Pearland Mom Of Transgender Child Describes Journey To Acceptance

A Republican and evangelical Christian, Kimberly Shappley is now an ardent supporter of LGBT rights.

Kai, 5, was born Joseph Paul.
Kai, 5, was born Joseph Paul.

LGBT rights continue to be a divisive issue in this country. The platform at this week's Republican convention in Cleveland includes language opposing gay marriage and bathroom use based on gender identity.

A couple of months ago, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick publicly urged the superintendent of the Fort Worth Independent School District to resign over transgender-friendly policies.


This bothers Kimberly Shappley, an evangelical Republican from Pearland and mother of a transgender child. News 88.7's Florian Martin spoke with her about her difficult path to acceptance.


Kai, 5, was born Joseph Paul.
Kai, 5, was born Joseph Paul.

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Florian Martin

Florian Martin

Business Reporter

Florian Martin is currently the News 88.7 business reporter. Florian’s stories can frequently be heard on other public radio stations throughout Texas and on NPR nationwide. Some of them have earned him awards from Texas AP Broadcasters, the Houston Press Club, National Association of Real Estate Editors, and Public Radio...

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