11-Year Old Who Fought Anti-Trans Law Announced As Finalist For TIME‘s “Kid Of The Year”

Kai Shappelly
Kai Shappelly
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Kai Shappelly, An 11-year-old trans girl from Texas who fought against her state’s anti-trans bills, has been announced as a finalist for TIME‘s “Kid of the Year” award.

The Austin resident and self-described diehard Dolly Parton fan stood up for trans rights during a Texas Senate committee last year, fighting against legislation banning gender-affirming care for young people.

Following her activism, Shappelly is one of 20 finalists for the TIME and Nickoledon award that honours young leaders in social justice, science and education.

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Speaking about her experience fighting anti-trans legislation, Kai said that she felt demoralised by Republicans efforts across the United States who treated trans kids as a political football.

“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. “God made me. God loves me for who I am. And God does not make mistakes.”

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