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Pearland Mom of Transgender Child Describes Journey to Acceptance

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 […]

Kai, 5, was born Joseph Paul. Photo: Florian Martin, Houston Public Media.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.

(Above: Kai, 5, was born Joseph Paul. Photo Courtesy: Shappley Family)

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