, welfare, activities, health, education and religious upbringing” for the couple’s two children, according to The Blast.
“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.”
Siohvaughn is urging the court to deny Dwayne’s request, expressing her desire that her son makes his own life choices as an adult when he turns 18. A judge is expected to make a decision in December.
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