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Kimberly Shappley
Pearland, TX

Kimberly knew her daughter Kai was different from a very young age. Born and raised as a boy, Kai displayed feminine characteristics from before the age of two. After years of recognizing Kai’s behavior indicated that her child might be transgender, Kimberly encouraged her child to become the person they were born to be. Kai lives now as a female and though Kimberly’s family has accepted her, she still faces discrimination at school and oppressive policies from local and state governments attempting to limit Kai’s rights as a transgender girl. Kimberly, who is devoutly religious, hopes her fellow Christians can find it in their hearts to accept and love Kai and all transgender people and see them for who they truly are.

“I’m scared – I’m scared for my daughter, I’m scared for myself, I’m scared for other transgender children,” Kimberly said. “But believe me, for everyone mom who is brave enough or stupid enough to come forward, stand up, and say this is wrong, there are a lot of families who are still in hiding. Our god is a god of love, grace, and mercy, and it’s time for all of us in the church to rise up and say we are here to be gracious and merciful and extend love.”

Read More Stories By:  Equality Texas

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