One Texas mother is fighting for her transgender five-year-old to use the girls’ bathrooms when the child begins kindergarten this fall, local news outlets report.
Kai Shappley of Pearland, Texas was born a male but has identified as a girl since age three, Kai’s mother, Kim Shappley, told the local school board Tuesday night.
“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,” Shappley told the school board, according to KPRC.
“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,” she said.
A May article from the Houston Chronicle states that Kai was born “Joseph Paul” before transitioning to life as a female.
Joseph Paul’s transition into “Kai” reportedly began at age three when he expressed his desire to wear a bow in his hair. “I want a bow like Daisy,” he told his mother.