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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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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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