Texas transgender activist, 11, named Time Kid of the Year finalist

1/21/2022 4:24:00 AM

Texas transgender activist, 11, named Time Kid of the Year finalist

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Texas transgender activist, 11, named Time Kid of the Year finalist

Kai Shappley, an 11-year-old transgender girl from Texas, is in the spotlight once again after she was named a Time Kid of the Year finalist.

After she was named one of five Kid of the Year finalists, Kai and her mom, Kimberly Shappley,talked to NBC affiliate KXANof Austin about the motivation behind Kai’s activism.“I started my activism because I thought it was unfair how they were treating us,” Kai said. “We’ve seen a lot of what’s going on multiple times in history, and it’s just history repeating itself over and over. It’s terrible, so I started speaking out, because I wanted that to stop.”

Texas is one of over 30 states that considered legislation targeting transgender youths last year, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. Texas alone considered over 50 such bills, according to the LGBTQ advocacy group Equality Texas. It was one of those bills — a measure that sought to criminalize providing or assisting minors with gender-affirming health care — that led Kai to testify last spring.

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Kai, an elementary school student, first made national headlines in April, when she testified about trans rights before the Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs.Request comes as election officials in North Texas are reporting large increases in rejected applications for mail in ballots, citing Senate Bill 1.Maggie Prosser Dec.01:23 At least 29 people in Liberia, including 11 children and a pregnant woman, have died in a stampede of worshippers at a Christian ceremony in a densely populated area of the capital, Monrovia, officials said Thursday.

After she was named one of five Kid of the Year finalists, Kai and her mom, Kimberly Shappley, talked to NBC affiliate KXAN of Austin about the motivation behind Kai’s activism. “I started my activism because I thought it was unfair how they were treating us,” Kai said. Colin Allred speaks during a town hall meeting at Greater Cornerstone Baptist Church in Dallas on Monday, Oct. “We’ve seen a lot of what’s going on multiple times in history, and it’s just history repeating itself over and over. It is unclear how he got from New York to Texas, or if he stayed in New York for any time. It’s terrible, so I started speaking out, because I wanted that to stop. (Lawrence Jenkins / Special Contributor) Philip Jankowski 4:38 PM on Jan 19, 2022 CST AUSTIN — Ten Democratic members of Congress, led by Dallas Rep.” Texas is one of over 30 states that considered legislation targeting transgender youths last year, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. Carter told AFP the death toll was provisional and"may increase" because a number of people were in critical condition.

Texas alone considered over 50 such bills, according to the LGBTQ advocacy group Equality Texas. Allred’s request to the Department of Justice comes as elections remain in the forefront in both Texas and Washington. 2-3: A person who appeared to know Akram dropped him off at OurCalling, a homeless shelter in South Dallas, about 10 p. It was one of those bills — a measure that sought to criminalize providing or assisting minors with gender-affirming health care — that led Kai to testify last spring. “It makes me sad that some politicians use trans kids like me to get votes from people who hate me just because I exist,” she said at the time. Elections administrators in Dallas, Tarrant, Collin and Denton Counties are reporting large increases in the number of mail-in ballot applications they are rejecting this year due to changes in election laws passed by the Legislature last year. “God made me, God loves me for who I am, and God does not make mistakes. 2, said the shelter’s CEO and pastor, Wayne Walker.” The measure didn’t pass. In Collin County, election administrator Bruce Sherbet said his office has rejected roughly 10% of applications. Eye witness Emmanuel Gray, 26, told AFP he heard"heavy noise" towards the end of the event, and saw several dead bodies.

However, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in October signed a law that restricts transgender students’ participation in school sports , which went into effect Tuesday. The elections administrator for Denton County told CBS DFW that his office had rejected 40% of applications. 3, a shelter spokeswoman said. The Shappley family has moved three times in the past few years and now lives in Austin because “it’s the safest place” for Kai to be, Kimberly Shappley told KXAN. The Shappleys anticipate that they will have to continue fighting bills that target transgender youths, and that’s fine by Kai. Their request also comes about three weeks since the Texas Secretary of State’s office released initial findings in the audit that showed no significant irregularities . “I’m a bold and strong, independent little lady,” Kai said, “and I will keep fighting for as long as I need to. Jan. The UN's Human Development Index, a barometer of prosperity, ranks Liberia 175th out of 189 countries and territories.

” This story first appeared on . Greg Abbott helped ensure it was conducted after former President Donald Trump applied pressure.