Kai Shappley, 5, was born male, but has lived as a girl for two years. School officials say Kai must use the boys’ bathroom when starting kindergarten in the fall. Shappley appealed to Pearland Independent School District leaders to allow her daughter to use the boys’ restroom. She said: ‘Please understand I’m not fighting about bathrooms, I’m fighting about her life, I’m fighting about her well-being…’. The district maintains that kids must use the bathroom for the sex on their birth certificate.
by Regina F Graham
(Daily Mail) – A devout Christian mother in Texas is fighting for her transgender daughter’s right to use the girls’ bathroom when she starts kindergarten.
Kai Shappley, 5, was born male, but has lived as a little girl for the last two years publicly.
Kim Shappley told KHOU that she named her child Joseph Paul at birth, but changed the name after her child made it clear as to what gender she identified with early on.
‘By age 3, she was verbalizing, ‘I’m a girl, you know I’m a girl,’ she said.
As a devout Christian and ordained minister, Shappley said it was difficult at first for her to come to terms with what was happening to her child.
Shappley, who is also a conservative, said that she punished her for a period, until it proved to be traumatic for the child.
‘When your 4-year-old is praying to die, you know you have to do something,’ Shappley said.
Not long after, Shappley started speaking out at public events with Equality Texas, an LGBTQ advocacy group.
Shappley said Pearland Independent School District leaders informed her at the end of last school year that Kai would have to use the boys’ restroom when she started school, KPRC reported.
On Tuesday night, Shappley went before the school board to argue why her daughter should use the girls’ bathroom.
‘Please understand I’m not fighting about bathrooms, I’m fighting about her life, I’m fighting about her well-being, I’m fighting for her happiness, I’m fighting for her future,’ she said.
‘Every person that has a degree who has studied this says that it is wrong to tell my child, for anyone to tell my child, that she cannot use the facility that aligns with the gender she identifies with.’
Board members would not comment on Shappley’s speech during the public portion of the meeting, saying the item was not on the agenda.
Though Shappley had supporters in the audience at the meeting, not everyone in attendance agreed that her daughter should be allowed to use the girls’ restroom.
‘I’m for Kai, I’m for her, but I’m also for our district and I’m for what’s put in place,’ a parent, Rick Torrison, told KPRC.