Dwyane Wade & Daughter Zaya Wade Launch ‘Translatable,’ An Online Community For Transgender Youth

Dwyane Wade, Zaya Wade

Dwyane Wade & Daughter Zaya Wade Launch ‘Translatable,’ An Online Community For Transgender Youth

NBA icon Dwyane Wade and his transgender daughter Zaya Wade are making efforts to support LGBTQ youth.

The father-daughter duo recently announced the launch of their latest project Translatable, which aims to share resources and be a safe space online for young people transitioning and their families.

Zaya & Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade, 42, spoke about how proud he is of soon-to-be 17-year-old Zaya Wade, and her desire to positively uplift the transgender community while accepting the Elevate Prize Catalyst Award in Miami yesterday (May 23rd). Speaking on how the young model came up with the idea for the initiative, Dwyane Wade stated:

“The question was presented to [Zaya] as, ‘If you have one thing that you want to see change in this community, what would it be?’…And, for her, it goes right to parents.”

Zaya Wade

He continued:

“It goes right to the adults. It goes right to us. It’s not the kids. It’s us. And so she wanted to create a space that felt safe for parents and their kids. That’s what Translatable is, and it’s her baby.”

Dwyane and Zaya announced the forthcoming app in an Instagram post uploaded to Translatable’s official page yesterday (Thursday, May 23rd). If you recall, Zaya first shared she was trans in 2020 at the age of 12, facing widespread criticism from the internet as well as from her own mother Siohvaughn Funches.

As previously covered, Siohvaughn Funches, who was married to Dwyane from 2007 – 2010 and shares his eldest two children Zaire and Zaya, attempted numerous times to prevent her ex from having Zaya’s name and gender legally changed. She accused the basketball star and his wife Gabriel Union of using Zaya for financial exploitation, which Dwyane has vehemently denied.

Ultimately, Dwyane and the rest of his family have shown unwavering support for Zaya’s journey and continue to do so through their latest venture. Dwyane also shared that the $250,000 prize that comes with The Elevate Prize Catalyst Award will be used to fund Translatable, adding that he hopes the app will provide a community to:

support growth, mental health, and well-being, and that this space ignites more conversations leading to greater understanding and acceptance.”


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Authored by: Kay Johnson