‘God Loves Me’: 10-Year-Old Trans Child Quotes Bible to Tell TX Legislators Why They Shouldn’t Ban Trans Surgeries, Procedures for Minors

Kai Shappley
by Mary Margaret Olohan


A 10-year-old transgender child quoted the Bible testifying before Texas lawmakers on bills banning transgender procedures and surgeries for minors.

Kai Shappley spoke to lawmakers Monday regarding Texas Senate Bill 1646, legislation that classifies it as child abuse for anyone to administer puberty suppression drugs, hormone replacement therapy, transgender surgeries or medical procedures to minors.

Video footage posted by the American Civil Liberties Union shows the 10-year-old child reading remarks from an iPhone, criticizing legislators for “attacking me since pre-K” and explaining, “I’ve been having to explain myself since I was three or four years old.”

Shappley formerly starred in the short ACLU film, “Kai Shappley: A Trans Girl Growing Up In Texas,” and acted in the 2020 Netflix series The Baby-Sitters Club, in which the child played the trans character Bailey.

“I am in fourth grade now,” Shappley said, the video showed. “When it comes to bills that target trans youth, I immediately feel angry. It’s been very scary and overwhelming. It just — it makes me sad that some politicians use trans kids like me to get votes from people who hate me just because I exist.”

Shappley quoted a passage from the Gospel of Matthew in which a master tells his servants, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” 

“God made me, God loves me for who I am, and God does not make mistakes,” Shappley said. “You should be careful how you treat the least of these.”

The 10-year-old also said that “my mom has been giving everything she has to stand up for me,” but noted that “these new things y’all are trying to do, we both are having to advocate for each other because you are now targeting a great mom and a great nurse.”

“My mom needs her nursing license to take care of me and my siblings,” Shappley continued. “Bullying is bad. Please stop. Don’t make bad choices. It’s never too late to turn it around.”

Kimberley Shappley, the child’s mother, previously expressed fears that Texas’s legislation would take away her nursing license. She told the Daily Caller News Foundation Friday that “the proposed bills target gender affirming healthcare providers which I am.”

“We used her own words from her interviews over the last few weeks and condensed it into her 2 minute allotment,” Kimberley Shappley told the DCNF. “If you have seen her documentary you will see her at 5 or 6 years old. She is intelligent and articulate.”

“Kai has socially transitioned,” the mother added. “That means she wears clothes she’s comfortable in. Surgeries and drugs are not used in kids her age.”

In a 2017 Good Housekeeping piece, Kimberley Shappley described the moment when she discovered that her son, “born Joseph Paul Shappley,” was a girl.

“I remember one night when Kai was very young, and I was tucking her into bed,” Shappley told the publication. “Her legs were cold and, concerned, I lifted the sheets, discovering she had taken a pair of panties off a baby doll and put them on herself. It was constricting her blood circulation and if she’d slept that way overnight, it could have become very dangerous.”

“After that experience, I realized I could no longer ignore something very real about my child: My son, born Joseph Paul Shappley, is a girl,” she said.

Kimberly Shappley described her “internal struggle” over the matter, saying she came from a conservative Christian background.

But “by the time Kai was 3 1/2 years old,” the mother said. “I couldn’t ignore it anymore. She was verbalizing that she was a girl at least six times a day.”

“When Kai was finally allowed to be her true self, she blossomed,” Kimberly Shappley told Good Housekeeping. “I put princess panties in her drawer and she fell to the ground, hugging those panties and sobbing, saying, ‘Thank you, Mommy, thank you.’ Within a few short weeks of letting her transition, she was no longer lying, no bed-wetting, no more nightmares. I now have a happy, healthy, outgoing, loving, beautiful, sweet little girl who loves Jesus and loves her brothers.”

There is an active Twitter account in the 10-year-old’s name that frequently comments on the progress of the Texas legislation.

“Favor,” the account “Kai Shappley HER/SHE” tweeted around 2:26 a.m. Friday, retweeting an ACLU tweet about Texas lawmakers and advocating against the ban. “Please call them for me, please.” 

The child’s mother told the DCNF that “public profile accounts are parent monitored as required by the social media platforms.”

“All negative comments are deleted before she can get on her accounts,” Kimberly Shappley said.

The ACLU did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the DCNF.

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Mary Margaret Olohan is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation.





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10 Thoughts to “‘God Loves Me’: 10-Year-Old Trans Child Quotes Bible to Tell TX Legislators Why They Shouldn’t Ban Trans Surgeries, Procedures for Minors”

  1. Traditional Thinker

    Dont know what men wore or what the bible considered women’s clothing. Obviously there was a difference as to what the scripture distinguished as masculine and feminine. However what the scripture is stating is that it’s an abomination for a man to take on an feminine nature and the opposite would be true for a woman. Obviously it’s a result of a depraved mindset. It wasn’t the creative roles God made male and female, but it’s the outcome of rebellion against God’s perfect plan. Satan has and will always take that which God created, that which is good, and twist it into that which is evil. He cant create, so he distorts. Not just in this situation, but in every facet of God’s creation. And about men wearing what seemed to be dresses back then, I guess it’s only because there wasn’t a Mens Warehouse around yet…kidding

  2. JB

    Both kid and mother are screwed up, and, hopefully, he will out grow it when his male hormones kick-in in a couple of years.

    Also: Traditional does Deuteronomy mean the act of wearing the clothes themself or is there, as usually is the case with scripture, a deeper meaning? For example, in biblical times, men wore what is considered a dress today.

  3. mikey whipwreck

    once you’re 18 you can do all the foolish and ill advised things you want to yourself. until then, no.

  4. Tim Price

    This child is being played by the idiots pushing this insane ideology.

    The fact that Conservatives want to ban this insanity for minors is that we love them and want them to be happy long term and to have no regrets later when results can not be reversed!

  5. Surgery in its own right comes with many complications. Infection, bleeding, stroke, etc. This is why we have informed consent. Surgery should always be used as a last resort for any type of healing. Dr. Frankenstein comes to mind here. This child should be loved, fed wholesome organic food, given sunlight and exercise, and allowed to grow naturally. Pumping a child full of chemicals, whether they be food additives, junk food, etc., or medication or hormones, it’s just plain wrong. Chopping an appendage off, or sewing one on, it’s just madness. We have made many advances in science and live in an incredible time. But just because we can doesn’t mean we should. The same goes for GMO foods as well. We have reached a point that is philosophically tantamount to insanity. What America needs more than anything is an organic sound money revolution.

  6. Steve Allen

    His mother should be prosecuted for child abuse. I hope this legislation becomes law in Texas.

  7. Ms Independent

    Very confused child indeed.

  8. Traditional Thinker

    Also, God created male and female. He doesnt create a male to later become a female or a female to later claim she’s a male. This confusion is a mere result of an absence of God, not a claim of a relationship. In this case the child has not accountability. Yet there are the sins of the parents that fall upon generations. Please read the bible in its entirety, not just parts that make you comfortable in your sin. We all must understand truth in its fullness if we honestly want to be a child of God.

  9. Traditional Thinker

    Deuteronomy 22:5 reads: ” A woman shall not wear a man’s garment,nor shall a man put on a woman’s cloak, for who ever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God.
    Matthew 18:6 reads: “but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him/her to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea..
    You’re correct in the the fact that God loves you. He loves us all. He is also a just God, and His judgement will be carried out.
    Remember, theres a way that seems right to man, but in the end leads to death

    1. 83ragtop50

      Traditional – Well said.