Eventually, though, someone introduced another idea to Shappley – Kai could be transgender. “A friend who’s a child psychologist pointed out that he had very feminine behavior, gently trying to tell me that he could be transgender,” Shappley recalled.
However, the Texas-based mom said she “wasn’t ready to hear it” at that time and “brushed it away, saying he’d grow out of it.” Soon, though, Kai would begin hinting at this too. Shappley remembered that, for the first time, Kai said, “I’m a girl,” in December of 2013.
All of this “totally overwhelmed” Shappley, mostly because of her upbringing and beliefs. “I come from a conservative religious background and although I’d heard about people being transgender, it wasn’t something I necessarily agreed with,” she said.