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Dwyane Wade filed a petition to permanently change Zion Wade's name to Zaya Wade and gender to female.

According to legal documents, obtained by The Blast, Wade petitioned a Los Angeles County court to change his 15-year-old child's name from Zion Malachi Airamis Wade to Zaya Malachi Airamis Wade.

He also asked the court to legally issue a decree recognizing that the minor's gender is changed to "female" to "conform with gender identity."

Wade filed the paperwork because Zaya is under 18 years old.

Zaya has been openly transgender since age 12 — at the encouragement of the ex-NBA star and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union.

In the documents, Wade said he has full authority to make the decision - and he does not require permission from Zaya's biological mother, Siohvaughn Funches, but Wade did notify Funches of the petition.

"Pursuant to the terms of the Final Custody Judgment, (Wade) has full authority to make decisions on behalf of the petitioning minor, and he is not required to receive consent from Ms. Funches-Wade. As a courtesy, Ms. Funches-Wade has received notice of this petition," according to the document.

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Dwyane Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union were among the well-heeled stars at the 2022 Met Gala in NYC on Monday.

Two years ago, Dwyane's child, Zion Wade, came out as a transgender named Zaya.

Since then, Dwyane, 40, and Gabrielle, 49, have become vocal advocates for the transgender community.

A reporter from Variety and asked them to share encouraging words for other dads of trans children.

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The former NBA star offered fatherly advice to other dads of transgender children.

Dwyane said parents should remember the moment they saw their newborn in the hospital - and the love they felt for their child. "Don't let that ever leave you," he said.

"The moment when you were in the hospital and you grabbed your daughter and you looked at your daughter, all the emotions that went through your mind and how much love filled your heart at that moment. Don't let that ever leave you — no matter what. The one thing we do as parents is we find our 'mini-mes' and we try to make them just like us, but our kids are going to be who they are, and it's our job to help mold them and try to push them in the places that they want to go."

Gabby added: "And we believe them when they tell us who they are."

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Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade pose for photos before dining at Casa Cipriani in New York City on Sunday. Gabby looks stunning in a Loewe gown ahead of the Met Gala on Monday.

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Power couple Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert are seen at Vogue's pre MET gala party at Katz's Deli in NYC.

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Singer/actress Janelle Monáe looked stylish in a black and white jumpsuit and color block coat after having lunch at the Mark Hotel in NYC.

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Bella Hadid drew a crowd as she bares her midriff while leaving the Mercer Hotel heading to her apartment ahead of the Met Gala in New York City.

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Billionaire couple Lauren Sanchez and Jeff Bezos are seen in the SoHo neighborhood of NYC on Sunday, May 1, ahead of their first appearance at the MET Gala in New York City.

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Atlanta rapper Gunna was seen arriving at his midtown hotel with his brother ahead of the Met Gala in NYC.

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Dwyane Wade confessed he used to play dress up in his sister's clothes and heels when he was a kid.

Wade revealed his childhood explorations in a discussion about parenting on the "I Am Athlete" podcast. Wade, a father of four, said he wanted to be that parent who loves his children "unconditionally" and "selflessly".

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Wade, 40, said he and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, realized his son Zion, 49, was different early on.

"At three years old, me and my wife looked at each other and said, 'What if? What if Zaya comes home - at the time, the name was Zion - if Zion comes home and says 'Dad I'm gay...' What are you gonna do, sir?"

Wade said:

"The reason we looked at each other is because... as kids, I used to put on heels, I used to put on, I used to do all those things. I'd try to put on, whatever my sisters wear, whatever my sisters did, I'd try to do those things. So at first, I said to myself, 'Ah no, I did that. Zion is just doing the things I did. And then it went further and further and me and my wife had to look at each other and say 'What if?'"

Wade said he looked in a mirror and prepared himself for the day that came when Zaya was 8 years old. Wade said he changed the way he spoke in the locker room and challenged his teammates to change their views on LGBT+ people.

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Wade is also father to son Zaire, 20, daughter Kaavia, 3, and son Xavier,8.

Wade revealed the name his children calls his wife behind closed doors.

"They have a mother. She's not their mother. Right? We call her bonus mom. They don't call her Gab - they call her a totally different name that her family calls her... Nicky. Everyone calls her Nicky. My wife name is Nicky..."

Wade also discussed the relationship Zaya has with his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches.

"One day they're gonna be able to read what the hell is going on, and that's unfortunate. But, we're never putting shade on their mother. Right? We're not doing any of that. Right? We're the adults. We're the imperfect ones that have made these decisions. The only thing we're gonna do is lift them up. We're gonna lift their mother up and we're gonna lift everyone up. And that's what we all did. We all made sure at all times. No matter the situation - how ugly my divorce was... All we did is pump positive juice into the relationship that they mother would have with Zion and Zaya."

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and Gabrielle Union's Easter photo went viral on Easter Sunday.

The photo shows the former NBA star and his wife posing with their children, daughter Kaavia James, 3, son Zaire Wade, 20, and his girlfriend, Lola.

Also in the photo are Dwyane's transgender child Zaya Wade, 14, formerly Zion, and Zaya's FtM significant other who identifies as a boy named Hudson (see photos below).

It was all too confusing for Dwyane's IG followers who tried to be open minded.

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According to a new poll, 62% of adults say they would be comfortable if their child came out to them as lesbian, gay, or bisexual.

Additionally, 24% of adolescents and teenagers now identify as transgender since 2020.

In response to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signing a transgender treatment ban into law, Dr. Nola Ernest said "86% of transgender youth contemplate suicide, and almost half attempt it."

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Actors Gabrielle Union and Zach Braff star in the Disney+ remake of "Cheaper By The Dozen" which premiered on Friday, March 18.

Union and Braff star as Paul and Zoey Baker, the interracial parents of a large blended family of 10 kids.

Union, who also executive produced the movie, said she normally doesn't do family-oriented movies, but she changed her mind after reading the script.

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"When I first read the script ... I wanted to be a part of something that our whole family could watch together and, you've seen some of my work, I don't do a lot of family-friendly type of stuff. So, I felt not only was it the perfect time for my own family but I think it's the perfect time for all the families who want to see different kinds of folks and different kinds of families reflected and celebrated on screen."

Union, 49, who shares daughter Kaavia James, 3, with husband Dwyane Wade, 40, said she couldn't manage a large family in real life.

"[The kids would be like], 'Mom went to the store, and in six years she hasn't returned!'" she joked.

"I think we are at max capacity at the Wade-Union household and that's why Zoey Baker is a fictitious character!"

See more of the cast members in the video below and check out photos from the Hollywood premiere.
 

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LeBron James rushed to his "nephew" Zaire Wade's defense when Internet trolls mocked the 19-year-old after he was drafted by a G-league basketball team.

Zaire, eldest son of former NBA star Dwyane Wade, signed a player contract with the G-league's Salt Lake City Stars, an affiliate of the Utah Jazz two weeks ago.

As soon as the news broke, critics descended on social media and blogs to diss the teenager who has struggled to fill his father's shoes.

LeBron, whose Lakers are 1-2, defended the youngster in social media posts over the weekend. LeBron is sick and tired of broke people bullying Zaire.

"Proud of you nephew!!! Keep going and F the haters!! They ain't [shit] anyway," he wrote.

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LeBron also left a comment under an Instagram post about Bill Belichick's son being a coach for the New England Patriots.

LeBron wrote:

"FACTS!!!. I'm so sick of people and their opinions on shit that ain't got nothing to do with them!!"

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Zaire attended Brewster Academy in New Hampshire after playing basketball for high school powerhouse Sierra Canyon in California, alongside LeBron's son, Bronny James.

Zaire decided to skip college to realize his dream to follow in his dad's footsteps into the NBA.

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However, critics argued that Zaire is not his dad. They claim he is just not good enough -- even for the G-league -- and that he should go to college, like his father did, to gain more experience.

Eureweb.com writes:

"Not for nothing? Not for NOTHING at all, but Zaire could stand to play collegiate basketball for two more years. He isn’t particularly great at anything. Is he a good basketball player? I mean, yeah. He can shoot, sometimes. He can get to the basket, sometimes. He can score with a hand in his face, sometimes. Has shown the ability to play above the rim, sometimes."

Question: Do you think people are being too hard on Zaire?

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Zaire Wade, son of former NBA star Dwyane Wade, signed a player contract with the G League's Salt Lake City Stars, an affiliate of the Utah Jazz.

Dwyane, who retired from the NBA in 2019, is part owner of the Jazz, and proudly posted an Instagram video announcing the news.

In the video, Zaire, who is seen celebrating his new contract, states:

"I feel good, I feel confident. I just signed the standard player contract for the G League. October 11, 2021. 19 years old. Yessir."

Zaire transferred to Brewster Academy in New Hampshire after playing at high school powerhouse Sierra Canyon in California, with LeBron James' son Bronny.

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Zaire, 2nd from left, sat on the bench for most of his first season at Sierra Canyon High School after tearing a ligament in his right ankle.

The 19-year-old received several offers from small colleges. However, he chose to skip college to follow in his father's NBA footsteps.

Players who perform well in the G League are typically called up to the NBA where they are awarded with big money contracts.

Zaire's mother, Siohvaughn Funches, also shares 14-year-old MtF trans Zara, formerly Zion, with ex-husband, Wade.

Zaire has a half brother, Xavier, 7, and half sister, Kaavia, 2.

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John Legend praised Gabrielle Union and her effeminate husband Dwyane Wade as "powerful LGBTQ+ allies."

John, who is rumored to be bisexual, delivered a gushing tribute to the 47-year-old Deliver Us from Eva actress and the 38-year-old basketball star as they were named in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The couple were named not for their career achievements, but for "being forces of change," after they accepted Dwyane's transgender child, Zaya, who was born a boy named Zion Wade.

The "All of Me" singer praised them for setting "a powerful example for parents to be good allies to young people who are figuring out who they are."

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Dwyane is dad to Zaya, his son with his ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches. Earlier this year, the NBA star revealed Zion told them he'd "love for you guys to call me Zaya" after coming out as transgender.

"Freedom exists in so many different forms. But we are so blessed to be in a household where we have free children," Gabrielle said during Tuesday's ABC TV special.

"We have a daughter that is almost two, that the world has seen is bound to nothing but whatever is in her heart and on her soul at the moment. And it's beautiful to watch truly free children."

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"We have another daughter who's 13 (Zaya), who has the freedom to be exactly who she is, who she was born to be, to be her most authentic self. She doesn't ask permission to exist. That is wildly inspiring," the star added.

In a brief essay for Time, crooner John heaped praise on the couple, writing: "Every kid is going to be different in some way or another. Every kid is going to have their own individuality and their own interests and their own identity.

Dwyane and Gabrielle started dating in 2008 and they wed in August, 2014. They welcomed their first child, Kaavia, via surrogate in 2018. The sportsman also has sons Zaire, 18, and Xavier, 6, from previous relationships.

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Rapper Boosie Badazz sent a desperate message to Mark Zuckerberg after his Instagram page was banned this week.

Instagram bloggers who followed his account claim his IG was banned for constantly promoting suggestive photos from his OnlyFans account.

"They just took my Instagram," the 37-year-old said, addressing Instagram owner Zuckerberg in a video on Thursday. "Mark Zuckinburger, I need to talk to you. Bosses need to talk to bosses [sic]. I don't know what I did but I need my Instagram back. I don't even know what I did! But this is how I feed my family. Mark, do not do this to 2020. Do not take Boosie off Instagram! We need to talk, Mark."

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In February, Boosie was banned from a Planet Fitness gym in Georgia after he and his son disparaged Dwyane Wade's transgender child, Zaya Wade.

In May 2020, Boosie was heavily criticized for another deleted video in which he described hiring adult sex workers to service his teenage son and nephew. At the time he said p0rnography was more appropriate for children to watch than "cartoons with two men kissing.

Watch Boosie's desperate plea to Zuckerberg below.
 

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Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union were the "proud parents of a transgender child" as they thanked 13-year-old Zaya Wade for expanding their view of the world at the GLAAD Media Awards on Thursday night.

The pair appeared via remote camera during the 31st annual awards ceremony to present the prize for Outstanding Drama Series to the cast of Pose.

The couple honored Zaya, who came out as a male-to-female trans, with father Dwyane stating: "We stand as allies with the LGBTQ+ community, as proud parents of a transgender child. Our daughter Zaya is leading us on our journey, and we're doing all we can to give every one of our kids the ability to live their truth.

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"I didn't always understand how to do that, but I want to thank Zaya for teaching me, and GLAAD for elevating the images and messages that accelerate acceptance in every family."

Gabrielle added: "That mission means even more to us now as we raise all of our black children. Black lives matter, and Black trans lives matter.

"We are calling on all of our racial justice warriors out there to open your hearts and your mind to the LGBTQ+ community, so that we can work together and empower each other and save lives."

Pose, a drama series about New York's ballroom culture in the 1980s and 1990s, was among the big winners at the evening's virtual ceremony, where other victors included Schitt's Creek, which took home the Outstanding Comedy Series trophy, and Booksmart, which was crowned Outstanding Film.

Rapper Lil Nas X was named Outstanding Music Artist, while Country singer Dolly Parton made a special remote appearance to collect her trophy for Outstanding Individual Episode for the "Two Doors Down" installment of her Netflix show, Dolly Parton's "Heartstrings."
 

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LeBron James's eldest son Bronny James is over people constantly asking him if he would date Dwyane Wade's MtF transgender child, Zaya Wade.

Zaya, 13, was born a boy named Zion, but he changed his name in 2019 after coming out during a Pride parade in Miami.

Bronny, 15, was repeatedly asked the question during his Twitch livestream sessions. The star high school player was asked by someone if he'd date Zaya Wade.

"Did I just hear that?" Bronny said, while frowning.

In another video, while playing a basketball game, a fan asked if Bronny would "smash" Zaya. He looked perplexed and said, "Why would you ask that?" Before asking his followers to "flame" the person for asking the question.

Bronny, who is heterosexual, has come under scrutiny for mentioning the type of females he is attracted to on TikTok.

Black females were upset when Bronny declared his preference for light-skinned exoticals or Hispanic women.
 

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NBA retiree Dwyane Wade took to Instagram.com to show off his new cotton candy pink hair color. Wade posted the image to his IG account on Friday with no caption.

The 38-year-old Chicago native wore a bracelet to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant's daughter, Gianna Bryant, in honor of what would have been her 14th birthday on May 1. The bracelet reads: "Gigi Bryant Mambacita 5106."

Wade retired from the NBA in 2019. The three-time NBA champion earned $196,388,473 during his career.

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Dwyane Wade's eldest son, Zaire Wade, has decided what school to transfer to after riding the bench with LeBron James's son Bronny James, at Sierra Academy.

Zaire, who will graduate from Sierra, will play a postgraduate year at Brewster rather than enter college.

Last year, social media bloggers claimed Dwyane Wade was unhappy with Andre Chevalier, the head coach of Sierra Canyon, over the lack of playing time for his son.

Wade, 38, was reportedly unhappy with the attention lavished on Bronny, a rising star freshman on the highly touted boys basketball team.

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According to a published report, Wade argued with Chevalier about playing his son more. The same report claims Wade was considering transferring Zaire to another high school where he is not outshined by better caliber players.

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Everywhere the Trailblazers went this season, the media hordes followed LeBron James's son Bronny, 15.

It was all too much for Zaire and his father. Now Zaire has announced he will take his talents to Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.

The 17-year-old announced his decision to little fanfare on Instagram.com.

He posted a mock photo of himself wearing a Brewster Academy uniform. He captioned the image: "Told em it's another route, ima take the other way .. #NextStep."

One rude follower said Zaire's announcement would have received more press attention if he came out as transgender like his little brother, Zaya Wade.
 

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Gabrielle Union sparked outrage online by posting a quarantine video that shows her and stepson Zaya Wade having harmless fun.

The video shows Zaya wearing an improvised sarong, while Union dances like the tooth fairy.

Union, 47, is married to Zaya's dad, retired NBA star Dwyane Wade, who announced Zaya was a transgender who prefers feminine pronouns.