Supportive celebrities with LGBT kids

Dwayne Wade speaks out in defense of his transgender daughter as ex-wife objects to name change

Stars Insider

04/11/22 | StarsInsider


For LGBT kids coming to terms with their identity, there is nothing more important than creating an atmosphere of unconditional love where they're able to feel comfortable in their own bodies and confident in their support systems. While there are still far too few in the LGBT community who experience this basic right, there are many celebrities who are raising the bar.

Dwayne Wade is one such example. The former pro basketball player has often spoken about his 15-year-old daughter Zaya with pride since she came out as transgender, as does his current wife, Gabrielle Union. Sadly, his ex-wife, Zaya's mother, has not been so supportive. He has been divorced from Siohvaughn Funches-Wade since 2010 and claims that she has not taken an active role in her children's lives since then. Most recently, Funches-Wade objected to Zaya's decision to legally change her name to align with her true gender. Funches-Wade filed a petition with the court accusing her ex-husband of trying to exploit Zaya in order to profit from her "name and gender change." 

Wade was quick to issue a lengthy statement in response to the allegations. "Since this must be the new way of parenting, I guess I have to address these allegations here, which is a damn shame,” he began. “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. This isn’t a game for my family and definitely not for Zaya. This is her life!” He accused his ex-wife of using their daughter as cannon fodder without ever taking the time to get to know her, listen to her, or understand her needs. 

Clearly, it isn't all sunshine and pride rainbows, but click through to see what these stars have to say about their kids' journeys.

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