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Who is Zaya Wade? All About Dwyane Wade’s Transgender Daughter

Former NBA star Dwyane Wade made headlines in his heyday, but his daughter, Zaya Wade, never stopped catching people’s attention after coming out as transgender.

Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade has confessed to fearing for the safety of his transgender daughter, Zaya Wade, especially after Florida, Louisiana, Texas and other states implemented anti-athletic laws .

Although Zaya’s family is supportive of her at home, Dwyane is scared every time she leaves the house because of how people perceive her. He encouraged lawmakers to learn to travel the world as transgender before making laws.

Dwyane Wade on February 22, 2020 in Miami, Florida | Source: Getty Images


Dwyane worries about the safety of the rest of his children, as gun violence is also a problem in American society. The three-time NBA champion has four children from three different relationships.

His eldest son is Zaire Wade, born February 4, 2002, to his first wife, Siohvaughn Funches. Zaire is the only member of the Wade family to try to become a professional basketball player.

Dwyane Wade, Zaya Wade and Gabrielle Union on March 07, 2020 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

After graduating from high school, Zaire decided not to play college basketball. Instead, he completed a postgraduate year at Brewster Academy, a private boarding school in New Hampshire famous for producing several NBA players, including Donovan Mitchell.

Dwyane and Funches also hosted Zaya (more on her later). The former couple separated later that year and they divorced in 2010.

The retired NBA player had a short relationship with Aja Metoyer and welcomed his son Xavier on November 10, 2013. Dwyane and Metoyer conceived Xavier during a brief split between him and his current partner, Gabrielle Union.

Dwyane admitted that telling Union he had a child with another woman was the hardest thing he’s ever done. Fortunately, Gabrielle forgave Dwyane, married him in August 2014, and accepted Xavier and the rest of his children into her life.

On Nov. 7, 2018, Dwyane and Gabrielle welcomed Kaavia Union-Wade, who makes hilarious cameos on her parents’ social media accounts. Dwyane also has custody of his nephew, Dahveon Morris.

Sadly, not everyone has been supportive of Zaya during her transition.


Zaya, born May 29, 2007, told her parents she was gay at age eight. The Wades did not share the news with the public as they feared the negative response it would have received.

Things were different when Zaya came out as a trans girl at 12. Dwyane wanted Zaya to live like herself, so she and her family publicly came out with her gender identity in February 2020.

After coming out publicly, Zaya has become one of the most prominent young members of the LGBTQ+ community. In addition to interviewing former FLOTUS Michelle Obama, Zaya was recognized as one of the Women of the Year by The Advocates and The Root’s Young Futurists.


Sadly, not everyone has been supportive of Zaya during her transition. In January 2022, she paid tribute to Kobe Bryant and his late daughter, Gianna, by wearing a Los Angeles Lakers No. 8 jersey that extended into a ruffled dress.

Former NBA player Kwame Brown said it was disrespectful and several people wrote on social media that Dwyane was a terrible parent. Luckily, Zaya got the support of many other people, including Bryant’s daughter, Natalia. Keep it up Zaya!


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